Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program


The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center is a three-year ACGME-accredited training program for qualified applicants who have completed three years of ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine Residency training and who are eligible to take the American Board of Internal Medicine examination.

Options to combine either a two-year Hematology or Oncology Fellowship with one year of Geriatrics or Palliative care are available.

James P. Wilmot Cancer Center

Our program is designed to cultivate productive academic careers through an experience that combines solid clinical training with a strong emphasis on either basic science or clinical research. A high faculty to fellows ratio affords a significant level of individual attention.

A substantial portion of fellowship training is dedicated to research methodology and its application. Academic productivity and success is facilitated by frequent meetings with preceptors and mentors. Our fellows' research endeavors culminate in presentations at national conferences and publication of work in peer-reviewed journals.

Fellows rotate through clinics in lymphoma, thoracic oncology, breast oncology, gastrointestinal oncology, benign and malignant hematology, and uro-genital oncology. Inpatient rotations include benign hematology consults, medical oncology consults, bone marrow transplantation and malignant hematology.

Our program provides a variety of electives including geriatric oncology, radiation oncology, comprehensive management of the patient with hemophilia, blood banking and apharesis, neuro-oncology, business and medicine, and hematopathology.

Fellows have numerous educational opportunities within the Division of Hematology/Oncology including multidisciplinary conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs, research conferences, didactic conferences, and morbidity and mortality conferences.  Fellows also engage in teaching activities for Internal Medicine residents and medical students.

In keeping with the long-standing University of Rochester tradition of practicing biopsychosocial medicine (recognition of the psychological, social, as well as the biologic contributions to disease) our fellows also have a humanities component to their training. By writing about and openly reflecting upon physician-patient encounters, our fellows develop not only a heightened perception of the impact of cancer on patients, but also a better understanding of the pivotal role of the oncologist in patients' lives.


Michelle Shayne, M.D. serves as director of the training program. Other faculty members are committed to educating the fellows in a broad range of disorders including, hematologic malignancies, non-malignant hematology, bone marrow transplantation and solid tumors.

Frank Akwaa, M.D. Alissa J. Huston, M.D.
Sophia Balderman, M.D. Jainulabdeen Ifthikharuddin, M.B.B.S.
Paul Barr, M.D. Eric Kim, M.D.
Michael W. Becker, M.D. Jane L. Liesveld, M.D.
John M. Bennett, M.D. Jason H. Mendler, MD, Ph.D.
Steven H. Bernstein, M.D. Supriya Mohile, M.D., MS
Carla Casulo, M.D. Deborah A. Mulford, M.D.
Gregory C. Connolly, M.D. Marcus S. Noel, M.D.
David W. Dougherty, M.D. Kristen O'Dwyer, M.D.
Charles W. Francis, M.D. Kishan J. Pandya, M.D.
Jonathan W. Friedberg, M.D., MMSc Deepak M. Sahasrabudhe, M.B.B.S
Chunkit Fung, M.D. Mohamedtaki Tejani, M.D.
Elizabeth Guancial, M.D. Clive Zent, M.B., B.Ch.  
Aram F. Hezel, M.D.  

Applying to the Program

Applications and supporting documents are accepted yearly through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Handwritten applications are not accepted. ERAS applications should include all of the following:

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • CV and Personal Statement
  • USMLE or COMLEX Transcripts
  • Medical School Transcript
  • ECFMG Certificate
  • 3 Letters of Reference (one must be from current program director, if applicable)
  • Publications and Research Experience

We welcome all interested and qualified physicians to apply to our program.

Michelle Shayne, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Program Director Hematology/Oncology Fellowship

If you have questions or would like more information about the fellowship program, please contact the coordinator, Kristin Galvin or call (585) 275-4797.

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