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Here is what our graduates have to say:

“Overall, our fellowship fosters a collaborative atmosphere. Appreciate having various mentors and feel empowered to seek help when needed. Attendings are available and approachable to share their insight and perspective and I've generally felt engaged as a learner. Additionally, I find our providers including our ancillary staff to be very dedicated to patients and patient care. I've observed continuous efforts to advocate for our patients, their care and safety and this certainly has provided exemplary modeling for us, fellows. Appreciate the strong emphasis on education and evidenced based medicine with access to Tumor Boards and multidisciplinary collaboration.”

“Extremely diverse patient population. Faculty with a lot of interest and motivation to engage in teaching and collaborative learning. Great balance of autonomy and supervision. Wonderful hospital environment.”

“Collegial, supportive environment; value placed on learning/teaching; breadth and depth of training with regards to diagnoses and disciplines (heme, onc, BMT).”

Past Hematology Oncology Fellows

Christina Coleman Abadi, DO
Fellow Years: 2017-2020

Fellowship Research 2018-2020: Using DRD2 inhibitor ONC201 for the treatment of pediatric diffuse pontine intrinsic glioma (DIPG) and pediatric high grade gliomas (pHGG) in the lab of Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD, MAS at University of California, San Francisco.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neuro-Oncology, Division of Hematology Oncology, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Cheryl Peretz, MD
Fellow Years: 2016-2019

Fellowship Research:Tumor Heterogeneity Mediating Relapse in Pediatric AML in the lab of Kathleen Smith, MD at University of California, San Francisco.

Current Position: Funded research fellow continuing in the lab of Kathleen Smith, MD at University of California, San Francisco. Funded on grants received from UCSF, ASCO and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Monica Davini, MD
Fellow Years: 2016-2019

Fellowship Research:Elucidating the Aurora Kinase A/MYCN interactome in pediatric neuroblastoma in the lab of Clay Gustafson MD, PhD at University of California, San Francisco.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology, University of Arizona, Banner Children’s Hospital.

Manasi Madiwale, MD
Fellow Years: 2015-2018

Fellowship Research:Transfusion induced modulation of extracellular vesicles in chronically transfused patients with sickle cell disease in the lab of Philip Norris, MD at Blood Systems Research Institute, San Francisco, CA.

Current Position: Visa related work in underserved area, Pediatrician/Hematologist, Stockton, CA

Holly Pariury, DO
Fellow Years: 2015-2018

Fellowship Research:Uncovering Novel Therapeutic Targets in Hypodiploid Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in the lab of Mignon Loh, MD with mentorship by Ernesto Diaz-Flores, PhD at UCSF Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Center.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology, University of Arizona, Banner Children’s Hospital.

Katie Carlberg, MD
Fellow Years: 2014-2017

Fellowship Research:Cell-Free DNA for Non-Invasive Prenatal Global Testing for Β-Hemoglobinopathies in the lab of Cassandra Calloway, PhD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology, University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Michael Winstead, MD
Fellow Years: 2013-2016

Fellowship Research:Respiratory physiology under hypoxic conditions in Berkeley sickle cell mice in the lab of Frans Kuypers, PhD, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Fellowship: Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant, Pittsburg Children’s Hospital, Pittsburg, PA

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Bone Marrow Transplant, Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Parul Rai, MD
Fellow Years: 2013-2016

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: “The patient diversity and volume provide a breadth of learning opportunities without feeling overwhelmed. I appreciate how easily accessible our excellent mentors are.”

Fellowship Research:Exploring the role of SIRT3 in mitigating radiation therapy induced Late-bone marrow injury, in the lab of Danica Chen, PhD, University of California, Berkeley.

Research Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the lab of Dr. Punam Malek.

Current Position: Hematologist, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Latika Puri, MD
Fellow Years: 2012-2015

Fellowship Research: Role of a novel leukemia breakpoint gene in pediatric malignancies, in the lab of Dr. Julie Saba, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute

Current Position: Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, Loma Linda, CA.

Nahal Rose Lalefar, MD
Fellow Years: 2012-2015, extended research to 2016

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: 1) I like working at a free-standing children's hospital. 2) Wide exposure to all things heme-related, oncology-related, and BMT-related. 3) I grew up in the Bay Area and love it.

Fellowship Research: Wnt Signaling and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Fate, in the lab of Dr. Robert Ryan, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Division of Hematology Oncology, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Esteban Gomez, MD
Fellow Years: 2011-2014

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: “Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland has a wide range of research experiences available to clinical fellows. From oncology to hematology, there are exciting opportunities for the research portion of fellowship. Also, Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland offers the opportunity to help with a community with limited access to healthcare which makes for a more diversified patient population. Also, the weather is great and the San Francisco bay area has anything you could ask from a city.”

Fellowship Research: Iron Overload in Beta Thalassemia and the Mitochondrial Genome in the lab of Dr. Cassandra Calloway at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. This project examined alterations in the mitochondrial genome that occur in patients with thalassemia major and relating these changes to the extent of iron overload and target organ injury present in these patients.

Current Position: Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Hemophilia, Adolescent Young Adult, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ.

Monica Khurana, MD
Fellow Years: 2011-2014

Fellowship Research: The Rubix of Ferritin: Implications of Structural Changes in Ferritin Ion Channels in Iron Overload in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Theil at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. This project sought to understand the structure of the ferritin protein and how manipulation of its ion channels regulates iron entry into and exit from the protein. Such information would enable more effective chelation in patients with iron overload secondary to chronic transfusions.

Current Position: Hematology Oncology, Riley Children’s Hospital; Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University

Ana Aguilar, MD
Fellow Years: 2010-2013, with extended research to 2014

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: “I liked that the program is very strong in Hematology, most of the hospitals have a good number of Oncology patients but few have a strong Hematology program. Living in California is an added bonus.”

Fellowship Research: The cytotoxic effect of sphingadienes on neuroblastoma cells in the lab of Julie Saba, MD, PhD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. Grant Awarded by the St. Baldrick's Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Childhood Cancer Research.

Clinical Fellowship: Neuro-Oncology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Current Position: Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, , Miami, FL

Anne Marsh, MD
Fellow Years: 2010-2013

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: “My interview day at Children's Hospital Oakland was a remarkably positive experience and I remember walking out the front door of the hospital thinking to myself, ‘These are my kind of people and this is my kind of place.’ The program is very well balanced and I knew that not only would the depth and breadth of the hematology training at Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland be second to none, but the oncology exposure would also be exceptionally strong.”

Fellowship Research: Microparticles as Biomarkers of Osteonecrosis of the Hip in Sickle Cell Disease in the labs of Frans Kuypers, PhD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. I tested the hypothesis that cell-derived microparticles are involved in the development of osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) in sickle cell disease (SCD), and might thereby serve as a predictive biomarker. I conducted a pilot case-control study comparing microparticle levels in patients with SCD who have ONFH compared to those that do not.

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Jong "Jo" Chung, MD
Fellow Years: 2009-2012

Fellowship Project: A Pilot Study to Assess Alterations in Trace Element Status in Patients with Pediatric Malignancies in the lab of Dr. Ellen Fung at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Current Position: Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology Oncology, University of California, Davis

James Jacobs, MD, MPH
Fellow Years: 2009-2012

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: “I chose to train at Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland because of the diverse clinical learning opportunities the program offers to its fellows. At Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, top notch oncology training is combined with opportunities in sickle cell care, thalassemia, thrombosis and hemostasis.”

Fellowship Project: Piwi-Interacting RNAs (piRNAs); a Potential Role in Hematopoiesis. I used my research years to study the epigenetic effects of the mouse protein MIWI2 on the hematopoietic system in the lab of David Martin, MD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Research Fellowship: Received funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to continue research on epigenetics and red blood cell development.

Current Position: Adjunct Instructor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology, School of Medicine, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine; Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, Oregon

Anurag Agrawal, MD
Fellow Years: 2008-2011

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: I chose to train at Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland because it has an urban and diverse population which allows for an expansive training in both hematology and oncology, with large sickle cell and thalassemia populations not available to many fellowship programs. In addition, the hematology/oncology attending staff are all easily accessible throughout training and one is able to get to know all of the patients in the treatment pool which allows for better learning and continuity of care.

Fellowship Project: Correlating immune reconstitution of memory CD27+ B lymphocytes of Toll-like receptors with vaccine antibody response after intensive chemotherapeutic regimens and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in pediatric patients in the lab of Dr. Alex Lucas at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. For my fellowship research project, I worked in an immunology lab where we were looking at the rate of immune reconstitution after chemotherapeutic and transplant regimens by analyzing B cell subsets over time to help define when would be an appropriate time to (re)vaccinate children. I additionally completed and published multiple clinical projects and participated in writing of both textbook chapters and the second edition of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Pediatric Hematology Oncology Handbook.

Current Position: Director, Oncology division, Global Health; Medical Director, Hematology Oncology Inpatient Unit; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology; Associate Fellowship Director, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Shannon Kelly, MD
Fellow Years: 2007-2010

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: “I knew I had a strong interest in hematology in general and sickle cell disease in particular, therefore sought a fellowship with a strong hematology program. While many pediatric hematology/oncology fellowships have strong oncology training, it is less common to have excellence in both oncology and hematology, and Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland achieves this balance.”

Fellowship Project: Acute transfusion for vaso-occlusive crisis in Sickle Cell disease at the Blood Centers of the Pacific, Dr. Michael Busch. I performed a randomized trial to test the efficacy of acute red blood cell transfusion to treat vaso-occlusive crisis in sickle cell disease patients hospitalized with pain.

Fellowship: Transfusion Medicine at Blood Centers of the Pacific/University of California, San Francisco.

Fellowship: Blood Banking, Vitalant Research Institute, San Francisco.

Current Position: Associate Clinical Investigator, Vitalant Research Institute, San Francisco, CA; Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco; Director, Apheresis UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland; Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease.

Jennifer Michlitsch, MD
Fellow Years: 2006-2009

Fellowship Project: Screening for compounds that disrupt epigenetic silencing in erythroid cells in the lab of David Martin, MD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Developmental therapeutics, Chair Tumor Board.

Myra Mizokami, MD, PhD
Fellow Years: 2006-2008 (transfer from CHLA)

Fellowship Project: Co-transplantation of immunomodulatory cell populations to augment engraftment and decrease transplant related mortality associated with umbilical cord blood transplantation in the lab of Frans Kuypers, PhD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Current Position: Staff physician, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

Andrea Dimond, MD
Fellow Years: 2005-2008

Fellowship Project: Decreased microvascular perfusion in children with sickle cell disease using orthogonal polarization spectral imaging in the lab of Frans Kuypers, PhD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Fellowship: Pediatric Palliative Medicine, Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, Boston, MA

Current Position: Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD

Bindu Kanathezhath Sathi, MD
Fellow Years: 2005-2008

Fellowship Project: Overcoming the barrier to major histocompatibility complex mismatched umbilical cord blood transplantation in murine thalassemia by "add-back" of phytochemically treated donor T lymphocytes in the lab of Frans Kuypers, PhD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

Current Position: Director, Sickle Cell Disease Program, Valley Children's Healthcare, Madera, CA

Robert Raphael, MD
Fellow Years: 2004-2007

Fellowship Project: Detection of hMLH1 somatic hypermethylation by quantitative methylation-specific PCR (Q-MSP)

Current Position: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology; Director, Survivorship Program; Associate Fellowship Director, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

Patrick Chang, MD
Fellow Years: 2003-2006

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: “I chose UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland because of the well balanced hematology and oncology training and a clinical focus.”

Fellowship Project: Molecular epidemiology: FLT3 status of leukemia patients in Northern California; "Backtracked" positive mutations - assessed newborn screen blood samples to see if FLT3 mutation was present at birth in the lab of Joseph Weimels, PhD at University of California, San Francisco.

Current Position: Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Sutter Health, Sunnyvale, CA

Naveen Qureshi, MD
Fellow Years: 2004-2005 (transfer from CHLA)

Fellowship Project: Zinc finger protein mediates correction of the murine sickle genotype. (in association with Sangamo Biosciences).

Current Position: Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Kaiser Permanente, Anaheim, CA

Ashutosh Lal, MD
Fellow Years: 2002-2005

Fellowship Project: Reversal of oxidative damage from iron overload with alpha-lipoic acid in the lab of Bruce Ames, PhD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

Current Position: Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology, Director, Thalassemia, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Global health.

Louis Chesler, MD
Fellow Years: 2000-2003

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: “I liked the hematology and the broad mix of patients.”

Fellowship Project: Mouse models of human cancer – role of the MYCN oncogene in human neuroblastoma cell lines in the lab of William A. Weiss, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco.

Current Position: Professor, Royal Marsden Hospital and the Chesler Lab, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, England. Neuroblastoma, MYCN, ALK, Medulloblastoma, Precision Medicine.

Louise Lo, MD
Fellow Years: 1999-2002

Fellowship Project: Multidentate oral iron chelators for the treatment of Cooley's anemia in the lab of Ken Raymond, PhD at University of California, Berkeley.

Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford, CA; Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist, California Pacific Medical Center/Sutter Health, San Francisco, CA

Jason Fixler, MD
Fellow Years: 1999-2002

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: “What was helpful about the Hematology Oncology Fellowship program at Benioff Children's Oakland was the approachability of all of the attendings. Hematology was stressed and not ignored like most programs. That exposure has allowed me to participate in national trials for sickle cell disease. It has also allowed me to make changes in our own program.”

Fellowship Project: The role of RPS19 is involved in the pathogenesis of Diamond Blackfan Anemia in the lab of Mohandas Narla, DSc at University of California, San Francisco.

Current Position: Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, The Herman and Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai; Baltimore, MD

Ulricke Reiss, MD
Fellow Years: 1998-2001

Fellowship Project: Sphingosine-1-lyase (S-1-P) in cancer biology and treatment in the lab of Julie Saba, MD, PhD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

Current Position: Director Clinical Hematology Division; Director, Hemophilia Treatment Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Carolyn Hoppe, MD
Fellow Years: 1997-2000

Fellowship Project: Genetic predictors of stroke in children with Sickle Cell anemia in the lab of Frans Kuypers, PhD and Elliott Vichinsky, MD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

Current Position: Senior Director of Medical Affairs, Global Blood Therapeutics, South San Francisco, CA

Michael Jeng, MD
Fellow Years: 1996-1999

Children’s Hospital Oakland Experience: “I chose UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland for the hematology program, and mentorship of Dr. Elliott Vichinsky. I was interested in sickle cell disease. I came to the Benioff Children's Oakland's Hem/Onc Fellowship Program knowing that I wanted to pursue a career in Pediatric Hematology. The program really prepared me both clinically and from a research perspective for an academic career. My lab work was at the University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health, which really enabled me to be part of a large research institute, and I maintain my close ties with colleagues there and at Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. I don't think there is a much stronger program in hematology in the country.”

Fellowship Project: Genetic damage in bone marrow stem cells – a model system for testing candidate leukemogens. I worked at UC Berkeley in the laboratory of Martyn Smith, PhD. I was an environmental toxicology fellow, and I worked on exposure of cord blood stem cells to a variety of known toxins, and evaluated these for mutagenesis using a variety of established assays.

Current Position: Professor of Pediatrics, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford, CA; Fellowship Director, Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford, CA.

William Reed, MD, MHS
Fellow Years: 1995-1998

Fellowship Project: Fate of donor leukocytes following transfusion in patients with Sickle Cell disease in the lab of Michael P. Busch, MD, PhD at Irwin Memorial Blood Center, San Francisco, CA.

Current Position: Senior Medical Director, Hematology, BeiGene, Emeryville, CA.

Carla Golden, MD, MS
Fellow Years: 1995-1998

Fellowship Project: Stem cell involvement in disease progression and therapeutic outcome in childhood acute myelogenous leukemia in the lab of Maria Pallavicini, PhD at University of California, San Francisco.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology, Institutional Principal Investigator, Children's Oncology Group, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

Patrick Kelly, MD
Fellow years: 1994-1997

Fellowship Project: Umbilical cord blood stem cells: Application for the treatment of patients with hemoglobinopathies in the labs of Bertram Lubin, MD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) and Y.W. Kan, MD at University of California, San Francisco.

Current Position: Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, FORMA Therapeutics, Boston, MA

Lori Styles, MD
Fellow Years: 1993-1996

Fellowship Project: Phospholipase A2 and correlation with acute chest syndrome in Sickle Cell disease in the lab of Frans Kuypers, PhD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

Current Position: Senior Medical Director, Pharmacyclics

Alison Matsunaga, MD
Fellow Years: 1991-1994

Fellowship Project: Investigation of sequence motifs necessary for full enhancer activity of beta-globin 5' DNase I hypersensitive aite-2 in transgenic mice in the lab of Y.W. Kan, MD at University of California, San Francisco.

Current Position: Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology; Director, General Hematology, Hemostasis and Hemophilia Program, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Ewa Carrier, MD
Fellow Years: 1991-1994

Fellowship Project: Developed a model for in utero transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells in non-defective allogenic mouse and studied correlation of engraftment in this model with tolerance induction.

Current Position: Director, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Boehringer Ingelheim, FibroGen, Inc., New York

Sylvia Titi Singer, MD
Fellow Years: 1990-1993

Fellowship Project: Factor VII specific T lymphocytes in the lab of Alexander Lucas, PhD at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

Current Position: Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology; Medical Director, Hemoglobin Reference Laboratory/ Newborn Screening Laboratory, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Caroline Hastings, MD
Fellow Years: 1989-1992

Fellowship Project: Trained in the laboratory diagnosis of beta-thalassemias in the lab of Y.W. Kan, MD at University of California, San Francisco; made constructs to study the expression of delta globin with variations in beta and delta promoters and coding sequences, with a goal to alleviate the defect in large deletional beta thalassemias.

Current Position: Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology; Director, Fellowship Program, Director, Neuro-Oncology, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

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