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Matthew Ladra, MD, MPH to Head New Johns Hopkins and Children’s National Health System Pediatric Radiation Oncology Program at Sibley Memorial Hospital

August 29, 2016

Washington, DC –Matthew Ladra, MD, MPH has been appointed to lead the new Johns Hopkins and Children’s National Pediatric Radiation Oncology Program at Sibley Memorial Hospital. It is the first dedicated pediatric radiation oncology program in the District of Columbia, focused on advancing pediatric clinical care and pediatric radiation oncology research. Dr. Ladra will serve as the pediatric radiation oncologist working with a multidisciplinary oncology team at Children’s National Health System. He will lead the pediatric radiation therapy program within the new Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, opening at Sibley Memorial Hospital which opened this summer. Dr. Ladra will also lead the radiation therapy clinical research program at Children’s National. The program is part of a larger collaborative cancer care initiative between Johns Hopkins and Children’s National.

“Sibley, Children’s National, and Johns Hopkins established this unique and highly collaborative Pediatric Radiation Oncology Program to lead the region in providing clinically integrated pediatric oncology services.  These services will be administered by a dedicated pediatric, multidisciplinary team of providers to ensure that patients have access to the most advanced therapies delivered by a subspecialized care team committed to the highest level of safety and quality care for pediatric patients and their families,” says Theodore DeWeese, MD, Director of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences at Johns Hopkins.  

Jeffrey Dome, MD, PhD, Vice President of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and Division Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Children’s National, notes, “We are fortunate to have Dr. Ladra’s expertise on our campus as he collaborates with our clinical and research teams and facilitates comprehensive oncology services for our patients.”

“We are beyond thrilled to announce this important partnership, which will provide the very best in pediatric radiation oncology care to families in the region. This signifies the joining of two leading programs for the advancement of children’s health, and we are proud to be a part of it,” says Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children’s National Health System.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Ladra lead this important program at Sibley and Children’s National,” states Chip Davis, “Dr. Ladra has dedicated his career to pediatric radiation oncology patients, starting with his pediatric proton therapy fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and followed by his directorship of the pediatric service at the Provision Center for Proton Therapy in Knoxville, TN.  We are excited to have Dr. Ladra’s expertise in pediatric radiation clinical care and clinical research as we strive to advance pediatric oncology care in Washington, DC.”

Dr. Ladra recently started his work with the Johns Hopkins and Children’s National Pediatric Cancer Program at Sibley Memorial Hospital in July 2016.

Contact: Emily Hartman at 202-476-4500.

About The Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

One of only 69 cancer centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has active programs in clinical research, laboratory research, education, community outreach, and prevention and control. It is one of two Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state of Maryland.

About Sibley Memorial Hospital
Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Northwest Washington, D.C., has a distinguished history of serving the community since its founding in 1890. As a not-for-profit, full-service, 318-bed community hospital, Sibley offers medical, surgical, intensive care, obstetric, oncology, orthopedic and skilled nursing inpatient services and a 24-hour Emergency Department. Sibley’s campus is also home to Grand Oaks, an assisted living residence, a medical building with physician offices as well as ambulatory surgery and imaging centers. Visit us at

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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