Leslie Kersun, MD, MSCE

Leslie Kersun, MD, MSCE, is medical director for the Oncology Inpatient Unit at CHOP and has expertise treating patients with Hodgkin lymphoma.

Areas of Expertise: Hodgkin lymphoma, Pediatric oncology
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    As an attending physician in the Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I treat children diagnosed with leukemia and lymphoma. My area of clinical focus includes the care of patients with newly diagnosed and relapsed Hodgkin lymphoma.

    As a member of our Leukemia/Lymphoma Steering Committee, I help to ensure that the clinical care of patients with this cancer at Children’s Hospital is consistent, carefully monitored and based upon results of the most current clinical research. My own research includes collaboration with those working on projects related to infections in oncology patients, adolescent and young adult care, psychosocial issues affecting oncology patients and the communication of difficult news.

    I am also the Inpatient Medical Director and the Associate Program Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program. I have a strong interest in trainee education in addition to the development of innovative ways of teaching various topics in oncology.

    Along with our wide range of clinical and laboratory research at Children's Hospital, one of the strongest aspects of our program is the depth of experience and knowledge of our team members. We have a hardworking, motivated, multidisciplinary group who works well together. We are always trying to improve the state of safe, clinical cancer care for our patients and families.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    Albany Medical College, Albany, NY


    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.


    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children's Regional Medical Center of Seattle, Wash.The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.

    Board Certification

    American Board of Pediatrics
    American Board of Pediatrics/Hematology-Oncology

    Graduate Degree

    University of Pennsylvania: Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending physician

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

  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    Bacteremia in stem cell transplant patients and other clinical research related to symptom management & infectious in Oncology patients.

  • Publications



    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: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2007.



    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.



    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.

  • 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