Pediatric Care Team

Physicians

Chief of Service: Aziza T. Shad, MD

Amal M. Abu-Ghosh, MD
Dr. Abu-Ghosh received her MBBS in 1985 and an advanced degree in Pediatrics in 1989, from the Jordan University School of Medicine in Aman, Jordon. She completed a Rotating Internship (1986) and a Pediatric Residency (1990) in Jordan before coming to the United States. Dr. Abu-Ghosh underwent another Pediatric Internship and Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston between 1993 and 1995. She then joined the Children's Hospital of Orange County in California as a Hematology/Oncology Fellow, before arriving at Georgetown University in the same capacity in 1998. Dr. Abu-Ghosh has been working most closely with Lombardi's pediatric bone marrow transplantation program. She has spoken at numerous scientific meetings, and is widely published in various areas relating to pediatric oncology, hematology and bone marrow transplantation.

Corina Gonzalez, MD
Dr. Gonzalez received her MD from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in Argentina in 1987. After training at the National Cancer Institute Pediatric Oncology Branch and the Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Pediatric Hematology, she completed her residency in pediatrics at the Children's National Medical Center in 2001. Dr. Gonzalez joined Lombardi's pediatric team in 2002, where she focuses on treating children with solid tumors.

Scott N. Myers, MD, MPH
Dr. Myers received his MD from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1999, following an MS in biology from Purdue University in 1994. Dr. Myers completed his Internship and Residency at Christ Medical Center/Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. He then completed his fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in Pittsburgh, PA. While at the University of Pittsburgh, he earned an MPH and received a competitive Fellow Grant for his work in the area of pharmacogenetics. Dr. Myers has spent several years giving student lectures, resident lectures, speaking at Chief of Service rounds as well as Tumor Boards. In addition to his many lectures, Dr. Myers has written several publications as well as presented several abstracts and posters. Dr. Myers has an interest in Sickle Cell Disease and childhood leukemias. He works in collaboration with the NIH and Howard University Hospital to provide the best Sickle Cell Disease treatment options to all children and young adults at GUH.

Kisten M. Snyder, MD
Dr. Snyder received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan in 2000 and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital in 2003. Dr. Snyder completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Johns Hopkins University/National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2006. During that time, she studied the presence and functionality of tumor associated vs. non-tumor associated antigens in patients with Ewing's sarcoma in the Immunology Section of the Pediatric Oncology Branch at the NCI. Following completion of fellowship Dr. Snyder remained an Assistant Clinical Investigator in the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the NCI continuing her work in tumor immunology as well as writing and opening a clinical research protocol investigating a therapy for multiply recurrent solid tumors. In 2006, Dr. Snyder received the Fellows Award for Research Excellence from National Institutes of Health. She was the Medical Director at Camp Sunrise, the American Cancer Society Camp for Children with Cancer in 2006. In addition to the many lectures and collaborative activities Dr. Snyder has participated in, she has also been published in numerous peer reviewed journals. She is a board certified pediatric hematologist/oncologist. Her current interests include solid tumors, sarcomas, and the relationship of hemostasis in cancer biology.

Jeffrey Toretsky, MD
Dr. Toretsky received his MD in 1988 from the University of Minnesota. He completed his pediatric residency at the Medical College of Virginia in 1991, and his pediatric oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute Pediatric Branch in 1994. He came to Lombardi in 2002 from the Departments of Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Toretsky divides his time between the Lombardi Children's Cancer Foundation Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic and his research laboratory. His clinical interests include rare pediatric hematology diseases (including ADAMTS13 deficiency leading to congenital thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura) and childhood cancer, in particular osteosarcoma (bone cancer), synovial sarcoma, and Ewing's sarcoma. Dr. Toretsky actively pursues research that will lead to new and more specific therapies for Ewing's sarcoma.

Nurse Practitioners

Farrell Godbout, MSN, CPNP, received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Richmond in May 2003. In May 2008, she received a Master of Nursing degree in Pediatrics from Yale University. Prior to joining the Division of Pediatric Oncology as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2009, Farrell and a team of nurse practitioners traveled to Nicaragua in 2007 to establish an annual primary care clinic for children living in an impoverished section of Managua.¬ Farrell is board certified in pediatric advanced practice nursing.

Karen Hennessy, RN/MS/CPNP, is a certified nurse practitioner who has worked in the field of pediatric oncology for more than 20 years. She began her career on the pediatric oncology inpatient unit at The National Institutes of Health. After earning her masters degree, Ms. Hennessy was awarded a fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She later returned to the Metropolitan area and worked as a nurse practitioner in a number of¬ pediatric oncology centers. She joined the Childhood Cancer Survivorship program as both nurse practitioner and coordinator in 2005. Ms. Hennessy has written and lectured to various audiences on the late effects of childhood cancer survivors, and has been an educational advocate for patients with cognitive challenges after treatment. She is passionate in helping childhood cancer survivors lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.

Katherine Myint-Hpu, MSN, MPH, CPNP, received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Vassar College in May 1993. In May 1998 she received a joint Master of Nursing and Master of Public Heath degree from Yale University. Her thesis focused on health care utilization patterns of immigrant families. She began working with the Division of Pediatric Oncology as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in September 1998.

Clinical Research Associates

Anjum Zaki,MD, graduated from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan in 1977. After migrating to the United States, Anjum joined the Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology team in May 2000 as Clinical Rresearch Associate. She is SoCRA certified and is the Research Coordinator for all pharmaceutical and cooperative group studies for Pediatric Hematology / Oncology. She ensures that all research complies with FDA regulations, NCI guidelines, and HIPPA rules. Her ultimate goal is that Georgetown Pediatric Hematology / Oncology continues to participate in contemporary research programs, while maintaining its position as a prominent and successful program.