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Pournima D. Navalkele, MD

Accepting New Patients
1201 West La Veta Avenue
Orange, CA 92868
2258.4 miles away
Medical Groups & Affiliations
Providence Affiliated Physicians, St. Joseph
Speaks: English

CHOC Children's Specialists - Hematology Oncology

1201 West La Veta Avenue, Orange, CA 92868

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About Pournima D. Navalkele

Dr. Pournima Navalkele is a CHOC Specialist in Pediatric Neuro-oncology at the Hyundai Cancer Institute. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. Dr. Navalkele’s clinical work focuses on treating patients diagnosed with new and relapsed brain and spine tumor. She designs personalized therapy for each patient based on tumor’s genetic information and uses multi-disciplinary approach to strive for the best outcomes. She is also involved in multi-disciplinary management of familial brain and spine tumors such as in Neurofibromatosis and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. She participates in caring for patients in long -term survivorship clinic. Dr. Navalkele is actively involved in conducting clinical trials through COG, industry, consortia and focuses on developing investigator-initiated early-phase clinical trials. Her clinical research focus includes epidemiology, novel therapies and outcomes of CNS tumors. Dr. Navalkele was born and raised in Mumbai (west coast), India and attended Grant Medical College, Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals in Mumbai, India. She obtained a Master of Public Health with focus in Epidemiology from University of Iowa in Iowa City and did a year of Epidemiology training at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Cancer Genetics program, focused on cancer pre-disposition syndromes, notably Li Fraumeni syndrome and hereditary Retinoblastoma in Houston, TX. Her Pediatric residency training was at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, University of Mississippi, Jackson, MS., Pediatric Hematology Oncology BMT fellowship training at Children’s Hospital Michigan, Wayne State University in Detroit, MI., Pediatric Neuro Oncology fellowship training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. She worked as the Pediatric Neuro-oncology Program Director at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, MO until she made her move to Orange County in November 2022.

Medical School

Dr. Vasantro Pawar Medical College


University of Mississippi Medical Center


University of Mississippi Medical Center


Children's Hospital of Michigan
Pediatric Hematology Oncology

CHOC Children's Specialists - Hematology Oncology
1201 West La Veta Avenue
Orange, CA 92868

Medical Groups & Affiliations
Providence Affiliated Physicians, St. Joseph

Clinical Interests

  • Abnormal Protein
  • Acquired Elliptocytosis
  • Acquired Factor Inhibitor
  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (All)
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (Aml)
  • Adjuvant Chemotherapy
  • Adjuvant Chemotherapy
  • Adolescent And Young Adult Cancer (Aya)
  • Adverse Effects To Anticoagulants
  • Alpha-Fetoprotein Tumor Marker Test
  • Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma
  • Anemia
  • Antithrombin Deficiency
  • Askin's Tumor
  • Autoimmune (Aa) Amyloidosis
  • Autoimmune Neutropenia (Ain)
  • B12 Deficiency Anemia
  • Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Bleeding Disorder Clinics
  • Blood Cancer
  • Blood Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Marrow Aspiration
  • Bone Marrow Disorders
  • Bone Marrow Harvest
  • Bone Marrow Stimulation
  • Burkitt Lymphoma
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Cancer Survivor
  • Carcinoma Of Unknown Primary
  • Castleman's Disease
  • Chemoradiation
  • Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia
  • Clonal Cytopenia Of Undetermined Significance
  • Cns Lymphoma
  • Cooley Anemia
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Depressed Mood
  • Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (Dipg)
  • Dyskeratosis Congenita
  • Egfr Mutation
  • Elevated Ferritin
  • Elevated Transferrin Saturation
  • Endocrine Complications Of Cancer Therapy
  • Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma
  • Evans Syndrome
  • Ewings Sarcoma
  • Factor Eight Disorder
  • Factor Nine Deficiency
  • Factor Seven Deficiency
  • Factor Thirteen Deficiency
  • Familial Amyloidosis
  • Follicular T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Generalized Lymphatic Anomaly
  • Germ Cell Tumor
  • Germinoma
  • Gestational Thrombocytopenia
  • Giant Cell Tumor Of The Bone
  • Giant Platelet Syndrome
  • Glioma
  • Head And Neck Tumors
  • Hemoglobinopathies
  • Hemolytic Disease Of The Fetus
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
  • Hemophilia
  • Hemophilia Carrier
  • Hemophilia Inhibitors
  • Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Hereditary Elliptocytosis (He)
  • Hereditary Spherocytosis
  • High Iron
  • Histiocytosis
  • Hydroxyurea Therapy
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Hypogammaglobulinemia
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • Immune Effector Cell (Iec) Therapy
  • Immune Therapy
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Kaposiform Lymphangiomatosis
  • Kasabach Merritt Phenomenon (Kmp)
  • Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
  • Leukemia
  • Leukemia Genomics
  • Leukopenia
  • Light Chain (Al) Amyloidosis
  • Long Term Side Effects Of Cancer Treatment
  • Lymphoma
  • Lymphoma Genomics
  • Lymphopenia
  • Malignant Granular Cell Tumor
  • Malignant Rhabdoid Tumor
  • Maternal Hematologic Disorders
  • Mediastinal Lymphadenopathy
  • Metastatic Blood Cancers
  • Metastatic Brain Cancer
  • Minimal Residual Disease
  • Mixed Phenotype Acute Leukemia (Mpal)
  • Monoclonal B-Cell Lymphocytosis
  • Monomac Syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal Tumor
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Myeloproliferative Diseases
  • Nephroblastoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neutropenia
  • Neutrophilia
  • Non Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Nucleated Red Blood Cell Count
  • Optic Nerve Glioma
  • Oral Lesions
  • Pancytopenia
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
  • Pediatric Cancer
  • Pediatric Stem Cell Collection For Transplant
  • Personal History Of Chemotherapy
  • Personal History Of Radiation Therapy
  • Petechiae
  • Plasmablastic Lymphoma
  • Plasmacytoma
  • Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytomas
  • Polycythemia
  • Porphyria
  • Prostate Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Pulmonary Metastases
  • Purpura
  • Ras-Associated Autoimmune Leukoproliferative Disorder
  • Relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (All)
  • Relapsed Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (Aml)
  • Relapsed Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Relapsed Non Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Rh Incompatibility
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Sarcoma
  • Secondary Cancer Screening
  • Secondary Polycythemia
  • Severe Congenital Neutropenia
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Solitary Plasmocytoma
  • Spherocytosis
  • Splenomegaly
  • Stem Cell Harvest
  • Submucosal Tumors
  • Systemic Mastocytosis
  • T-Cell Prolymphocytic Leukemia
  • Teratogen Exposure
  • Testicular Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Thalassemia
  • Thalassemia Trait
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thrombophilia
  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • Total Body Irradiation
  • Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant
  • Venous Occlusive Crisis
  • Von Willebrand Disease