Colleen Callahan, RN, MSN, CRNP

Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP

  • Background

    I have worked as a nurse practitioner in the Division of Oncology since 2000. My area of specialty is general oncology. During my years as a nurse practitioner I have taken care of patients with solid tumors, leukemias, and lymphomas. Over the past few years my role has focused more on caring for patients with leukemia and lymphoma. On the inpatient unit my role involved coordinating and providing care for children newly diagnosed with cancer and for those continuing treatment for cancer. Important aspects of my role included providing anticipatory guidance, teaching and educating patients and families, and providing consistency and continuity of care.

    In my current role I am a member of the CART team. CART is new exciting therapy which involves engineering a patient’s T cells to enable them to target CD 19 + B cell leukemia. I am involved in following the patients throughout their experience here at CHOP from their initial consultation visit, T cell collection, T cell infusion, and monitoring and follow-up after T cell infusion. I am involved with the care of relapsed leukemia patients who come to CHOP for Phase 1/2 studies. In addition I also coordinate stem cell collections.

    I have presented many lectures that focus on various general oncology topics including leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, CART 19, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma and stem cell collection.

    I am the Nursing representative for a Children’s Oncology Group study which is comparing two different antifungal medications used to prevent fungal infections in patients with AML.

    Selected Publications, Honors and Professional Activities

    Editorial and academic positions

    Academic positions

    2011, Children's Oncology Group, Developed Family Protocol Summary for ACCL0933 for COG website
    2009, Children's Oncology Group, Nurse Representative for ACCL0933

    Memberships in professional organizations

    2000-present, Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
    2000-present, Children's Oncology Group
    1999-present, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

    Original papers

    2012

    Grupp, S.A., Prak, E.L., Boyer, J., McDonald, K.R., Shusterman, S., Thompson, E., Callahan, C., Jawad, A.F., Levine, B.L., June, C.H., Sullivan, K.E. 2012. Adoptive Transfer of Autologous T Cells Improves T-Cell Repertoire Diversity and Long-Term B-Cell Function in Pediatric Patients with Neuroblastoma. Clinical Cancer Research.

    Posters and presentations

    2012

    Callahan C. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2012 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

    Callahan C. Acute myeloid leukemia [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2012 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

    Callahan C. CART 19 [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2012 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

    2011

    Powell S, Storey B, Gross K, Callahan C, Lewi, S, Manek M, et al. Applying the sterile cockpit to chemotherapy and high risk medications: creation of safety zones [presentation]. National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI); 2011 Mar; Baltimore, MD.

    2010

    Callahan C. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2010 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

    Callahan C. Acute myeloid leukemia [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2010 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

    2009

    Callahan C. Leukemia [presentation]. Physical Therapy Department, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2009; Philadelphia, PA.

    2008

    Callahan C. Patients for stem cell transplants [presentation]. Apheresis Program, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2008; Philadelphia, PA.

    Callahan C. Neuroblastoma [presentation]. Interventional Radiology, Sedation Unit Nurses, IV Team, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2008; Philadelphia, PA.

  • Education and Training

    Additional Training

    MSN - Widener University, Chester, PA

    Board Certification

    Family Nurse Practitioner

    Undergraduate Degree

    BSN - Neumann College, Aston, PA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Nurse Practitioner

  • Centers and Programs