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Children's Health Service Hematology-Oncology

Director: Barkat Hooda MD

We provide comprehensive care for infants, children, and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders. We work with a team of nurses, surgeons, intensivists, radiation oncologists, child life staff, patient advocates, nutritionists, and other allied health personnel to provide your child with the finest evaluation and management of hematologic and malignant disorders of infancy and childhood.

Major diagnoses include:

  • leukemias,
  • lymphomas,
  • brain tumors,
  • solid tumors,
  • bone marrow failure syndromes,
  • anemias,
  • bleeding and clotting disorders,
  • in addition to supportive care services such as transfusions.

Chemotherapy and transfusions are provided to our patients using specialized intravascular access devices/ports in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

We care for children at our family-centered, multidisciplinary clinics in League City and Galveston. If your child requires inpatient care, John Sealy Children's Hospital provides state-of-the-art multidisciplinary clinical care and the emotional support that is essential during the treatment of such complex medical conditions. We provide 24/7 on-call faculty support; patients requiring after-hours care can be seen at our Clear Lake and the League City Campus 24-hour Emergency Room or our Galveston Level I Trauma Center. 


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Barkat Hooda MD 

Associate Professor, Director Hematology-Oncology

Muthukumar, Akila MD

Akila Muthukumar MD

Associate Professor

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Cassandra Gaylord
Administrative Associate
Clinic Hours
Galveston Island West Clinic (PCP) - Friday mornings only
Legue City Clinic (Bay Colony) - weekdays EXCEPT Mondays and Thursday mornings


  • Pediatric Primary and Specialty Care Clinic, Galveston Island East
    Primary_Care_Pavilion_2 400 Harborside Drive Suite 103
    Phone: (409) 772-3695 or toll free (888) 886-2543
    Referral Fax: (409) 772-3680

    Clinic Hours
    M–F: 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
    Specialty Care Clinic only - 1st and 3rd Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Dr. Rupp is the Medical Director for Island Pedi East. This location provides both Primary Care and Specialty Care services to children and youth from birth through 21 years of age.
    In addition to general pediatric care, we provide services for: We also offer:
    • Opportunities to participate in cutting edge clinical trials
    • Studies of new vaccines
    • Literacy promotion through Reach Out and Read and Island Pedi Book Club
    • Faculty working on the forefront of primary care innovation
    • Treatment and prevention strategies using the newest practice guidelines
    • Close collaboration with a broad spectrum of specialists and therapists ensuring high level of care
    • Academic environment ensuring the most up-to-date diagnostic and evaluation tools
    • Providing patients with newest vaccines and vaccine information to assist in keeping their children healthy
  • Pediatric Primary Care and Specialty Care Clinic, League City (Bay Colony)
    Pediatrics-BayColony 2785 Gulf Freeway South, Suite 2.200 (second floor)
    M–F: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.;HOURS are subject to change during COVID-19 surges
    (409) 772-3695 or (888) 886-2543  
    Referral Fax (409) 772-3680

    This clinic provides both Primary Care and Specialty Care services to children and youth from birth through 21 years of age. All services are provided in a family-centered setting with specialized education and support to optimize care and outcomes.
    This clinic is a state-of-the-art facility. Faculty and resident pediatricians are present in this location, providing care for infants and children from the newborn period through adolescence. As in our other locations (Island Pediatrics East and West), there are opportunities for families to participate in clinical studies, including those for vaccines.

    If you are interested in receiving your pediatric health care services at this mainland location instead of one of our island based clinics, please let us know when you call.

    • Breast feeding education
    • Clinical trial opportunities
    • Gynecological examination
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • John Sealy Children's Hospital
    Dr. Davis with young boy nurse_boy-with-cowboy-hat-in-bed301 8th St, Galveston, TX 77550
    9th floor
    (409) 772-1011
    Open 24 hours

    The UTMB Children’s Hospital in Galveston offers leading edge knowledge and over 120 years of experience in one of the finest academic settings in the nation. The fully redesigned hospital and child life program reflects an attention to all the details that matter to children, offering the whimsy and serenity of an ocean/island design along with many special spaces for toddlers, older children and teenagers to play, relax, unwind and spend time with family members. UTMB Health offers advanced general inpatient care for ill children, as well as specialty inpatient care for children with serious medical conditions. Our pediatric hospitalists, attending faculty physicians, nurses, residents, students and staff provide state-of-the-art clinical care and the emotional support that is essential during a hospital stay. Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) offers critical care services for infants, children and adolescents with severe illnesses or injuries. We can arrange emergency helicopter transport when needed to serve the most seriously ill children in our region.
    More on the Children's Hospital
  • Emergency Room - Galveston

    Emergency Room – UTMB Health Galveston Campus

    The UTMB Emergency Department is a Level I Trauma Center, certified by the American College of Surgeons.

    We're here to give you the treatment you need, when you need it. UTMB’s Emergency Department is staffed 24/7 by physicians and registered nurses who are specially trained and certified in emergency medicine.

    The Emergency Department (ED) houses a wide range of equipment and offers patients access to advanced technology, such as CT scans and other diagnostic imaging. It is the only Level I Trauma Center in the region that is also a Level I Burn Center. UTMB is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.

  • Emergency Room - League City

    Emergency Room – UTMB Health League City Campus

    The League City Campus offers a 24-Hour Emergency Department equipped with CT, X-Ray, ultrasound, and MRI capabilities, full diagnostics lab and respiratory services, as well as a telemetry monitoring system, enabling patients to have freedom of mobility.