Dr. Aziza Shad
Chair, Samuelson Children’s Hospital
Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
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Since arriving in Baltimore in 2015, Dr. Aziza Shad has positioned Samuelson Children’s Hospital as the leading resource for children with cancer and their families in the in Mid-Atlantic region and around the world. In addition to enhancing available medical treatment for patients, she has introduced programs such as cooking lessons, art therapy and superhero parties that enable children not to be defined by their illness and allow them to just be kids.
With more than three decades of clinical experience, she is well-known around the world for her research efforts, but is most well-known for her deep commitment to her patients and their families in finding innovative ways in ensuring they receive well-rounded care.
Tapping into her vast network, she helped launch Happily Hungry, a recipe book and cooking plan that uses nutritious food as a treatment for cancer and other diseases. In addition, Shad introduced “Mattie’s Miracle Cart,” an initiative developed by a family who lost their young son to cancer, sharing small gifts and snacks to families coming to the pediatric cancer units at Sinai.
Lastly, Shad helped to spearhead Tracy’s Kids, a year-round art therapy initiative that helps young cancer patients and their families cope with the stress and trauma through art expression.
Shad devotes her spare time to creating comprehensive and locally sustainable pediatric cancer programs in low-income countries throughout the world. This effort also helped launch The ASLAN Project in 2010, a nonprofit dedicated to developing a comprehensive pediatric cancer health system in Ethiopia.