Jeff Stevens, BS, is the Clinical Research Supervisor of the Seattle Children’s Biorepository and Precision Medicine Team and the Tissue Navigator at Seattle Children’s Hospital. With a degree focused in molecular biology and biochemistry I have a background working as the Lead Lab Technician in a cancer lab for over 10 years, and transitioned to working in the clinic 2014. As the team lead for our biology, banking, and precision medicine studies, I manages one of the largest pediatric brain tumor cohorts on the West Coast. I am the primary contact for postmortem tumor donation in the cancer and blood disorders center at Seattle Children’s Hospital. I collaborate with several consortiums globally and have been tasked with making it easier for investigators to obtain treatment and outcomes data paired with integrated molecular diagnosis, from all of the families enrolled in the Childrens Brain Tumor Network (CBTN) bio-bank and all other pediatric cancers. As a scientist and a father of two, It is my mission to collaborate with those who wish to end pediatric cancers. It is delightful to work with patient families, providers, scientists, all of the CBTN and Gift From A Child (GFAC) team members that share the desire to improve on the limited treatments we have available for our patient families.
A Simple Two-Step Process
For the family, once a decision has been made to donate, only two things are required. The first is written consent for the child to become a tissue donor, and the second is a single phone call to a tissue navigator at the time of a child’s death to initiate the process.