Education

Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Hematology-Oncology fellowship program at UCSF is committed to the unique, individual career plans and training needs of each trainee. We strive to create an exciting, dynamic training program for each fellow.The program takes full advantage of the diversity of San Francisco’s community and combines this rich patient population with the extraordinary clinical, educational, and research resources of the University of California. The result is a unique and exceptional training program that reads our graduates for a significant contribution to the health of children.

At the end of the training years, each fellow will be board eligible and have developed the skills necessary to take excellent, compassionate care of children with malignancies or diseases of the blood and blood forming organs. In addition, each fellow will have a solid foundation in basic and/or clinical research that will enable him/her to make significant contributions to the field of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

Trainees can draw on the expertise of world-renowned investigators within the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and in other UCSF departments and research units. Applicants are encouraged to access the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program website or the UCSF Cancer Center site to explore the breath and depth of this strong institutional commitment to basic and translational investigation in human diseases.

Pediatric Cancer Developmental Therapeutics Training Opportunities: The UCSF Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology has an active phase 1 clinical trials program. Fellows are encouraged to participate in phase 1 clinics throughout their fellowship. Fellows with a dedicated interest in early phase clinical trials have the opportunity to focus their research training years on developmental therapeutics. This training program includes clinical pharmacology coursework, advanced topics in clinical and translational research, development of a clinical trial protocol, and participation in national consortia.

The overall goal of our program is to prepare our fellows to be knowledgeable, compassionate, and competent in the care of children with malignancies or diseases of the blood and blood forming organs. A meaningful accomplishment in research, either clinical or laboratory, is a required part of the fellowship experience in order to encourage later contributions to the advancement of the field, whether the fellow pursues a career in an academic medical center or in clinical practice. Evidence of intellectual independence in carrying out the research project selected is a requirement, as detailed in the subspecialty board requirements.

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The program selects from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness and ability to benefit from the program. Aptitude, academic credentials, personal characteristics, and ability to communicate are considered in the selection. The program does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The match takes place in May,13 months before the fellowship start date.

The applications are handled through the ERAS program, https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/.

Current cycle closed. All fellowship positions have been filled, we thank you for your interest & welcome you to check back in 2018 for more updates.

At this time, we are only able to accept applicants with US citizenship or permanent residency into our fellowship program, due to funding restrictions.

Our program requires the following documents to be submitted through ERAS:

  1. Completed application
  2. CV
  3. Three letters of reference, including one from your residency program director

For general questions please contact:

Kristine Burget
Fellowship Coordinator
UCSF Department of Pediatrics, Box 0110
550 16th Street, Floor 4
San Francisco, CA 94158
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 415-476-2981
Fax: 415-476-5354

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Prerna Kumar
Training Period: 2015 - 2018
Date & Degree: 2011, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, MD
Title of Research: TBD
Current Position: ACGME Clinical Fellow

Elizabeth Wadhwa
Training Period: 2015 - 2018
Date & Degree: 2012, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, MD
Title of Research: TBD
Current Position: ACGME Clinical Fellow

Ashley Koegel
Training Period: 2016 - 2019
Date & Degree: 2013 Stanford University
Title of Research: Engineering next generation CAR T cells to treat pediatric AML: enhancing safety through dynamic control and specificity
Current Position: ACGME Clinical Fellow

Neela Penumarthy
Training Period: 2016 - 2019
Date & Degree: 2012 NY-Albany Medical College of Union University
Title of Research: Telemedicine in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Patients Trial
Current Position: ACGME Clinical Fellow

Vanessa Tolbert
Training Period: 2016 - 2019
Date & Degree: 2012 Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Title of Research: Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) in autologous stem cell transplant recipients with neuroblastoma
Current Position: ACGME Clinical Fellow

Anya Levinson
Training Period: 2017 - 2020
Date & Degree: 2014 NY-Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Title of Research: TBD
Current Position: ACGME Clinical Fellow

Rita Damico
Training Period: 2017 - 2020
Date & Degree: 2014 NY-New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Title of Research: TBD
Current Position: ACGME Clinical Fellow

Taymour Hammoudi
Training Period: 2017 - 2020
Date & Degree: 2014 Emory University School of Medicine
Title of Research: TBD
Current Position: ACGME Clinical Fellow

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[collapsed title=Former Fellows]

Anu Banerjee

Training Period

1996 - 1999

Date & Degree

1992, MD, Tulane
1990, MPH, Tulane

Title of Research Program

Clinical Trials in Brain Tumors

Current Position

Associate Clinical Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, UCSF

John Hill

Training Period

1997-2000

Date & Degree

1994, MD , University of Washington
1992, PhD, University of Washington

Title of Research Program

Molecular biology of Brain Tumors

Current Position

Hematology/Oncology Faculty, Dartmouth Medical School

Brian Weiss

Training Period

1997-2000

Date & Degree

1993, MD, Northwestern University

Title of Research Program

Mouse models of leukemia -induction of AML by alkalators

Current Position

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati

Medical Director, Neuroblastoma Program

Anjulika Chawla

Training Period

1998-2001

Date & Degree

1995, MD, University of Vermont

Title of Research Program

Induction of tolerance in mice

Current Position

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Brown University

Jennifer Duda

Training Period

1999-2003

Date & Degree

1996, MD-Stanford

Title of Research Program

Innate immunity and Cancer

Current Position

Adjunct, Stanford University

Michelle Hermiston

Training Period

1999-2002

Date & Degree

1997, MD, PhD Washington University

Title of Research Program

Regulation of Lymphopoiesis

Current Position

Associate Professor, Pediatrics UCSF

Benjamin Braun

Training Period

2000-2003

Date & Degree

1998, MD, PhD, UCLA

Title of Research Program

Biology of AML

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, UCSF

Ken Lieuw

Training Period

2001-2004

Date & Degree

1998, MD, PhD Northwestern University

Title of Research Program

Tumor suppressor genes- NF-1 in mice

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Madigan Army Medical Center

Wilbur Lam

Training Period

2002-2005

Date & Degree

1999, MD, Baylor College of Medicine

2008, PhD, UCSF/UC Berkeley

Title of Research Program

Bioengineering PhD candidate

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Emory University of Medicine

Jennifer Lauchle

Training Period

2002-2006

Date & Degree

1998, MD, University of Maryland

Title of Research Program

Gene identification relevant to leukemia transformation

Current Position

Genentech

Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCSF

Rosa Sanchez Rosen

Training Period

2003-2006

Date & Degree

1999, MD, University of Southern California

Title of Research Program

Transfusion research

Current Position

Physician, Blood System Research Institute

Theodore Nicolaides

Training Period

2004-2007

Date & Degree

2001, MD, New York University

Title of Research Program

Kinase Inhibitors in Cancer Therapy

Current Position

Assistant Professor, UCSF

Galit Rosen

Training Period

2004-2007

Date & Degree

2001, MD, Tufts University

Title of Research Program

Identification of Leukemia Initiating Cells

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Matthew Gorman

Training Period

2005-2008

Date & Degree

2002, MD, Rush Medical College

Title of Research Program

Hemoglobinopathies

Current Position

Physician, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

Debbie Sakai

Training Period

2005-2008

Date & Degree

2001, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Title of Research Program

Aberrant Signaling Pathways in JMML

Current Position

Clinical Assistant Professor, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Denah Taggart

Training Period

2006-2009

Date & Degree

2003, MD, Chicago Medical School

Title of Research Program

Neuroblastoma patients and imaging modalities

Current Position

Physician, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

Jason Law

Training Period

2006-2009

Date & Degree

2003, MD, SUNY Downstate

Title of Research Program

Signaling Networks in T-Cell Leukemia and Lymphoma

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Tufts University

Kristin Shimano

Training Period

2008-2010

Date & Degree

1998, MM, Double bass performance

2003, MD, Harvard University

Title of Research Program

Signaling Networks in Lymphoid malignancies

Current Position

Assistant Professor, UCSF

Sarah Tasian

Training Period

2007-2010

Date & Degree

2001, MD, Baylor College of Medicine

Title of Research Program

Signaling Networks in ALL

Current Position

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

Ashley Ward

Training Period

2007-2010

Date & Degree

2003, MD, Washington University

Title of Research Program

Ras effector pathways in leukemogenesis

Current Position

Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSF

Christopher Adrian

Training Period

2008-2011

Date & Degree

1995, MFA, University of Iowa

2002, MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School

2011, M.Div, Harvard Divinity School

Title of Research Program

Medical Ethics

Current Position

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University

Writer in Residence, Columbia University Medical Center, Program in Narrative Medicine

William Clay Gustafson

Training Period

2008-2011

Date & Degree

2003, Md, PhD, University of Texas

Title of Research Program

Neuroblastoma Signaling

Current Position

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Justin Wahlstrom

Training Period

2010-2011

Date & Degree

2004, MD, Vanderbilt University

Title of Research Program

T-ALL Signaling

Current Position

Assist. Adjunct Professor, UCSF

Tiffany Chang

Training Period

2009-2013

Date & Degree

2006, MD, University of California, Irvine

Title of Research Program

Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia

Current Position

Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Tannie Huang

Training Period

2009-2013

Date & Degree

2005, MD, University of South Carolina

Title of Research

Multidisciplinary care of patients with brain tumors

Current Position

Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist, Kaiser Permanente

Erin Karski

Training Period

2010-2013

Date & Degree

2006, MD, University of Minnesota

Title of Research

Ewing Sarcoma

Current Position

Assistant Medical Director, Genentech

Sheila Thampi

Training Period

2011-2014

Date & Degree

2008, MD, University of California, Los Angeles

Title of Research

Skeletal and Extraskeletal Osteosarcoma

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Elliot Stieglitz

Training Period

2011-2015

Date & Degree

2008, MD, SUNY Stonybrook

Title of Research

Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia

Current Position

Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSF

Amit Sabnis

Training Period

2011-2015

Date & Degree

2008, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Title of Research

Rhabdomyosarcoma

Current Position

Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSF

Kieuhoa Vo
Traing Period 2012-2016
Date & Degree 2008, Indiana University, MD
Title of Research Clinical impact of bone marrow micrometastatic disease in Ewing sarcoma
Current Position
Alexis Melton
Training Period 2012 – 2016
Date & Degree 2009, University of Texas, Southwestern, MD, PhD
Title of Research Mechanisms of Cytokine dependent T cell ALL cell division in Ras-GRP1 over-expressing T cell ALL clones
Current Position
Craig Forester
Training Period 2012 – 2016
Date & Degree 2009, University of Utah, MD, PhD
Title of Research Elucidating the dependence of erythropoiesis on translation initiation factors as a model of Diamond Blackfan Anemia
Current Position
Asmin Tulpule
Training Period 2013 – 2016
Date & Degree 2011, Harvard Medical School, MD, PhD
Title of Research A CRISPRi screen reveals key pathways that promote sensitivity and resistance to adriamycin in Ewing’s sarcoma
Current Position
Benjamin Huang
Training Period 2013 – 2016
Date & Degree 2010, University of California, San Francisco, MD
Title of Research Clonal evolution and drug resistance in a mouse model of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Current Position  
Tiffany Lin
Training Period 2013 – 2016
Date & Degree 2009, Baylor College of Medicine, MD
Title of Research Best Practice for Bleeding Disorder Capacity Building in the Underserved US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Current Position: ACGME Clinical Fellow, 3rd year
Current Position
Cassie Kline
Training Period 2014 – 2017
Date & Degree 2011, University of California, San Diego, MD
Title of Research Investigating the role of a pleitrophic biomarker, KLOTHO, in neurocognitive outcomes in a pediatric neuro-oncology population, 2) Investigating the genetic evolution of low-grade gliomas from time of primary diagnosis to recurrence, 3) Identifying epidemiologic patterns of a pediatric ependymoma population
Current Position  
David Wang
Training Period 2014 – 2017
Date & Degree 2009, University of Florida College of Medicine, MD
Title of Research Immunotherapy in pediatric malignancies
Current Position  
Beth Winger
Training Period 2014 – 2017
Date & Degree 2011, University of California, San Francisco, MD, PhD
Title of Research Defining mechanisms of resistance to IDH1 mutant inhibitors in AML
Current Position  
Jean Lee
Training Period 2015 - 2017
Date & Degree 2012, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD
Title of Research  
Current Position  

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Advanced Training in Clinical Research

Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR) is a three academic quarter program intended for post-doctoral fellows and faculty members who desire rigorous training in the methods and conduct of clinical research. This includes instruction in the epidemiologic and biostatistical methods used in observational and experimental clinical research as well as training in the oral and written presentation of clinical research. In addition to required coursework, scholars are expected to develop and implement their research projects throughout the year and will have access to UCSF Training in Clinical Research (TICR) program faculty for methodologic guidance. Trainees achieving program objectives are granted a Certificate of Program Completion.
 
Pediatric Clinical Research Center
 
Clinical trials of new drugs for the treatment of cancer in children at UCSF utilize the NIH-funded Pediatric Clinical Research Center within the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), one of six state-of the-art units for children in the United States. We have an active research program that tests new therapies in a range of pediatric cancers. All of the pediatric oncologists at UCSF participate in this important activity by caring for children who are receiving new treatments.
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