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Leading Edge Medicine
Cancer and Blood Disorders


Welcome to mid-Missouri's preeminent health care center for children suffering from all types of cancer and blood disorders. We offer children and their families state-of-the-art medical care infused with understanding and compassion. From our leading-edge physicians and research to our social workers, nurses and child life therapists, our team is singularly dedicated to healing and nurturing children.

State-of-the-Art, Comprehensive Health Care

We offer an unmatched combination of leading-edge research and medical care with an individualized, multidisciplinary approach. Every one of our patients receives world-class care from a team of medical and surgical experts, specially trained nurses, pathologists, radiologists, radiation therapists, social workers, child life therapists and other health care consultants, all specifically trained in pediatric subspecialties. Because MU Children's Hospital and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center are both part of University of Missouri Health Care, our health care team has access to the most progressive pediatric and cancer specialists in the area. Their combined knowledge and expertise translates directly into the best possible care for your child.

Exemplary Care with a Compassionate Touch

Every member of our health care team has been specifically trained in family and pediatric patient-centered care. We realize the emotional health and well-being of our patients has an enormous impact on their overall outcomes. Therefore, we strive to continually nurture the spirit, as well as the body, of every child who walks through our doors.

Our Child Life therapists make sure kids are comfortable, at ease and best of all, get to be kids, even while undergoing treatment. We use technology like vein viewers, which make finding veins for tests and IVs much easier and less painful. Our expert team also offers the advantage of a dedicated social worker, Lauren Grana, MSW, who is specially trained and has the experience necessary to help families navigate the world of treatment plans and protocols, and facilitate communication with their health care team.

We are also the proud beneficiary of Pascale's Pals, a mid-Missouri not-for-profit organization, whose single goal is to improve the comfort of our patients and their families.

Some Childhood and Adolescent Illnesses We Treat

  • Leukemias
  • Lymphomas
  • Malignant and benign solid tumors
  • Hemophilia
  • Hemoglobinopathies like Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia
  • Congenital anemias like Hereditary Spherocytosis
  • Acquired anemias
  • Neutropenia and Thrombocytopenia
  • Immune deficiencies

 What You Can Expect at Your First Visit

  • Each patient undergoes a complete history and physical evaluation.
  • A laboratory evaluation is performed the majority of the time for first time patients.
  • A thorough discussion of the diagnosis, evaluation, and plan of treatment is provided to the patient and their family.

Who We Are

Thomas Loew, MD, Division Director, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Barbara Gruner, MD, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Kim Ebersol, RN, CPNP, CPON Oncology Nurse Practitioner and Hemophilia/Thrombosis Nurse
Elizabeth Gunier, RN, Sickle Cell/General Hematology Nurse
Lauren Grana, MSW, Social Services (573) 884-2617
Mihaela Popescu, MS, certified clinical research associate
Monica Loar, Staff (573) 882-3961

Where We Are

The unit is located at Children's Hospital
500 Keene Street
Keene Medical Building, Suite 305
Columbia, MO 65201

The entrance to the unit is located on the north side of Children's Hospital at the Keene Medical Building. Parking is available free of charge on the surface lot in front of the north entrance.

To contact the Children's Blood Disorders and Cancer Unit, please call (573) 219-3920.
For the Hematology Division please call Monica Loar at  (573) 882-3961.




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