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Rachael Courtney, DO


hematology/oncology, emergency medicine, general pediatrics


Dr. Rachael Courtney is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at Dayton Children's Hospital.

Prior to joining the Dayton Children's hematology/oncology team, Dr. Courtney spent several years at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee where she was a staff physician and instructor.

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education and training

  • medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • residency: University of Florida at Jacksonville
  • fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • board certification: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, General Pediatrics

awards, honors and organizations

  • Dayton Magazine - Dayton Best Docs 2023
  • St. Jude Resident Teaching Award (2018, 2019, 2020): An honor given by the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s graduating resident class for the best educator at St. Jude Children’s Hospital
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Children's Oncology Group

publications and presentations

  • Berg A, Courtney, R, Krishnamutri L, Triulzi DJ, Yazer MH. (2014). Are Short-Term Intensive Care Unit Admissions for Monitoring during the First Transfusion in Pediatric Patients Necessary? Hematology, 19 (5), 304-308.
  • Courtney, R and Ranganathan, S. (2015). Simultaneous Adrenocortical Carcinoma and Neuroblastoma in an Infant with a Novel p53 Germline P53 Mutation. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 37 (3), 215-218.
  • Courtney, R. 7/21/2017. Oral Presentation: Bleeding and Clotting Disorders for the Pediatric Hospitalist. Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Annual Meeting. Nashville, TN.
  • Sitthi-amorn J, Ast A, Harper E, Abbott B, Alsaek Y, Bourland W, Courtney R, Madni A, Sharma A, Spencer C, McCurrach L, Morgan S, McCormick J, Wittman D, Johnson L. Improving discharge time on patients admitted for Cyclophosphamide /Ifosfamide therapy. Poster presentation; National. Institute of Healthcare Improvement National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, Orlando, FL, December 2018

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

I am interested in the science behind these disorders enjoy working with challenging medical cases. Whether it is an emergency case or a complex oncological condition, I feel lucky to be part of a medical team that can help kids and families find help and cures. I also wanted to spend my career making a difference and fulfilling my passion for teaching the next generation.

I like working with kids because...

Children are truly innocent and should never have to experience serious illness. I feel lucky every day that I have a chance to make them better.

I chose Dayton Children's because...

It was abundantly clear that they care deeply about the children they care for and strive every day to make sure the care here is top notch.

Dayton Children's is special because...

It's all about the community!

ratings and reviews

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We were impressed with Dr. Courtney. It was our first visit to Hematology/Oncology, and we were very nervous. She was kind, explained everything thoroughly, and helped us feel at ease.

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She gave clear and understandable explanations, and she had a very calming presence.

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I trust Dr. Courtney with my son's care. She is always ready to listen and considers all of his symptoms when discussing the progression or changes to his treatment. She looks up any answers to my questions that she does not have readily available. She consults with others and with the research when making decisions and then provides those for me to read as well.

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Very, very nice. I really like her and just, you know, seems like she cares about your children. Took care about your child, really like her.

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