Overview

Overview

Program Overview

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 was again named the No. 2 hospital in the nation by "U.S. News & World Report's 2017-2018 Best Hospitals". This is the 19th consecutive year that it has been among the top five hospitals and the second straight year we have achieved the No. 2 ranking. Cleveland Clinic ranked nationally in 14 specialties, including 10 in the top five nationwide. The Taussig Cancer Institute received the distinction of ranking No. 7 in cancer. 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. The Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program moved into the new state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary Cancer Institute building in March 2017.

Clinical Training & Didactics

Clinical Training & Didactics

Clinical Training

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.

Didactics

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.

Research Training

Research Training

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

Clinical Trials at Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Center

Current Fellows

Current Fellows

PGY 6

haris zahoor

Haris Zahoor, MD - Senior Chief Fellow

Hometown: Gujranwala, Pakistan 
Medical School: Nishtar Medical School - Pakistan
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Mercy Hospital - Pittsburgh, PA
Hobbies: Indie rock music, running and I am a foodie
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I joined Cleveland Clinic because the extensive clinical experience you get here as a fellow makes it a training program second to none. The program also offers excellent research opportunities to the fellows along with collegial and supportive training environment.

girish kunapareddy

Girish Kunapareddy, MD - Quality Fellow

Hometown: New York, NY
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine - Indiana
Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine - Indianapolis, IN
Hobbies: Traveling - a new country each year is my life goal with a current active streak of 17 years, collecting local artwork from each of those destinations, learning languages, attending professional sporting events, viral video connoisseur, being a foodie, and creating memes
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I originally chose Cleveland for the fellowship program and its geography as I didn't know much about the city. However, I have since realized Cleveland has a lot to offer that many realize. Whether it's the arts, with a world renowned Orchestra and live entertainment events, sporting events, some of the top breweries in the country, innumerous restaurants with renowned chefs, there are a lot of activities to keep busy without having to make reservations weeks in advance. The fellowship program, the original reason I chose Cleveland as mentioned above, remains extremely flexible to our schedules and very receptive to any changes proposed by us. The program has been greatly receptive in funding/helping the development towards my career goals. I appreciate the autonomy as well as the support I have received here already.

edward greenberg

Edward Greenberg, MD

Hometown: Chevy Chase, Maryland
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine Dentistry - New York
Residency: MetroHealth Medical Center - Cleveland, OH
Hobbies: Running, biking, cooking, and music
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? Cleveland Clinic offers a well-structured curriculum, while also allowing significant flexibility in pursuing areas of interest. The centralized location and close proximity of inpatient and outpatient services maximizes opportunities for fellows to see patients in a variety of contexts. Cleveland Clinic also does a good job managing work-life balance, distributing workloads equitably and responding positively to fellow feedback. The fellows are smart, hard-working and collaborative, and significantly contribute to each other's education. Most importantly, Cleveland Clinic constantly works at improving the standard of care via participation in clinical trials and promoting basic/translational research in the development of novel therapeutics.

vadim koshkin

Vadim Koshkin, MD

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine - Illinois
Residency: University of Michigan Hospitals - Ann Arbor, MI
Hobbies: Travel, global health, history, trivia, reading, and watching sports
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I was attracted by the balance of clinical training and research opportunities that Cleveland Clinic provides. I really like the city of Cleveland and I was very happy to join my fiancee here.

bhumika patel

Bhumika Patel, MD

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Medical School: St. Matthew's University - Grand Cayman Islands
Residency: Greenville Hospital System - Greenville, SC
Hobbies: Yoga, traveling, fashion, outdoor activities, dancing, exploring exotic food, reading, and spending time with family and friends
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose Cleveland Clinic because it is an ideal place to grow as a physician-scientist and has many opportunities to work with the top experts in the field.

sagar patel

Sagar Patel, MD

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School - Minnesota
Residency: University of Minnesota Medical School - Minneapolis, MN
Hobbies: Traveling, backpacking, hiking, road biking, spelunking, eating and being at the top of my instagram game
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? The Hematology and Oncology Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic provides outstanding research opportunities, diverse patient cases, and dedicated teaching to create a truly world-class training program. I chose to train at the Cleveland Clinic to be able to work with renowned faculty, develop excellent clinical skills and further my research experiences.


PGY 5

yazan madanat

Yazan Madanat, MD - Junior Chief Fellow

Hometown: Amman, Jordan
Medical School: University of Jordan - Jordan
Residency: Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH
Hobbies: Swimming, cooking, having a good time!
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose Cleveland Clinic because after spending three years at Cleveland Clinic for my internal medicine residency, I got to see what the Cleveland Clinic truly stands for. It focuses on creating a patient care environment that embodies the idea of holistic medicine and comprehensive care. It has proven to be a top tier platform for innovative research that is unique in its field, and last but definitely not least, it is the wonderful faculty and bright minds that we get to learn from each and every day.

jack khouri

Jack Khouri, MD

Hometown: Chekka, North Lebanon
Medical School: University of Balaman - Lebanon
Residency: Tufts Medical Center - Boston, MA
Hobbies: Singing (Classical, Rock, Ballads, French, Italian), swimming
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose the Cleveland Clinic for my fellowship because I wanted to be part of an elite institution and have direct interaction and learning opportunities from world-class experts in Hematology/Oncology.

pramod pinnamaneni

Pramod Pinnamaneni, MD

Hometown: Lufkin, Texas
Medical School: University of Texas Medical School - Houston
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School - Dallas, TX
Hobbies: Texans, tailgating, Astros, Rockets. I love taking photos and skiing.
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose Cleveland Clinic for my Hematology/Oncology fellowship training because I have a special interest in healthcare costs and utilization. The Cleveland Clinic is a leader in that field and offers unique opportunities for me during my specialty training.

yazeed sawalha

Yazeed Sawalha, MD

Hometown: Madaba, Jordan
Medical School: University of Jordan - Jordan
Residency: Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH
Hobbies: Basketball and running
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose Cleveland Clinic because I trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency and I have always admired everyone's dedication for patient care. This also has given me the chance to directly work with great mentors in the Hematology/Oncology program who have always been willing to help me whenever needed. I believe the fellowship program at Cleveland Clinic provides a perfect balance between clinical training and research in order to prepare me for an academic career.

manasa vulchi

Manasa Vulchi, MD

Hometown: Nellore, India
Medical School: Anugrah Narain Madagh Medicine College - India
Residency: MedStar Health - Baltimore, MD
Hobbies: Spending time with family
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose Cleveland Clinic to get world-class training in Hematology/Oncology.

allison winter

Allison Winter, MD

Hometown: Corning, NY
Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine - North Carolina
Residency: Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH
Hobbies: Running with my dog, eating at new restaurants, watching movies
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I had such wonderful experiences, teachers and mentors in the Hematology/Oncology department here as an internal medicine resident, that I knew I would get great training!


PGY 4

Rachel Hu

Rachel Hu, MD

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Residency: Duke University
Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, attending sporting events, trying new restaurants, cooking, spending time with friends and family
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose Cleveland Clinic for the opportunity to train at a world renowned institution. The faculty dedication to training fellows is unparalleled. The program is very flexible and offers both excellent clinical training and research opportunities. The fellows and faculty are all very nice. Also, I'm excited to explore the city of Cleveland.

Sarah Lee

Sarah Lee, MD

Hometown: Torrance, CA
Medical School: St. George's University - Grenada, West Indies
Residency: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School - Newark, NJ
Hobbies: Exploring different neighborhoods, hiking, and going to the lake with my dog, cooking with friends, yoga, trying out new restaurants and local pubs
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose Cleveland Clinic because I felt like I would get the best of all worlds here. I'd be able to work with experts in the field in a super innovative, research driven, and highly academic environment where providing excellent patient care is prioritized amongst all care providers. Within all that, I feel that fellows and training fellows is a high priority. I feel valued and really cared for in how I do during my fellowship and also planning for my career and the years ahead.

Rajshekhar Chakraborty

Raj Chakraborty, MD

Hometown: Binnaguri (West Bengal), India
Medical School: University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India
Residency: Queens Hospital Center (Affiliated to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York)
Hobbies: Traveling and reading
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? When I was interviewing for fellowship, I was specifically looking for a program which had a robust research infrastructure in addition to a well-rounded clinical training, along with adequate time and support for fellows to conduct clinical research. At Cleveland Clinic, the faculty and program leadership are strongly committed to helping fellows identify their niche and mentoring to successfully complete research projects during fellowship. Furthermore, the opportunity to learn from the thought leaders in hematology and oncology made Cleveland Clinic an easy choice.

Jaleh Fallah

Jaleh Fallah, MD

Hometown: Isfahan, Iran
Medical School: Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Residency: Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island/Brown University
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, watching movies, shopping and hiking
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? Cleveland Clinic is very well organized and has a very friendly and professional atmosphere with the goal of providing the best teaching opportunities to students, residents and fellows as well as the highest quality of care to the patients. I had a great experience on my interview day and was very excited about the friendly atmosphere and vast opportunities available for research and clinical experience and that's why I chose Cleveland Clinic. Since I started working here, everything was even beyond my expectations and I am very delighted and grateful for doing my fellowship here at Cleveland Clinic.

Pradnya Patil

Pradnya Patil, MD

Hometown: Mumbai, India
Medical School: Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India
Residency: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Hobbies: Painting, collecting artwork and antiques, cooking and creating my own fusion recipes by combining different cuisines, traveling, hiking and reading
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose the fellowship program at Cleveland Clinic since it offers the opportunity to learn from hematologists and oncologists that are considered to be leaders in their respective fields and engage in a cornucopia of clinical and basic/translational research. The complexity and diversity of patients treated here and dedicated teaching faculty allow for clinical training that is second to none. The fellowship curriculum, support from the program leadership and other faculty are geared towards helping fellows achieve their individual career goals.

Ashwin Kishtagiri

Ashwin Kishtagiri, MD

Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
Residency: Mount Sinai St. Luke's - West Hospital, New York
Hobbies: Reading books, fountain pen collector, cooking and badminton
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I strongly believe in the concept of a physician-scientist, the combination of my passion for taking care of patients and pursuing my research interests. Cleveland Clinic has the right environment to foster a physician-scientist.

Accomplishments

Accomplishments

Fellow Accomplishments

Recent Graduates

Year Former Fellow Position
2017 Megan Kruse, MD Cleveland Clinic
2017 Laurel Menapace, MD United States Food and Drug Administration
2017 Moshe Ornstein, MD Cleveland Clinic
2017 Swapna Thota, MD Roswell Park Cancer Institute
2017 Shruti Tiwari, MD Georgetown University / Medstar Washington Hospital Ctr.
2017 Leticia Varella Cornell University
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

Honors & Awards - Past Two Academic Years

  • 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
  • 12/2016 - ASH Abstract Achievement Award, Dr. Bhumika Patel
  • 12/2016 - Celegene 2016 Future Leaders Award for Clinical Research in Hematology, Dr. Bhumika Patel
  • 12/2016 - ASH Oral Presentation, Dr. Sagar Patel
  • 12/2016 - ASH Oral Presentation, Dr. Allison Winter
Applying & Benefits

Applying & Benefits

Applying

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
  • Marc Shapiro, MD - Associate Program Director
  • Timothy Gilligan, MD - Education Vice Chair
  • Lynn Mulgrew - Program Manager
    Email: mulgrel@ccf.org
    Phone: 216.445.0624
    Fax: 216.636.1711
    Cleveland Clinic
    Taussig Cancer Institute
    9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195

Benefits

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.

Travel Privileges:

  • 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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