Hematology Services and Conditions

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The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists with Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, provide innovative treatments and comprehensive care for young patients with bleeding, clotting and other benign (noncancerous) hematology conditions.

Our specialists, who also are faculty members at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, have the experience and training to provide a precise diagnosis of your child’s condition. Working with you, we’ll develop a customized treatment plan aimed at getting your child back to being a kid again.


An anemic child doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells to deliver oxygen throughout the body. Our specialists will devise a treatment for the specific type of anemia affecting your child — whether it’s a temporary or long-term condition, mild or severe.

Hemostasis and Thrombosis

Our hematologists are trained and equipped to care for a broad range of bleeding and clotting conditions. The Norton Children’s pediatric coagulation center is the largest of its type in Kentucky.

Our specialists are available for immediate consultations about a child’s serious bleeding or clotting issues.


Neutropenia is characterized by reduced levels of white blood cells that fight certain viral and bacterial infections. These white blood cells, called neutrophils, surround and destroy infection.

Even normal bacterial levels put a child with neutropenia at risk for serious infection.

The Norton Children’s Difference

As home to Kentucky’s leading pediatric hematology program, Norton Children’s offers sophisticated care for your child, including:

  • Kentucky’s largest pediatric coagulation center. Our hematology specialists have extensive experience with a range of treatments, including two decades of red cell exchange apheresis care.
  • Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, features the area’s only pediatric apheresis and photopheresis program. Apheresis can be used in treatment protocols for many blood disorders.
  • Norton Children’s Hospital is home to the area’s only blood and marrow transplant program dedicated to treating children. Stem cell transplants are used to treat a variety of blood disorders.
  • Norton Children’s Infusion Center provides families with easy access to care without having to spend a night in the hospital. The center focuses on children, but also administers infusions to adults. The center offers:
    • Blood transfusions
    • Intravenous infusion therapy for patients with specific needs
    • Red blood cell depletion to remove excess red blood cells using apheresis
    • Red blood cell exchange – An effective therapy for sickle cell disease in which damaged red cells are removed and replaced with healthy red blood cells
    • White cell depletion, which uses apheresis to remove white blood cells when levels are dangerously high

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