Jamie L. Renbarger, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
My career path has been driven by my passion for taking care of patients, developing relationships, and teaching. During my initial pediatric rotation as a third year medical student, I found that I loved caring for children because of their resiliency and innocence. I was also attracted to pediatrics because of the multitude of academic opportunities in the field. Early in my residency, I developed a passion for pediatric hematology/oncology as well as pediatric critical care, attracted by the medical and psychosocial intensities of both fields. Within pediatric hematology/oncology, I was particularly drawn to the clinical care of pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients and ultimately chose this over critical care due to the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with patients and their families who we have the privilege to see for many years. I embarked upon my pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine with an open mind and an interest in getting good research experience as a foundation for my future academic career. I have always enjoyed thinking about medications, their mechanisms of action, and variability in both response and side effects. As such I decided to join the cancer pharmacology group for my fellowship research. I became passionate about developing ways to predict response to specific therapies we use in children with cancer and, in particular, understanding inter-individual variability in responses and toxicities. My hope is that my passion and research will lead to a better understanding on how to best treat individual children with cancer where the ultimate, initial goal is disease cure rather than control of symptoms. I feel privileged to come to work and think about ways to improve our approaches to caring for our patients.
Riley Hospital, Room 2720 702 Barnhill Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5200
Titles & Appointments
- Caroline Symmes Scholar in Pediatric Cancer Research
- Associate Professor of Medicine
- Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
My primary research interest as a pediatric oncologist/stem cell transplant physician is in personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics in the treatment of childhood cancers.