Medical Director and Team


David Shook, MD

Medical Director of the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy Program, at the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center at AdventHealth for Children

Dr. Shook brings his award winning skill and extensive research to young patients that need treatment for blood and bone cancers, diseases and disorders, 80 malignant & non-malignant diseases treatable with a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.  Dr. Shook is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology and oncology, and he specializes in bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapy.

Education and Experience

Dr. Shook earned his medical degree and completed his pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. He completed a pediatric hematology and oncology fellowship, as well as a bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapy fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Dr. Shook has held significant positions at the institutions he served, including Director of the Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Fellowship Program; Member of the Clinical Competency and Quality Improvement Committee; and Member of Cancer Center Developmental Biology and Solid Tumor Program, all at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

In addition to Dr. Shook’s extensive training and experience, he has won several academic awards including the Harrison Award for Proficiency in Pediatrics from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award.


Susan Staba Kelly, MD

Susan Kelly, MD, most recently served as director of the Pediatric Cellular Therapy Program at the Haley Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Arnold Palmer Hospital. She is an award-winning physician whose work has been recognized with, among other honors, the NIH Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award, the Mortimer M. Bortin Award for Best Clinical Research, Duke University’s Betty Jarboe Award for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and multiple research grants. In addition to her service at Arnold Palmer Hospital, Dr. Kelly previously served as director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Florida, and as the director of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Dr. Kelly is a proud graduate of the University of Florida (UF), where she graduated with highest honors in interdisciplinary medical science before continuing on to medical school – also at UF – as well as her internship and residency training, and later earned a Master of Science in clinical investigation. Following medical school, Dr. Kelly completed dual fellowships at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina – one in pediatric hematology/oncology and another in pediatric stem cell transplant.





Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Florida Hospital for Children

Fouad Hajjar, MD, Medical Director

Dennis Borrero, MD

Heather Allewelt, MD

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