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Department of Medicine

Alumni of the Hematology Oncology Fellowship

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Positions Held by Recent Graduates

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2020

Aimaz Afrough, M.D. - MD Anderson Cancer Center BMT fellowship

Mahmoud Gaballa , M.D. - MD Anderson Cancer Center BMT fellowship

Laura Meza-Rios , M.D. - Baylor St. Lukes Woodlands , GI oncology

Patrick Prath, M.D. - Private practice, Houston Methodist Sugarland

Karen Riggins, M.D.-BCM GI Oncology

Anthony Wiseman , M.D. - Private practice, Minnesota

2019

Manisha Chandar, M.D. - Community practice, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, Phoenix Arizona

Kristina Goutsouliak, M.D. - Community practice, Grand Junction, Colorado

Hussein Hamad, M.D. - Academic practice, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Samaritan Medical Center (affiliate of Case Western Reserve University)

Quillan Huang, M.D. - Academic practice, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Jan Kemnade, M.D. - Academic practice, Clinical Instructor, Baylor College of Medicine

Tejo Musunuru, M.D.

Academic practice, Assistant Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center League City and UTMB Galveston

Ahmad Khalil Rahal, M.D.

Community practice with adjunct assistant professor position with Medical University of South Carolina, Self-Regional Healthcare, Greenwood, South Carolina.

Srijana Rai, M.D.

Community practice, Palouse Specialty Physicians, Moscow Idaho

Sumaira Shafi, M.D. - Academic practice, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University

2018

Elaine Chang, M.D. - Academic position for the Food and Drug Administration

Kelash Bajaj, M.D. - Private practice, Texas Oncology, Midland/Odessa

Andrew Jackson, M.D. - Private practice, Texas Oncology – The Woodlands

Harish Madala, M.D. - Private practice, Virginia

Kirtan Nautiyal, M.D. - Community practice, The Methodist Hospital - Sugarland

Ankur Varma, M.D. - Stem Cell Transplantation Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center

2017

Mehmet Akce, M.D. - Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Gastrointestinal Oncology

Thiri Khin, M.D. - Private practice, California

Jose Pacheco, M.D. - Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Lung Cancer Program

Jianbo Wang, M.D. - Assistant Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Genitourinary Oncology

Ryan Yates, M.D. - Private practice, Mississippi

2016

Kanza Abbas, M.D. - Private practice, Texas

Chitra Balasundaram, M.D. - Private practice, Missouri

Shamail Butt, M.D. - Private practice, Texas

Miho Dougherty, M.D. - Private practice, Oregon

Ghana Kang, M.D. - Private practice, Virginia

Abhishek Marballi, M.D. - Private practice, New York

Yue Wang, M.D. - Private practice, Texas

Musa Yilmaz, M.D. - Assistant Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Leukemia

 

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Testimonials from Our Graduates

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Joining a prestigious institute like Baylor was a dream come true for me. Three years of my fellowship fulfilled my wish to become a hematologist/ oncologist to serve the community with the best possible practice learned from an academic center and seeing the diversity of Heme and solid organ malignancies and at the same time variety of benign Heme cases. To me, BCM fellowship is the finest blend of cases one can encounter in their lifetime practice. The patient population at different hospitals gives the perfect combination of community practice and at the same time access to clinical trials and veteran care broadens the horizon. One year out of fellowship and seeing patients for one of the busiest private practices in West Virginia makes me feel how ready I was after training through all three years. I had my son born through my second year of fellowship.  With no family around, it was very tough, especially when it was time to take the boards. But what I learned during my training made me pass both boards on the first attempt. 

I am certain today that who I am is because of my finest training and mentors at BCM. 

Thank you for grooming me into who I am today. 

Sumaira Shafi, MD
Camden Clark Regional Cancer Center
West Virginia University Cancer Institute
Baylor College of Medicine 2017 Graduate

Baylor provided me a robust hematology and medical oncology fellowship training. The fellowship program had a unique clinical and academic setting. Throughout rotations, at different institutions at Texas Medical Center, I gained incredibly strong clinical training. Each hospital rotation provided me with experience in a wide range of diseases in benign hematology, malignant hematology and medical oncology in a very diverse patient population. Clinical and translational research opportunities were ample and readily available for fellows at Baylor`s NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. Fellows were always encouraged to conduct research, connected with appropriate faculty in the same research area and guided well based on their interest. The faculty was very supportive and provided strong mentorship throughout my training. At the end of my training, I felt well prepared for clinical practice and my academic career.

Mehmet Akce, MD
Emory University School of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine 2018 Graduate

I completed my hematology/oncology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in 2018. If I could go back to the time that I was applying for a fellowship, I would make the same choice to rank BCM first because it led to where I am today.

Things to know:

1. It is part of a tertiary medical center, one of the largest medical centers in the world. This means you see as wide a range of pathology as you could see of almost any institution in the U.S.

2. You rotate at the VA, county hospital, and 2 private hospitals (one of which is Methodist, where you do your bone marrow transplant rotation). This also is conducive to an education that covers the breadth of what you might want to be familiar with in clinical practice. 

3. The strongest programs within the Hematology/Oncology Section are probably the Breast Center and Cell & Gene Therapy.

4. The patient volume is high, which trains you to be efficient and triage complex issues.

5. The program is one of the best hematology/oncology programs in Texas for training private-practice-oriented fellows. For those who are interested in research, there are research grants available which can provide a pathway into academia, but you should be proactive when it comes to communicating your interest in research with the faculty in your first year.

Elaine Chang, MD
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Baylor College of Medicine 2018 Graduate