Hematology is a branch of medicine concerning the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and blood diseases. The word "heme" comes from the Greek for blood. Blood plays an important role in your body. It delivers oxygen and nutrients to organs and cells of your body. It also removes carbon dioxide and other waste products. The blood in your body is made up of many trillions of blood cells carried in liquid called plasma.The Hematology Department at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children cares for children with blood problems and their families. We see children for a variety of reasons – whether it be a one-time diagnostic visit, counseling regarding the child’s illness, or short- or long-term care
Our dedicated team – comprised of doctors, nurses, social workers, and auxiliary professionals – work together to provide family-centered care to each patient. Our goal is not only to make an accurate diagnosis and deliver excellent treatment, but also to provide critical education and support for every child and family.
There are three main types of blood cells in the human body: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Red blood cells carry oxygen; white blood cells are cells of the immune system that protect the body against infectious diseases and foreign invaders; and platelets are parts of the blood that help the blood clot.
At St. Christopher’s, we treat all benign blood disorders, including:
The Bleeding Disorders Program provides care for children with hemophilia, von Willebrand disease and platelet function disorders. Research protocols help provide access to advanced care. A case management nurse and social worker help coordinate comprehensive care, working with orthopedists, physical therapists, dentists and home care nursing services.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients. The team is led by Nataly Apollonsky, MD, Interim Chief, Section of Hematology. To view a list of our specialists, click here.For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (215) 427-5096.