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Education

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.

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.

Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Services

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.

Benign Hematology 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

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

Robert G. Lerner, MD, FACP, Chief of Hematology and Hemostasis
Professor of Medicine and Pathology, New York Medical College
Interests: Benign Hematology, Coagulation & Thrombosis

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

Karen Seiter, MD, Associate Program Director
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

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

Mahmoud H. Aly, MD, Richmond University Medical Center Site Director
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College
Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Richmond Univ. Medical Center | Staten Island, NY
Interests: Community Practice

Seah Lim, MD
Associate Chief, Hematology and Coagulation
Medical Director of Hematology, Westchester Medical Center Cancer Center
*Beginning September, 2017

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

Amitabha Mazumder, MD
Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College
Attending Physician, Westchester Medical Center
Interests: Myeloma, Autologous Stem Cell Transplant

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

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

Associated Faculty

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

Current Fellows: 2017-2018 Academic Year

Program Level I

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

Amandeep Aujla, MBBS
Medical School: Government Medical College Patiala | India
Residency Program: New York Medical College @ MHC – New York, NY | Internal Medicine

John Savooji, MBBS
Medical School: St. John’s Medical College | India
Residency Program: New York Medical College @ WMC – Valhalla, NY | Internal Medicine

Program Level II

Mohammad Ali Jafri, MD
Medical School: Yale School of Medicine | United States
Residency Program: New York Methodist Hospital – Brooklyn, NY | Internal Medicine

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

Program Level III

Yan Cheng, MD
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine | Grenada
Residency Program: Richmond University Medical Center – Staten Island, NY | Internal Medicine

Krishna Kolandaivel, MBBS
Medical School: Stanley Medical College | India
Residency Program: New York Medical College @ WMC – Valhalla, NY | Internal Medicine

Chaitanya Iragavarapu, MBBS
Medical School: Stanley Medical College | India
Residency Program: New York Medical College @ WMC – Valhalla, NY | Internal Medicine

Kaushal Parikh, MBBS | Chief Fellow, AY 17-18
Medical School: Topiwala National Medical College
Residency Program: New York Medical College @ WMC – Valhalla, NY | Internal Medicine

Please contact:

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