Our Pediatric Cancer Team
The 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.
Anjali 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.
Jay 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.
Jonathan 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.
Noriko Satake, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Douglas Taylor, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Joy Graf, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery
Stephen Greenholz, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Clifford Marr, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Pediatric Nursing Staff
Kathryn 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.
Nancy Lewis, C.P.O.N.
Charge Nurse, Pediatric Infusion Center
Nancy Lewis has been working for 28 years as a charge nurse and interim manager at the UC Davis Medical Center’s Pediatric Infusion Center. Lewis assigns nurses to patients, and communicates with the infusion pharmacists. She works with a team of nurses, who share her passion for and commitment to pediatric care. With the opening of the cancer center expansion, Lewis is excited to see physicians, nurses, dietitians, radiation therapists, scientists, and pharmacists working comprehensively. “The children and their families will have access to so many services under one roof!” says Lewis.