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Dr. Allison Grimes, MD MSCI is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the UT Health San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) and serves as a member of the Mays Cancer Center (MCC) Population Science and Prevention Committee (PSP). At the bench, her research has focused on treatment-related toxicities of childhood cancer with particular focus on childhood leukemias, identification of risk groups and risk gene markers for adverse effects, and impact on ethnic disparities among adolescents and young adults with cancer (AYA.) As a practicing pediatric oncologist, she co-leads the institution’s Pediatric Leukemia & Lymphoma program and is inaugural Director of the AYA Cancer Program at our minority-based safety-net hospital and NCORP institution.
Her clinical experience drives her commitment to ongoing improvements in supportive care techniques and access to all childhood cancer patients. This effort is supported by her position as the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) liaison for the Children’s Oncology Group’s steering committees for Cancer Control (CCL) and AYA. She also serves as the institution’s Responsible Investigator for CCL and AYA. Dr. Grimes is an active leader in COG Cancer Care Delivery Research, including ACCL15N1CD study committee, evaluating COG guideline-consistent care among NCORP institutions and as vice-chair for the intergroup collaborative ACCL16N1CD, evaluating of guideline-consistent care among AYA with leukemia. Regionally, Dr. Grimes serves as Program Director for a multi-institutional prevention project across five Texas children’s cancer centers focused on multi-level interventions to provide education and direct access to HPV vaccinations in the cancer survivorship setting.