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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Our Pediatric Cancer Team

Dr. Anjali Pawar with patient, Elijah © UC RegentsThe UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center believes in a team approach to your healthcare. We offer a collaborative team of pediatric specialists, allowing your child to receive the highest quality care available.





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Pediatric Staff

Dr. Anjali Pawar © UC RegentsAnjali Pawar, M.D.
Medical Director of the Pediatric Infusion Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Prior to joining UC Davis in March 2012, Pawar trained and held a faculty position at University of Michigan. In addition to oncology and hematology, Pawar is especially interested in young women with bleeding disorders and clotting problems, and plans to continue clinical research in this area at UC Davis. Pawar is a big fan of healthy eating habits and getting a lot of exercise, and is interested in the problems of childhood obesity as it relates to cancer therapy complications. Pawar is Board Certified in Pediatrics as well as Pediatric Hematology Oncology, and is a member of several professional pediatric and pediatric hematology and oncology organizations.


Dr. Jay Balagtas © UC RegentsJay Michael Balagtas, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Balagtas earned his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his pediatric residency at US Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Prior to his clinical and research fellowships at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, Balagtas served in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer and pediatrician. He joined UC Davis in March 2012, where he serves as principal investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group. He is particularly interested in genetic changes underlying childhood cancers and the translation of these discoveries into clinical therapies. Balagtas is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Sub-Board of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.


Dr. Jonathan Ducore © UC RegentsJonathan M. Ducore, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Co-Director of the Hemophilia Treatment Center

Jonathan Ducore, professor of clinical pediatrics, has been with the UC Davis Health System for nearly 25 years. He is co-director of the Hemophilia Treatment Center and has expertise in pediatric malignancies, bleeding disorders, cancer epidemiology and clinical trials. Dr. Ducore is looking forward to the integration of the pediatric with the adult cancer programs and the potential for cooperation and collaboration among clinicians and researchers.


Dr. Noriko Satake © UC RegentsNoriko Satake, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics





Kay Wells © UC RegentsKathryn Wells, M.S., C.P.N.P., C.P.O.N.
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Kathryn Wells practices predominately in the outpatient clinics. She sees patients for routine evaluations while receiving treatment and after the conclusion of therapy.  Kathryn has spent 30 years taking care of children with cancer at the UC Davis Medical Center as a pediatric hematology-oncology nurse. Over time, she has worked as a Nurse Practitioner, a care coordinator for the Division of Hematology and Oncology and as a bedside nurse in the pediatric infusion center.  With the Cancer Center expansion, Wells will collaborate with colleagues in the adult infusion center to start a survivorship clinic. “I am hoping we will be more visible in the general cancer community,” she says.


Dr. Joy Graf © UC RegentsJoy Graf, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery





Dr. Stephen Greenholz © UC RegentsStephen Greenholz, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Surgery





Dr. Clifford Marr © UC RegentsClifford Marr, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Surgery