Department of Pediatric Medicine

Interim Chair

Amar Gajjar, MD

Departmental Focus

The Department of Pediatric Medicine at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ensures that patients receive the best quality of subspecialty care available. To achieve this goal, the department’s aim is to equip the clinical staff with the resources and support necessary for offering cutting-edge treatments in a safe, compassionate, family-centered environment.

The Pediatric Medicine staff, in partnership with our colleagues at the University of Tennessee and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, takes a multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients; this involves a host of specialties including anesthesia, critical care medicine, endocrinology, neurology, and quality of life, and rehabilitation (see the listing of Pediatric Medicine services to the left). Recognized internationally for our world-class patient care, the members of the Pediatric Medicine staff at St. Jude are each experts in treating children diagnosed with catastrophic diseases. In collaboration with our research faculty who are engaged in developing clinical trials, experts on the Pediatric Medicine team benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, as well as the latest St. Jude-generated research that support their life-saving work.

The Department of Pediatric Medicine seamlessly aligns with St. Jude research efforts in achieving the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving the lives of children by providing unsurpassed comprehensive patient care.

Contact Us

Department of Pediatric Medicine
MS 282, Room C6024
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

Phone: (901) 595-2615
FAX: (901) 525-6211

Preferred contact method: email


Doralina L. Anghelescu, MD  Pain management, anesthesia risks, palliative care

Justin Baker, MD  Pediatric palliative and end of life care

Wassim Chemaitilly, MD  Endocrine sequelae observed in childhood cancer survivors

Lama Elbahlawan, MD  Pediatric critical care, acute lung injury

Amar Gajjar, MD Novel treatments for children with brain tumors

Raja B. Khan, MD  Effect of cancer on central and peripheral nervous system

Deena R. Levine, MD  Pediatric palliative and end of life care

Belinda N. Mandrell, PhD, RN  Mechanisms of cancer related symptoms

R. Ray Morrison, MD  Pediatric critical care, myocardial protection

Zsila Sadighi, MD  Neurological outcomes in childhood cancer survivors

Luis A. Trujillo, MD  Regional anesthesia & anesthetic approach in high-risk cases

Becky B. Wright, MD  Pain management techniques, peripheral nerve blocks