Stephen P. Hunger, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Oncology
Director, Center for Childhood Cancer Research
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Stephen Hunger is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist who specializes in research and treatment regarding children, adolescents and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, almost all focused on pediatric ALL. Dr. Hunger is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Oncology and Director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hunger is the prior Vice-Chairman (2002-2007) and Chairman (2008-2015) of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) ALL Disease Committee. In these roles he has been responsible for oversight of the design and conduct of clinical trials and linked translational research studies that enroll over 2,000 children with ALL each year, including more than 70% of US children and adolescents diagnosed with ALL. Dr. Hunger leads the COG ALL TARGET (Therapeutically Applicable Research to Generate Effective Therapies) Project, that has conducted comprehensive studies of the genetic features of childhood ALL and revolutionized understanding of the genomic landscape of pediatric ALL. These findings are now being translated to clinical trials of targeted therapy in Philadelphia chromosome-like ALL. Dr. Hunger also has an interest in global health with a focus on improving treatment for children with ALL in low and middle income countries.