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Karen Effinger, MD, MS

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Emory School of Medicine
The Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, Survivorship Program

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I am a pediatric oncologist and specialize in the late effects of cancer treatment.  I work in the Survivorship Clinic in the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which sees oncology and bone marrow transplant patients who have completed their treatment.  My research focuses on physical and psychosocial functioning after cancer treatment with a particular focus in health risk behaviors, wellness, and physical function in childhood, adolescent, and young adult survivors.  Additionally, I am involved in a joint cardio-oncology initiative between the Sibley Heart Center and Survivorship Clinic.

Nationally, I serve as the co-chair for the Children’s Oncology Group Oral/Dental/GI/Hepatic Long Term Follow-up Guidelines Task Force and am a member of the Musculoskeletal/Functional Outcomes task force.  I also am a member of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Early Career Council and Program Committee as well as the American Society for Clinical Oncology.  I am an investigator with the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study and received a 2014 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award to fund my work.


Pediatric oncology survivorship

Late effects of childhood cancer and stem cell transplantation

Adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors

Wellness and physical function in cancer survivors


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