Hematology & Oncology

Program Details
Division Chief: Moro Salifu, MD, Acting
Program Director: Carol Luhrs, MD
Address: 450 Clarkson Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Telephone: 718 613-8678
Number of first year fellows: 4-5 per year. Total 14
Number of faculty: (MD & PhD 10 Clinical and 1 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; Continuity clinic

  • PGY 5: 5 months each of Clinical Hematology and Oncology, One month of Research elective and 2 week rotation in multiple myeloma at MSKCC; Continuity clinic

  • PGY 6: One month Stem Cell Transplant at MSKCC; One month each of Clinical Hematology and Clinical Medical Oncology; 8 months of Research in Clinical or Basic Science; Continuity clinic

Research interests of the division: Health Disparities and Clinical Research in Breast Cancer, Adult T Cell Leukemia and Lymphoma, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.
Conference schedule: Weekly clinical Grand Rounds (2 hours); Weekly Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards; Weekly Journal Club alternating with Board Review; Weekly Hematopathology Conference; Weekly Morning conferences with topics on Patient Safety, Case of the Month and FDA Updates.
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 adults. Extensive ambulatory care training is provided in the outpatient clinics which include general hematology, general medical oncology, and specialized clinics for breast cancer and hematologic malignancies. Each institution has a special chemotherapy unit staffed by specially trained oncology nurses. 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.

Application information:

The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program.

Time frame for interviews:

September-October of year preceeding start of fellowship. Board eligibility for American Board of Internal Medicine required.

Contact : Ms. Lois Cooper
Address :

SUNY Downstate Medical Center
MSC 20
Room B5-495
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn N.Y. 11203

Telephone : 718 613-8678
Fax : 718 270-1578

Current Fellows

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Junjing Guo, MD

Medical School: Harbin Medical University

Residency: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? I had a great training experience here as a resident. Love the diverse physician and patient population; Having opportunities to provide medical care for historically underserved populations; Dedicated faculty committed to excellence of training and mentoring next generation oncologist; Constantly evolving to deliver cutting edge clinical management of neoplastic diseases to patients and high quality translational research experience at multiple centers; I believe that I will have all the support I need from our dedicated faculty, senior trainees and rapidly evolving program to achieve my career goals of excellence and leadership as a clinical and investigational oncologist.

Hobbies: Swimming, running, ice skating

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Leen Khoury, MD

Medical School: Tishreen University Faculty of Medicine

Residency: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? During my residency at SUNY Downstate, I immediately recognized the strong commitment to teaching from the program director and Hematology/Oncology faculty. We are a high-volume center with rotation at multiple centers, including SUNY Downstate, Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn VA and Memorial Sloan Kettering Center (MSKCC). During my three-year fellowship, I will have the opportunity to work with outstanding faculty and manage cases from all oncologic specialties.

Hobbies: Walking, dancing and Pilates.

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Ramtin Moradi, MD

Medical School: Azad University Mashhad Branch

Residency: Richmond University Medical Center

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? Vibrant academic environment with excellent faculties dedicated to teaching.

Hobbies: Netflixing

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Aye Mon Thida, MD

Undergraduate School: No. 2, Basic Education High School, Kamayut, Myanmar

Medical School: University of Medicine (1), Yangon, Myanmar

Residency: NYCHHC/Woodhull

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? I had an opportunity to do an elective rotation at SUNY Downstate when I was a resident, and it was clear to me that this is an environment where fellows feel supported and are all happy with the training. I found the program a perfect balance of strong clinical training and ample research opportunities. The fellowship program and faculty are genuinely invested in the growth and success of fellows, and I knew that this is the place that would help me build the skills I need to provide the best possible care for my patients. Finally, the fellows are a fantastic group of talented and supportive people whom I am very thrilled to have as my peers.

Hobbies: Cooking, trying out new food, traveling

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Kafi Thomas,MD

Undergraduate school: Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Medical School: St. George’s University, School of Medicine

Residency: Internal Medicine, Harlem Hospital affiliated with Columbia University

Fellowship: Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? Strong clinical program. Opportunity to care for the underserved.

Hobbies: Swimming, tennis, mystery novels and spending time with my dogs.


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Burak Erdinc, MD

Undergraduate School: Yalova High Science School, Turkey

Medical School: Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Turkey

Residency: Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? Because this program has strong fundamentals and highly effective educational environment.

Hobbies: Running, tennis, table tennis, chess

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Firas Jafri, MD

Medical School: Jinnah Medical and Dental College

Residency: Westchester Medical Center

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? Because training at Downstate has a lot to offer. A strong didactic curriculum, collegial environment, and pathology over a vast spectrum from an underserved population of Brooklyn to the patients at the VA is what is being offered by this program and that is what I want to see myself as a competent Hematologist/Oncologist.

Hobbies: Travelling, reading about world history, fiction whether it be a novel or console games, playing cricket, eating for pleasure, gardening.

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Sylvester Homsy, MD

Undergraduate School: Université Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon

Medical School: Université Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon

Residency: Staten Island University Hospital – Northwell Health

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? Diversity

Hobbies: Basketball, playing music, chess

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Amena Mohiuddin, MD

Medical School: University of Missouri Kansas City Combined BA/MD program

Residency: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? What really drew me to this program was the collegial environment and the great camaraderie among the fellows. This fellowship program exposes you to a variety of conditions and truly trains you to become adept in not only recognizing but also managing them. Additionally, it affords you the honor of caring for an underserved population. Last but not least, program leadership makes fellow education and wellbeing a priority, striving in earnest to train well-rounded Hematologists/Oncologists.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, watching my son grow up and capturing all his firsts, cooking, hiking, reading, gardening (although my basil plant would beg to differ)


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Emanuela Cimpeanu, MD

Undergraduate School: Franklin & Marshall College

Medical School: Fatima College of Medicine

Residency: Richmond University Medical Center

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? I chose SUNY Downstate for its fantastic clinical exposure, collegial and supportive work environment and wonderful faculty who are highly dedicated to teaching.

Hobbies: Nature walks, hiking, reading, cooking

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Khalil Kamar, MD

Undergraduate School: Secondary Evangelical School, Lebanon

Medical School: Beirut Arab University, Lebanon

Residency: Northwell Health Staten Island University Hospital

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? I chose Downstate for its strong academic infrastructure. Also it is unique in its patients’ diversity, especially that Hematology/Oncology fellows rotate in 3 different hospitals where each offers a different population of patients. I think one will be a well-trained physician once graduated from Downstate.

Hobbies: Soccer, Basketball, Swimming

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Charles Kim, MD

Undergraduate School: Brown University

Medical School: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Residency: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? Great mentors, proximity to family, and NYC!

Hobbies: Cooking, cycling, visiting breweries and restaurants, hiking, and traveling

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Nirmal Pathak, MD

Chief Fellow

Undergraduate School: University of Miami, combined BS/MD Program

Medical School: University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

Residency: SUNY Downstate Health Science Center

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? I chose SUNY for its diverse patient population, strong clinical training and Dr. Luhrs’ commitment to teaching and mentoring fellows.

Hobbies: Glassblowing, Wheel throwing, Bike riding, Hiking with my wife, daughter, and dog

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Alexander Wu, MD

Chief Fellow

Undergraduate School: University of Toronto

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Residency: New York Medical College at St Joseph’s University Medical Center

Fellowship: Hospice and Palliative Care, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Why I chose SUNY Downstate for fellowship? I choose SUNY Downstate’s Hematology Oncology Fellowship because of its excellent teaching faculty, who I consider to be my mentors, educators and colleagues. I have gained a tremendous amount of experience and exposure to complex cases while having the opportunity to treat a diverse patient population.

Hobbies: Cooking, chess, basketball, outdoor activities