Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology, Dr. Nugent specializes in all aspects of bleeding and clotting disorders, hematology, bone marrow failure, anemia, and immune disorders. Dr. Nugent founded CIBD with the goal of serving children and adults with genetic blood disorders, and their families, with comprehensive care tailored just for them. In 2005, she was named the National Hemophilia Foundation Physician of the Year, and later one of the Best Doctors in America in 2007-2008. She was also named Physician of the Year in Orange County. More recently in 2011, she received the Physician Circle of Care Award from Cal-Optima. Dr. Nugent serves as a Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Among her peers, Dr. Nugent is the chair of review subcommittees for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/National Institutes of Health, and head of program projects for the hematology committees of the American Society of Hematology and International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis. Dr. Nugent received her fellowship training at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Seattle and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Upon graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, she completed her residency and internship at Denver Affiliated Hospitals in Colorado. Dr. Nugent speaks Spanish.
Jeri Tucker, RN, BSClinic Manager
As a pediatric hematology and oncology nurse, Ms. Tucker’s nursing experience spans research, inpatient and outpatient care, as well as management. Ms. Tucker joined CIBD in 2012 and enjoys being part of a team providing services in a community-based clinic setting. Prior to entering nursing, she was a Program Coordinator in the Housing Department at the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Tucker earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Irvine, later returning to school to pursue her passion of nursing.
Marianne McDaniel, RNNurse Coordinator
Ms. McDaniel has over 30 years of experience working with hematology /oncology patients. A pioneer in the specialty of bleeding and clotting disorders, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working with patients with hemophilia, von Willebrand’s disease, and clotting disorders. Ms. McDaniel has been with the CHOC Hematology Division and CIBD since their inception
Nicole Crook, RNData & Research Nurse Coordinator
Mrs. Crook joined CIBD in January 2015. Before joining CIBD, Nicole worked at CHOC Children’s hospital as a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator for the Children’s Oncology Group. Her responsibilities included working closely with physicians to find the latest treatments and clinical trials for their patients. Her passion for research is what brought her to the CIBD and she is excited to contribute to the advancement of research.
Khanh Pham, RNClinic Nurse
Before joining CIBD in 2013, Khanh’s clinical experience includes Miller Children’s Hospital (MCH) in the Hematology/Oncology Department where she was active in developing the Pediatric Early Warning Signs (PEWS) program. As a team leader at MCH, she enjoyed teaching patients and their families about their diseases, and home care. Khanh is excited to bring her skills to the outpatient setting at CIBD and help develop new programs for patients and their families.
Spencer Dunn, MSWSocial Worker
Spencer has been with CIBD since 2012. He works with both pediatric and adults patients with all blood disorders. His interests includes case management, patient education events, community outreach, insurance related issues, patient assistance programs, pediatric and adult support groups, and brief counseling. Before completing his master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in health studies from the University of Southern California, he completed his undergraduate studies at Concordia University in Irvine where he earned his B.A. in psychology. During his time at CIBD, Spencer has taken part in various Quality of Life research studies and has several publications.
Grace HernandezPhysical Therapist
Mrs. Hernandez is also an innovator in working with patients with bleeding disorders. Along with CIBD nurse coordinator Marianne McDaniel and CIBD Founder Dr. Diane Nugent, Mrs. Hernandez was instrumental in developing the hematology program that originated at CHOC Children’s Hospital, and is now expanding at CIBD. She is respected region-wide for her expertise in working with patients with bleeding disorders. Mrs. Hernandez earned her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Delaware.