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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Medicine

Hematology and 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
email: lois.cooper@downstate.edu