Jessica M. Valdez, MD

Jessica M. Valdez, MD

  • Department of Cancer Predisposition Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinical Fellow




BS – Biology, University of New Mexico
BA – Communication, University of New Mexico
MD – University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Pediatric Residency – Stanford University Pediatric Residency Program
Hematology Oncology Fellowship – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Honors & Awards

  • 2010 – Stanford Clinical and Translational Research Scholars Program
  • 2010 – Gold Humanism Honor Society – The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
  • 2009 – Howard Hughes Medical Institute – National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program.
  • 2002 – Fogarty International Training and Research Fellow

Research Interests

I am a pediatric hematologist-oncologist joining the Division of Cancer Predisposition to complete my postdoctoral training. I am interested in the relationship between clinical genomics and its translation to clinical care. For example, I am interested in identification of genomic etiologies of pediatric cancers and the development screening methodologies for patients with a genetic predisposition. I also have a particular interest in the communication of genomic test results and their understanding from the patient and the parent perspective.  

Selected Publications

Valdez JM, Nichols KE, Kesserwan C. Li-Fraumeni syndrome: a paradigm for the understanding of hereditary cancer predisposition. Br J Haematol Dec 16, 2016. doi: 10.1111/bjh.14461. [Epub ahead of print]

Kay A, Itoh M, Valdez J, Chen S, Mathew R, Gans H. Pleural Effusion and Fever in an Immunocompromised Patient. J Ped Infect Disease 4(1):e6-e9, 2015.

Valdez JM, Scheinberg P, Nunez O, Wu CO, Young NS, Walsh TJ. Decreased infection-related mortality and improved survival in severe aplastic anemia in the past two decades. Clin Infect Dis Mar 15;52(6):726-35. 2011.

Valdez JM, Moya MH, Yonas H, Alverson D. The Impact of a Telehealth Web-based Solution for Neurosurgery Triage and Consultation. Telemed J E Health Nov;16(9):945-9, 2010.

Valdez JM, Scheinberg P, Young NS, Walsh TJ. Infections in Patients with Aplastic Anemia. Seminars in Hematology Jul;46(3):269-76, 2009.

Glew R, Herbein J, Moya M, Valdez J, Obadofin M, Wark W, VanderJagt D. Trans fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acids in the milk of urban women and nomadic Fulani of northern Nigeria. Clinica Chimica Acta 367:48-54, 2006.

Last update: January 2017