Caetano de Aguirre Neto, MD

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Dr. Caetano de Aguirre Neto became interested in pediatric oncology at the beginning of medical school. At that time, he had his first contact with research in a project that led to his first publication in the pediatric gastroenterology field. Since then, research has constantly shaped his clinical practice.

Dr. de Aguirre Neto earned his medicine degree in 2001 from Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He completed his pediatrics residency at Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 2004 and his pediatric oncology fellowship at A. C. Camargo Cancer Center in 2006.

Dr. de Aguirre Neto currently works in Santa Casa de Belo Horizonte where he is the head of the largest pediatric oncology service in the Minas Gerais state. He is responsible for patient care, clinical research, and the supervision of the pediatric oncology fellowship program. Since 2016, he has been working in an international collaborative research program on pediatric renal tumors. He has been an active member of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Renal Tumor Study Group, and he is the current vice-chair of the Brazilian Renal Tumor Group.

I decided to pursue the MSc in Global Child Health at St. Jude because of the unique program it offers and the possibility to share experiences and knowledge with other students from different countries. I intend to create a network connecting specialists across Latin American countries to overcome the inequalities of diagnosis and treatment of children with renal tumor. I am optimistic that improvements in the management of renal tumors will reflect on other solid tumor approaches and contribute to expanding the capacity of countries to deliver better practices in childhood cancer care. I am confident that St. Jude will provide me with the right skills to be an agent of transformation not only at the local level but also globally.”


Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Brazil



MD – Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2001)        

Fellowship, Hematology-Oncology – A. C. Camargo Cancer Center, São Paulo, Brazil (2006)


de Sá Pereira BM, Azevedo RM, Aguirre Neto JC, et al. Intra-tumor genetic heterogeneity in Wilms tumor samples. Rev Assoc Med Bras (1992). 65(12):1496-1501, 2019.

Andrade RC, Dos Santos AC, de Aguirre Neto JC, Nevado J, Lapunzina P, Vargas FR. TP53 and CDKN1A mutation analysis in families with Li-Fraumeni and Li-Fraumeni like syndromes. Fam Cancer. 16(2):243-248, 2017.

Melo CP, Campos CB, Rodrigues Jde O, et al. Long non-coding RNAs: biomarkers for acute leukaemia subtypes. Br J Haematol. 173(2):318-320, 2016.

Souza Melo CP, Campos CB, Dutra ÁP, et al. Correlation between FLT3-ITD status and clinical, cellular and molecular profiles in promyelocytic acute leukemias. Leuk Res. 39(2):131-137, 2015.

Souza AD, Almeida MB, de Aguirre Neto JC. Creation of Definitions for Ontologies: A Case Study in the Leukemia Domain. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.11 ed. California: Springer International Publishing, 11:133-6, 2015.

Assumpção JG, Paula FD, Xavier SG, et al. Gene rearrangement study for minimal residual disease monitoring in children with acute lymphocytic leukemia. Rev Bras Hematol Hemoter. 35(5):337-342, 2013.

Rimulo AL, Ferreira MC, Abreu MH, et al. Chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis in a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 12(2):124-127, 2011.

de Aguirre Neto JC, Antoneli CB, Ribeiro KB, et al. Retinoblastoma in children older than 5 years of age. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 48(3):292-295, 2007.

Duarte MA, Penna FJ, Andrade EM, et al. Treatment of nonorganic recurrent abdominal pain: cognitive-behavioral family intervention. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 43(1):59-64, 2006.