AYA Program Co-Director
Assistant Professor, Sarcoma Medical Oncology
Livingston is a board certified pediatrician, internist, and adult medical oncologist with a particular interest in the care of adolescents and young adults with cancer as well as patients with soft tissue and bone sarcomas. He is a panel member on the committee that developed the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines on AYA Oncology and also serves on the AYA Committee for SWOG. His clinical and laboratory research focuses on developing new treatment strategies for patients with osteosarcoma. Livingston is the principle investigator on multiple clinical trials for patients with osteosarcoma that has spread to the lungs. He has also earned an American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Young Investigator Award and the NIH/NCI Paul Calabresi Career Development Award in Clinical Oncology.
AYA Program Co-Director
Director of Survivorship Program
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Roth is a pediatric oncologist with expertise in the care of childhood cancer and AYA cancer survivors, as well as patients with leukemia and lymphoma. He leads a number of national and international efforts focused on improving outcomes for AYAs diagnosed with cancer. He is currently the Vice Chair for Clinical Trials and Therapy on Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Committee for the Children’s Oncology Group and leads a group of more than 120 investigators around the world on efforts to enhance clinical trials enrollment for AYAs.
Bell has been providing care to pediatric and young adult patients with cardiology and oncology needs for nearly 19 years. She began her career as a staff nurse and has earned positions of increasing responsibility ever since, including a role as a program director at a regional hospital in which she coordinated the nursing care of all pediatric service lines. As a nurse practitioner at the Children’s Cancer Hospital for 11 years, she works with children and adolescents with leukemia and lymphoma. Bell was pivotal in the development and maintenance of our Pediatric Onco-fertility consult service. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Angela R. Yarbrough, MSN, RN, FNP-BC.
Angela Yarbrough has been providing care to pediatric and young adult patients for 20 years. She spent the first 12 years of her career as a registered nurse and certified family nurse practitioner at hospitals and universities in Mississippi, followed by eight years at the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Houston. Her experience includes general pediatrics, pediatric nephrology, pediatric intensive care, and outpatient pediatric oncology. Yarbrough works in our Childhood Survivor Clinic and the Pediatric Endocrine Clinic, where she performs health assessments and diagnoses, and prescribes treatments for illnesses and disease. She is also pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice. She can be reached at ARYarbrough@mdanderson.org.
Jessica Ross, MS, CGC
Jessie Ross is a certified genetic counselor who works to help AYA patients gain access to genetic counseling services. She joined MD Anderson in 2016, after completing her genetic counseling degree at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. During her graduate education she developed a passion for genetic counseling in children, adolescents, and young adults. This passion continued when she accepted a position seeing patients in MD Anderson’s Breast Center and Children’s Cancer Hospital, where she works with patients of all ages, including numerous AYA patients. As a genetic counselor to AYA patients, Jessie uses patient and family history information to determine whether individuals could benefit from genetic testing. Jessie then has the opportunity to help patients and families understand their genetic testing results, help determine other family members' cancer risks, discuss prevention options, and even review potential impacts on future generations. Patients can discuss a referral and appointment for genetic counseling with their provider at their initial visit to the AYA clinic.
Medina-George is a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) who has worked with pediatric oncology patients and their families for 30+ years. As a vocational counselor, she assists adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with college and vocational program exploration. Utilizing career and neuropsychological assessments, she helps individuals plan meaningful career paths tailored to their specific interests and talents. She helps college students with obtaining financial aid, scholarships, and educational accommodations. In addition, she provides guidance regarding leave of absence from college and reduced academic schedules. She is the co-leader of the MD Anderson Young Adult Advisory Council where she works to enhance the lives of AYA cancer survivors.She can be reached at email@example.com .
Jennifer Garay Gonzalez, MSW LMSW
Social Work Counselor
Gonzalez is an integral part of a team of licensed clinical social workers available to help our AYA patients and their caregivers cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis. She has more than five years of experience working with this population. Gonzalez provides counseling related to a variety of AYA-specific concerns, such as anxiety/depression, relationships with family and friends, sexuality and intimacy, body image, grief and loss, school/work-life balance, and other areas. She can also provide guidance with advanced care planning documents, such as medical power of attorney, and make referrals to emotional/physical/financial health resources, support groups and more. Social Work services are at no cost to patients and caregivers, and can be provided in person or over the phone. She can be reached at JGaray1@mdanderson.org.
Sandra Pruneda, MSSW, LMSW
Social Work Counselor
Sandra Pruneda joined MD Anderson in 2017 after several years of experience working with the AYA population in both a school setting and with juvenile probation. As a licensed social work counselor, she provides counseling related to a variety of AYA-specific concerns, such as anxiety/depression, relationships with family and friends, sexuality and intimacy, body image, grief and loss, school/work-life balance, and other areas. She can also provide guidance with advanced care planning documents, such as medical power of attorney, and make referrals to emotional/physical/financial health resources, support groups and more. Social Work services are offered at no cost to patients and caregivers, and can be provided in person or over the phone. Patients can contact Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wendy Griffith has worked with children and young adults in Texas for over a decade, starting with her undergraduate and graduate internships where she first found her love for oncology. Griffith joined MD Anderson in 2008 as a social worker in the Head and Neck Clinic where she had the opportunity to provide counseling and resource linkages to patients of all ages, but especially to young adults. She co-manages the Young Adult Advisory Council, which works with patients and employees to improve the experience of care for young adults at MD Anderson by collaborating in the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, programs and services that impact young adults. She also created and facilitates the Young Adult Support Group for young adult patients (ages 18 to 39) and their caregivers. Her role in the AYA Oncology Program is to ensure our services are well-known throughout MD Anderson and to be a liaison to neighboring institutions, community organizations, and philanthropic partners. She can be reached at WEGriffith@mdanderson.org
Maldonado has more than 15 years of experience supporting executive level physician administrators. She works with our team to coordinate administrative appointments, facilitate patient access and education, and assist faculty in sharing information about our AYA program, both internally and beyond the institution. Reach her during office hours at 713-745-0477 or at email@example.com