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Program Director

Mitchell S. Cairo, MD 

Clinical Director

Jessica Hochberg, MD 

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Wellness And Survivorship Program and Camps

Wellness and Survivorship Program

The Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Wellness and Survivorship Program consists of a multidisciplinary team focused on recognizing and managing potential late effects that can occur as a consequence after treatment for childhood cancers and/or following stem cell transplant.

Known and unknown effects of treatment can affect the brain, eyes, ears, lungs, heart, liver, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, and bladder, as well as the skeletal, reproductive and endocrine systems. The program is focused on educating survivors regarding their long term health risks and addressing these needs by providing survivors with comprehensive medical and psychosocial care. Furthermore, the Wellness and Survivorship Program has the ability to utilize our experience with this unique patient population to develop and implement various clinical research projects that will contribute to the field of long term survivorship. Overall the program is equipped to design and deliver customized and personalized therapy for each long term survivor of their childhood cancer and/or stem cell transplant.

Key Contacts

Jessica Hochberg, MD

Clinical Program Coordinator
Brittany Huber, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Social Work
Brianna Ghelarducci, MSW

Clinical Trials

Services Provided

  • Monitoring for and managing physical late effects
  • Providing health education to survivors regarding their diagnoses, treatment exposures, and potential late effects
  • Providing referrals to specialists and resources as indicated
  • Encouraging wellness and health promotion activities
  • Addressing psychosocial needs of survivors and affected family members
  • Assessing and providing intervention for educational and/or vocational needs
  • Assisting with financial and insurance issues
  • Guiding transition from pediatric to adult focused healthcare
  • Empowering survivors to advocate for their own healthcare needs
  • Facilitating survivorship research

Unique Features

Optimal healthcare delivery to this unique population requires the establishment of necessary infrastructure, including several key components:

  • Longitudinal care utilizing a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach
  • Continuity, with a single healthcare provider coordinating needed services
  • An emphasis on the whole person, with sensitivity to the cancer experience and its impact on the entire family
  • Academic setting to allow for establishment of a specialized multidisciplinary follow-up team to care for large numbers of survivors
  • Targeted individualized studies to evaluate organ function and monitor for late effects based on the survivor’s treatment history
  • Comprehensive psychosocial evaluation, guidance, and vocational assistance

Key Team Members/Disciplines

The core team will include a pediatric oncologist, nurse coordinator, social worker, data manager and clinical research associate. Surrounding the core survivorship team will be a group of physician specialists familiar with evaluating problems in childhood cancer survivors. Such specialties will include radiation oncology, cardiology, pulmonology, orthopaedics, neurology, endocrinology, urology, audiology/ENT, nephrology, gastroenterology, nutrition, dental and psychology. Team members include:

Director: Jessica Hochberg, MD

Clinical Program Coordinator: Tara Giblin, MS, MPH, CPNP

Radiation Oncology: Chitti Moorthy, MD

Cardiology: Deborah Friedman, MD

Pulmonology: Christy Kim, MD

Endocrinology: Richard Noto, MD

Nephrology: Robyn Matloff, MD

Orthopaedics: David Asprinio, MD

Neurology: Wendy Silver, MD

ENT/Audiology: Lynn De Serres, MD

Gastroenterology: Stewart Berezin, MD

Neuropsychology: Suzanne Braniecki, PhD

Social Work: Briana Ghelarducci, MSW

OB/GYN: Amy Vallerie, MD

Fertility: Matthew Lederman, MD with Reproductive Medicine Associates 

Genetic Testing: Maryam Banikazemi, MD                   

Neuro-Ophthalmology: Scott Forman, MD


Sunrise Day Camp
Pearl River 600 Bear Ridge Rd.
Pleasantville, NY 10570

Ages 3-16 day camp for children with cancer and their siblings

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Camp Sunshine
35 Acadia Rd.
Casco, ME 04015

All ages. A unique program offering year-round programs for children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families.

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Camp Simcha
151 West 30th St.
New York, NY 10001

Ages 6-21 in treatment or remission. Camp Simcha is a kosher facility.

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The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp
565 Ashford Center Road
Ashford, CT 06278

Year-round center for children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia, and other serious illnesses.

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Double H Ranch
97 Hidden Valley Rd.
Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

Ages 6-16. Camp and year-round activities

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Happiness Is Camping
2169 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 19453

Ages 6-14. A traditional sleep-away camp for kids with cancer located in Blairstown, NJ

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P.O. Box 305
Copiague, NY 11726

A nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, families and young adults coping with cancer and life-threatening illness.

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Camp Good Days & Special Times
1332 Pittsford-Mendon Rd.
Mendon, NY 14506

All ages in treatment or in remission

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Asprinio, David E., MD
David Asprinio, MD
Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma, Orthopaedic Spine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine
Banikazemi, Maryam, MD
  • Medical Genetics, Clinical Genetics (M.D.)
Berezin, Stuart H., MD
  • Pediatrics, Gastroenterology
Braniecki, Suzanne H., PhD
Suzanne Braniecki, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
DeSerres, Lianne M., MD
  • Otolaryngology
Hochberg, Jessica C., MD
Jessica Hochberg, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Huber, Brittany E., FNP
  • Nurse Practitioner, Family
Kim, Christy, MD
  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology

We work closely with a diverse range of specialties including:

Nephrology: 914.493.7583
Orthopedics: 914.789.2700
Neurology: 914.358.0188
ENT/Audiology: 914.693.7636
Gastroenterology: 914.367.0000
Neuropsychology: Dr. Suzanne Braniecki, PhD, 914.493.7997
Psychology: Dr. Lila Pereira, 914.493.7997
Social Work: Brianna R. Ghelarducci 914.493.7997
OB/GYN: 914.304.5288 
Fertility: Reproductive Medicine Associates, 914.997.6200
Genetic Testing: 914.304.5312