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Section Members


Hematology / Oncology

Singleton, TamiWe are pleased to announce that Tammuella "Tami" C. Singleton, MD, has recently joined the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology as Section Chief. She comes to us from Children's Hospital/LSU School Medicine - New Orleans. She completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - National Cancer Institute Combined fellowship training program.

Dr. Singleton is board certified by American Board of Pediatrics in Hematology/Oncology and General Pediatrics. She serves as the principal investigator for the Children's Oncology Group, and is a clinician with the Louisiana Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders here at Tulane. Additionally, she is a member of a number of professional societies including the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

Dr. Singleton's interests include bleeding and clotting disorders, as well as inherited and acquired anemias. Dr. Singleton is currently seeing patients at the Downtown Pediatrics Clinic and the Louisiana Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Comprehensive Clinic

The Section of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology is a comprehensive program that addresses both the medical and psychosocial needs of children with cancer and hematologic disorders such as sickle cell disease. The staff includes pediatric hematologists/oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, orthopedists, urologists, otolaryngologists, and ophthalmologists. Pediatric social workers help families cope with diagnosis and treatment, and support groups help educate families.

The Tulane pediatric oncology program belongs to the Children's Oncology Group (COG) and we use treatment protocols designed by the physician experts in the group. This is done in order to provide the most up-to-date treatment for children with cancer and to better the treatment in the future.

We have three full-time nurses who specialize in childhood cancer and work with our pediatric hematology/oncology patients. Our pain relief specialists seek to relieve or manage the pain of procedures as well as pain caused by disease. Child life specialists help the children with a variety of play-therapy techniques. Tulane's pediatric oncology specialists form a team for the child with cancer. An important member of that team is the family. At every step of the treatment, procedures are explained to family members. Child life specialists use dolls to demonstrate to children, and use words youngsters can understand to describe their treatment. Adolescents are given appropriate support that takes into account the effect cancer and cancer treatments can have on the lives of teenagers. When possible we provide home care delivery of medicines, chemotherapy, and other support..

The SMILE program encourages first and second year medical students to become "Big Buddies" to our pediatric cancer patients and their brothers and sisters. The program was initiated and is managed by medical students with the advice and help of the medical staff. The children benefit because they have a new friend who is fun and who helps them when they visit the hospital. The children's parents highly value the interactions. The medical students act as friends and not as doctors.

Our hematologic program treats all hematologic diseases including anemias and coagulation disorders. We direct The Sickle Cell Center of Southern Louisiana, which provides care for children as well as adults with sickle cell disease.  Comprehensive medical care is provided by the physicians and 2 nurses who specialize in sickle cell disease and who are knowledgeable about all aspects of sickle cell disease.  Recognizing that social, economic and personal factors play a large role in the well being of sickle cell patients, the social service component provides assistance to patients in meeting their social service needs.  One social worker is dedicated to the Center.

As children with sickle cell disease develop into adolescents and adulthood, the professional staff works with each patient in preparation for transition into adult care.  Adult sickle cell care also takes place at Tulane Medical Center and consists of a hematologist, nurse practitioner, nurse and social worker.

Children with coagulation disorders are cared for by the professional staff of Hemophilia Center, a group of physicians orthopedists, nurses, and social workers who together address all aspects of care.

 

Department of Pediatrics, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5456 website@tulane.edu