Tackling cancer and hematologic disorders

By providing close-to-home clinical care, groundbreaking research and educational programs, Dalhousie’s Division of Hematology/Oncology is able to help children with:

  • bleeding disorders
  • thrombotic disorders
  • hemoglobinopathies
  • cancer
  • vascular malformations
  • blood disorders

Clinical activities

Together with members of the IWK’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Service, our clinicians collaborate with community health professionals to provide children with health care that’s as close to home as possible.

We offer a multi-disciplinary inpatient and ambulatory care unit that provides each child and their family with a family-care coordinator. This nurse coordinator makes it easier for families to get the answers they need, and to connect with the tertiary care centre and the home community health centre.

We use a Level of Care system that matches each phase of the child’s care to available resources in each care site to ensure that the child receives the best and safest care possible.

Teaching activities

Our faculty members participate in a wide range of educational activities by:

  • attending weekly patient management rounds
  • supporting the Tumor Board [PDF - 107 KB]
  • teaching other health professionals, including a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons subspecialty training program in Pediatric Hematology Oncology
  • acting as mentors and supervisors for elective students from a variety of backgrounds
  • participating in Case-Oriented Problem-Simulated (COPS) teaching, clinical clerk teaching and resident seminars
  • presenting at various Grand Rounds (pediatric, adult hematology, medical oncology)
  • contributing to national and international educational sessions and conferences at Dalhousie

We also participate in outreach teaching with other health centers within the Maritime provinces through the Atlantic Provinces Pediatric Hematology Oncology Network (APPHON).

Research interests

We are a full member of the Children's Oncology Group—(an international clinical trials group with more than 200 member institutions from around the world). At any one time, we have more than 60 research trials open. Dr. Fernandez is COG Chair of the Renal Tumors Committee.

The IWK’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Service is actively participating in a number of other national and international clinical research groups working to improve health outcomes for children and adolescents with hematologic or oncologic disorders.

Our full-time people 


  • Dr. Alan Fine  Departments of Physiology & Biophysics, Medicine (Neurology), and Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Kerry Goralski, College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Melanie Keats, School of Health & Human Performance (Kinesiology), Dalhousie University


  • Dr. Mark Bernstein, MD, FRCPC

Contact info

Email: Jennifer.Curran@iwk.nshealth.ca
Phone: 902-470-8048
Fax: 902-470-7216

Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of Pediatrics
IWK Health Centre
5850/5980 University Avenue
Halifax, NS  B3K 6R8