Dr. Uma Athale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist at McMaster Children's Hospital (MCH). Dr. Athale completed her MBBS and MD in Pediatrics at the University of Bombay in India. Prior to moving to North America, she was a faculty member of School of Medicine, University of Zambia, Lusaka. She completed postdoctoral clinical fellowship in hematology/oncology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Pediatric Residency at the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis Tennessee, USA. In 2001, Dr. Athale joined the faculty at McMaster University as Assistant Professor and since 2006 she is an Associate Professor.
Dr Athale’s clinical interests include pediatric leukemias and hemoglobinopathy. She is the Co-Director of the Joint Hemoglobinopathy Clinic. In collaboration with St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, she is a Consultant to the Moroccan National Acute Myeloid Leukemia Program.
Dr Athale is passionate about education and has supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is the Program Director of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Subspecialty Training Program at McMaster University. She is also an Associate Member in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) (formerly known as Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) at McMaster University.
Dr. Athale’s research interest includes clinical trials and observational cohort studies. She is the site-investigator for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ALL Consortium studies. Her research focuses on outcome measures and supportive care in pediatric oncology, particularly thrombosis in children with cancer. Her current research aims at comprehensive evaluation of prothrombotic risk factors in children with cancer and to develop a predictive model to identify patients at high risk for thrombosis.
Dr. Athale’s research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals. The full list of her publications can be found at Google Scholar.