In 1996 St. Jude opened its state-of-the-art surgical complex and established a Department of Surgery. Since then our surgeons have been an integral part of the diagnosis and treatment team that includes oncologists, radiation therapists, pathologists, radiologists, hematologists and basic scientists. Children referred to St. Jude receive complete diagnostic testing and are assured that all of the necessary biological studies are performed to properly diagnose and manage childhood tumors.
The medical and nursing staff of the pediatric surgical center/operating room complex care exclusively for children. Our experience and sensitivity to the special needs of children with cancer enable us to perform this exceptional level of care. The operating room and surgery team allow us to offer children superior care, utilizing cutting-edge procedures and state-of-the-art equipment for achieving the best outcomes possible.
The Department of Surgery actively participates in the development of clinical research protocols, develops and evaluates innovative surgical approaches, and leads basic science efforts to bring a surgical perspective to research on childhood tumors. The Department also serves as an educational resource for pediatric surgery, locally, nationally and internationally. The Surgical Fellowship Program provides fellows with an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with some of the world’s most noted researchers and clinical faculty.
Department of Surgery
MS 133, Room IA2308
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678
Phone: (901) 595-4060
Fax: (901) 595-6621
Daphne Sanders, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNOR
Phone: (901) 595-2704
Fax: (901) 595-2207
Preferred contact method: email
Pediatric surgical oncology
Neuroblastoma, renal tumors, and germ cell tumors; angiogenesis inhibition for cancer therapy
Renal tumors, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumorigenesis, cancer stem cells
Sarcomas and rare tumors
Sarcomas; immunotherapeutic strategies against sarcoma and solid tumor metastases
Cancer epigenetics and targeted therapy
Joseph M. Gleason, MD
Mary Ellen Hoehn, MD
Pediatric plastic surgery