Solid Tumor Program

The Solid Tumor Program, directed by Janet Yoon, M.D., treats patients with various pediatric solid tumors.

These include:

We have an expert team of pediatric hematologists/oncologists who specialize in treating these tumors. Sun Choo, M.D., has particular expertise in Ewing sarcoma; Jennifer Elster, M.D., specializes in both neuro-oncology and pediatric solid tumors; and Peter Zage, M.D., Ph.D., has particular expertise in neuroblastoma. (For all of our physicians, see the Team listing below.) For a variety of solid tumors, the team is increasingly using personalized medicine.

The team will work closely with the Pediatric Surgery program, specifically Nicholas Saenz, M.D., who attends the weekly Solid Tumor team meetings and twice a month tumor board conferences.

Additionally, the team will work collaboratively with and rely on the expertise of the Acute Pain Service and Hematology/Oncology Supportive Care Program, specifically JoAnne Auger, R.N., CHPPN, supportive care nurse for the Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, and Kimberly Bower, M.D., division chief of Palliative Medicine, to assist with symptom management and provide multidisciplinary psychosocial support to patients and their families.

The program’s research component will involve therapeutic clinical trials, many of which utilize novel agents, as well as quality improvement projects specifically targeting the solid tumor patient population.


Janet Yoon, M.D., Director; Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Sun Choo M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Jennifer Elster, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Victor Wong M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, UC San Diego

Peter  Zage M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor-in-Residence, UC San Diego

Nathalie LeFloch, R.N., M.S.N., CPNP, Coordinator

Lynn Schubert, B.S.N., R.N.C., CPON, Case Manager