Kathleen Sakamoto, MD

  • “My goal is to cure 100 percent of children with cancer because I believe that's possible.”

I am the first person in my family to graduate from college, much less medical school and graduate school. My mother grew up in Japan during WWII and my father was in a Japanese Internment camp. My parents taught me the importance of a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence.

I am serious about patient care and focused on being compassionate and meeting the needs of my patients, who are going through one of the most difficult experiences of their lives. I get so much pleasure out of my work, and my patients inspire me every day. I am proud to be a member of this extraordinary hospital, where we are committed to taking the best care of children. The more I'm here, the more I realize how great this place is. The quality of the physicians, leaders and scientists is unparalleled.



Work and Education

Professional Education

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1985


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1988


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1991

Board Certifications

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics