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Program Director

Mitchell S. Cairo, MD

Associate Director

Jessica Hochberg, MD

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Solid Tumors

Solid Tumor Program

The Solid Tumor Program consists of a multidisciplinary team focused on the identification, diagnosis and treatment of cancers arising in solid organs outside of the cerebrospinal system. Our designation as a Children’s Oncology Group site affirms our standard of excellence for cancer care for children and adolescents with solid tumors. At the heart of the program, the clinical members of the Solid Tumor Team include pediatric oncologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, radiation oncologists, surgeons and a psychologist.

The Solid Tumor Program has several advanced basic science, translational and clinical research programs focusing on neuroblastoma, kidney, liver, bone, soft tissue and germ cell tumors. Overall, the program is equipped to design and deliver customized and personalized therapy for each child and adolescent diagnosed with a solid tumor.

Solid tumors in children can arise from nearly any organ. While the mainstay of treatment remains chemotherapy, curing children of these tumors may necessitate complex therapy involving different specialties, including surgery and radiation oncology. Clinical trials are available and help to make new therapies accessible and expand our ability to safely and effectively treat these tumors.

Pediatric Solid Tumor Treatment

  • Liver tumors [Our Clinical Trials, Patient Information]: In select cases, liver transplant, in addition to chemotherapy, may be necessary to cure a patient with hepatoblastoma or hepatocellular carcinoma. We work closely with the pediatric liver transplant program at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital to identify the best surgical approach for each child. Each case is discussed by a tumor board that includes pediatric oncologists, a hepatologist, pediatric surgeon, liver transplant surgeon, radiologists, radiotherapist and pathologist to determine the best tailored therapy.
  • Kidney tumors [Our Clinical Trials, Patient Information]: The successful treatment of children with Wilms’ tumor or renal cell carcinoma requires more than simply removing the tumor – kidney function must be maintained. The urologists at MFCH have extensive experience with nephron sparing surgery, which preserves the most normal kidney tissue possible. The best therapy for each patient is discussed by a tumor board consisting of pediatric oncologists, urologists, radiologists, a radiotherapist and pathologist.
  • Sarcomas [Our Clinical Trials, Patient Information]: Musculoskeletal tumors, including osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, and rhabdomyosarcoma can have profound effects on children’s quality of life, as these tumors frequently involve the arms and legs. Together, with our orthopaedic surgeons and radiation oncologists, we can use innovative treatment strategies including limb sparing surgery and radiation therapy (including brachytherapy) to preserve limb function while curing children from their cancers.
  • Germ cell tumors [Our Clinical Trials, Patient Information]: Tumors arising from the ovaries and testes require a nuanced approach to treatment. Some tumors are cured by a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, while for others, surgery alone will suffice. The appropriate therapy for each patient is discussed by a tumor board comprising pediatric oncologists, urologists, adolescent gynecologists, radiologists and pathologists.
  • Neuroblastoma [Our Clinical Trials, Patient Information]: Neuroblastoma can develop in a variety of places in the body, including the neck, chest, spine, and adrenal glands. Multimodal therapy, including chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and stem cell transplantation, may be used – especially in the setting of advanced disease. Our stem cell transplantation capabilities include a cellular and tissue engineering laboratory, and our physicians have been pioneers in the field.

Collaborating With Gynecologic Oncology and Robotic Gynecologic Surgery

The Pediatric Solid Tumor Service also collaborates with the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Robotic Gynecologic Surgery for those who may present with gynecologic cancers. The Gynecologic Oncology Division is the Comprehensive Academic Oncologic Gynecology Service for the Hudson Valley Region of New York State, and serves as a major referral center for regions between Albany and the New York City line.

In addition to four Gynecologic Oncologists, specialty services within the Division include Gynecologic Pathology, Radiology, Radiation Therapy, an Infusion Unit, and advanced surgical services including robotics and other minimally invasive and fertility sparing surgery. Patient treatment decisions are made through the Tumor Board that includes multiple members of the Division’s Gynecologic Oncology team in collaboration with other specialists, such as radiation oncologists, medical oncologist and pediatric oncologists.

Unique Features

  • Customized patient treatment protocols
  • Ten protective isolation hospital rooms for induction therapy and stem cell transplantation
  • Outpatient Infusion Center for patient specific therapies
  • A leading diagnostic laboratory
  • Modern local and total body radiation facilities
  • Liver and kidney transplant programs
  • Retinoblastoma Program
  • Chemo-embolization of liver tumors
  • Kidney (nephron) sparing surgery program
  • Reproduction preservation programs
  • Monoclonal antibody and radio-conjugate antibody therapies
  • Comprehensive Stem and Cellular Therapy and Transplantation Program
  • Cellular and Tissue Engineering Laboratory
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Program
  • Wellness and Survivorship Program

Contact Us

Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

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Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is served by Metro North's Harlem line via two stations:

  • White Plains - Bus transfer options available
  • Hawthorne - Taxi service available For train fare and schedule information, call 1-800-METRO-INFO or go to METRO NORTH


There are three bus lines (Westchester Bee Line) you can take to our campus. Please call 914.813.7777 for bus routes and fares.

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The Westchester Medical Center campus includes the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and the Behavioral Health Center.

Arkovitz, Marc S.
Arkovitz, Marc S.
Chief of Pediatric Surgical Oncology, Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, New York Medical College
Pediatric Surgery
Halperin, Edward
Halperin, Edward
Chancellor, Chief Executive Officer New York Medical College,Department of Radiation Medicine,Clinical Radiation Medicine
Radiation Oncology
Moorthy, Chitti
Moorthy, Chitti
Chair and Director Emeritus of Clinical Radiation Medicine
Professor of Radiation Medicine
Department of Radiation Medicine
Radiation Oncology
Ozkaynak, Mehmet
Ozkaynak, Mehmet
Associate Director, Solid Tumor Program, Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Rosenblum, Jeremy
Rosenblum, Jeremy
Associate Director, Solid Tumor Program
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Stewart, Dylan
Stewart, Dylan
Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, New York Medical College, Chief, Section of Pediatric Surgery, Westchester Medical Center
Pediatric Surgery


Nurse Coordinator:

Rebecca Belsky, RN, CPNP