When Cleveland Clinic opened its doors in 1921, the goal of our founders was simple and straightforward: "Better care of the sick, investigation of their problems, and further education of those who serve."
Today, Cleveland Clinic is home to more than 3,432 physicians and scientists, representing a combination of specialties surrounding a specific organ or disease system integrated into "Institutes" to provide the best collaborative, patient-centered care. In 2015, Cleveland Clinic provided nearly 6.62 million outpatient visits and 164,704 acute admissions. Cleveland Clinic again placed among the nation's best hospitals overall, moving up three spots to earn the No. 2 ranking in U.S. News & World Report's "2016-17 Best Hospitals." Our Institute received the distinction of ranking No. 8 in cancer. 12 other Cleveland Clinic specialties also ranked in the Top 10. We have grown exponentially in the past 95 years, but our three-fold mission has remained the same: excellence in patient care, research, and medical education.
At the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, we understand the importance in preparing the best new generation of physician scientists to not only practice the art and science of hematology and medical oncology, but to contribute to its continuous improvement and development for years to come. The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute ensures that the cycle of knowledge progresses from research to education to patient care and back again.
The subspecialty fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology is an ACGME-accredited three-year combined program for candidates who are board eligible in internal medicine wishing to achieve certification in both hematology and medical oncology. Six of the best candidates are taken per year. Hematology/Oncology Fellows rotate through five separate services within the hospital which include hematology consults, oncology consults, bone marrow transplant, leukemia service and general medical oncology/hematology providing an excellent training resource. There are over 60 staff hematologists/oncologists within Taussig Cancer Institute (not inclusive of the faculty at Lerner, Genomics and various other Institutes throughout the enterprise). Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute in collaboration with University Hospitals of Case Western Reserve is a designated NCCN Comprehensive Cancer Center. We are targeted to move into our state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary Cancer Institute building in March 2017.
Clinical Training & Didactics
Every day, researchers and clinicians work in laboratories and at bedsides to improve the lives of cancer patients. As a result of their tireless efforts, new therapies, new technologies, and new approaches to treatment are introduced on a regular basis to offer sustaining hope to men, women, and children struggling with life-threatening cancer. Clearly, oncology is a dynamic discipline - it evolves moment by moment, driven by talent, innovation, and dedication of world-class physicians. Preparing doctors to accept and excel at the particular challenges of cancer care must happen both within and outside the clinic. While medical education continues throughout a career, fellowship training provides the critical foundation for professional excellence. For oncologists, the fellowship experience has a fundamental influence on future academic and clinical activities. At the Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute, we are committed to offering an environment of creativity and discovery where our best and brightest young doctors can develop their skills, explore their interests, and benefit from the mentorship of world-class practitioners. In order to fulfill that commitment to ongoing education, the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program seeks to train the best physicians for the present and future care of patients.
Since its inception in 1934, the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute offers an intensive, three-year learning opportunity to an elite core of individuals, having trained more than 200 graduates to date. The Program is a combination of hands-on patient care and hands-on research, supplemented with a structured didactic training program to ensure that all Fellows are familiar with the most current standards of cancer treatment and research. This dedication and program focus is one of the many reasons that Cleveland Clinic is recognized as one of the best cancer hospitals, and is also recognized as one of the best lung cancer hospitals.
Each year, the Taussig Cancer Institute awards six Hematology/Oncology Fellowships to the most promising physicians from a pool of over 350 applicants. Fellows will divide their time between covering inpatient hematology and medical oncology services, and following patients in dedicated ambulatory longitudinal clinics. Inpatient services designated "teaching services" include residents and medical students, with fellows assuming teaching responsibilities in addition to patient care responsibilities. Consult services will frequently include residents as part of the consult team. Fellows spend the majority of their first year in clinical settings. The second and third fellowship years provide fellows with ample research time, and allow for clinical specialization through senior fellows roles on inpatient services and disease-specific outpatient clinics. Additional specialized rotations are available in palliative medicine, neuro-oncology, oncologic urology, gynecologic oncology and radiation oncology, laboratory medicine, coagulation, hematopathology, and blood banking. Fellows take call during their first year on average every fifth night while working on inpatient services only, and do not take in-house overnight call. A longitudinal outpatient experience includes staff-mentored clinics over the entire three years. The fellowship is flexible and can be modified, depending on the special interest of the fellow candidate. Our training program also offers leadership opportunities to senior fellows which are available in the role of Chief Fellow and Quality Fellow. The Chief Fellow works to enhance communication acting as an advocate for the fellows with respect to faculty and program leadership. He or She will promote fellow interest while meeting the needs of the program working closely with the Program Director in matters surrounding fellow schedules, didactics, moonlighting, interviews and orientation. The Quality Fellow will work independently with leadership on active Quality Improvement Projects within the Taussig Cancer Institute as well as the Quality Officers throughout the entire enterprise. Projects stemming from this role have been presented at major meetings and are published in peer reviewed journals.
The Hematology/Oncology training program has designed a comprehensive teaching curriculum for our fellows at the Cleveland Clinic that include daily noon conferences, weekly oncology grand rounds, numerous disease specific multidisciplinary tumor boards, as well as monthly M&M presentations lead by our Quality Fellow.
The program conducts daily conferences during the noon hour Monday through Friday except holidays. Each academic year begins with an "Introductory Core Lecture Series" during the months of July and August. This series is presented by faculty to cover the basics of biology, diagnosis, and clinical management for all major disease sites. These core lectures will continue every Tuesday at noon throughout the remainder of the academic year. Each spring, the conference schedule is prepared by the chief fellow and program director for the next academic year which provides the program with the ability to refine and tailor the schedule as appropriate year to year. Content and invited faculty are also reviewed to implement fellows' feedback and improve the quality and utility of the program. Power point lectures are stored in a shared drive in an effort to provide fellows access to all presentations. Beginning in September we have daily conferences at noon that are run by fellows and moderated by the faculty. Most of the conferences are case-based with or without a dedicated didactic component. The conference schedule is designed to cover all disease sites including both oncologic and hematologic malignancies, benign hematology, journal club, evidence-based medicine, etc. As an example, at the Friday conference, a designated fellow will present 1-2 cases to discuss details of diagnosis, treatment and management of disease or treatment related complications. These sessions are moderated by multiple staff members with expertise in that specific disease. The Taussig Cancer Institute Chairman, Dr. Brian Bolwell offers his own monthly conference series discussing a variety of hot topics including the latest national and international developments in oncology and healthcare systems, organizational perspectives and job search information which is a favorite meeting among all the fellows.
Other scheduled conferences and supplemental courses include:
Communication Skills Training: Communication is the most common medical procedure. A relationship-centered approach to patient care can be learned through purposeful practice with feedback. Good communication skills have been shown to help medical practitioners improve reflective listening skills, empathy, teaching, time management and conflict resolution. The purpose of this training is the advanced development of building physician-patient relationship-centered communication. The R.E.D.E to Communicate: Foundations of Healthcare Communication course is designed to provide a foundation of understanding about the research behind the value of communication, to teach a specific model of communication, provide an opportunity to apply these skills to patient encounters with feedback, and to work through a facilitated discussion of the clinicians' own challenging communication scenarios. The goal is to provide fellows with the skills to become empowered to handle any communication challenge and enhance the experience of not only the patient, but also their loved ones and the providers. All fellows will have 2 days of communication training as a part of their orientation. There is also supplemental training throughout fellowship which provides a unique opportunity to work with national experts in the field such as Dr. Timothy Gilligan and Dr. Katie Neuendorf.
Humanities Course: This conference offers trainees a deeper understanding of patients as a "whole" (aside from scientific treatment) and provides learning into how philosophy, literature, religion, art, politics, culture, music and history can affect the patient's healing and how physician reflection on those issues can help with decreasing physician burnout and fatigue.
Grand Rounds: Visiting Professors and Guest Lecturers offered through the Education Institute are invited to speak as experts in their field to enhance educational experience of trainees at the Cleveland Clinic.
Tumor Boards: Interdisciplinary team meetings to collaborate on complex cases to formulate a treatment plan.
Journal Club: An intense review of academic literature, important articles and the most current research published in the field.
Board Review: Fellows in their final year of training are provided financial support to attend a week long intensive board review course to include registration, travel, lodging and a meal allowance.
In addition to the above outlines program, fellows are encouraged to attend disease specific research meetings related to their rotations and as time permits based on their degree of interest.
A variety of clinical and laboratory research opportunities are available during the hematology-oncology fellowship. The fellowship is designated to have heavier clinical load in the first year to offer more focused and dedicated research time for 2nd and 3rd year. A variety of clinical projects including phase I, II, and III clinical trials, and pharmacology studies are available. In addition, a close collaboration with the Department of Cancer Biology within the Research Institute, allows fellows to explore laboratory and basic science interests. Fellows are expected to write multiple abstracts and are to be involved in the writing of a manuscript before completing their fellowship. Research opportunities are available in both basic science and clinical settings in the Taussig Cancer Institute and the Lerner Research Institute, as well as the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.
Fellows identify a major research project within their first year of fellowship, and produce a minimum of two abstracts and one publishable manuscript prior to graduation. Fellows are expected to attend at least one research conference per year during their second and third years, and to present their research at one conference prior to graduation. Fellows have presented at ASCO, ASH, and other tumor specific conferences such as San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference, ASCO-GU, etc. In the past year, 6 fellows were invited and attended the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research.
Part of the research curriculum includes a research retreat for the first year fellows in March where they present their research proposals and get direct feedback from the Research Committee. The intent of the retreat is to ensure adequate support for the proposal and also ensure feasibility during fellowship. Furthermore, a focus on each individual fellow's personal fellowship and career goals are started to help ensure that the research proposal is supportive to future career aspirations.
In the past year, fellows have published more than 25 manuscripts or abstracts and have given 25 presentations at national and international meetings. Hematology and Medical Oncology staff have produced 350-400 publications in the past year.
The dominant strengths of the Cancer Institute include multidisciplinary programs for clinical care and research in benign hematology, bone marrow transplantation, solid tumor subspecialty care, lymphoma, leukemia, neuro-oncology, palliative medicine, experimental therapeutics and basic science cancer biology. This will be further enhanced with the new cancer in March 2017 given the improvement and focus on multidisciplinary infrastructure. We encourage applications from candidates who seek an outstanding training experience in academic hematology and medical oncology, with career goals in multidisciplinary research and subspecialty clinical care.
A coaching-mentoring program was started in 2016 to support fellows. The role of the coach is distinct from that of the primary research mentor and will serve to help fellows define their personal fellowship and career goals and ensure that selection and pursuit of research projects, research mentor, and career opportunities align with their aspirations. Furthermore, they serve as another sounding board to help ensure work-life balance. Each fellow is assigned a faculty member as their coach, although this is flexible depending on fellows individual needs/requests.
Publications and Presentations 2015
Publications and Presentations 2014
Megan Kruse, MD - Chief Fellow
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Laurel Menapace, MD
Hometown: Harveyville, Pennsylvania
Moshe Ornstein, MD
Hometown: New York, New York
Swapna Thota, MD
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Shruti Tiwari, MD
Hometown: Nashik, India
Leticia Varella, MD - Quality Fellow
Hometown: Sao Paulo, SP Brazil
Edward Greenberg, MD
Hometown: Chevy Chase, Maryland
Vadim Koshkin, MD
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Girish Kunapareddy, MD
Hometown: New York, NY
Bhumika Patel, MD
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Sagar Patel, MD
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Haris Zahoor, MD
Hometown: Gujranwala, Pakistan
Jack Khouri, MD
Hometown: Chekka, North Lebanon
Yazan Madanat, MD
Hometown: Amman, Jordan
Pramod Pinnamaneni, MD
Hometown: Lufkin, Texas
Yazeed Sawalha, MD
Hometown: Madaba, Jordan
Manasa Vulchi, MD
Hometown: Nellore, India
Allison Winter, MD
Hometown: Corning, NY
|2016||Ming Chi, MD, MPH||Atlanta Cancer Care, Atlanta GA (Private)|
|2016||Hamid Emamekhoo, MD||University of Wisconsin|
|2016||Shuang Fu, MD, PhD||The Jackson Clinic, Jackson TN (Private)|
|2016||Kaihong Mi, MD||PinnacleHealth System, Harrisburg PA (Private)|
|2016||Aziz Nazha, MD||Cleveland Clinic|
|2016||Nicolaos Papadantonakis, MD, PhD||University of Alabama|
|2015||Eberechi Agwa, MD||Cleveland Clinic|
|2015||Jing Ai, MD, PhD||Levine Cancer institute in Charlotte, NC|
|2015||Lindsey Goodman, MD||Cleveland Clinic, Clinical Scholar|
|2015||David Seastone, DO||The Regional Cancer Center UPMC (Private)|
|2015||Danyu Sun, MD||Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC|
|2015||Bo Zhao, MD||Firelands Medical Center in Sandusky, OH (UH Satellite) (Private)|
|2014||Rakesh Bagai, MD||Arrowhead Hospital, Glendale AZ (Private)|
|2014||Michael Keng, MD||University of Virginia|
|2014||Baidehi Maiti, MD, PhD||Cleveland Clinic Regional Oncology (Private)|
|2014||Joshua Lukenbill, DO||Rapid City Hospital, Rapid City SD (Private)|
|2014||Kriti Mittal, MD||Affinity Physicians at Kent Hospital (Private)|
|2013||Yan Feng, MD, PhD||University Hospitals Health System|
|2013||Betty Hamilton, MD||Cleveland Clinic|
|2013||Sudipto Mukherjee, MD, PhD||Cleveland Clinic|
|2013||Kwabena Osei-Boateng, MD||Levine Cancer Institutes at Carolinas HealthCare System|
|2013||Craig Portell, MD||University of Virginia|
|2012||Nelli Benjanyan, MD||University of Minnesota|
|2012||Aleksandr Lazaryan, MD, PhD||University of Minnesota|
|2012||Pauline Funchain, MD||Cleveland Clinic Genomic Med Research Fellowship|
|2012||Dragana Tomic, MD||DuPage Valley Physicians - Wheaton IL (Private)|
|2012||Sarmad Sadeghi, MD, PhD||University of Southern California|
Publications and Presentations 2015
Publications and Presentations 2014
Honors & Awards - Past Two Academic Years
- 07/2014 - AACR/ASCO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, Dr. Hamid Emamekhoo
- 12/2014 - ASH Achievement Award, Dr. Aziz Nazha
- 12/2014 - ASH Annual Meeting Oral Presentation, Dr. Aziz Nazha
- 12/2014 - ASH Achievement Award, Dr. Swapna Thota
- 04/2014 - MDS Annual Meeting Oral Presentation, Dr. Aziz Nazha
- 05/2015 - Cleveland Clinic Excellence in Teaching Award, Dr. Aziz Nazha
- 05/2015 - Cleveland Clinic Lower Award, Dr. Aziz Nazha
- 05/2015 - ASCO Travel Award, Dr. Aziz Nazha
- 05/2015 - ASCO Travel Award, Dr. Lindsey Goodman
- 09/2015 - SOHO Oral Presentation, Dr. Aziz Nazha
- 11/2015 - Kidney Cancer Symposium Oral Presentation, Dr. Moshe Ornstein
- 10/2015 - Summit on Genitourinary Malignancies Oral Presentation, Dr. Hamid Emamekhoo
- 12/2015 - ASH Annual Meeting Oral Presentation, Dr. Bhumika Patel
- 12/2015 - ASH Annual Meeting 2 Oral Presentations, Dr. Aziz Nazha
- 03/2016 - Cleveland Clinic Luntz Award on Quality and Patient Safety, Dr. Lindsey Goodman
- 06/2016 - American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, Dr. Megan Kruse
- 06/2016 - ASCO Quality Training Program Fellow, Dr. Girish Kunapareddy
- 07/2016 - AACR/ASCO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, Dr. Vadim Koshkin
- 07/2016 - AACR/ASCO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, Dr. Megan Kruse
- 07/2016 - AACR/ASCO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, Dr. Aziz Nazha
- 07/2016 - AACR/ASCO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, Dr. Sagar Patel
- 07/2016 - AACR/ASCO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, Dr. Swapna Thota
- 07/2016 - AACR/ASCO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, Dr. Haris Zahoor
Applying & Benefits
We are excited you have chosen to apply to the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at the Cleveland Clinic. Our program is a not-for-profit, multispecialty academic medical center located in Cleveland, Ohio. Since its inception in 1921, education has been an integral part of our mission, which is "care of the sick, investigation of their problems, and further education of those who serve."
Candidates interested in applying for entry into the ACGME-accredited Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program must complete an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine Residency Program, or an RCPSC-accredited or CFPC-accredited Internal Medicine Residency Program located in Canada.
The application process for fellowship is conducted through ERAS®. We are participants of the NRMP Main Match and therefore, do not fill any positions outside of the Match. Applications will be reviewed during the month of July each year for position to begin July 1st of the next academic year. We encourage individuals to submit completed applications into ERAS® no later than July 31 for consideration of an interview. There are six positions available per academic year with interviews scheduled during the months of September, October and November. A typical interview day will begin at approximately 9:00 am with a Program Overview conducted by the Program Director followed by a meeting with the Chief Fellow, tour of our facility and catered conference/meet and greet with the fellows. The afternoon will concentrate on individual interviews with Admission Committee Members, a select group of key clinical faculty that typically concludes by 5:00 pm. A detailed itinerary and travel information including hotel, parking and map of the facility will be provided to individuals selected for interviews. Should you have any specific questions or require additional information, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts listed below:
- Hetty Carraway, MD, MBA - Program Director
- Anne Neff, MD - Associate Program Director
- Timothy Gilligan, MD - Education Vice Chair
- Lynn Mulgrew - Program Manager
Taussig Cancer Institute
9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195
Program Specific Benefits +
ASH Fundamentals for Hematology Fellows (FHF) paid by program for each fellow to include:
- ASH Associate membership
- One complimentary registration per academic year for one ASH meeting
- Online access to ASH Self-Assessment Program (ASH-SAP)
ASCO Educational Essentials for Oncology Fellows (EEOF) Premium Package paid by program for each fellow to include:
- ASCO-SEP® Latest Edition
- ASCO Virtual Meeting
- ASCO University courses (recommended curriculum)
- ASCO Flashcard app
- Oncology Training Program Slide Bank
In Training Exam: Offered in fellow's second and third year of training for both ASCO and ASH.
- 1 GME funded trip per academic year: (Maximum of $1,200 per academic year): The Cleveland Clinic strongly encourages trainees to participate in scholarly/research activities. Funds are available for fellows in the accredited program to attend academic meetings for the purpose of presenting or engaging in leadership roles within national societies. Eligibility will be determined by the Program Director. Please refer to the Graduate Physician's Manual for further details.
- Program sponsored reimbursement for travel to national society meetings:
- The program will provide financial assistance for each fellow to attend 1 ASCO and 1 ASH meeting throughout their three years of training if not presenting.
- Fellows with accepted abstracts are also provided support to travel with Program Director approval
Board Review: Fellows in their final year of training have financial support to attend a board review course to include registration, travel, lodging and a meal allowance.
Book Allowance: $300 per academic year to purchase educational materials. Fellows must follow appropriate protocol to submit for reimbursement.
iPhone: Clinical trainees will receive Cleveland Clinic issued iPhones during orientation.
Coaching: The goal of each Coach is to provide the fellow with ongoing unbiased feedback during training to stay focused and on track. Coaches will provide guidance to fellows in career development, professional goals and long-term success strategies. They will assist in identifying professional opportunities as well as provide advice and direction on how to approach different projects and capitalize on strengths as well as identify areas needing improvement.
Moonlighting: We offer competitive wages for internal moonlighting to eligible candidates. Must hold a permanent Ohio medical license and be appropriately credentialed within the hospital.
Learn about our competitive benefits program including key information on healthcare coverage along with information to help you better manage your finances while in training.
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