Participating Sites


University of 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 a 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.


  • Nicholas Whipple, MD, MPH

    Principal Investigator, Pediatric Neuro-oncologist

  • Priya Chan, MD

    Co-Principal Investigator, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist


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