Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


Cancer and Blood Disorders
The Area's Only Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders can receive the multidisciplinary care they need right here in the Augusta, Georgia area. Children's Hospital of Georgia Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center staffs pediatric hematologists-oncologists and pediatric nurse practitioners who diagnose and treat all types of cancer in children which includes leukemia’s, lymphomas, tumors of the brain and spinal column; and solid tumors. The staff of the center also treats children with hemophilia, sickle cell disease and other blood and clotting disorders. Our hospital and clinic are staffed by specialized nurses in pediatric hematology and oncology to deliver excellent care.

The center offers:

  • Participation in clinical trials for the treatment of childhood cancers through Children’s Oncology Group
  • Multidisciplinary care by highly skilled pediatric oncologists-hematologists, surgeons , radiologists, and nurse practitioners supported by a medical social worker and registered dietician
  • Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and blood transfusions
  • An inpatient pediatric cancer unit
  • An outpatient clinic and day infusion center to reduce the number of admissions
  • Advanced, on-site diagnostic technology including a PET scanner
  • An oncology pharmacy staffed by pediatric pharmacists
  • Pediatric infusion and aphaeresis, or platelet-replacement therapy that come from a single donor
  • A pediatric neuro-oncology clinic at which patients and their families can meet with their pediatric oncologist, pediatric neurologist and pediatric neuropsychologist on one day and in one place
  • Genetic counseling and testing
  • An after-therapy clinic, for childhood cancer survivors, that delivers follow-up care and helps patients maintain the best possible health status
  • A pediatric sickle cell disease program
  • A pediatric hemophilia program
  • Georgia Radiation Therapy Center
  • Gamma Knife for inoperable brain tumors
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy, to treat cancer with a single high dose of radiation
  • Camp Rainbow, a summer camp for children with cancer
  • Share and Care Weekend for families with children with newly diagnosed cancers
  • Our patients with hemophilia and sickle cell have access to summer camps
  • Make-a-Wish, which gives pediatric cancer patients and other children with life threatening conditions and their families a needed boost by making one of their dreams come true
  • Child Life Specialists to help children understand and cope with treatment
  • Patient Family Centered Care
  • Schedule an appointment by calling 706-721-4929.

Physicians/Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Betty S. Pace, MD, Interim Division Chief
Afshin Ameri, MD
Leila Jerome Clay, MD
Beth Fisher, PNP
Theodore Johnson, MD
Cindy Neunert, MD
Colleen H. McDonough, MD

State-of-the-art Care for Children with Sickle Cell Disease

All children born in Georgia are screened for sickle cell disease at birth. That’s because early diagnosis and specialized care can prevent death and serious complications from this disorder. Children’s Hospital of Georgia is the only facility in the area offering care for children with sickle cell disease.  The Augusta University Medical Center  is a designated State Center for the confirmation of children suspected of having sickle cell disease and other hemoglobinopathies.

The center offers:

  • Diagnosis and care by pediatric hematologists and nurse practitioner who specialize in sickle cell disease
  • 24-hour acute care and health maintenance services
  • Clinic for transfusions and short term acute care
  • Access to medical social workers and registered dieticians
  • A full range of treatments including hydroxyurea, penicillin prophylaxis, vaccinations against bacterial pneumonia, flu vaccination, folic acid supplement, pain management, treatments to eliminate excess iron, and a full range of infusion and aphaeresis services
  • Newborn screening and new patient evaluation
  • Patient and family counseling and education
  • Follow-up and genetic counseling
  • Transcranial Doppler ultrasound testing and interpretation for stroke prevention
  • Child Life Specialists to help children understand and cope with treatment
  • Schedule an appointment by calling 706-721-0174

The Sickle Cell team:

Betty S. Pace, MD
Cindy Neunert, MD
Leila Jerome Clay, MD
Cynthia Wade, LPN

Comprehensive Care for Hemophilia in Children

Children with hemophilia need easy access to comprehensive care by physicians who understand this inherited blood disorder. Children's Hospital of Georgia operates the area’s only pediatric hemophilia program.

The program offers:

  • Expert care by pediatric oncologists-hematologists and nurse who specialize in hemophilia
  • A hemophilia clinic that meets twice a month and delivers multidisciplinary care by a pediatric oncologist-hematologist, medical social worker and physical therapists
  • Diagnosis, evaluation, multidisciplinary care, surgery and management for hemophilia and other hereditary hemorrhagic or thrombotic disorders
  • Prophylaxis, or factor-replacement infusions to increase clotting levels and prevent bleeding
  • Quick referrals to pediatric dentists, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists and other physicians
  • Genetic counseling
  • Child Life Specialists to help children understand and cope with treatment
  • Schedule an appointment by calling 706-721-3636

The Hemophilia team: 

Afshin Ameri, MD
Joetta Smith, RN, MSN

Hemophilia web site

Check out our own pediatric oncology nurse practitioner Beth Fisher featured in Georgia Kids First