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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 Fellowship 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.

We currently sponsor seven fellows over three years of training. Our trainees have access to didactic resources including the New York Medical College Health Sciences Library, 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


Program Overview and Curriculum 


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

The Westchester Medical Center is the principal site, with rotations at Lincoln Medical Center (LMC) and Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC). The oncology training in the program is comprehensive, with exposure to community practice at LMC and MHC. 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 the option of dedicated research time, and specialty rotations are offered in Gynecologic Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Hematopathology, Transfusion Medicine and Palliative Care.

 

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. Fellows partake in oncology continuity clinic two half-days per week. 

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 the 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. Specialty rotations are currently offered in Gynecologic Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Hematopathology, Transfusion Medicine and Palliative Care. Fellows also have open access to core and associate faculty to develop research initiatives.

 

Affiliated Sites


Current Fellows – Academic Year 2021-2022 

Second Year Fellows  

Sammy Moussly, MD
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine | Coral Gables, FL
Residency Program: Orlando Health | Orlando, FL 

Kelley Mowatt, DO
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine | Philadelphia, PA
Residency Program: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center | Newark, NJ 

Bhuwan Poudyal, MD
Medical School: Shanghai Jiao Tong University | Shanghai, China
Residency Program: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

First Year Fellows

Haseeba Shahzad, MBBS
Medical School: Khyber Medical College
Residency Program: Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital Program

Rizwana Syed, MD
Medical School: Baqai Medical College
Residency Program: Mercy Hospital and Medical Center

Xiaoyang Wang, MBBS
Medical School: Binzhou Medical College
Residency Program: Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Program

Recent Graduates

2021 Graduates

Anum Aamir, MBBS

Madhura Hanmantgad, MBBS

Roshni Narurkar, MBBS

Griffin Reynolds, MD

2020 Graduate Placement 

Jibran Ahmed, MBBS  | Academic Practice  Arkansas

 Amandeep Aujla, MBBS | Private Practice Connecticut 

John Savooji, MBBS  | Academic Practice New York

2019 Graduate Placement

Mohammad Ali Jafri, MD | Academic Practice – Kentucky

Wahib Zafar, MD | Academic Practice – New York

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

Amir Steinberg, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director
Clinical Director of Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation
Westchester Medical Center
Interests: Stem Cell Transplantation, Cellular Therapy

Monica Reddy Muppidi, MD
Lincoln Hospital Site Director
Chief, 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

Associated Faculty

Delong Liu, MD, Malignant Hematology, Westchester Medical Center
Karen Seiter, MD, Malignant Hematology, Westchester Medical Center
Humayun Islam, MD, Clinical Pathology, Westchester Medical Center
Mara Lugassy, MD, Palliative Medicine, Westchester Medical Center
Chitti Moorthy, MD, Radiation Oncology, Westchester Medical Center
Tana Pradhan Shah, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, Westchester Medical Center
Caroline Hwang, MD, Medical Oncology, Lincoln Medical Center
Anita Gul, MD, Hematology and Oncology, Metropolitan Hospital
Sadiqa Karim, MD, Transfusion Medicine, Westchester Medical Center


How to Apply

Applications

 Applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), which can be accessed using the following link: https://apps.aamc.org/myeras. Applications may be submitted starting July 7, 2021.

 Applicants must have completed a residency in Internal Medicine by June, 2022. 

 Please note that our program requires a minimum of three letters of recommendation, including one from the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director.

Interviews

Fellowship programs may begin reviewing applications in ERAS on July 7, 2021. Our program will notify applicants through ERAS as to whether they have been selected for an interview.

Interviews will take place in September/October, 2021, and applicants will be provided with detailed information regarding the logistics of the interview days.

Match

 The program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Our NRMP program code is: 2157155F0.

The deadline for submitting Rank Order Lists is November 17, 2021, and Match Day is December 1, 2021.

Visa Sponsorship

Westchester Medical Center will sponsor J-1 visas. Sponsorship of H1-B visas will be considered on a case-by-case basis for the most highly qualified applicants.

Please access the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database (FREIDA) for more information on our program. Click here to view our program listing on FREIDA


Aleksandr Turchin
Fellowship Coordinator
Aleksandr.Turchin@WMCHealth.org