Newswise — Dylan Graetz, M.D., M.P.H., a pediatric hematology-oncology fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has received a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The award provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology and help launch their careers.

Graetz’s research in Global Pediatric Medicine focuses on how culture affects communication and how that in turn affects outcomes for children with cancer. She is assessing the communication needs of patients and families in Guatemala at the time of diagnosis. 

“I am very grateful to ASCO for supporting me as I work with partners in Guatemala to explore patient-centered communication in a limited-resource setting,” Graetz said. “Our goal is to understand and enhance current communication practices, ultimately ensuring that St. Jude Global partners can continue to provide optimal care to pediatric cancer patients around the world.”

Graetz completed medical training and earned a master’s of public health degree at the University of Connecticut. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

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