Susan B Alisanski, MD

Alisanski Susan B
Pediatric Palliative Care

Primary Office
1150 N 35th Ave
Suite 100
Hollywood, FL 33021
Alternate Location
1951 SW 172 Avenue
Suite 204
Miramar, FL 33029

Meet the Physician

Susan Alisanski, MD, is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology and pediatric hospice and palliative care. She earned her medical degree in 2000 from State University of New York in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Alisanski completed a pediatric residency in 2003 at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Ohio, where she also completed a fellowship in 2004 in pediatric palliative care. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology in 2007 at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, where she also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2007.

Dr. Alisanski has served as an assistant professor of pediatrics for the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Virginia Health System, where she also served as both Medical Director of the Pediatric Oncology Survivorship Clinic and Medical Director of Outpatient Pediatric Palliative Care until 2012. Dr. Alisanski then became an associate staff physician in pediatric hematology/oncology from 2012-2013 at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida at Lee Memorial Health System. From 2013 to 2014, she served as a Global Health Corps physician at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers through Baylor College of Medicine at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana, Africa.

In 2015, Dr. Alisanski joined Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Memorial Physician Group in the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care.

Hospital Affiliation


Awards and Honors

  • Presidential Scholar and Alden Scholar, Allegheny College
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • James G. Kramer Award for Outstanding Senior Pediatric Resident Research

Professional organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • International Children’s Palliative Care Network


  • Church C, Amanullah S, and Alisanski S. The Social, Behavioral, and Academic Experiences of Forty Children with Asperger’s Syndrome. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Spring 2000, Vol. 15, No.2, 12-20
  • “Direct Assessment of Parent-Child Communication About Cancer,” MSCI thesis, Vanderbilt University, accepted May 2007. Mentors: Bruce Compas, PhD and James Whitlock, MD
  • Purow B, Alisanski S, Putman P, and Ruderman M. Spirituality and Pediatric Cancer. Southern Medical Journal, 2011 April; 104(4):299-302
  • Legallo RD, Stelow EB, Sukov WR, Duska LR, Alisanski SB, Folpe AL. Melanotic xp11.2 neoplasm of the ovary: report of a unique case. Am J Surg Pathol, 2012 Sep; 36(9):1410-4
  • Phillips G, Alisanski SB, Pranzantelli M, Clardy SL, Lennon VA, McKeon A. Purkinje cell cytoplasmic antibody-type I (anti-Yo) autoimmunity in a child with Down syndrome. JAMA Neurology. 2014 Mar; 71(3):347-9

Lecture Experience Highlights

  • April 2006 — “Pain and Symptom Management,” Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care (IPPC) Regional Retreat, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Nov 2006 — “The Art of Medicine: Communicating with the Patient and Family,” Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
  • April 2008 — “The Pediatric Cancer Survivor,” 28th Annual McLemore Birdsong Pediatric Conference, Hot Springs, Virginia
  • May 2008 — “Late Effects of Pediatric Cancer Therapy,” Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia Health System
  • May 2010 — “Liberia Medical Mission,” Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia Health System
  • Nov 2010 — “Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Therapies,” Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA
  • Nov 2014 — “Children’s Palliative Care in Botswana,” Botswana Paediatric Association annual meeting, Gaborone, Botswana


  • Suny Upstate Medical University, 2000
  • Akron Children's Medical Center, 2003
  • Akron Children's Medical Center, 2004, Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Vanderbilt University Hospital, 2007
  • American Board of Pediatrics-Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Board of Pediatrics-Pediatric Oncology and Hematology
  • American Board of Pediatrics-Pediatrics

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