Medical Advisory Board
Stephen P. Hunger, MD
Dr. Stephen Hunger is a world-renowned expert in childhood cancer and a world leader in the care of children with leukemia. He is the Chair of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, one of the world’s best Children’s Hospitals. He has been with the Keira Grace Foundation serving as the Medical Director since the inception of the Foundation in 2005. He is the author of over 300 medical and scientific articles.
Paula Aristizabal, MD, MAS
Dr. Paula Aristizabal is a hematologist-oncologist at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and an associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of California (UC) San Diego. She completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology and a Master of Advanced Studies in clinical research at UC San Diego. Dr. Aristizabal has also been the director of Rady Children’s International Outreach Program since 2008 and has partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to lead efforts to establish pediatric oncology programs in resource-constrained settings, including Mexico and Colombia. She is currently an advisor to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Global Pediatric Medicine Department. Dr. Aristizabal’s research interests include health disparities, implementation science, quality improvement, bioethics and global health, with a focus on discovering the causes of pediatric cancer inequities and developing strategies to better serve underserved children with cancer. She is a member of the UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center and the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Population Sciences, Disparities and Community Engagement.
Raul C. Ribeiro, MD
Dr. Ribeiro completed a residency at U Parana School of Medicine in Brazil and completed his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at St Jude. In 1993, he became the founding director of the St Jude International Outreach Program leading the development of the twinning model that improved the care and increased the survival of children with cancer throughout Latin America initially and then other countries in Asia and Africa. Dr. Ribeiro has been a leader in the expansion of care and research of cancer in children in low resource settings.