In addition to the medical oncologists who will be caring for your child, your pediatric bone marrow transplant (BMT) team will include pediatric nurses, pediatric physician assistants, Child Life specialists, pediatric social workers, pediatric dietitians, and others. Here are some of the people who may be on your child’s BMT team.
Rhonda Estigoy is a physician assistant who cares for children treated with stem cell transplantation. She received her MS, PA-C, and MPH degrees from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 2001. “I believe that each patient and his or her family should be treated with the utmost compassion, respect, and honesty when the patient is going through a stem cell transplant. I strive to be an advocate between the patient and the rest of the stem cell transplant team and to gain more medical knowledge from each patient,” she says.
Jessica M. McMeekin is a board-certified pediatric primary care nurse practitioner. She received her education at University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing and University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle.
Patricia Murphy is a board-certified physician assistant.
Natalie Riotto is a board-certified physician assistant. She received her education at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She received a Physician Assistant Faculty Award from Loma Linda University in 2006 and a School of Allied Health Rising Star Award in 2006.
Jennifer Shutts is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She received her education at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, and did fellowship training at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston.
Joan Suver is a physician assistant who cares for pediatric oncology patients who receive bone marrow transplants. Joan received her PA-C and MHS degrees from Duke University in 1993. “I believe in respecting the autonomy of patients and families in making decisions about their care. I strive to communicate clearly with families and to help them understand the rationale for medical decisions,” she says.