Seton Family of Doctors

Virginia L. Harrod, MD, PhD

Physician, Co-Chief of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology

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Virginia L. Harrod, MD, PhD

Physician, Co-Chief of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology

Dr. Harrod lives in Central Austin with her husband and two children. She enjoys hiking and running in the greenbelt. She is actively involved with the Children's Oncology Group in the Neuro-Oncology division, and participates in research studies for patients at Dell Children's Medical Center.

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  • Hematology/Oncology (Pediatric)

Hospital Affiliation

  • Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
  • Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
  • Seton Medical Center Austin
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Provides Care Through

  • Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center
  • Dell Children's Medical Group

My Passion for Healthcare

I actually started out more interested in cancer research rather than patient care. While working on my Ph. D. in cancer drug development, I felt there was a broad gap between the lab and patient care. This led me to expand my education to include a medical degree. I have always had an interest in the treatment of cancer, but pediatric oncology was an area of intensive interest. The major research advances in the field and the organization of national and international research efforts were both reasons to pursue research and patient care in this specialty.

Services I Provide

  1. Pediatric Oncology
  2. Childhood Cancer Research
  3. Pediatric Neuro-Oncology

Degree & Residency

  • Medical School

    University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX

  • Residency

    Austin Medical Education Program, Austin, TX

  • Fellowship


  • Board Certification

    AB of Pediatrics/Hematology-Oncology

My Clinical Focus

I am actively involved in the research efforts of pediatric oncology and specifically neuro-oncology at Dell Children's. We participate in research treatment studies in an effort to make advances to curing childhood cancer. Equally important, we are actively participating in biological research studies in collaboration with other institutions to increase the understanding of cancer and aid in development of better treatment strategies for these devastating diseases.


  1. American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  2. Children's Oncology Group
  3. International Society of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
  4. Society of International Pediatric Oncology

Insurances Accepted

    Seton Family of Doctors currently participates with various insurance plans. Insurance listings are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact your provider to verify participation prior to scheduling your visit.

  • Aetna - Commercial
  • Aetna QHP - Exchange Plan
  • Amerigroup - STAR and CHIP
  • ARIA (Covenant Management Systems) ARC Benefit Plan - Contracted for the following specialties ONLY: Craniofacial Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Gastro, Inf. Disease, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Opththalmology, Otolaryngology, Pulmonary, General Surgery, Trauma Surgery
  • Averde Health - Commercial PPO
  • Beechstreet - Commercial PPO
  • Blue Cross - Medicare Advantage
  • Blue Cross-Blue Advantage - Exchange Plan
  • Blue Cross-Medicaid - STAR & CHIP
  • BlueCross - Commercial
  • Care Improvement Plus - Dual Special Needs
  • Care Improvement Plus - Medicare Advantage
  • Cigna - Commercial
  • Cigna LocalPlus - Exchange Plan
  • Coventry Workers Comp - Select providers
  • First Care - HMO/PPO
  • First Health/Coventry - Commercial
  • Galaxy Health Network PPO - Commercial
  • Health Payors Organization - Commerical PPO
  • HealthSmart Accel - Commercial PPO
  • HealthSmart Preferred Care - Commercial PPO
  • Hospice Austin - Hospice-In-Patient
  • Humana - Commercial
  • Humana HMOx - Exchange Plan
  • Humana-Medicare Advantage
  • Integrated Medical Systems - Commercial PPO
  • Medicaid (Traditional)
  • Medicare
  • Multi-Plan Commercial - PPO
  • PHCS - Commercial
  • Sendero - STAR and CHIP
  • Sendero IdealCare - Exchange Plan
  • Seton Health Plan - Commercial
  • Seton Health Plan - MAP
  • Seton Health Plan - STAR and CHIP
  • Superior - STAR and CHIP
  • Superior Ambetter - Exchange Plan
  • TriCare - All Products
  • United HealthCare - Commercial All Other
  • United HealthCare - Options PPO
  • United HealthCare Star and CHIP - Americhoice or UHC Texas STAR, CHIP
  • United HealthCare- AARP Medicare Complete FOCUS- UHC Network - Medicare Advantage
  • United HealthCare-Dual Complete Focus (HMO SNP)-UHC Network - Medicare Advantage
  • United HealthCare-Evercare STAR PLUS - Medicaid
  • United Healthcare-Medicare Advantage--UHC Network - Medicare Advantage
  • United Student Resources (UT Student Division) - PPO
  • USA Managed Care - PPO

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Why Choose Dell Children's

Dell Children's offers a different brand of healthcare. We call it personalized care. We believe in showing everyone dignity and respect while providing the best care possible for the children we serve.

We are the premier healthcare provider for children and adolescents in Central Texas. While Dell Children's Medical Center is the cornerstone of our pediatric care, our doctors, nurses and associates work in schools, clinics, programs and practices throughout the community to deliver excellent care and better health for our children.

We provide a range of health services to keep your children healthy. We are advancing healthcare and improving lives with easy clinical visits for everyday illnesses, school district and county health partnerships, in-hospital playtime through our child life program, community outreach events and innovative medical treatments for complex and specialized illnesses.

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