Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Hematology Oncology & Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Established in 2004 and accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), our three-year fellowship program provides an outstanding opportunity for the future pediatric hematologist-oncologists to learn to diagnose and treat a broad range of common and rare blood disorders and cancer. Fellows will benefit from the knowledge and mentorship of our robust faculty consisting of 12 members with diverse backgrounds and interests. The care of children with cancer and blood disease is truly a team effort, and our fellows will also learn from close work with colleagues from other medical and surgical disciplines, as well as nurse-practitioners, social work, nursing and many other members of the team. Our goal is to train future leaders in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology and BMT.
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Located at Cleveland Clinic main campus, the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology & BMT 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's “Best Children’s Hospitals." Our mission is to provide better care of the sick, investigation into their problems, and further education of those who serve.
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 will help them form and further expand their knowledge base and clinical skills. With support of the faculty, the fellow will become the primary care provider for all newly-diagnosed patients in order to be able to establish their own continuity clinic patient base. 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 leader of the multidisciplinary team.
During the second half of the first year the fellows will also be expected to attend the clinical research and quality assurance/patient safety meetings, and will work with the Director of Research in the Pediatric Institute, to plan for an individualized approach to research and scholarship. The second year of training will include a very comprehensive Introduction to 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 spend the majority of Year 2 conducting research. 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 one module 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, leadership development and preparing for the next stage in the fellow’s career. Fellows are expected to present results of their research during the Pediatric Institute Research Day.
The 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 also learn to perform all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures on their patients throughout the fellowship training.
There is no career more rewarding than pediatric hematology/oncology. We are privileged to help children and their families through an extraordinarily difficult journey, and to provide cutting-edge scientifically-based care delivered with compassion and kindness. To continue to do so, we must take care of one another and thoughtfully train the next generation of physicians who will pass this legacy on in the future. We are excited to offer this wonderful opportunity for training in pediatric hematology/oncology and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at Cleveland Clinic Children's.
Eric Kodish, MD
Program Director, Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Staff Physician, Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Professor of Pediatrics, Bioethics and Oncology Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Ilia Buhtoiarov, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Associate Staff Physician, Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Meet our Team
- Erin Gibson, Social Worker
- Diana Swinehart, Child Life Specialist
- Aimee Carlson, NP
- Kathy Bielek, NP-BMT
- Kamala Neff, NP-BMT
- Julie Pettee, NP-BMT
- Lyndsay Pankratz, NP
Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be accepted through ERAS beginning July 2020. Eligible trainees must be graduates of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACMGE) approved residency in the United States.
Benefits & Resources
- 15 vacation days per year
- 5 interview days in PGY5 and 6
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.
Further information regarding benefits can be found at the GME homepage.
- Free access to Cleveland Clinic Fitness Facilities (state-of-the art cardio and weight machines, Olympic sized swimming pool, basketball courts, fitness classes).
- Yearly on-site Pediatric Board Review course provided at a discounted rate during your PGY4 year.
- Moonlighting opportunities during PGY5 and 6.
- Greater Circle Living - $5,000 forgivable loan grant.
- Free iPhone through training
Didactic Education & Resources
We have a very active didactic program.
- Weekly Fellows Lectures, where faculty and fellows present topics that cover all of the American Board of Pediatrics 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 (when applicable)
- 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
Other Resources for Fellows
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.
Nikki Agarwal, MD – PGY4
"In my short career in pediatrics, the most challenging and the most rewarding experience was amongst taking care of patients diagnosed with hematological issues and other malignancies. It sparked an interest in me to pursue hematology and oncology. During my rotation at Cleveland Clinic, I realized the professional yet humane approach of everyone here involved in taking care of children diagnosed with cancer. In addition to this, the collaboration between the scientists and the clinicians here gives me an opportunity to learn and participate in 'bench to bedside' and hopefully make a difference in this world. I think Cleveland Clinic is the perfect institute for me to learn the nuances of the trade and provide me with the opportunity to grow, not only as a physician but as an academician and above all, as a human."
Prarthana Parthasarathy, MD – PGY5
"Applying to the Clinic and having the opportunity to interview was a rewarding experience. I chose Pediatric Hematology-Oncology as my specialty to develop the skills to best empower an already resilient parent-child dyad in the face of adversity. It was apparent from my interview day how everyone at the Clinic were supportive and working in a team to make a difference. It was also exciting to note that as a professional in training, you are encouraged to create your niche with the involvement in scholarly activity and availability of resources to pursue research. As I start my fellowship and move from an essentially primary care setting after residency in New York; I am thrilled to join the family at the Clinic, find my feet and explore the city of Cleveland as I make it my new home."
Upendra Mahat, MD – PGY6
"Coming from a strong primary care background, I was looking for a program which trains its fellows with fine balance of clinical medicine and research/scholarly endeavors. Talking to the program leadership and the staffs before and during the interview convinced me beyond doubt that I will be able to streamline my sub-specialty interest, and pursue academic medicine. The support and guidance provided by the program director, staff physicians and my senior fellows prior to starting my fellowship have helped me develop tremendous amount of confidence, and deeper interest in caring for children, adolescents and young adults with cancers and blood disorders. As I prepare to start my first year at this great institution, I feel thrilled and excited to undertake this challenging experience. I am sure that it will be a very enriching academic pursuit which will help me hone my clinical, professional and scholarly skills."
Reema Mathanda, MD
"I had the opportunity to train under a group that is incredibly passionate about the field. Their dedication to teaching, wellness and overall growth of the fellowship has been exemplary. I could not be more thrilled to graduate with the immense professional and personal growth that I have had in the last three years. I am excited to see the fellowship to continue to grow and shine!"
Huseyin Halil Erdemir, MD
Clinical instructor, Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Children's National Medical Center, Washington DC
Nabanita Bhunia, MD
Fellowship: Nationwide Children's Hospital
"In my time with the 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."
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."
Aml Kelada, MD
Stefanie Thomas, MD
Fellowship: Adolescent Hematology Oncology at UCLA
Practice: Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland, OH
"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."
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