In this week’s Five Question Friday, we catch up with Kris Ann Schultz, MD, as she talks about her work in our Cancer and Blood Disorders program and the many memories she has made working with children and their families.
How long have you worked at Children’s?
I’ve worked at Children’s for six years.
What are some of the conditions you treat?
I care for children with cancer and blood disorders, usually brain tumors, solid tumors such as kidney or ovarian tumors, and leukemia.
You are the principle investigator for the International Ovarian and Testicular Stromal Tumor Registry. Can you tell us more about that project?
We started the International Ovarian and Testicular Stromal Tumor (OTST) Registry in December 2011 to try to understand more about what causes these rare tumors in children and young adults around the world, and how to best treat them. We suspected that these tumors were related to another kind of rare tumor we study here called pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB). We knew we needed to understand more about that connection to help us find both kids of tumors in their earliest and most curable form.
Editor’s note: The OTST and PPB registries were recently featured in an NBC News story about a baby whose lung tumor was found early thanks to the research of the registries and the bravery of his mom.
Do you have a favorite memory from working at Children’s?
My favorite memories at Children’s are all about the kids and families I’ve cared for. I love watching the kids have fun at the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic to raise funds for children’s cancer research. I love watching doctors, hospital staff, parents and siblings shave their heads in honor our young heroes at our annual head shaving event to support St. Baldrick’s. Both the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic and St. Baldrick’s Foundation support the OTST and cancer research at Children’s.
During my first two years in college, I wanted to be either editor of Ranger Rick magazine or a pediatrician. I decided that I wanted to be a doctor when I was in a small village in rural Tanzania. I was studying giraffe during the day and spending time in the village in the afternoons and evenings when it was too hot to track giraffe. Working with the amazing people there made me realize I wanted to work with people in a direct “hands-on” way and pediatric oncology has been a great way to do that.
At home, I love spending time with my family, my husband and our three kids.