Dear Members of the SIOP Women Leaders Network,

The field of Paediatric Oncology has been transformed by unstinted efforts of many exceptional women. These women have broken through the proverbial ‘glass ceilings’ and achieved great success in advancing our understanding of childhood cancer. The 2024 SIOP Almanac of Women Leaders profiles many such women leaders and seeks to celebrate and honour their contributions.

Today’s profile is of Dr. Kusuma Kumary, who is instrumental in establishing the Paediatric Oncology Department at the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Trivandrum, making advanced cancer treatment accessible to underprivileged children across the Kerala region of India. Read her story here:

And here is Dr. Kusuma Kumary’s advice to those who follow in her footsteps:

Never bother about how much you know, the important thing is what you can do with what you know. As you look back on your life, you will find that the moments that stand out are ‘the moments when you have done something for others’.


Other profiles from the 2024 Almanac are available here:

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Feel free to contact  the SIOP Women Leaders Network Steering Group leaders ( we’d love to hear from you!


Warm regards,

Steering Group of the SIOP Women Leaders Network:


Dr. Sarah Cohen-Gogo, Canada (Co-Chair)

Dr. Faith Gibson, UK (Co-Chair)

Dr. Adedayo Joseph, Nigeria, Steering Group Member

Dr. Amita Trehan, India, Steering Group Member

Dr. Eman Al-Shamsi, UAE, Steering Group Member

Dr. Giselle Saulnier-Sholler, USA, Steering Group Member

Dr. Monica Cypriano, Brazil, Steering Group Member

Ms. Arliette Sulikhanyan, Steering Group Member

Ms. Liz Sniderman, Steering Group Member