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As a child Dr. Vallance loved visiting her pediatrician. The doctor’s office was a magical place where her pediatrician would rub a balloon in her hair and stick it to the wall. She was mesmerized by sounds of her own heartbeat with his stethoscope and loved to color on the paper on the exam room table. Wanting to become a pediatrician, she attended Tulane University in New Orleans for her undergraduate, medical degree, and masters in public health.
After leading a “big buddy program” in medical school which paired students with pediatric oncology patients, she was drawn to the challenging and rewarding field of oncology. After pediatric residency in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Vallance completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In her fellowship she was involved with clinical and translational research with a primary focus on Quality of Life, sleep disturbances, and fatigue during treatment. In addition she received her Masters in Epidemiology from University of Tennessee while training at St. Jude.
Dr. Vallance joined the Cook Children’s Family in 2009 and specializes in treating childhood cancer. She has special interests in kidney cancers and genetic syndromes that predispose children to developing cancer. She serves as a Young Investigator on the Children’s Oncology Group Renal committee. Another passion is the support of families who have lost their child. She recently was the recipient of a grant to create and research a formalized oncology bereavement program at Cook Children’s.
Outside of the hospital and clinic, she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, reading, and spending time and sharing family hugs with her husband Mike and their two young daughters.
Vallance, K & Dome, J. (2014). Renal Tumors in Children (Chapter 9). In K. Finkel & SC Howard, Renal Disease in Cancer Patients. (1st edition). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
Vallance K, Yang J, Li J, Crabtree VM, Hinds PS, Mandrell BN. Disturbed sleep in pediatrics patients with leukemia: the potential role of interlukein-6 (1 174GC) and tumor necrosis factor (-308GA) polymorphism. Oncol Nurs. Forum. 2011 Sep: 38 (5): E365-72.
PS, Yang J, Gattuso JS, Hockenberry M, Jones H, Zupanec S, Li C, Crabtree VM, Mandrell BN, Schoumacher RA, Vallance, K, Sanford S, Srivastava DK. Psychometric and clinical assessment of the 10-item reduced version of the Fatigue Scale-Child instrument. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2010 Mar;39(3):572-8.
Vallance, K, Liu W, Mandrell BN, Panetta JC, Gattuso JS, Hockenberry M, Zupanec S, Yang L, Yang J, Hinds PS. Mechanisms of dexamethasone-induced disturbed sleep and fatigue in paediatric patients receiving treatment for ALL..Eur J Cancer. 2010 Jul;46(10):1848-55. Epub 2010 Apr 17.
Pan W, Vallance K, Kastin AJ. TGF-alpha and the blood-brain barrier: Accumulation in cerebral vasculature. Experimental Neurology 160(2):454-459, 1999.
Banks WA, Kastin AJ, Brennan JM, Vallance KL. Adsorptive endocytosis of HIV-1 gp120 by blood-brain barrier is enhanced by lipopolysaccharide. Experimental Neurology 157(1):165-171, 1999.
Texan with Character Dr. Vallance was recognized as a Texan with Character for her work with Cook Children's Bereavement Program. Cook Children's Bereavement Program provides and maintains a therapeutic relationship for patients and families during every phase of their disease and helping them cope throughout the end of life, death and grieving period. Watch video.
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