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 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
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
Holly McConville, RN, BSN, Megan Harvey, MSN, RN, Colleen Callahan, MSN, CRNP, Laura Motley, BSc, RN, BSN, Heather Difilippo, CRNP, Claire White, BSN, RN, CPHON®. CAR T-Cell Therapy Effects: Review of Procedures and Patient Education. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Volume 21, Number 3.
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
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.
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.
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.
Callahan C. Leukemia [presentation]. Physical Therapy Department, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2009; Philadelphia, PA.
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
Family Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified (FNP-BC)
BSN - Neumann College, Aston, PA
MSN - Widener University, Chester, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Departments and Services
Patient Experience Ratings
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