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Frank Akwaa, M.D.

Cancer

Clinical Interests

Benign Hematology, Blood & Coagulation Disorders Hematologic Oncology Hematology Leukemia, Myeloma, Blood & Marrow Transplant

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 273-3258

Appointment: (585) 275-5823

Fax: (585) 273-1042

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Biography

I am a hematologist with expertise in coagulation disorders, hemoglobinopathies and general non-malignant hematology. I chose this field because I find hematology intellectually challenging. My approach to patient care is to hopefully make a difference in my patients' lives, one patient at a time. I value my patients and do my best to provide them with compassion and respect, as well as apply my expertise and best judgment to their particular health issue. Most important, I build long-term relationships with my patients during the management of their life-altering diseases. I am always upfront with my patients – together, we make collaborative decisions regarding their best possible treatment options and care. Conditions I treat are: - Anemias, including sickle cell anemia - Hemostasis and thrombosis disorders - Hemoglobinopathy - General hematology - Thrombocytopenias - Multiple myeloma - Amyloidosis - MGUS - Myeloproliferative neoplasms - Essential thrombocythemia - Polycythemia vera - Primary myelofibrosis

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Specialties

  • Hematology - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

2003
BA | City University of NY, Hunter College
Biological Science

2007
MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2007 - 06/30/2008
Internship in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

09/01/2008 - 06/30/2010
Residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

07/01/2010 - 06/30/2013
Fellowship in Internal Medicine: Hematology and Oncology at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Awards

2013 - 2016
Wilmot Cancer Research Fellowship
Sponsor: James P. Willmot Cancer Center
Location: Strong Memorial Hospital

2010
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Resident Ravel Award (RTA)

2004
University of Rochester School of Medicine Summer Research Fellowship

2003
Jonas E. Salk Scholarship Award for Research and Academic Excellence
Sponsor: Hunter College of City Univ of NY
Location: New York, NY

2003
Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
Sponsor: Hunter College of City Univ of NY
Location: New York, NY

2003
Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
Sponsor: Hunter College of City Univ of NY
Location: New York, NY

2002 - 2003
Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholarship
Sponsor: Hunter College
Location: New York, NY

2002
Eugene Lang Student-Faculty Research Award
Sponsor: Hunter College
Location: New York, NY

2002
Stephen Bucholz Award for Biological Sciences
Sponsor: Hunter College
Location: New York, NY

2002
Golden Key International Honor Society
Sponsor: Hunter College
Location: New York, NY

1999 - 2003
Deans' List
Sponsor: Hunter College
Location: New York, NY

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Publications

Journal Articles

2016
Noronha SA, Pulcino TL, Akwaa F. "A Case-Based Approach to Transition of Care for Patients With Sickle Cell Disease". South Medical Journal. 2016; 109(9): 531-4.

2014
Akwaa, F.; Spyropoulos, AC. "The potential of target-specific oral anti-coagulants for the acute and long term treatment of venous thromboembolism". Current Medical Research and Opinion. 2014; 30(11): 2179-90.

2013
Akwaa F, Spyropoulos AC. "Treatment of Bleeding Complications When Using Oral Anticoagulants for Prevention of Strokes". Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine. 2013; 15(3): 288-98.

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