Texas Children’s Hospital

Houston, Texas


As the largest pediatric cancer center in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top pediatric cancer centers in the United States. Our world-renowned staff of 185 faculty and over 800 staff have pioneered many of the now standard protocols for treating and curing pediatric cancer and blood disorders.  Investigators in the Brain Tumor and Developmental Therapeutics Programs are leaders in the development of new drugs, sophisticated radiotherapy approaches and the application of other novel approaches to brain tumor therapy.  As an international leader in pediatric cancer research and treatment, our centers are dedicated to providing novel therapies and family-centered care to children from infancy though young adulthood with cancer and blood disorders.

Housing Information

Texas Children's Hospital is committed to providing the best possible care and experience for all patients and families and understands the many challenges that families face when children require lengthy inpatient stays or ongoing, frequent outpatient care.

Ronald McDonald House at Texas Children’s Hospital offers a supportive, home-like environment for families of children being treated in the neonatal, pediatric, or cardiovascular intensive care units. Located inside Texas Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House amenities include: 20 bedrooms, a cozy living area, dining area and full-stocked kitchenette, so that families have the comforts of home steps away from their sick child. Located nearby the hospital is Ronald McDonald Holcombe House which hosts 50 private bedrooms for families with seriously ill children being treated by children’s hospitals within the Texas Medical Center. The Holcombe House has a gated garage with a shuttle service to and from the hospital, with community kitchens and regularly scheduled programming that provides comfort and support while families are staying in the area.

A list of nearby hotels may be found on the Texas Children’s Hospital Places to Stay webpage.

Families that face financial burdens, due to hospitalization or chronic outpatient care, may contact the social work department at Texas Children’s Hospital, which helps families locate community resources and support services. Their contact phone number is (832) 824–1570.

Contact information


Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers
6701 Fannin Street, Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 1-800-CANCER9

Brain Tumor Program Contact
Phone: 832-824-4220
E-mail: braintumorprogram@texaschildrenshospital.org


Principal Investigator
Pediatric Neuro-oncologist
Dr. Patty Baxter’s area of interest and expertise is in pediatric neuro-oncology, especially high-grade glioma and DIPG, developmental therapeutics and palliative care. She is a member of the Brain Tumor Program and the Developmental Therapeutics Team. She has received specialized training in both clinical research and pharmacology and is board certified in clinical pharmacology. Her primary research interests are in pre-clinical evaluation of novel therapies and in the development of clinical trials for pediatric brain tumors. Dr. Baxter is board certified in palliative care.
Co-Principal Investigator
Director, Pediatric Center for Personal Cancer Genomics and Therapeutics
Dr. Donald Williams (Will) Parsons is one of the national leaders in the genomics as it applies to childhood cancer, as well as a leader in pediatric neuro-oncology. Dr. Parsons is Co-Director of the Brain Tumor Program, Co-Director of the Cancer Genetics and Genomics Program and Director of the Center for Precision Oncology. He is an associate professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology at Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Children’s Cancer Center. He is a board-certified pediatric hematologist-oncologist specializing in the care of children with brain and spinal cord tumors.

Tara McCartney


Susan Burlingame

Site Coordinator

Roxana Martinez

Site Coordinator

Kyle McGallion

Site Coordinator