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Susan M. Blaney, M.D. is a Professor and Executive Vice Chair for the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and the Director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. She is a board-certified pediatric oncologist whose career over the past 25 years has focused on the development of new agents and therapeutic strategies for children with recurrent or refractory cancer, particularly for those with malignancies of the central nervous system. She has extensive experience in clinical translational research and currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), an NCI-funded cooperative effort of 200 leading children’s hospitals across North America. Dr. Blaney has played a leadership role in the development of numerous early phase clinical trials of novel agents for the treatment of childhood cancer over the course of her career.

Dr. Blaney has also served as a mentor to many pediatric medical students, residents, fellows and faculty who are current or developing leaders in the field of pediatric oncology. Her influence in the field also extends to numerous advisory roles that she has held including an service on the National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Trial Advisory Committee, as a member of the Investigational Drug Steering Committee for the National Cancer Institute, as a regular consultant for the FDA’s Pediatric Oncology Drug Advisory Committee, as well as for other leading cancer organizations such as the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She also directs or has served on the scientific advisory boards for many not-for-profit foundations for childhood cancer research.

Dr. Blaney has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has authored numerous book chapters, and is an editor for Rudolph’s Pediatrics as well as an Associate editor for Pizzo and Poplack’s Principle’s and Practice of Pediatric Oncology, the leading textbook in the field of pediatric oncology.