A World Leader in Children's Health

Lisa Balistreri, RN, MSN

Coordinator, Patient and Family Education, Division of Oncology

As the Coordinator of Patient and Family Education, my role is to coordinate the educational activities for the Division of Oncology. I collaborate with all disciplines to create educational materials and programs that support patients and families during their cancer journey. In order for a parent to feel empowered to care for their child, having the right information at the right time is essential. My role is to ensure that this information is readily available and easily understood. I am passionate about providing these services to our patients and their families in a consistent, yet customizable way.

Over the 19 years that I have worked in pediatric oncology, I have been most impressed by the resiliency of the children who come to our facility. I have learned many life lessons from some very young “teachers.”

I have authored /co-authored several posters that focus on the educational needs of nurses and the evaluation of educational programs. I am especially interested in exploring how people learn best and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of teaching. My research interests are directed towards integrative medicine, particularly Reiki.

Selected Publications, Honors and Professional Activities

Awards and Honors

2006, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
2003, Education Nurse Specialist Fellowship
2000, Jean Furgusson Excellence in Pediatric Oncology Education Award

Memberships in Professional Organizations

Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON)
Health Care Education Association (HCEA)
American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)

Original Papers


Brophy P, Schmus C, Balistreri L. Meeting the nursing challenges in treating children with 131I-MIBG. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2004 Jan;21(1):9-15. Cited in PubMed: PMID 15058401. Read the abstract

Posters and Presentations


Gaffney L, Brogna M, Balistreri L, Euler D. Meeting the needs of a new generation of nurses: developing a pipeline [poster presentation]. Society of Pediatric Nurses National Conference; 2005 Apr 15-17; Philadelphia, PA.


Donner C, Balistreri L. A traveler's orientation: an alternate route [poster presentation]. National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO) National Convention; 2004 Aug 29-Sep 1; San Diego, CA.


Balistreri L. Utilization of APON core curriculum to develop an orientation program [poster presentation]. APON 27th Annual Educational Conference; 2003 Oct 9-11; Philadelphia, PA.

Balistreri L, Karley P. The  integration of travel nurses to a pediatric oncology/BMT unit [poster presentation]. APON 27th Annual Educational Conference; 2003 Oct 9-11; Philadelphia, PA.

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