The Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment (AYA) Program at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's is made up of nationally recognized oncologists, hematologists and board-certified surgeons. Because our program is focused on teens and young adults, we “get” what teens and young adults need—medically, emotionally and beyond. We understand that their needs, rights, questions, and feelings are very different than those of young children.
The AYA team is led by Leonard Sender, M.D. who is PSF Chief of Oncology and Medical Director of the Cancer Institute. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. He served his fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He completed both his residency and internship at UCI Medical Center in Orange. Dr. Sender received his medical training at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
|Associate Spotlight: Julie Messina-Physician Assistant
Julie Messina is a physician assistant who specializes in oncology and works the CHOC Children’s Cancer Institute’s adolescent and young adult patients. "I am proud that our team has been ahead of the curve in finding new and innovative ways to reach out to and treat teen and young adult patients."
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