Joanna Lynn Weinstein

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Dr. Weinstein treats patients with all forms of childhood and adolescent cancer. Her primary areas of expertise include retinoblastoma (the most common form of eye cancer in children), pediatric lymphomas (both Non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin subtypes and post-transplantation lymphomas), and a group of disorders called the histiocytoses, including Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) and Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). She aims to provide high-quality, personalized care to her patients and provide opportunities for her patients to enroll on clinical trials.

Dr. Weinstein's clinical and research areas of interest include retinoblastoma, pediatric lymphoma (both Non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin subtypes and post-transplantation lymphomas), and the histiocytoses. Our retinoblastoma team includes oncologists, ophthalmologists, interventional radiologists, social workers, genetics counselor, clinical research specialists, as well as researchers in the laboratory. The Retinoblastoma Center of Excellence is currently working on novel approaches to treating retinoblastoma. Lurie Children's is one of the few centers in the country to offer intra-arterial chemotherapy for the treatment of intraocular retinoblastoma. Additionally, Dr. Weinstein is one of the few oncologists in the Chicagoland area specializing in histiocytic disorders, such as Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) and Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). Additionally, Dr. Weinstein heads the multidisplinary Cancer Predisposition Program at Lurie Children's Hospital. Working with genetic counselors and clinicians in many divisions, this program provides comprehensive genetic counseling services, directs personalized genetic testing for patients and families, and provides comprehensive, multidisplinary care to patients with hereditary cancer syndromes.

Certifications and Licenses

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Training Experience

2000Residency, Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2003Fellowship, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, MD, Temple University

… → 1997

Research interests

  • Blood Cancer (leukemia and lymphomas)
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
  • Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH)
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric Leukemias
  • Pediatric Non-sarcoma solid tumors and Fertility Preservation
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Retinoblastoma


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