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Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

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Greetings and thank you for visiting the website of the Westchester Medical Center Hematology and Medical Oncology Felloship Training Program!

The ACGME accredited combined Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Westchester Medical Center (WMC) has been in existence since 1996. Westchester Medical Center is the tertiary-quaternary safety-net medical center and flagship hospital of the WMCHealth Network. Our program is focused on the development of hematologists and oncologists who can provide excellent clinical care to a diverse patient population. We also provide an increasing number of opportunities for clinical and translational research.

The Westchester Medical Center is the principal site, with rotations at Lincoln Medical Center (LMC), Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC) and Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC). The oncology training in the program is comprehensive, with exposure to community practice at LMC, MHC and RUMC. The oncology rotations at WMC are focused on working closely in an academic setting in coordination with a wide range of subspecialties within the institution. WMC provides a thorough learning experience in benign and malignant hematology, and we have had a stem cell transplant program since 1983. There is dedicated research time, and additional elective time is offered in Gynecologic Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Hematopathology and Transfusion Medicine.

We currently sponsor 9 fellows over 3 years of training. Our trainees have access to didactic resources including the New York Medical College Health Sciences Library, Westchester Medical Center’s robust intranet system (iCare), a diverse range of weekly tumor boards, and both live and recorded Grand Rounds and Journal Club lectures. Fellows in our training program are also automatically enrolled in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Education Essentials for Oncology Fellows program and the American Society of Hematology’s Fundamentals for Hematology Fellows program.

The Westchester Medical Center Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program will prepare graduates of Internal Medicine Residency programs for successful careers as Hematologists and Oncologists. We strive to graduate fellows who possess excellent clinical skills, comfort with systems-based practice, and commitments to life-long learning and community contribution.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our program. We look forward to speaking with you.

Sincerely,

Michael Fanucchi MD, MPH
Program Director, Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship
Westchester Medical Center
Professor of Medicine and Pathology, New York Medical College
Regional Director, Oncology and Infusion Services, WMCHealth Cancer Institute
WMC Advanced Oncology and Infusion Services

New York Medical College Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program at Westchester Medical Center

The ACGME accredited combined Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Westchester Medical Center (WMC) has been in existence since 1996. Westchester Medical Center is the tertiary-quaternary safety-net medical center of New York Medical College and the flagship hospital of the WMCHealth Network. Our program is focused on the development of hematologists and oncologists who can provide excellent clinical care to a diverse patient population. We also provide an increasing number of opportunities for clinical and translational research.

The Westchester Medical Center is the principal site, with rotations at Lincoln Medical Center (LMC), Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC) and Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC). The oncology training in the program is comprehensive, with exposure to community practice at LMC, MHC and RUMC. The oncology rotations at WMC are focused on working closely in an academic setting in coordination with a wide range of subspecialties within the institution. WMC provides a thorough learning experience in benign and malignant hematology, and we have had a stem cell transplant program since 1983. There is dedicated research time, and additional elective time is offered in Gynecologic Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Hematopathology and Transfusion Medicine.

We currently sponsor 9 fellows over 3 years of training. Our trainees have access to didactic resources including the New York Medical College Health Sciences Library, Westchester Medical Center’s robust intranet system (iCare), a diverse range of weekly tumor boards, and both live and recorded Grand Rounds and Journal Club lectures. Fellows in our training program are also automatically enrolled in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Education Essentials for Oncology Fellows program and the American Society of Hematology’s Fundamentals for Hematology Fellows program.

The Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program will prepare graduates of Internal Medicine Residency programs for successful careers as Hematologists and Oncologists. We strive to graduate fellows who possess excellent clinical skills, comfort with systems-based practice, and commitments to life-long learning and community contribution.

Services/Rotations

Oncology Consultation and Teaching Service

The Oncology Consult and Teaching Service is a primarily inpatient service at Westchester Medical Center focused on the initial management of recently diagnosed solid tumor malignancies with an emphasis on complex cases presenting with acute complications. A substantial part of the service is directed towards management of complications of Solid tumor malignancies, while participation in various Specialty tumor boards is expected. An Oncology clinic experience (1 half day a week) is also going to be incorporated into the rotation in the near future.

Malignant Hematology Consultation and Teaching Service

Leukemia and BMT are complementary inpatient services at Westchester Medical Center that offer the bulk of experience in Malignant Hematology. The service consists of managing patients with Acute Leukemia or high grade Lymphoma receiving Induction/High dose chemotherapy as well as various forms of consolidation therapy including transplant. Fellows are exposed to various types of Stem Cell Transplant including conventional (T-replete), T-cell depleted and cord blood transplants.

Hematology Consultation and Teaching Service

The Benign Hematology Service is a heavily inpatient service at Westchester Medical Center with primary focus of non-malignant Hematologic conditions. Backed by a well-equipped Special Hematology laboratory, the fellow on service is the preliminary mode of contact for hematologic issues in the hospital. Issues pertaining to benign cytopenia, myeloproliferative neoplasia and coagulation and hemostasis are emphasized in this service. A half day Hematology Clinic is also part of the core curriculum.

Elective and Research

Each fellow will have dedicated time to focus on elective rotations and research projects. The electives are currently offered in Gynecologic Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Hematopathology and Transfusion Medicine. Fellows also have open access to core and associate faculty to develop research initiatives.

Affiliated Sites

Program Level I

Anum Aamir, MBBS
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Medical College | Pakistan
Residency Program: New York University Langone Health | Brooklyn, NY


Madhura Hanmantgad, MBBS
Medical School: Topiwala National Medical College | India
Residency Program: New York Medical College @ Westchester Medical Center | Valhalla, NY

Roshni Narurkar, MBBS
Medical School: Topiwala National Medical College | India
Residency Program: New York Medical College @ Westchester Medical Center | Valhalla, NY

Griffin Reynolds, MD
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine | Grenada
Residency Program: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Elmhurst) | Flushing, NY

Program Level II
Jibran Ahmed, MBBS 
Medical School: King Edward Medical University | Pakistan
Residency Program: John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County | Chicago, IL

Amandeep Aujla, MBBS 
Medical School: Government Medical College Patiala | India
Residency Program: New York Medical College @ Metropolitan Health Center | New York, NY

John Savooji, MBBS 
Medical School: St. John’s Medical College | India
Residency Program: New York Medical College @ Westchester Medical Center | Valhalla, NY

Program Level III
Mohammad Ali Jafri, MD | Chief Fellow, AY 2018-2019
Medical School: Yale School of Medicine | United States
Residency Program: New York Methodist Hospital | Brooklyn, NY

Wahib Zafar, MD 
Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine | United States
Residency Program: Richmond University Medical Center – Staten Island, NY

2018 Graduate Placement

Yan Cheng, MD | Academic Practice – New Jersey
Krishna Kolandaivel, MBBS | Private Practice – Minnesota
Chaitanya Iragavarapu, MBBS
| Advanced Bone Marrow Transplant Fellowship – California
Kaushal Parikh, MBBS
| Advanced Thoracic Oncology Fellowship – Minnesota

Core Faculty

Michael Fanucchi, MD MPH
Program Director
Professor of Medicine and Pathology, New York Medical College
Regional Director, Oncology and Infusion Services, WMCHealth
Interests: Solid Tumors

Seah Lim, MD, PhD, FACP
Associate Program Director 
Acting Chief, Section of Hematology and Hemostasis
Director of Hematology, Cancer Institute
Interests: Sickle Cell Anemia and Stem Cell Transplant 

Tauseef Ahmed, MD
Chief of Oncology
Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College
Interests: Lymphoma, Autologous Stem Cell Transplant

Delong Liu, MD
Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College
Attending Physician, Westchester Medical Center
Interests: Leukemia Lymphoma Transplant
 

Monica Reddy Muppidi, MD
Lincoln Hospital Site Director
Interim Chief and Attending Physician, Hematology/Oncology
Lincoln Medical Center | Bronx, NY
Interests: Community Practice

John Nelson, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College
Attending Physician, Westchester Medical Center
Interests: Benign Hematology, Coagulation & Thrombosis

Christine Pellegrino, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, New York Medical College
Attending Physician, Westchester Medical Center
Interests: Solid Tumors

Andrea Popescu, MD
Metropolitan Hospital Center Site Director
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, New York Medical College
Chief, Hematology and Oncology, Metropolitan Hospital | Manhattan, NY
Interests: Community Practice

Carmelo Puccio, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College
Attending Physician, Westchester Medical Center
Interests: Solid Tumors

Karen Seiter, MD
Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College
Attending Physician, Westchester Medical Center
Interests: Leukemia Lymphoma Transplant

Maxim Shulimovich, DO

Richmond University Medical Center Site Director
Chief, Hematology/Oncology, Richmond University Medical Center | Staten Island, NY
Interests: Community Practice

Associated Faculty

Humayun Islam, MD, Clinical Pathology, Westchester Medical Center
Alexandra Jimenez, MD, Transfusion Medicine, Westchester Medical Center
Chitti Moorthy, MD, Radiation Oncology, Westchester Medical Center
Tana Pradhan Shah, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, Westchester Medical Center
Aleksandra Mamorska-Dyga, MD, Metropolitan Hospital Center
Caroline Hwang, MD, Medical Oncology, Lincoln Medical Center
Surabhi Pathak, MD, Lincoln Medical Center
Thomas Forlenza, MD
, Richmond University Medical Center
Seetha Murukutla, MD, Richmond University Medical Center
Shamim Salman, MD, Richmond University Medical Center
Rumana Sultana, MD, Richmond University Medical Center

This program participates in ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) using the following link: www.aamc.org/eras.

To be considered complete, an application must have the ERAS Common Application Form, medical school transcript, official USMLE transcript, Dean's letter (MSPE), Step I,  II, III Exam scores, letters of recommendation from Program Director of any previous medical residency training, and at least three letters of recommendation from Faculty who have worked  with the candidate within the past year.

All correspondence should be directed to:

Austin Charnis
Fellowship Coordinator, Hematology/Oncology
Westchester Medical Center
Office: 914.493.6613
Fax: 914.493.7506
Email: Austin.Charnis@wmchealth.org

All ECFMG certification data are verified.

We participate in the NRMP. The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) www.nrmp.org.

NRMP Program Code: 2157155F0.

Our program is not recruiting for the 2019-2020 academic year. We will be recruiting for 2020-2021.

Austin Charnis
Fellowship Coordinator, Hematology/Oncology
Westchester Medical Center
Office: 914.493.6613
Fax: 914.493.7506
Email: Austin.Charnis@wmchealth.org