UCSF pediatric hematologist/oncologist Caroline Hastings, MD

Caroline Hastings, MD

Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist

Clinical Director, Neuro-Oncology, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Specialties: Pediatric brain tumors, leukemia, and solid tumors

Dr. Caroline Hastings is a hematologist-oncologist and neuro-oncologist who cares for children with brain and spinal cord tumors, acute leukemias, and solid tumors.

Dr. Hastings' research in rare diseases includes projects on brain tumors, relapsed leukemia, and Niemann-Pick Type C disease. She also researches alternative treatments for childhood cancers. Because children can suffer complications from chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Dr. Hastings continually explores new therapies and alternate approaches, called supportive care, to deal with these so-called “side-effects.”

Hastings believes that training young people who are passionate about medicine is critical to ensuring a healthy future for patients. She serves as director of the fellowship program in pediatric hematology and oncology at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, and she finds that preparing the next generation of doctors is one of the most rewarding aspects of her career in medicine.


Education and Training

1986: MD, UC Davis School of Medicine
1986-1989: Residency in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Oakland
1989-1992: Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Children's Hospital Oakland

Academic Positions

Present: Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology
Present: Clinical Director, Neuro-Oncology, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
1996-Present: Director, Fellowship Program, Pediatric Hematology Oncology, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
1992-2015: Director, Satellite Program in Reno, Nevada, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Selected Awards

2017: Robert E. Gerden Award, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
2009-2010: Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors
2006: Beacon of Hope Award
1999: Miracle Maker Award

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