Chief of the Division of Oncology
Childhood Cancer Research, USA
Stephen P. Hunger, MD, is the Chief of the Division of Oncology, the Director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research and the Jeffrey E. Perelman Distinguished Chair in the Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hunger specializes in research and treatment regarding children, adolescents and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He has authored more than 240 peer-reviewed manuscripts, almost all on pediatric ALL. He was the Vice-Chairman (2002-2007) and Chairman (2008-2015) of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) ALL Disease Committee. In these roles he has been responsible for oversight of the design and conduct of clinical trials and linked translational research studies that enroll over 2000 children with ALL each year, including more than 70% of US children and adolescents diagnosed with ALL. Dr. Hunger leads the COG ALL TARGET Project, that has conducted comprehensive studies of the genetic features of childhood ALL and revolutionized understanding of the genomic landscape of pediatric ALL. These findings are now being translated to clinical trials of targeted therapy in Philadelphia chromosome-like ALL. Dr. Hunger is currently the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology and also has a major interest in global oncology, with a focus on improving cure rates for children with ALL in low and middle income countries.