Mark Walters, MD
Keith Quirolo, MD
Mark Walters, MD, Program Director, (510) 428-3374
Dr. Mark Walters earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. During his pediatric residency at the University of Washington Unified Hospitals, he became interested in hematology and oncology, especially in genetic blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia. Upon completion of his residency, he did a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was an assistant member until joining Children's. From 1993 until 1999, Dr. Walters also directed the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic at Odessa Brown Children's Clinic and Children's Hospital in Seattle. In addition to his responsibilities as Children’s BMT Program Director, Dr. Walters also serves as the Medical Director of ViaCord’s Processing Laboratory and as a consultant to ViaCell, a biotechnology company, ViaCord’s parent company.
Keith Quirolo, MD, Clinical Director Apheresis Program, (510) 428-3885, ext. 2517
Dr. Keith Quirolo earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency here at Children’s Oakland. During his pediatric residency, he developed a keen interest in pediatric hemoglobinopathy related illnesses. He completed a fellowship in lab medicine and blood banking which, together with his ongoing care of children with sickle cell disease and other hematologic disorders, makes Dr. Quirolo uniquely qualified to direct the Apheresis Program at Children’s.
Nancy Noonan, RN, MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, (510) 428-3885, ext. 2835
Recruited to Children's from the Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she was employed as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist from 1994 to 2000, Nancy Noonan has more than 20 years of nursing experience in pediatric settings. She has held nursing positions in the Pediatric Clinical Research Center of the University of California, San Francisco, and in the California Pacific Medical Center (formerly Children's Hospital of San Francisco).
Sherrie Shiota, PA-C, Physician Assistant, Unrelated Donor Transplant Coordinator, (510) 428-3885, ext. 2981
Sherrie Shiota has spent her career working with hematology and oncology patients at one of the nation's leading cancer institutes. Prior to joining the BMT team, she was a clinical nurse specialist (1980-1992) and a physician assistant (1992-2000) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Alicia Garcia, RN, Apheresis Coordinator
Heather Fox, MSW, MPH
Heather Fox received both her graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1996. She completed internships at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco and Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) at Stanford, where she developed a passion for working with children with cancer and their families. After completing her graduate training, Heather worked at LPCH and LPCH/Washington Hospital and Alta Bates. She was one of the founding team members of Comfort for Kids–the Bay Area's first pediatric hospice and home care program. Heather joined Children's in September 2003 and works with BMT, oncology and neuro-oncology patients.
At Children’s Hospital we never forget that kids are more than the collective of their diagnoses and treatment plans. They are first of all kids, whose emotional needs are as important as their medical ones. In addition to these medical care providers, other professionals are here to ensure the emotional well being of children and their families.