Meet the Hematology Team

The skilled hematologists with Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, are board certified and fellowship trained to provide sophisticated care and the latest treatments.

Ashok B. Raj, M.D., received fellowship training in pediatric hematology-oncology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and is board certified in pediatric hematology-oncology.

Esther E. Knapp, M.D., MBE, received fellowship training in pediatric hematology-oncology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City and bone marrow transplantation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. She is board certified in pediatric hematology-oncology.

The skilled physicians, nurses and staff at Norton Children’s use their training and access to the latest treatments to help pediatric hematology patients now and for years to come.

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