Carolinas HealthCare System

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For more information or to make a patient referral, contact us at:


Referral Forms

- Make a referral (PDF)

Below you will find common questions and answers Levine Children's Hospital has provided for our patients and parents who are exploring options for clinical trials at the Torrence E. Hemby Jr., Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center.

If you have any additional questions, you can, of course, call the office anytime 704-446-5285. We would also love to hear your questions so that we may add them to this list.

Where can I learn more about clinical trials including benefits and risks?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has a great website with many common questions and answers about clinical trials including but not limited to the benefits and risks associated with Phase I and Phase II Clinical Trials. Learn more.

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Can I download the Referral Form to take it to my doctor's office?

Yes. Download and print this PDF form on your personal computer. Then take this form to your child's doctor and the doctor's office can complete it and fax it back to our office 704-355-1188.

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Who is on the Pediatric Oncology Developmental Therapeutics Team?

The Pediatric Oncology Developmental Therapeutics Program has a dedicated staff for administration of Phase I & II chemotherapeutic agents with full support for pharmacokinetic studies to include 24 hour observation if needed. Lab support for specimen handling and storage and shipping if needed. The DVL Team consists of physicians, child life specialists, nurses, social workers, and research experts. Below is a list of the DVL Team members.

  • Director - Javier Oesterheld MD
  • Associate Director - Joel Kaplan DO, MPH
  • Manager of Clinical Trials - Mary Tipton RN, BSN, MHEd, CCRP
  • Research Coordinator - Beatriz Perez-Li, BSN, RN, MS
  • Research Data Coordinator - Manuel Pimentel, BS
  • Nurse Practitioner - Kim Arnold, CPNP
  • Clinical Nurses - Dawn Barnard, RN, BSN, CPOHN, Carol Fries, RN, Jennifer Riggall, BSN, RN, Julie Ruiter, BSN, RN
  • Social Work - Sharon Hurff, ASW, MSW?
How do I get to the Torrence E. Hemby Jr., Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center?

The Torrence E. Hemby Jr., Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center is on the sixth floor of the Medical Center Plaza (1001 Blythe Boulevard) on the campus of Carolina Medical Center.

If you need valet service, pull into the circle drive in front of the glass doors. If you are self-parking, just enter the parking deck directly beside Medical Center Plaza. Don't forget to take your ticket in with you to get validated when you check out after your appointment. View the Map and Directions page.

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What if I have additional questions?

You can always call our office and speak with someone about any questions, concerns, or requests for additional information. Please call 704-446-5285.

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My child is scared. Is there anything I can tell him/her that might help?

Of course. We understand that each child's reactions to coming to our office will be different. We do have a Child Life Specialist dedicated to the LCH Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center who is there to assist you and your child throughout the process.

The Child Life Specialist collaborates with medical staff and multidisciplinary teams to develop comprehensive plans for psychological programming consistent with each child's medical condition. The goal of the Child Life Specialist is to provide psychosocial, social and emotional support to all pediatric patients and their families. Learn more about the Child Life Specialists.

Where can I learn more about diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials, etc.?

We have a wonderful online health section on this website that has separate sections for parents, teens, and children. Learn more.

In addition to online information we have a Family Resource Center on the 2nd floor of Levine Children's Hospital. There are hundreds of medical books for patients and parents. We also have a medical librarian dedicated to the center; she is available Monday-Friday to assist you with your research. We have computers you can use to research your child's condition and private viewing rooms to watch a video about conditions, treatments, procedures etc. Our library is open to all our patients and their family as well as the community. To learn more about the Family Resource Center just click here.