Carola Schmidt

Pediatric Oncology Pharmacist & Writer

  • Springer Nature author of books in pediatric oncology
  • Reycraft Books children’s author
  • Writer of children’s books about cancer

Carola has extensive experience in chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation—an area that she loves—for children and has handled thousands doses for kids of all ages, including babies. She is an Oncological Hospital Pharmacy specialist with an MBA in Planning and Business Management, and has experience with adult oncology, as well.

Her education began at home, reading medical science books as a hobby. Her academic studies include experience in pharmacy, pediatrics, oncology and hematology, and teaching at the Pediatric Oncology Hematology program in the biggest pediatric hospital in Brazil.

After college she gained a wealth of experience at hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies, working with drug interactions, pediatrics, oncology, hematology, stem cell transplantation, neonatology, intensive health care and infectology.

Carola has the experience of working in huge medical centers in Brazil, some of them without resources, demanding a lot of creativity, research and knowledge. Her research and treatments are used in the very best hospitals, and she continues to develop and publish guidelines to help healthcare professionals worldwide.

“Belonging” is a subject that has always fascinated her and directs her writing for children’s books. She believes that each of us has our own stories, history and the desire to belong. As she explains her understanding of it, our memories are like a living tissue that intersects with other people and their lives. It’s not something static or even physical. These intersections encompass the people we meet, all of our experiences and feelings about the places we have been—all of it forms who we really are, with our families, friends, and our homes. That’s the meaning of belonging to her.

Her favorite word is “homing.” When she learned about homing of stem cells, she fell in love with the complex biochemical processes that make stem cells (that are collected from a donor’s bone marrow) able to be infused into a receptor’s arm vein—they can find their way home to the receptor’s bone marrow!

Homing, for her, is highly related to belonging. These themes gave her the idea to write Chubby’s Tale: the true story of a teddy bear who beat cancer, which entered BookAuthority’s list of the “Best Leukemia Books of All Time”. And it was the reason she dedicated an entire chapter about homing of stem cells in her book Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation for Pharmacists, which is among the Springer Nature 2020 Highlights.

Carola loves business. She wants to make a difference in science and education. An impact. If you are a company or organization interested in collaborating, please get in touch.