Medical Programs

Happiness Is Camping houses a fully equipped health center. Our dedicated staff always includes a pediatric oncologist and two or more hematology oncology nurses. They reside at the camp’s health center and provide 24-hour medical supervision. The center is equipped to handle on-going care, thus enabling the camp to welcome children who require oral and/or IVP chemotherapy, children at serious risk of bleeding and infections, and children with significant physical disabilities.

In addition to administering to the children’s health needs, the medical team enjoys participating in all camp activities. This offers campers the opportunity to socialize with their physicians and nurses, and view these care givers in a warm, non-clinical light.


Medical Council:

Alexander Chou, M.D.
Medical Director, Happiness Is Camping
Pediatric Medical Oncologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Peter Cole, M.D.
Medical Director, Happiness Is Camping
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

Richard Gorlick, M.D.
Medical Director Emeritus, Happiness Is Camping
Division Head and Department Chair of Pediatrics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Center Hospital

Paulette Kelly, RN, PNP
Nursing Director, Happiness Is Camping
PICU Nurse Leader, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Julie McMahon, RN, PNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center