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William Slayton, MD

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist (Child Cancer Specialist)

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About me

My patients and colleagues call me Dr. Bill, and I joined the division of pediatric hematology and oncology in 2002, with a focus on platelet disorders and leukemia. I received my bachelor’s degree in biology from Oberlin College and my medical degree from the University of Florida. I also completed a pediatric internship, pediatric residency and pediatric fellowship at UF.

I was inspired to go into medicine by my father, who was a pioneer in adult oncology. I always admired him for his work but could not imagine how he could work with such sick people. When I was in medical school and as a resident, I was always most comfortable working with patients with cancer, and I am sure this is because of my father’s influence. I am naturally a pediatrician as I love to work with children. I am now the chief of the division, and I also chair the Children’s Oncology Group clinical trial AALL0622, Improved Targeted Tyrosine Kinase Therapy for Ph+ Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

As a pediatric oncologist, I have worked hard to improve the treatments for children with leukemia. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work on and then lead clinical trials using new targeted therapies for children with high-risk leukemia. My laboratory has interest in how normal and leukemic stem cell interact with the bone marrow microenvironment. My current projects are focused on developing better therapies for Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia and infant leukemia.

My goal is to be a great teacher and lead my division and my department to provide the best care for our patients. My experiences with my own parents’ illnesses has instilled in me a fierce allegiance with my patients. I have assembled a team of like-minded providers who want to do the very best for our kids.

In my free time, I frequently volunteer at Camp Boggy Creek, sing in three a cappella groups and write limericks. I've also organized wilderness river trips for children who have completed their cancer treatment. I have three amazing children with my wife, Dr. Marci Slayton who is a pediatrician and in my free time I enjoy spending time gardening, bird-watching and cooking.

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Active clinical trials

Chemoradiotherapy With Targeted Immunotherapy in Pediatric Lymphoma (RADICAL)

The addition of targeted immunotherapy will be safe and well tolerated and facilitate the reduction of anthracycline exposure while preserving lymphoma disease control in children, adolescents and young adults (CAYA) with mature B-cell non-Hodgkin…

Investigator
William Slayton
Status
Accepting Candidates
Ages
3 Years - 39 Years
Sexes
All
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My research

Top areas of exploration

  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells , 12 publications
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation , 10 publications
  • Bone Marrow , 8 publications
  • Megakaryocytes , 7 publications

Research activity

78 publications

1,958 citations

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My areas of focus

I think there is an opportunity to not only provide great care to our patients but also make discoveries that will help children in the future.

—  Dr. William Slayton

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