Meet Dr. Gretchen Eames
As a child, Dr. Gretchen Eames never dreamed of growing up to become a doctor. In fact, it was not until her years at the University of Iowa that medicine, and especially pediatrics, became her passion. Then, while doing her residency and fellowship training at the University of Minnesota, as she worked side-by-side and trained under some of the very best pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant physicians in the country, Dr. Eames found her home!
"The highlight for me is getting to know the patients and being a part of their journey, especially the patients who have a poor prognosis for transplantation. Seeing those patients doing well several months or years later is so incredibly humbling and special."
Dr. Eames came to Cook Children's over 23 years ago because this program would allow her to spend a great deal of time actually caring for patients at the bedside—her greatest passion—but also because Cook Children's has always excelled at clinical research and collaborations with other institutions so that North Texas patients can receive the latest and greatest therapies closer to home. As a devoted wife and a mother of two successful young women, Dr. Eames knows how important being close to all your support can be during the challenging periods of life.
Under her leadership as medical director of Cook Children's Stem Cell Transplant program since 2001 and the Hematology and Oncology Center since 2006, Dr. Eames and her team have overseen incredible growth in Cook Children's hematology and oncology programs and leading edge research. But in the midst of all this continuing growth and change, one thing remains the same: they still focus on each and every patient completely and holistically, and Dr. Eames wouldn't have it any other way!
Dr. Eames's greatest passions outside of work are her family, gardening, Iowa Hawkeye football and of course, traveling to all parts of the world. "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."
- Bone marrow and stem cell transplant
- Veys, P. A., Nanduri, V., Baker, K. S., He, W., Bandini, G., Biondi, A., Dalissier, A., Davis, J. H., EAMES, G. M., Egeler, R. M., Filipovich, A. H., Fischer, A., Jürgens, H., Krance, R., Lanino, E., Leung, W. H., Matthes, S., Michel, G., Orchard, P. J., Pieczonka, A., Ringdén, O., Schlegel, P. G., Sirvent, A., Vettenranta, K., & Eapen, M. (2015). Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for refractory Langerhans cell histiocytosis: Outcome by intensity of conditioning. British Journal of Hematology, 169(5), 711-718.
- Lund, T. C., Cathey, S. S., Miller, W. P., Eapen, M., Andreansky, M., Dvorak, C. C., Davis, J. H., Dalal, J. D., Devine, S. M., EAMES, G. M., Ferguson, W. S., Giller, R. H., He, W., Kurtzberg, J., Krance, R., Katsanis, E., Lewis, V. A., Sahdev, I., & Orchard, P. J. (2014). Outcomes after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for children with I-cell disease. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation: Journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 20(11), 1847-1851.
- Eapen, M., Wang, T., Kurtzberg, J., Lee, S. J., Arora, M., Bonfim, C., Duval, M., EAMES, G. M., Tiedemann, K., Weisdorf, D. J., & Wagner, J. E. (2010). Chronic graft-versus-host disease and its association with treatment-related mortality, relapse, leukemia-free and overall survival after umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT) in children and adolescents with acute leukemia. Paper presented at the 52nd ASH (American Society of Hematology) Annual Meeting and Exposition. Orlando, FL. December 4-7, 2010, 116(21)
- Pakakasama, S., EAMES, G. M., Morriss, M. C., Huls, M. H., Rooney, C. M., Heslop, H. E., & Krance, R. A. (2004). Treatment of Epstein-Barr virus lymphoproliferative disease after hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation with hydroxyurea and cytotoxic T-cell lymphocytes. Transplantation, 78(5), 755-757.
- Friedman, D. J., EAMES, G. M., BOWMAN, W. P., Griffin, T. C., MURRAY, J. C., SANDERS, J. M., Saez, R., Corbin, J., Anderson, J., & Storey, M. (2000). Successful second mismatched unrelated transplant for Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome using fludarabine and melphalan. IBMTR 2000. California.
- Griffin, T. C., BOWMAN, W. P., SANDERS, J. M., Friedman, D. J., MURRAY, J. C., EAMES, G. M., Shah, A. J., & Bernini, J. C. (1999). Favorable results of an intensive protocol for advanced-stage T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia in childhood. International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma Lugano, Switzerland. June 2-4, 1999
- EAMES, G. M., Crosson, J., Steinberger, J., Steinbuch, M., Krabill, K., Bass, J., Ramsay, N. K. C., & Neglia, J. P. (1997). Cardiovascular function in children following bone marrow transplant: A cross-sectional study. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 19(1), 61-66.
- Friedman, D. J., EAMES, G. M., SANDERS, J., Griffin, T. C., MURRAY, J. C., Shah, A. J., Wilkes, J., Blanton, S., Corbin, J., Williams, J., Jones, K., Clayton, S., & BOWMAN, W. P. (1997).
- Unrelated donor bone marrow transplantation at Cook Children's Medical Center. American Society of Hematology (ASH) Meeting, December 5-9, 1997, San Diego, CA. December 5-9, 1997.
- Griffin, T. C., BOWMAN, W. P., SANDERS, J. M., Friedman, D. J., MURRAY, J. C., EAMES, G. M., HENLEY, S., & McKnight, K. (1997). Experience with a clinical care path for management of painful vasoocclusive episodes in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease. American Society of Hematology (ASH) Meeting, December 5-9, 1997, San Diego, CA. December 5-9, 1997.
- Griffin, T. C., BOWMAN, W. P., SANDERS, J. M., Friedman, D. J., MURRAY, J. C., EAMES, G. M., & Shah, A. J. (1997). Treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) in a community children's hospital: The cook children's medical center experience. International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) XXIXth Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey. September 23-27, 1997
- EAMES, G. M., & Nesbit, M. E. (1996). Acute leukemia in childhood. In R. E. Rakel (Ed.), Conn's current therapy. (96th Ed.). Philadelphia, PA: W. B. Saunders.
- EAMES, G. M., Crosson, J., Bass, J., Grabill, K., Steinberger, J., Ramsay, N. K., & Neglia, J. P. (1995). Cardiac abnormalities in children following bone marrow transplant. 31st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Los Angeles, CA. May 20-23, 1995
- Medical School:
- University of Iowa,University of Minnesota
- University of Minnesota
- Board Certifications:
- American Board of Pediatrics
- American Board of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
- Cook Children's Physician Network