Since 2016 Sofia's Hope has awarded its grant to Dr, Steven Lipshultz, MD and his team.  Dr. Lipshultz is the world’s expert on pediatric cardio-oncology, who was the Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Miami when Sofia was first diagnosed. Currently Dr. Lipshultz is a Conger Goodyear Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


Dr. Lipshultz' work has been instrumental in this area and has yielded positive results for thousands of children and their families around the world.  However, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Our grant helps fund a Clinical Research Coordinator and, to date, has resulted in a total of seventy-eight (78) activities: two (2) grant approvals, one (1) scientific session, forty-eight (48) publications and twenty-six (26) presentations (see below for links). 


In addition, we are committed to co-sponsoring the 1st International Pediatric Cardio-Oncology Conference with Cincinnati Children's, originally scheduled for October 23-24, 2020. Due to COVID-19, the decision was made to postpone the conference to 2022. We prefer this to a completely virtual format because we see the importance for thought leaders in the field, patient advocates, and others to network and meet in person.


However, because there is a real need for the knowledge, we are offering an online lecture series. The first Pediatric Cardio-Onoclogy Webinar through Cincinnati Children's Heart University was held on Wednesday, December 16th and the 2nd webinar was held on Tuesday, April 13th. We had a total of over 300 attendees between the two webinars!  We will be hosting a webinar every couple of months leading up to the 2022 meeting, allowing for even newer and more cutting edge content to be covered at the in-person meeting.  Click here for links to webinar recordings.


"We know it is disappointing to once again hear of a postponement of this very important meeting, but please let us assure you that we are more determined than ever to achieve this momentous goal." -

Thomas Ryan, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACC, Director of Clinical Operations, Cardiomyopathy & Advanced Heart Failure, Co-Director Cardio Oncology Program, Heart Institute, Cincinnati Children's Hospital


Sofia's Hope is proud of what our research grants have helped Dr. Lipshultz' team accomplish and continue to do in the world of pediatric cardio-oncology.  We strongly believe we are making a difference and fulfilling our mission of fighting childhood cancer with hope.

The following are some of the articles that have been published by Dr. Steven Lipshultz and his team.  Please click on each title below to read each article in its entirety:

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