Mariko Sato, MD, PhD


"I am a neuro-oncologist who takes care of children with brain tumors as well as other cancers and blood disorders. I am also passionate about taking care of adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer. For me, every day is different and challenging, but also inspiring because my patients are courageously battling their illnesses. I like to be part of their journey." — Mariko Sato


  • Japanese
  • English

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancers Treated


Pediatric Specialties

  • Oncology

Special Procedures and Treatments

  • Blood and bone marrow transplant
  • Bone marrow aspiration
  • Bone marrow biopsy
  • Lumbar puncture

Diseases and Conditions

  • Brain tumors
  • Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA)


200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242



  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate Certification
  • State of Iowa Medical License
  • State of Utah Medical License
  • Japan Medical License
  • Japan Pediatric Society


MD, PhD, Tohoku University, School of Medicine, Japan


  • Pediatrics, Tohoku University, School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan
  • Pediatrics, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu


  • Pediatric Cardiology, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo
  • Pediatric Hematology Oncology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • Pediatric Neurooncology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Cancer Research Member

Cancer Research Program

Program 3: Free Radical Metabolism and Imaging (FRMI)

Cancer Center Membership Status

Affiliate Member

Cancer Department



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Overall Rating

4.69 out of 5 (112 ratings)