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Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Hematology Oncology & Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. Established in 2004 and accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), our three-year fellowship program provides unique opportunity for the future pediatric hematologist-oncologists to learn to diagnose and treat a broad range of common and rare blood and bone marrow conditions as well as pediatric malignant diseases.

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hematology/Oncology

Situated on Cleveland Clinic Children’s (CCC) main campus, the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology & HSCT Department plays a significant role in promoting the outstanding recognition of this world-renowned tertiary referral center. Cleveland Clinic Children’s is a national leader in clinical care, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report 2015-2016 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.” For the second consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic Children’s is the only Northeast Ohio children’s hospital to be ranked in all 10 medical specialties surveyed by U.S. News. It is also one of only 20 children’s hospitals in the country ranked in the majority of pediatric specialties, including Pulmonology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Urology, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Neonatology, Diabetes & Endocrinology and Nephrology. Our pediatric Hematology/Oncology & HSCT fellows undoubtedly play an indispensable role in promoting this outstanding reputation of the Cleveland Clinic.

First year of fellowship training will be devoted to forming strong clinical competencies in pediatric hematology, oncology and HSCT. During seven inpatient modules (five in general hematology and oncology, and two in HSCT), two outpatient clinical service rotations, as well as Hemophilia and Thrombosis Clinics, Blood Bank and Hematopathology rotations, the fellows will be involved in different clinical activities, that would help them form and further expand their knowledge base and clinical skills. The fellows will be expected to become primary care providers for all newly-diagnosed patients in order to be able to establish their own continuity clinic patient base. During the second half of the first year the fellows will also be expected to attend the clinical research and quality assurance/patient safety group discussions, along with the meetings with the Director of Research, to discuss possible research endeavors. The fellows will work closely with the Pediatric Residents during day to day patient care in a supervisory and teaching role, to learn to be the leaders of the multidisciplinary team. Presence and instant availability of dedicated faculty members from other pediatric subspecialties, including pediatric intensive care medicine and pediatric surgery, will only enhance this experience.

The second year of training will include a very comprehensive Introduction into Clinical Research course at Case Western Reserve University, where the fellows will be made familiar with fundamentals of clinical study design, epidemiology, concepts of translational research, as well as core basics of statistical analysis. With the guidance of the Scholarship Oversight Committee the fellows with spend the majority of the year conducting research projects. The clinical competencies will continue to be enhanced through taking care of the patients in the outpatient Continuity Clinic. During the third year of training, fellows will spend a minimum of two modules as a junior attending in the inpatient service. Continuity clinic will also continue throughout the third year. The remainder of the time will be devoted to research, and formally finalized before the graduation date. The fellows will receive the opportunity to present results of their research during the Pediatric Institute Research Day.

The overall learning experience is further strengthened with the recurring didactic lectures and webinars, board question as well as standard of care protocol reviews moderated by the program faculty members. The fellows will be required to perform all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures on their patients throughout the fellowship training.

We are excited to offer this truly unique opportunity for training in pediatric hematology/oncology and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Rabi Hanna, MD

Rabi Hanna, MD
Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program Director

Meet our Staff

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hematology Oncology

The Pediatric Hematology Oncology fellowship is currently seeking applicants for the 2017-2018 academic year. Eligible trainees must be graduates of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACMGE) approved residency in the United States. Applications are only received through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and positions filled through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

Interviews will be offered the last week of February through March 2016.

For more information, please contact Ms. Sarah Spurbeck, Fellowship Coordinator at 216-444-6003 or


  • 15 vacation days per year
  • 5 interview days in PGY5 and 6

Conference attendance

Travel and logistical support is provided to the fellow when presenting at a regional or national meeting.


Health insurance is provided. See GME for coverage and costs.


Commensurate with salaries recommended by the GME, based on your year of training.

Additional benefits

Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Cleveland Clinic, in partnership with Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, is a unique community with tremendous resources in career development, education, foundations of research, leadership and personal growth. Fellows gain access to many of these resources:

  • Leadership and career development seminars through Cleveland Clinic Learning Academy.
  • Quality and Patient Safety curriculum is covered throughout your fellowship, with a QI project completed prior to graduation.
  • Coursework in clinical research fundamentals at the Case Western Reserve University during your PGY5 year.
  • Available research support staff and mentors for consultation, through our research center and in conjunction with the Lerner Research Center.
  • Scholarly project: Under the guidance of faculty mentors, the fellow will complete a scholarly project during fellowship.
  • Longitudinal educational series in ethics, professionalism and research with all pediatric fellows.
  • Through our office of physician recruitment classes in job search, pCV preparation, interviewing skills, and contract negotiations are available yearly.
  • One (1) module orientation to each service
  • Four (4 is it 4 or 5, as stated above) modules Inpatient
  • Two (2) modules BMT
  • Two (2) modules Outpatient
  • One (1) module in Hematopathology
  • One (1) module in Blood Bank and Coagulation
  • One (1) module in Outpatient Hemophilia Clinic
  • One (1) module Research/ Clinic (what is the difference between this and the outpatient?)
  • Pager Call is taken two weekends per module
  • One (1) module at CWRU for the Clinical Research Course
  • Two (2) modules clinical (Inpatient and outpatient)
  • Ten (10) modules Research
  • Pager call is taken one weekend per module
PGY-6 (all research excepting 2 junior attending months)
  • Two (2) modules as Junior attending Inpatient
  • Eleven (11) modules Research
  • Pager call is taken one weekend per module
Pediatric Research Day 1

Pediatric Research Day 1

We have a very active didactic program.

  • Weekly Fellows Lectures, where faculty and fellows present topics that cover all of the ABP Pediatric Hematology Oncology core curriculum and protocols
  • Weekly Tumor Board
  • NeuroOncology and general oncology core conference
  • A monthly Journal club where the fellows work with an assigned faculty member to choose an article, present it and facilitate the discussion of the results, followed by formal evaluation of the presentation skills and the knowledge in the chosen area,
  • Hematopathology, Coagulation and Blood bank lecture series every week
  • The opportunity to attend the adult case conferences at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center
  • Monthly Chemotherapy conferences from CHOP
  • Monthly BMT Journal Club
  • Pediatric Institute Grand Rounds
  • Pediatric Institute Morbidity and Mortality conference (as needed)
  • PGY2 Case Western Reserve University Research Course (1 month)
  • Pediatric Research Day (May each year)
  • Monthly standard of care protocol review, moderated by the program faculty member
  • Monthly review of PHO board prep questions, moderated by the program faculty member

Future Fellows

Huseyin Halil Erdemir, MD
Huseyin Halil Erdemir, MD

Huseyin Halil Erdemir, MD - PGY4 July 2016

Dr. Erdemir will join us in July 2016 from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. His accomplishments include publication in the Journal of Biological Chemistry ‘IQGAP1 binds to estrogen receptor-α and modulates its function’ and ‘IQGAP1 and its binding partners control diverse biological functions’ Cell Signal 2012.

We are excited to have him on the team!

Current Fellows

Nabanita Bhunia, MD - PGY4
Nabanita Bhunia, MD

Nabanita Bhunia, MD - PGY4
In the past few months that I have been at Cleveland Clinic, I have had a very positive and promising experience. My mentors are very inspiring and they have always encouraged and supported me. Fellows are given the autonomy to make decisions while at the same time, I can reach out to any of my faculty members at any time. My training has been designed in a way that would benefit me the most and my input is valued. The fellowship program is very flexible and adaptable to individual goals while ensuring adequate training in the core curriculum. The amount of patient exposure I have had has been very good , with well-balanced distribution of hematology and oncology patients. The ancillary staff here is exceptionally good and efficient in their work. As I am acquiring more knowledge academically, I believe the nurses and nurse practitioners have been crucial in helping me get through day to day practical aspects of work. I am hopeful and confident about my future in the field of pediatric hematology and oncology, with the guidance and training at this institute.

Aml Kelada, MD - PGY5
Aml Kelada, MD

Aml Kelada, MD - PGY5
With Cleveland Clinic being one of the top hospitals in America, I was driven to find an opportunity in the pediatric hematology oncology program. The program is uniquely characterized by the diversity of both, the working staff and the patient population. Staff members at Cleveland clinic have a variety of different clinical experiences and exceptional knowledge and research backgrounds that provide excellent resources for learning. The diversity of the patient population gives a great opportunity to be exposed to a wide spectrum of blood diseases and cancers in pediatrics. After I started my pediatric hematology oncology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, I found great academic resources given the opportunity to attend conferences, tumor boards, seminars, journal clubs, and fellow lectures that help improve and broaden knowledge. Cleveland Clinic also provides an excellent research environment with the aid of experienced staff members and a vast number of resources provided by the program. At the same time, Cleveland clinic falls in a central location in the city of Cleveland that is a host to arts, museums, restaurants and parks.

Recent Graduates

Stefanie Thomas, MD
Stefanie Thomas, MD

Stefanie Thomas, MD
Fellowship: Adolescent Hematology Oncology at UCLA

I went to medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University. During my second year of medical school I had the opportunity to meet a pediatric hematology/oncology physicians at Cleveland Clinic Children's. I was privileged enough to shadow within the department through my remaining years of medical school. Because of this experience, Cleveland Clinic Children's was my top choice for pediatric residency. Through my residency, my love for pediatric hematology/oncology was further solidified. When I was given the opportunity to stay at Cleveland Clinic Children's for my fellowship, I jumped at the opportunity. I am very happy with my choice because my attendings, other fellows, nurses, and support staff have become my second family. The education and mentorship through Cleveland Clinic Children's has prepared me well for my current position as an Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology advanced fellow at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and for my future career.

Arun Modi, MD
Arun Modi, MD

Arun Modi, MD
Fellowship: BMTat St.Jude’s
Practice: University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Clinical Assistant Professor

I was drawn to the Cleveland Clinic Children's hospital for my hematology oncology fellowship because of the caregivers. Everyone at Cleveland Clinic is committed to fellow education and excellent patient care. I was given appropriate amount of clinical responsibilities (procedures, determining and administering protocols) and educational opportunities (education conferences, resident and medical student teaching) to balance my time and advance my career without undue stress. With strong residency program and excellent faculty and nursing staff, Cleveland Clinic provided me the very foundation I needed to mature as a clinician and educator. Cleveland is a great place to live with all major sports teams, arts and culture.

Located approximately 2 miles from the Cleveland Clinic campus, downtown Cleveland features a host of cultural and recreational attractions for an ethnically diverse mid-sized city. Many of Cleveland's neighborhoods such as Ohio City, Tremont, Lakewood, and Cedar-Fairmount are overflowing with cultural heritage, as well an eclectic offering of restaurants and nightlife.

Take advantage of all this beautiful city has to offer! Champion sports teams, culture, outdoor adventure, and a food scene that was recently ranked by TIME as #7 on their 20 'Best Food Cities' in America and is home to two James Beard award-winning restaurants. There really is something for everyone here in Cleveland.