Karen Gauvain, M.D.  gauvain_k@kids.wustl.edu

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Neuro-Oncology Co-Director of Experimental Therapeutics
Medical Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
Associate Professor, Hematology and Oncology
Hematology and Oncology

phone: (314) 454-6018

Clinical Interests

I am Board Certified Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist with over 15 years of clinical experience focused in Pediatric Neuro-oncology.


  • BS, University of Missouri1989
  • MD, Distinction in Research, Saint Louis University1998
  • MSPH, St. Louis University2013


  • Pediatric Resident, St. Louis Children's Hospital1998 - 2001
  • Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine2001 - 2004

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 2001 - PresPediatrics
  • 2004 - PresMO, Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
  • 2006 - PresPediatric Hematology/Oncology

Honors and Awards

  • NIH Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program2003 - 2005
  • Guardian of Childhood Winner2016

Recent Publications view all (15)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Prospective Feasibility and Safety Assessment of Surgical Biopsy for Patients with Newly Diagnosed Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. Neuro Oncol. 2018. PMID:29741745 
  2. Large Vessel Arteriopathy After Cranial Radiation Therapy in Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors. J Child Neurol. 2018;33(5):359-366. PMCID:PMC5873308  PMID:29575995 
  3. 18F-FDOPA PET/MRI for monitoring early response to bevacizumab in children with recurrent brain tumors. Neurooncol Pract. 2018;5(1):28-36. PMCID:PMC5909807  PMID:29692922 
  4. An 8-Year-Old Girl with A Supratentorial Mass. Brain Pathol. 2018;28(1):125-126. PMID:29265627 
  5. Unusual high-grade features in pediatric diffuse leptomeningeal glioneuronal tumor: comparison with a typical low-grade example. Hum Pathol. 2017. PMID:28652147 
  6. Pilot Evaluation of a Palliative and End-of-Life Communication Intervention for Parents of Children With a Brain Tumor J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2017;34(3):203-213. doi:10.1177/1043454216676836  PMID:27920233 
  7. Presence of cerebral microbleeds is associated with worse executive function in pediatric brain tumor survivors. Neuro-Oncology. 2016;18(11):1548-1558. PMID:27540084 
  8. Resolution of precocious puberty following resection of fourth ventricular medulloblastoma: case report. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015;16(3):287-90. PMID:26053334 
  9. Grade II pilocytic astrocytoma in a 3-month-old patient with encephalocraniocutaneous lipomatosis (ECCL): case report and literature review of low grade gliomas in ECCL. Am J Med Genet A. 2015. doi:10.1002/ajmg.a.37017  PMID:25705862 
  10. Evaluation of Physician and Nurse Dyad Training Procedures to Deliver a Palliative and End-of-Life Communication Intervention to Parents of Children with a Brain Tumor. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2015. doi:10.1177/1043454214563410  PMID:25623029 
  11. Outcomes of pediatric low-grade gliomas treated with radiation therapy: a single-institution study. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2014. doi:10.1097/MPH.0000000000000142  PMID:24714505 
  12. Rapidly progressive primary leptomeningeal atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor: a report of 2 cases. J Child Neurol. 2012;27(12):1597-601. doi:10.1177/0883073812436878  PMID:22378667 
  13. MRI detection of early bone metastases in b16 mouse melanoma models. Clin Exp Metastasis. 2005;22(5):403-11. doi:10.1007/s10585-005-1264-9  PMCID:PMC2726655  PMID:16283483 
  14. Evaluating pediatric brain tumor cellularity with diffusion-tensor imaging. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2001;177(2):449-54. doi:10.2214/ajr.177.2.1770449  PMID:11461881 
  15. Measurement of regional pulmonary blood flow with PET. J Nucl Med. 1995;36(3):371-7. PMID:7884497 
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