- Oncology & Hematology - Pediatric
Dr. Jerry Z. Finklestein was educated at McGill University in Montreal Canada. He completed his Pediatric training at the Montreal Children's Hospital and his Hematology-Oncology training at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA). After spending an additional two years on the faculty at CHLA and USC in 1970, he relocated to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center program. In 1976, he created the Hematology-Oncology service at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach. Dr. Finklestein is the founding Medical Director of the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center. He headed the program for over 17 years. In 2008, he was asked to reassume Medical Directorship on an interim basis.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and a time to celebrate the lives of children battling childhood cancer.
It also is a time to raise awareness about the immense impact of this disease.
Each year in the U.S. there are approximately 13,400 children between birth and 19-years-old who are diagnosed with cancer.
About one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will develop cancer before their 20th birthday.
Dr. Jerry Finklestein comes on the show to raise awareness and to give us perspective on what a child with cancer goes through.