Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute

Meet Our Leadership

Our expert team provides comprehensive clinical care and treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and blood disorders.


Peter Shaw, M.D. Hematology / Oncology

Dr. Shaw joined the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute in August 2016 as deputy director. He works collaboratively with the entire hematology-oncology team and other pediatric specialists at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to provide comprehensive care throughout each patient’s cancer journey and provide the best outcomes for children, teens and young adults with cancer. Dr. Shaw is recognized nationally as a leader in the areas of adolescent and young oncology (AYA). He is founding member of the Consortium of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Centers and helped develop internally recognized standards for care of this population. He is expanding the AYA program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s to enhance continuity of care into adulthood through multidisciplinary collaboration with physicians at Moffitt Cancer Center. He will also support the institute’s fertility preservation program, which helps pediatric cancer and bone marrow transplant survivors enjoy optimal health and the opportunity to become parents in their adult years.
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Susan van der Sommen

Susan van der Sommen Senior Director, Institute Administration

Susan is the senior administrative director of the Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and the interim senior administrative co-director of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. She joined the hospital staff in 2017. Before joining Johns Hopkins All Children’s, Susan was the executive director of Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York. Susan earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from New York University followed by a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Walden University.

Deborah Del Favero, DNP/ED

Deborah Del Favero, DNP/ED Senior Director, Nursing

Deborah Del Favero is the senior director of nursing of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s department of medicine, Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute and the vascular access team. She joined the hospital staff in 2010. Before joining Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, she was the director of the GI-Nephrology-Dialysis-Diabetes and Enuresis Center and the nursing director of hematology-oncology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. She earned her nursing degree from Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Miami, followed by an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science nursing degree from Miami Dade College in Kendall, Florida, and a baccalaureate nursing degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She went on to complete a Masters of Nursing from the University of Phoenix in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.


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