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Division Chief: Iuliana Shapira, MD
Program Director: Carol Luhrs, MD
Address: 450 Clarkson Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Telephone: 718 270-2785
Number of first year fellows: 4-5 per year. Total 13-14
Number of faculty: (MD & PhD): 12 Clinical and 2 Research
Hospitals fellows rotate to: Kings County Hospital Center; University Hospital Brooklyn; Brooklyn campus of VA-New York Harbor Healthcare System
Sample Schedule of Assignment
  • PGY 4 : 5 months each of Clinical Hematology and Clinical Medical Oncology. One month of elective in Blood Bank, Radiation Oncology or Hematopathology; Continuity clinic
  • PGY 5: 5 months each of Clinical Hematology and Oncology, One month of elective in Blood Bank, Radiation Oncology or Hematopathology; Continuity clinic
  • PGY 6: One month Stem Cell Transplant; Clinical or Basic Science Research 10 months; Continuity clinic
Research interests of the division:
  • Micro-RNAs and their role in malignancy.
  • Molecular mechanisms responsible for regulation of TG Fb 1 gene expression in vascular endothelium.
  • Signal transduction & apoptosis in multiple myeloma.
  • Anti-folate receptor antibodies
  • Folate receptors and malignancy
  • Participation in Cancer Chemotherapy Clinical trials.
  • Clinical studies in patients with breast cancer and sickle cell disease.
Conference schedule: Weekly clinical grand rounds and Chief of Service rounds; Weekly didactic Hematology/Oncology Conferences (2 hours); Weekly multidisciplinary Tumor Boards; Biweekly Journal Club.
Description of the educational aspects and advantage of the program:

The program has both clinical and research strengths. The diversity of the patient population in the three hospitals provides an exceptional clinical experience which covers a broad spectrum of diseases encountered in inner city, minority, medically underserved and immigrant populations together with the usual hematologic and malignant disorders seen in adult and elderly Americans. Extensive ambulatory care training is provided in the outpatient clinics which include general hematology, general medical oncology, and specialized clinics for breast cancer, sickle cell disease and gynecologic cancer.

Each institution has a special chemotherapy unit staffed by specially trained oncology nurses. There is a one month elective in stem cell transplantation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

This clinical program is augmented with weekly conferences in hematology and medical oncology, multidisciplinary conferences with radiology, surgery, radiation oncology and pathology. Histology reviews of all cases are held weekly and led by a member of the Department of Pathology.

The fellows are encouraged to participate in on-going clinical studies with a faculty mentor.

Because of the large number of patients seen at the three institutions several clinical studies can be completed within the three year period of fellowship.

The program is also designed to provide an opportunity to work in the laboratory with a member of the facility (M.D. or Ph.D.) to learn fundamental techniques and develop an interest in biomedical research.

Application information: The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program.
Time frame for interviews: September-October of year proceeding start of fellowship.
Board eligibility for American Board of Internal Medicine required.
Contact : Ms. Carletta Hanniford
Address : SUNY Downstate Medical Center
MSC 20
Room B5-495
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn N.Y. 11203
Telephone : 718 270-2785
Fax : 718 270-1578