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The Medical Team

Learn about the medical team that took care of the kids and families featured in A LION IN THE HOUSE, and find out what they are doing today.  Updated April 2006.

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Dr. Robert Arceci

Dr. Robert Arceci

Dr. Robert Arceci received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. During the filming of A LION IN THE HOUSE, he was the director of the hematology/oncology division at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It was Dr. Arceci’s idea to invite filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert to make a documentary at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Arceci is now the director of pediatric oncology at the John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Vinod V. Balasa

Dr. Vinod V. Balasa

Dr. Vinod Balasa, M.D., is assistant professor of pediatrics and director of the Thrombophilia program in the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center of the Hematology/Oncology Division at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Balasa received his M.S. from Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, India. He completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY, and his fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Dr. Cindi DeLaat

Dr. Cindi DeLaat

Dr. Cindi DeLaat obtained her M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where she also completed her residency and fellowship and served as associate professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. DeLaat has been a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital for 20 years.

Dr. Fred Huang

Dr. Fred Huang

Dr. Fred Huang received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1994. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Baylor’s affiliated hospitals three years later. At the time of filming LION, Dr. Huang was a pediatric oncology fellow at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Huang is currently an assistant professor and director of the division of hematology/oncology in the University of Texas Medical Branch’s department of pediatrics in Galveston.
Dr. Paul Jubinsky

Dr. Paul Jubinsky

Dr. Paul Jubinsky, M.D., Ph.D., completed his residency at the University of Texas. His fellowship was completed at Harvard Medical School. At the time of filming LION, Dr. Jubinsky was an attending physician at Cincinnati Children’s. Currently, he works in the department of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.
Connie Koons

Connie Koons, R.N., B.S.N.

Connie Koons is charge nurse in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit of the Hematology/Oncology Division at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Claire Mazewski

Dr. Claire Mazewski

Dr. Claire Mazewski graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine. She then did her residency at Indiana University, followed by her fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is currently working in pediatric neuro-oncology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.
Dr. Robert Noll

Dr. Robert Noll

Dr. Robert Noll is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he also completed his pediatric psychology fellowship. Dr. Noll’s specialty is pediatric hematology/oncology and psychiatry. During the filming of LION, he was director of psycho-social services for the hematology/oncology division at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Noll is now working at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he is the assistant medical director for behavioral health in addition to being a professor of pediatrics, psychiatry and psychology.
Linda Polman

Linda Polman, R.N., B.S.N.

Linda Polman is the education coordinator for Inpatient and Outpatient Nursing Staff in the Hematology/Oncology Division at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Ted Zwerdling

Dr. Ted Zwerdling

Dr. Ted Zwerdling is currently working at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. At the time of filming LION, Dr. Zwerdling was an attending physician as well as the medical director of hospice at Cincinnati Children’s.

 

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