When something is wrong with your blood, it affects your total health. That’s why Dr. Barkat Hooda, director of the pediatric hematology and oncology division at UTMB, says he chose to specialize in the field of pediatric hematology. “Disorders of blood and cancer in childhood are highly complex,” he says. “It’s beyond a problem with the body. These diseases affect the patient’s mind and soul, as well as their families. The beauty of hematology is that despite complex, potentially life-threatening problems, this holistic approach results in a very high success rate among children. And that’s why I am here.”