The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program was created in 1997
to meet the growing need for a comprehensive pediatric
healthcare facility in Southwest Florida.
Built on a commitment of compassionate care and support, The
Children’s Hospital offers specialized inpatient and outpatient
medical care for children with cancer and blood disorders. We
help families right here in our area maintain as much of their
normal daily lives as possible while a child undergoes
The State of Florida Department of Children’s Medical Services
has designated The Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology
Program as one of just nine centers in the state for infants and
children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders.
Through the Center’s membership in the Children’s Oncology Group, a
cooperative research group supported by the National Cancer
Institute, The Children’s Hospital can ensure that patients have
access to advanced therapies and the collective expertise of
The Barbara’s Friends Hematology/Oncology Outpatient
The Outpatient Center was designed to meet the needs of
outpatient therapy in a timely manner. The facility is a
child-friendly environment and the staff makes every effort to
ensure the visit is a pleasant experience.
The Center includes 2 playrooms and infusion rooms. Anesthesia
is provided for all children requiring a painful procedure, such
as a bone marrow biopsy or spinal tap. Providing anesthesia
decreases anxiety and trauma for all involved.
Chrissy Brown Inpatient Hematology/Oncology Unit
Our inpatient hematology/oncology unit provides a way for
children and families coping with extended hospital stays to
enjoy most of the comforts of home – along with lifesaving care.
The unit, the only one of its kind in Southwest Florida, ensures
patients receive treatment in a safe and compassionate
environment, specially designed for kids who are battling cancer
and blood disorders. In addition to its eight beds, the unit has
its own treatment rooms, playroom, fully stocked kitchen, and
Child Life Program
The child life specialist provides medical play to teach your
child about experiences and medical procedures in the hospital,
developmentally appropriate fun activities, and distraction for
medical procedures or long days in the clinic. Coordination of
school re-entry, special events, and unique opportunities are
also incorporated into your child’s care.
Yawkey Children’s Counseling Center
The Yawkey Children's Counseling Center at The Children's
Hospital is available to all of our patients and their families.
Our full-time pediatric psychologist provides behavioral
healthcare and support to chronically ill pediatric patients,
their siblings, and their parents. Psychological services are
available to families at the time of diagnosis, during
treatment, and after treatment has ended. The psychologist also
conducts neurocognitive evaluations for the detection of
developmental, educational, or neuropsychological effects of
illness and medical treatments. Through the Yawkey Center the
psychosocial team (including the disciplines of psychology,
social work, and child life) works closely with the medical team
to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the care of your
Emad Salman, MD
Dr. Salman is the medical director of hematology/oncology at The
Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. He earned his medical
degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and is
board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology.
Dr. Salman completed his pediatric and fellowship training in
hematology/oncology at the University of Florida.
Craig A. MacArthur, MD, PhD
Dr. MacArthur is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric
hematology/oncology. He earned his medical degree and his
doctorate in molecular biology at Washington University School
of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. MacArthur completed his
internship and residency in the Department of Pediatrics,
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He completed his fellowship in
hematology/oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and his
postdoctoral fellowship at the laboratory of Gregory M.
Shackleford, PhD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Kim C. Shimoda, PhD
Dr. Shimoda received her doctorate in child clinical and family
psychology at the University of Utah. She completed her clinical
internship in child clinical and pediatric psychology at the
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). After her
internship she completed fellowship training in pediatric
psychology and neuropsychology at MUSC.
Pam K. Wojciki, MS, ARNP
Pam Wojciki is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She
received her undergraduate nursing degree from Georgetown
University in Washington D.C., and her master’s degree in
nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She
coordinates the cancer survivorship program.
The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the most
comprehensive facility of its kind in our area and operates
under the principle that essential healthcare services should be
available to all children, regardless of their families’ ability
to pay for such services. Seriously ill children with a range of
life-threatening conditions are able to remain right here in our
community with family and friends – instead of having to endure
the stress and isolation of travel to Tampa or Miami. Children
and their families can focus on treatment, not unnecessary
Established in 1992 to meet the growing and continuing need for
comprehensive child healthcare in Southwest Florida, Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is part of the Lee
Memorial Health System family. Sharing the legacy of providing
top quality healthcare services that dates back to 1916, we are
committed to delivering superior care to our youngest of
patients, their families and our community.
The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
9981 South HealthPark Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33908