Leonard S. Sender, MD

Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Programs, CHOC

Leonard S. Sender, MD

Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Programs, CHOC
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Biography

A nationally-recognized expert, Dr. Leonard Sender serves as Medical Director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s and Division Chief of Oncology in the Pediatric Subspecialty Faculty. He holds concurrent appointments at UC Irvine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Medicine, the Department of Pediatrics, and the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Sender also serves as the Director of Clinical Operations and Program Development in the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

As a pioneer in oncology treatment for more than 20 years, Dr. Sender specializes in treating adolescents and young adults (AYAs), a largely unknown and underrepresented group in the war on cancer. His team offers a comprehensive approach toward AYA patient cancer care and survivorship that considers their unique challenges, including preservation of fertility, management of acute and chronic effects of treatment, as well as the psychosocial impact of receiving a cancer diagnosis.

As an innovative leader in research, Dr. Sender is conducting extensive studies to improve outcomes and quality of life for AYAs. His research includes epidemiological components (incidence, prevalence, root causes), biological factors (genetic or cellular differences), the psychosocial impact and long-term cancer survivorship. In 2010, Dr. Sender founded the Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology and became the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. A passionate advocate for AYAs with cancer, Dr. Sender serves as chairman emeritus for Stupid Cancer and he is a founding member and chairman of SeventyK.org.

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Sender is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. He received his medical education from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, conducted his pediatrics internship and residency at CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine Medical Center, and completed his pediatric hematology/oncology subspecialty training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Dr. Sender is consistently voted as one of Orange County’s Physicians of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association and is routinely identified as a Top Doctor in the U.S. News and World Report.