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Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program

The Hematology Oncology Department at Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland (dba UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland) provides premier care to pediatric patients with hematologic and oncologic diseases. Lead by world-class physicians Drs. Elliott Vichinsky, James Feusner, and Mark Walters, we offer patients the best available treatments while delivering compassionate care. In addition, our unwavering dedication and commitment to biomedical research continues to advance the understanding and treatment of both hematologic and oncologic diseases.

Program Highlights

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland provides a unique blend of expert, specialized care for children in Northern California and the surrounding states. The size of the hospital and training programs afford tremendous opportunities for exposure to a myriad of disease states and education; while enhancing the personal relationships between patients and their medical team.

The Pediatric Hematology and Oncology fellowship is one of four fellowship programs at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. The moderate size of the program (6 fellows, 2 per year) enables fellows to develop close team dynamics, hone leadership skills, and interact with supervisors and mentors. The tremendous breadth of diseases allows fellows to attain a broad educational experience, but still focus on areas of interest in clinical care and medical research.

The hemoglobinopathy program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland  is one of the largest in the country, offering comprehensive clinical service for patients with thalassemia and sickle cell disease. Our Hemoglobinopathy Reference Laboratory is an internationally recognized clinical resource for the diagnosis of hemoglobin disorders. It serves as the reference laboratory for the California State Newborn Screening Program, as well as major cord blood centers across the country to perform definitive testing for hemoglobinopathies.

Program Goals

  • Provide the clinical experiences and educational opportunities necessary to build a solid foundation of medical knowledge, critical thinking abilities, literature review, diagnostic acumen and technical skills.
  • Develop well-rounded, empathetic clinicians with the skills to successfully communicate and give counsel to patients and families.
  • Provide academic pediatricians the research training and experience to develop careers as physician-scientists.
  • Impart the skills necessary to become lifelong learners, teachers, and leaders who can work effectively with team members.
  • Teach professionalism via mentorship with emphasis on the critical roles of personal ethics, responsibility, respect, compassion, communication and self-awareness.