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Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship

This three-year program prepares trainees for the clinical practice of pediatric hematology/oncology. Our very busy inpatient and outpatient services exposes fellows to the wide range of disease entities necessary for complete training in this subspecialty, including successful certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

The majority of the first year of training is devoted to clinical training in Hematology/Oncology. With seven inpatient modules (which include two bone marrow/stem cell transplant modules), two exclusive outpatient modules, and four modules spent in the areas of radiation oncology, blood bank, coagulation and hematopathology, fellows are immersed in clinical activities, expanding their knowledge base and comfort level with these complicated and rewarding patients. A portion of one module is also reserved for early research planning. Cleveland Clinic Children’s has an active residency program, and fellows will work closely with the residents during day-to-day patient care, in a supervisory and teaching role. With six staff, your personal interactions and learning opportunities are outstanding, as the fellows assume the role of primary hematologist or primary oncologist for their patients.

During the second and third years of training, all time is devoted to research activity, which may be basic or clinical in nature. Research opportunities abound at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, and much forethought is expected as the fellows plan for their research endeavors. Two modules are spent in a junior inpatient attending role during the third year.

All pediatric subspecialties are well-represented at Cleveland Clinic, and in pediatric hematology/oncology, you will work with all of them. One unique feature of our hospital is that our PICU is staffed 24/7 by attending level physicians, which leads to better outcomes for the patients. We work with three incredibly skilled pediatric surgeons, whose care of our patients is unsurpassed. We recently welcomed another pediatric neurosurgeon, who has brought a new level of skill and cutting-edge care to our neuro-oncology population. Cleveland Clinic Children’s prides itself on its collegiality.

Call is taken from home, and the schedule is as follows:

   
PGY-4
  • Two (2) weeks and two (2) weekends when on inpatient service (7 modules total)
  • Three (3) outpatient modules with two (2) weekends per module
  • Two (2) outpatient modules with one (1) weekend/module
PGY-5 (all research)
  • Ten (10) modules with one (1) weekend
  • Two (2) modules with two (2) weekends
PGY-6 (all research excepting 2 junior attending months)
  • Two (2) weeks and two (2) weekends when on inpatient service (2 modules total)
  • Eight (8) modules with one (1) weekend/module
  • Two (2) modules with two (2) weekends /module

We are proud to care for hundreds for hematology and oncology patients every day. The only way to care for such children is with a multidisciplinary approach, and our team embodies this concept. In addition to our physicians, we have nurse practitioner, registered nurse, child life specialist, social work, art therapy, pediatric psychology and dietician support all of whom provide comprehensive care for these very unique children and their families. From this array of professionals, our educational opportunities are endless.

Our didactic curriculum is comprehensive, covering required Board Review, as well as topics that are not specific to this subspecialty. Specifically, our fellows’ curriculum is directed towards all pediatric subspecialty fellows and includes such subjects as:

  • Research Design
  • Clinical Biostatistics
  • Ethics
  • Informed consent
  • Learning to Teach
  • Professionalism
  • Quality Improvement

Cleveland Clinic Children’s boasts numerous experts in many areas, and we do not hesitate to ask these colleagues to share their expertise with our fellows!

Meet Our Doctors!

Lisa Hackney, MD, Fellowship Program Director
  • General pediatric hematology oncology
  • Director of Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic
  • Mother of three children, who bring a lot of love and joy to her life!
Gregory Plautz, MD, Director of Pediatric Basic Science Research, Cleveland Clinic Children’s
  • Research interest in tumor immunology, specifically the role of immunology in brain tumors
  • Office with several photographs of his three boys and his yellow lab Layla
Rabi Hanna, MD, Director, Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Special clinical interests of bone marrow/stem cell transplantation and leukemia
  • Big sports fan, loyal Blue Devil
Tanya Tekautz, MD
  • An amazing neuro-oncologist, with special interest in atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors
  • Dr. Tekautz loves her beautiful twin boys, her Starbucks and her lakefront apartment filled with many samples of wildlife
Margaret Thompson, MD, PhD
  • General clinical oncology, with special interest in sarcomas and histiocytosis
  • Well known for bringing craft projects to her patients, and for her love of her son and canine friends, Murphy and Flo

The greater Cleveland area has much to offer. Nestled against beautiful Lake Erie, its attractions are many, including top notch schools, a fantastic city parks system, excellent dining of all types, a world renowned orchestra, exciting nightlife and concerts, a superb zoo and science center, botanical gardens, and NBA, NFL and MLB teams whose games are all easily accessible.

We welcome you to Cleveland Clinic Children’s, and look forward to showing you this exceptional facility where children, adolescents and young adults receive cutting-edge, comprehensive care for cancer and blood disorders. Our fellowship program participates in ERAS, and Cleveland Clinic supports J1 and H1b visas.

Contact Information

Pauli Bokor, Manager, Pediatric Education Programs
216.445.1599
bokorp@ccf.org