Hematology/Oncology Recent Fellowship Graduates

Graduation Date 

Name 

Current Position 

Clinical/Research Interests 

2014

Nitya Bakshi, MD

Senior Associate,

Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Emory University School of Medicine

 

2014

Lynn Malec, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Children's Hospital of PIttsburgh of UPMC

 

2013 

Erika Friehling, MD 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 

Clinical interests in oncology, specifically leukemia and lymphoma. Additional academic interest includes advancing pediatric resident and subspecialty medical education through innovation and curriculum development. 

2013 

Susan Creary, MD 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Nationwide Children’s 

Mobile technology to assess compliance with hydroxyurea therapy in sickle cell disease. 

2012 

Elizabeth Stenger, MD 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Emory University School of Medicine

Assessing the mechanisms underlying dendritic cells and their preventative role in a mouse model of acute graft-versus-host-disease. 

2012 

Jennifer Elster, MD 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

University of Louisville

Basic science research focusing on the characterization and inhibition of a novel method of angiogenesis. Clinical interests in malignant hematology and in the hematologic effects of mitochondrial disease. 

2011 

Randy Windreich, MD 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 

GVHD prophylaxis and therapy, intra- and inter-individual variability in drug exposure using pharmacokinetics in BMT patients, and non-myeloablative bone marrow transplantation for malignant and nonmalignant disorders. 

2011 

Shilpa Jain, MD, MPH 

Clinical Assistant Professor

The State University of New York of Buffalo

Characterization of microRNA expression profile in platelets in sickle cell disease; Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenic role of platelets in SCD, by using state-of-art genomic profiling technologies. 

2010 

Terri Guinipero, MD 

Assistant Clinical Professor

Clinical Director, Hematology/Oncology

Nationwide Children’s Hospital 

AML and relapsed leukemia 

2010 

Robert Sidonio, MD 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital  

Hemophilia, VWD, ITP, sickle cell disease, anticoagulant management 

2009 

James Cooper, MD 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 

Attending Physician

The Hemophilia Center of Western PA 

Cost-effectiveness and decision analytic models, adolescent-young adult oncology, coagulation issues in menorrhagia, thromboelastography 

2008 

Lisa Hackney, MD 

Assistant Professor

Cleveland Clinic Foundation 

 

2008 

J. Anthony Graves, MD 

Assistant Professor

Director of Research Education and Career

Development

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 

Regulation of genotoxic reactive oxygen species homeostasis by the oncogene c-Myc and the peroxiredoxin family. Impact of cellular modifications on c-Myc induced tumorigenesis. 

2007 

Steven Ambrusko, MD, MS 

Clinical Assistant Professor

Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo 

Director

Sickle Cell and Hemoglobinopathy Center of Western New York 

Pediatric Co-Director

Hemophilia Center of Western New York 

Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia 

2007 

Yaser Alsaek, MD 

Hospitalist

St. Jude Research Hospital 

Targeted chemotherapies 

2006 

Sarah O’Brien, MD, MSc 

Director of Experimental Therapeutics

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Nationwide Children's Hospital 

Pediatric thrombosis and thromboprophylaxis, the evaluation and diagnosis of mild bleeding disorders, decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis. 

2006

Melinda Fritz, MD

Goryeb Children’s Hospital

 

2005 

Scott Myers, MD, MPH 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 

University of Louisville

 

2005 

Rachel Egler, MD, MS 

Assistant Professor

Director, Outpatient Clinic

Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

Case Western Reserve University 

Solid tumors, specifically germ cell tumors, liver tumors and other rare tumors 

2004 

Debra Cohen, MD 

Assistant Professor

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 

 

2004 

Sanjay Ahuja, MD, MS 

Associate Professor

Director, Hemophilia Treatment Center

Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

Case Western Reserve University 

Hemostasis and thrombosis 

2002 

Sandhya Kharbanda, MD 

Associate Professor of Pediatrics 

Stanford University 

Developing novel transplant regimens for patients with hemoglobinopathies, umbilical cord blood transplantation, developing the bone marrow transplant curriculum for the fellowship program. 

1999 

Jean Tersak, MD 

Associate Professor of Pediatrics 

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 

Clinical oncology, survivorship care. Research interests include quality of life and medical late effects of childhood cancer survivors.