Joseph Neglia, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Neglia is the Ruben-Bentson Chair and Department Head of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. He also holds the rank of professor and remains clinically active in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Neglia came to the University of Minnesota in 1984 to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation. During his fellowship, Dr. Neglia received a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology. Following his fellowship, he was an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics (1987), promoted to assistant professor in 1988, associate professor in 1992, and full professor in 2002. He has a joint appointment in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health.
“My current research focuses on the outcomes of children we have treated for cancer. We are looking at not only the physical health of these children, but their educational, social and emotional outcomes. We are also working on understanding the best ways to make our long-term survivors informed and effective self-advocates as they move into adulthood.”
Committed to finding a cure
“With full lives ahead, the potential of any child is both unknown and wondrous. The opportunity to develop a career that would take on a life-threatening disease in a child is something that has allowed me to do something I believe in every day. It is certainly one with great highs and great lows, but in balance we continue to make progress and make a difference for our children and their families.”
Children's Cancer Research Fund: Making a difference
“Children’s Cancer Research Fund helped fund my training here at the University of Minnesota, but then went on to help fund some of my early research in the causes of childhood cancer and the late effects of cancer that we study now. This investment has allowed me to develop research that has now been supported by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and many others. This wouldn’t have happened without Children's Cancer Research Fund. More than this, the broad scope of work that Children's Cancer Research Fund supports lets me honestly tell every family there is hope and we will not only cure a disease, but really restore health for their child.”