University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah


The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is ranked as one of the top public research universities in the nation. The School of Medicine combines excellence in teaching, research, and clinical expertise, and is widely recognized for interdisciplinary research in diverse areas of leading-edge medicine, including cancer. The Huntsman Cancer Institute, including the Center for Children’s Cancer Research, is a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Primary Children's Medical Center is the pediatric specialty teaching hospital located on the campus of the University of Utah School of Medicine. It is the only full-service children's hospital in the intermountain west, which is comprised of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Montana. The 293-bed hospital is a tertiary care facility and a Level 1 Trauma center, providing care for children with the most complex injury and illness, including pediatric oncology patients who require comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care and stem cell transplantation. The newly renovated state of the art inpatient Immunocompromised Unit at Primary Children’s Medical Center has 31 rooms dedicated primarily for oncology and stem cell transplant patients.

The Division of Hematology-Oncology is comprised of 17 Board-certified/eligible Pediatric Hematology-Oncologists. The program ranks among the top 8 institutions nationally for COG patient enrollment, with 160-170 newly diagnosed cancer patients, more than 70 neuro-oncology patients and over 7000 outpatient clinic visits annually. The Division has five physician scientists whose laboratories are located within the Huntsman Cancer Institute. In addition, the pediatric oncology program is an integral participant within the Center of Investigational Therapeutics at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The multidisciplinary Pediatric Neuro Oncology Program includes pediatric neuro-oncologists, pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric radiation oncologists, pediatric neuro-endocrinologists, integrative medicine physician, pediatric oncology nurse practitioners, child life specialists, social workers, financial analyst, physical therapist, nutritionist and pharmacy practitioners.

Housing Information

There is 25 room Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City a short distance from the children’s hospital campus that offers rooms to families of children receiving care at PCMC.  In addition, many local hotels offer special rates to families.   Our team of four social workers is available to assist families in identifying local housing during their stay in Salt Lake City.  

Contact information


Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Primary Children’s Medical Center

100 N. Mario Capecchi Drive

Salt Lake City UT 84113

Phone: 801 662-4700

Fax: 801 662-4707


Principal Investigator
Pediatric Neuro-oncologist
Nicholas Whipple, MD, MPH has joined the faculty of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology as an Assistant Professor on the clinical track. The primary focus of his clinical care is pediatric neuro-oncology. Dr. Whipple received his M.D. at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Utah. At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology. Dr. Whipple received a Master of Public Health at George Washington University. Dr. Whipple’s research interests are pediatric neuro-oncology, targeted therapies for pediatric central nervous system tumors, cancer/tumor predisposition syndromes and histiocytic disorders. Dr. Whipple provides clinical care at Primary Children’s Hospital.
Co-Principal Investigator
Pediatric Neuro-oncologist
Dr. Carol Bruggers is a pediatric neuro-oncologist who specializes in caring for children and teenagers with diverse types of brain tumors. She has a particular interest in the treatment of progressive low-grade gliomas in children, and in the treatment of familial and sporadic atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors. Dr. Bruggers has a longstanding interest in quality of life and late effects in children who have survived brain tumors.

Bridget Dopp, RN

Neuro-Oncology Nurse Coordinator
Pediatric Endocrinologist
Pediatric Neuro-oncologist

Leah Forster, MSW

Pediatric Neuro-oncology Social Worker
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Virginia Dominy, PNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Dayna Greene, PNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Andrea Aguero, PNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Laynie Perkins, PNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Radiation Oncologist

John Thomson, MD

Pediatric Radiation Oncologist

Teresa Such-Nibar, DO

Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist