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Expert Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (Cancer) Care—Close To Home

For parents in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities, having a child with a complex medical condition used to mean spending lots of time traveling all over the Bay Area for visits with children’s specialists. 

Through our collaboration with Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, we provide comprehensive and personalized care for children and young adults diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders, including those conditions requiring stem cell transplantation—right here close to home.  

In addition to your pediatric hematologist/oncologist, your child’s care team may also include nurses and other healthcare providers—all who have advanced training in specifically treating children and teens.    

Meet Your Doctors

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Jay Balagtas, MD

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

My patients are very inspiring to me. No matter how sick they are, they always put a smile on my face. Even though I am a pediatrician, I value the bonds I form not only with the patient but with the family as a whole. My care team and I always consider the needs of the entire family when we are designing treatment approaches and actively seek ways to reduce the burden on a family caring for a chronically ill child.

My philosophy has always been to seek out the best possible medical therapies for my patients and let parents know that my care team and I will walk the whole way with them.

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Michael Jeng, MD

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

1601 Ygnacio Valley Rd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

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Louise Lo, MD

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

I love my job because I love children, science and being challenged. Children are inspiring for their innocence and resilience, and families are inspiring as they empower themselves with knowledge and understanding to care for their sick child. I have been fortunate to witness advancements in the science of hematology and oncology that have generated exciting, new and effective treatments. Because of these advancements, I can provide our families with hope for the future for their child—something that most people don't expect in pediatric hematology and oncology. I feel very privileged to help guide and support families through what can be a very difficult journey.

1601 Ygnacio Valley Rd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Phone: (925) 941-4144

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What Our Partnership With Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Means For Your Family

Your pediatrician referred you to us, and we want you to know that you’re in good hands. Our collaboration marries the best of two worlds for our patients and their families by bringing Stanford Medicine Children's Health expertise and innovation into a community-based setting that keeps families close to home. Together, our partnership provides:

  • Expert Care from Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Doctors: From office visits to hospital procedures and stays at our Walnut Creek Medical Center, you can rest easy knowing that your child will be cared for by some of the nation’s top pediatric specialists—without having to travel to outside of the East Bay.
  • Comprehensive Care, Conveniently Close: Any hospital-based services your child may need—ranging from simple blood work and imaging to infusion therapies—can all be conveniently done at our Walnut Creek Medical Center by staff who are highly trained in treating children of all ages, using specialized equipment designed just for children. 
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU): If your child requires complex care, you’ll have the added peace of mind that our PICU—staffed 24/7 by Stanford Medicine Children’s Health doctors and John Muir Health nurses and other care providers—is right here at our Walnut Creek Medical Center. Learn more about our PICU.

Learn more about Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and our partnership.