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Leslie Kersun, MD,MSCE

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Assistant professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania



Kazak A, Barakat L, Ditaranto S, Biros D, Hwang WT, Beele D, et al. The feasibility and impact of screening for psychosocial risk at cancer diagnosis: The Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT) [abstract oral presentation]. International Society of Pediatric Oncology Annual Meeting; 2010 Oct; Boston, MA.

Figueora-Altman A, Ballantine A, Chuo J, Cieplinski JA, Desantis L, Diezmos L, et al. Utilizing patient safety walk-rounds to improve communication and patient safety culture [poster presentation]. 12th Annual National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Congress; 2010 May; Orlando, FL.


Kersun LS, Ingram M, Reilly AF, Sullivan K. Parental compliance with the influenza vaccination in children with cancer [poster presentation]. Annual meeting of The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; 2009 May; San Diego, CA.


2008-2010, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Faculty Honor Roll
2006-2009, Goodman Clinical Oncology Research Scholar
1999, Senior Resident Humanitarian Award
1996, Janet Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
1996, Pediatric Faculty Prize
1996, Charles Eckert Award
1996, Frederick McCandless Prize
1995, Alpha Omega Alpha 
1993-1995, Commendation for Scholastic Excellence
1991-1992, Casque and Gauntlet Senior Honorary Society



Kersun LS. Hodgkin lymphoma. In: Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 5th ed. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins; 2008.

Kersun LS, Shemesh E. Depression and anxiety in children at the end of life. In: Kang TI, Klick J, Munson D, editors. Pediatric palliative care: pediatric clinics of North America. Philadelphia: Elsivier Health Sciences; 2007.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Memberships in professional organizations

2004-present, Children's Oncology Group
2001-present, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Editorial positions

Ad hoc reviewer

American Journal of Hematology
Bone Marrow Transplantation
Integrative Cancer Therapies
Pediatric Blood and Cancer
Pediatric Emergency Care


2004-present, Children's Oncology Group
2001-present, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

New Media

Kersun LS. Most common childhood cancer [newsletter article on the Internet]. Children's Doctor, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Available from:

Original Papers


Kazak AE, Barakat LP, Ditaranto S, Biros D, Hwant WT, Beele D, et al. Screening for psychosocial risk at pediatric cancer diagnosis: the psychosocial assessment tool. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2011 May;33(4):289-94. Cited in PubMed: PMID 21516024. Read the abstract

Kazak AE, Barakat LP, Hwang WT, Ditaranto S, Biros D, Beele D, et al. Association of psychosocial risk screening in pediatric cancer with psychosocial services provided. Psychooncology. 2011 Jul;20(7):715-23. doi: 10.1002/pon.1972. Epub 2011 Apr 7. Read the abstract 


Reilly A, Kersun LS, McDonald K, Weinberg A, Jawad AF, Sullivan KE. The efficacy of influenza vaccination in a pediatric oncology population. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2010 Jul;32(5):e177-81. Cited in PubMed: PMID 20485201. Read the abstract

Kersun LS, Coffin SE, Leckerman KH, Ingram M, Reilly AF. Community acquired influenza requiring hospitalization: vaccine status is unrelated to morbidity in children with cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer 54(1): 79-82, 2010. PMID 19743304. Read the abstract


Kersun LS, Rourke MT, Mickley M, Kazak AE. Screening for depression and anxiety in adolescent cancer patients. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2009 Nov;31(11): 835-39. Cited in PubMed: PMID: 1982915. Read the abstract

Kersun L, Gyi L, Morrison W. Training in difficult conversations: a national survey of pediatric hematology-oncology and pediatric critical care physicians. J Palliat Med. 2009 Jun; 12(6): 525-30. Cited in PubMed:PMID 19508138. Read the abstract

Biko DM, Anupindi SA, Hernandez A, Kersun L, Bellah R. Childhood Burkitt lymphoma: abdominal and pelvic imaging findings. Am J Roentgenol. 2009  May;192(5):1304-15. Cited in PubMed: PMID 19380555. Read the article

Posters and Presentations


Kersun LS. Pediatric oncology: an clinical overview [invited lecture]. Crozer Hospital Department of Pediatrics Noon Conference; 2010 May 5; Chester, PA.


Kersun LS. Oncology for the primary care pediatrician [invited lecture]. Delaware County Hospital Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds; 2009 Jun 4; Drexel Hill, PA.

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