About Us

Our vision is simple. We want to be the community leader in advancing the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children. We place a particular emphasis on helping those affected by childhood cancer, childhood rheumatic diseases and patients with inherited bleeding disorders.

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We do this by creating an environment that is family-friendly and kid sized. We never forget the patient is a child, and that  treatments differ drastically from the way an adult would be cared for.  We’ve selected doctors with highly specialized and unique skill sets from some of the most recognized academic establishments in the country. In addition, we’ve set up strategic affiliations with centers of excellence around the country to provide what’s needed by Nevada’s children.

It’s scientifically proven that children who take part in clinical trials have a much higher rate of survival.  That’s one reasons research is so important to us and why we encourage and participate in those trials.  However, they are expensive. They also require additional diagnostic work, monitoring and education.  Sadly the most vulnerable type of cancer patient, the uninsured, has limited access to these life-saving clinical trials. We believe every child is entitled to the best treatment options that modern science has to offer. This is why we also place a great emphasis on raising money to support access to these trials for all children.

Our Services

This is a general overview of the services available at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada. For specific questions or to request a diagnosis, please call (702) 732-1493 in Las Vegas.

  • Pediatric and Young Adult Oncology
  • Pediatric and Adult Hematology (Hemophilia Treatment Center of Nevada)
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Pediatric Neuropsychology
  • Pediatric Palliative Care
  • Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease and Hemoglobinopathies
  • Pediatric Clinical Pyschology
  • Lysosomal Storage Disease and other Metabolic/Genetic Conditions
  • Rare and Ultra Rare Genetic Disease
  • Procedure Rooms licensed by the Health Department as an Ambulatory Facility
  • Pharmacy Services-USP 797 Compliant Pharmacy
  • Infusion Center
  • Board Certified Pediatric Specialists and Sub-Specialists
  • Specialized nursing certifications:
  • Chemotherapy and Biotherapy certified through Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (APHON)
  • Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology (CPON)

Our Providers


Alan Ikeda, M.D. 

Dr. Ikeda joined the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada in 2011. He is a Board Certified Pediatrician and is Board Certified in Pediatric Hematology Oncology. The Children’s Specialty Center worked to recruit Dr. Ikeda in part because of his skills in managing the complexities and needs of bone marrow transplant patients.  His research interests include stem cell transplants as well as cell and gene therapies.

Dr. Ikeda received his M.D. from the John A. Burns School of Medicine where he also completed his residency in Pediatrics.  He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  He served as the Assistant Director of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant program at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.  He is also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, an international collaboration of children’s cancer research protocols. Dr Ikeda has received several grants and awards for his research efforts in Sickle Cell Disease and Gene therapy.

Dr. Ikeda was born and raised in Hawaii and has been known to entertain patients by playing the guitar.

Curriculum Vitae

More about Dr. Alan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd52OD-uzck


Nik Abdul-Rashid, M.D.

Dr. Rashid joined the Children’s Specialty Center in 2014. She completed her fellowship in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine In New York, and pediatric residency training at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. Prior to moving to NY, she worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Trust in the United Kingdom after receiving her Medical Degree (Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine; BSBM) from the University of Nottingham Medical School, United Kingdom. Dr Rashid is a strong advocate for ensuring children with cancer and chronic diseases receive the help they need to succeed in school. She volunteers with Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, as an educational facilitator in providing lectures and workshops to the community.

Dr. Rashid is active in clinical research and teaching. She is a member of the Nevada CCOP and is a co-investigator for clinical trials available through the Children’s Oncology Group. She is also a member of the Cancer Committee at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. She is an adjunct Faculty member of Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Nevada School of Medicine. She is currently a member of several professional associations and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Rashid is originally from Malaysia. She is married and has two children. In her spare time, she loves to hike, travel and eat great food.


Waseem Alhushki, M.D.

Dr. Alhushki joined Children’s Specialty Center in 2013.

He developed a passion for Pediatric Hematology Oncology while working at King Hussein Cancer Center. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Board Eligible in Pediatric Hematology Oncology in 2014.

In 2006, Dr. Alhushki volunteered in three local missions as part of the medical team of “Operation Smile”, an organization that aims at reaching children all over the world with cleft lip/palate deformities. He also participated in designing and conducting workshops on healthy life styles, conflict resolution and team work in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In 2007 he joined the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Pediatrics residency program at Wayne State University and graduated in 2010.  He was also honored with the General Pediatric Clinic Outstanding Continuity Clinic Resident Award, Academic year 2009-2010.

In 2010 he joined the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’ Pediatric Hematology Oncology program. His fellowship research project focused on the role of weight loss in improving outcome for obese children with acute lyphoblastic Leukemia.

In addition to English, Dr. Alhushki speaks Arabic fluently, is Board Eligible in 2014, enjoys reading, playing guitar and skate boarding.

Curriculum Vitae


Kanyalakshmi Ayyanar, M.D.

Dr. Ayyanar joined the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, in 2015. Dr. Ayyanar is a fellowship trained Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist with expertise in the management of children and young adults affected by brain and spinal cord tumors. Dr. Ayyanar was most recently Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She will be the only full time physician based in Nevada who is trained in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology. Her research interests include high grade brain tumors.

Dr. Ayyanar completed her Pediatric residency at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. She completed her fellowship in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York following which she completed an additional fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ayyanar is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group and a member of various professional organizations including American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Society of Neuro-oncology. Her research interests include high grade brain tumors.

Dr. Ayyanar was born and raised in India and received her medical degree from the Madurai Medical College, Dr. M.G.R. Medical University.



Specialty Services 

Danielle T. Bello, Ph.D.

Dr. Bello joined the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada in 2015. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. Dr. Bello is originally from New York and completed her bachelor’s degree at Binghamton University with a focus on business management. She obtained a master’s degree in psychology at New York University and completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Bello attended the neuropsychology internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She also completed two years of postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology. Dr. Bello found her interest in psychology and helping children while volunteering for nonprofit organizations in New York. She returned to school switching careers from business to psychology. She has interests in examining the cognitive and psychological impacts of various brain insults.

Dr. Bello has served as a practicum training supervisor for doctoral students and has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology. She is a member of various professional organizations including the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Bello enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children.


Angela Berg, DNP, APRN, CPNP

Angela Berg DNP, APRN, CPNP achieved her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Utah following a seasoned career as an RN in a variety of pediatric settings. Her background has given Angela the passion for providing top quality care to children, supporting cost effective care options, and developing care models to provide for functional care for children. Angela began the first clinic based outpatient pediatric palliative care program for Nevada right here at Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada in early 2016. Angela serves as the Director of Specialty Services Clinic, Pediatric Palliative Program Director, and nurse practitioner for the palliative and rheumatology patients. She is also a founding board member and current Secretary for the Board of Directors for Cure 4 the Kids Foundation.



Diane E. Brown, M.D., PhD.

Dr. Diane Brown is one of our visiting physicians at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Rheumatologist, one of only 150 such physicians practicing in the United States.  She travels to our clinic once a month specifically to see patients with rheumatological diseases such as: juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, and juvenile dermatomyositis. Dr. Brown provides the kind of specialized treatment to children that is not otherwise available in Nevada as there are no Board Certified Pediatric Rheumatologists in the state.

Dr. Brown is a Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and University of Southern California School of Medicine.

She received her M.D. and PhD. degrees from the University of California at San Francisco. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine and her fellowship in Pediatric Immunology/Rheumatology at Washington University School of Medicine.

While in Nevada Dr. Brown has spent time exploring and photographing many of our  outdoor recreation areas including the Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area.

Curriculum Vitae


Nicola Longo, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Longo has been a member of our Visiting Physician Program since 2009.  Currently, he is the Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics at the University of Utah. His past professional experience includes Director of Clinical Biochemical Genetics Fellowships Program, as well as Professor (Tenured) in Medical Genetics/Pediatrics and Professor (Adjunct) in Pathology at the University of Utah. He also served on numerous scientific review committees for the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Longo sees patients in Las Vegas on a regular basis. He also oversees the state of Nevada’s Newborn Screening Program which tests all newborns for genetic disorders so that early treatment can be offered, if needed. Dr. Longo is increasing the amount of time he spends in Nevada to expand treatment for those patients with Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSD). Bringing Dr. Longo’s unique and specialized expertise to Nevada allows patients to access a level of care not currently available at any practice in Nevada.

 Curriculum Vitae 


Katherine Marzan, M.D.

Dr. Marzan is also one of our visiting physicians from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Rheumatology. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Rheumatologist who is helping to set the standard, nationally, in the diagnosis and care of children with rheumatic diseases.

She travels to the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada once a month, separate from Dr. Brown, to see patients with rheumatological diseases.  As one of a small number (150) of practicing Board Certified Pediatric Rheumatologists in the country, Dr. Marzan assists the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada to provide unparalleled access to experts for those affected by rheumatological diseases.

Dr. Marzan is Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics USC-Keck School of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

She received her M.D. from the University of the Phillipines College of Medicine.  she completed her residency in Pediatrics at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and her fellowship in Pediatric Rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital.

Curriculum Vitae




UMC Childrens Hospital of Nevada
UMC Children’s Hospital of Nevada is devoted to making sick and injured children healthy and well by combining compassionate, family-centered care with modern technology.  http://www.chnv.org/

Hyundai Hope on Wheels

Hyundai Hope on Wheels is the united effort of Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 dealers across the U.S. to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to celebrate the lives of the children battling the disease. www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org

Access to Healthcare Network
Access to Healthcare Network (AHN) is a one-stop solution for Nevadans who don’t have healthcare insurance or other coverage.  Our extensive network of fine local doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers across Nevada offers access to healthcare services at greatly reduced rates to AHN members.http://accesstohealthcare.org/about-ahn.asp

Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation

CureSearch unites the world’s largest childhood cancer research organization, the Children’s Oncology Group, and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation through our mission to cure childhood cancer. Research is the key to the cure.  http://www.curesearch.org/

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada

Little Miss Hannah Foundation
The Little Miss Hannah Foundation works with families who have young children with life-limiting rare diseases, undiagnosed complex medical needs, and children who have been placed in hospice or palliative care.  We give parents the necessary tools to empower them to meet their child’s unique medical and lifestyle needs, as well as provide support resources and special attention for their other children.   http://littlemisshannah.org/

Children’s Oncology Group
Association of institutes dedicated to research in pediatric oncology.http://www.childrensoncologygroup.org/

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is a national non-profit foundation whose mission is to fund and support children’s cancer research and provide information and resources to all those affected by children’s cancer. http://www.curesearch.org/Index.aspx

ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and  results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. http://clinicaltrials.gov/

Matt Snodgrass Foundation
The Matt Snodgrass Foundation provides emotional suport and professional counseling to childhood cancer survivors during their transition to adulthood, as well as the newly diagnosed, ages 18 – 30. Download a referral form here.   Learn about Matt Snodgrass at www.mattsnodgrass.org


Las Vegas:

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3121 S. Maryland Parkway (Near Desert Inn)
Suite #300 and #206
Las Vegas, NV  89109

(702) 732-1493    Fax (702) 732-1080

Donation Guide

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, which supports the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, is always in need of gifts and toys for our patients from birth to age 21. We rely on these gifts as they offer a needed distraction for a child going through a tough procedure or a way to pass the time during chemo infusion treatments.  Toy and gift donations are need throughout the year.  Cure 4 The Kids Foundation greatly appreciates your donations, but we ask that you please follow the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s guidelines and suggestions below to ensure our patients’ safety. As always, if you have questions about a toy donation, or would prefer to make a financial donation, please contact Dawn Marie Pavuk at (702) 732-0952 or dmpavuk@cure4thekids.org.


Toy Safety Guidelines:

  • No used toys, including stuffed animals, of any kind, as they may be harmful to our sick children.
  • All donated toys or items must be in new and original packaging.
  • Donations should not be gift wrapped, as everything needs to be checked for safety reasons.
  • Stuffed animals must be in sealed and unopened packages to meet hospital infection control standards.
  • The filling for stuffed toys must be fabric or solid foam. No shredded foam, small pellets or beans can be used as filler.
  • The paint used on toy surfaces, as well as other paints, glue, crayons or markers in craft kits must all be non-toxic and contain no lead.
  • “Humorous” medical toys and games cause fears and misconceptions and are therefore inappropriate.


Please no toys that:

  • Contain detachable parts (like button eyes) which can be removed and swallowed or inhaled
  • Produce electric sparks or friction
  • Made of glass or brittle plastic
  • Contain sharp edges
  • Contain parts that can pinch fingers or toes or catch hair
  • Consist of numerous small parts which require close supervision
  • Represent violence (soldiers, guns, war games, etc.)
  • Consist of a religious nature

For further information on toy and safety guidelines, please refer to Consumer Product Safety Commission’s toy recall Web site at www.cpsc.gov.


Gift and Toy Wishlist

Infants/Toddlers: (Acceptable items)

Bubbles, water toys, plastic rings, dolls, mobiles, cradle gyms, music boxes, Fisher Price toys, V-Tech toys, toy telephones, trucks, sight and sound books, pop-up books, See N’ Says, sort shapers, musical and/or light-up toys, Legos (large pieces only), Infant onesies, rattles, links, pacifiers, preemie clothes, infant stimulation toys (black, red and white in color), crib aquariums, swings and bouncers, non-breakable infant mirrors, teethers, receiving blankets.



Coloring books, Crayola crayons and markers (non-toxic only), Play-Doh (non-toxic only), Legos (large pieces), Puzzles (large pieces), Play kitchen set dishes, cars, trucks, play doctor kits, play cash registers, friendly puppets, Magna Doodle, large electronic interactive toys (Leapfrog), Matchbox cars, dinosaur and farm animals, baby dolls, bubbles, Fisher Price toys, Thomas the Train, Etch A Sketch, new DVDs (G rated).



Barbie dolls, puzzles, models, Construct toys, superheroes, play/action figures, Lincoln Logs, handheld electronic games (Yahtzee, Wheel of Fortune, fishing and sports games), Legos (single project-type boxes), Crayola crayons and markers (non-toxic), portable CD players with headphones, children’s magazine subscriptions, remote control cars, paint by number sets, New DVDs (G or PG rated).



Nail polish sets, makeup kits, toiletries, hand-held games, portable CD players with headphones, CDs, game systems and games (Playstation II and III, Xbox, Nintendo Wii) disposable cameras, diaries, stationery, sports balls, teen magazine subscriptions, word search and crossword puzzle books, baseball caps, t-shirts, new DVDs (PG and PG-13 rated).


Arts & Crafts:

  • Beading supplies
  • Fabric Markers
  • Fun Foam Kits
  • Glitter pens and glue
  • Water color supplies (kits, pencils, paint and paper)
  • Paper projects and stamping
  • Scrap booking supplies
  • Sketch Books
  • Stickers
  • Coloring books and crayons



  • Apples to Apples
  • Candyland
  • Card Games (UNO, Phase-10,Old Maid, Go Fish)
  • Chess
  • Connect Four
  • Cranium
  • Guess Who
  • Jenga
  • Life
  • Memory
  • Monopoly and Monopoly Junior
  • Pictionary
  • Playing Cards
  • Sequence
  • Sorry
  • Trouble


Gift Cards:

  • Donations of gift cards to the following retailers in increments of $5-$10 are greatly appreciated:
  • Babies-R-Us
  • Best Buy
  • Michael’s
  • Walmart/Sam’s Club
  • Theaters
  • Target
  • Toy-R-Us
  • Local Grocery Stores


Holiday Donations:

During the holiday season, toys are collected and placed in our Santa’s Workshop. Unwrapped, new toys are collected and sorted, and our health care team host’s a holiday party for the children in active treatment and their siblings. Any extra toys will be given to children throughout the year. Donations for Santa’s Workshop will be accepted November 30 – December 23 from 9a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday in the business office at 3121 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite #200, Las Vegas, Nevada.

To arrange a toy drive or delivery please contact: Dawn Marie Pavuk at (702) 732-0952 or dmpavuk@cure4thekids.org.

Thank you!!

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