In 2000, the Frances Pope Memorial Foundation joined in partnership with NYU Langone Medical Center to support their Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program. The mission of the post-doctoral fellowship program at NYU Langone Medical Center is to train the next generation of bright, highly motivated clinician-scientists who are dedicated to the practice of comprehensive, compassionate, and research-driven care for children with malignancies and blood disorders. Led by Fellowship Director, Matthias Karajannis, MD, and Associate Director, Elizabeth Roman, MD, the NYU Langone Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program is a three-year program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which provides the graduates with comprehensive training in hematology and oncology. These fellows are the future of pediatric care. Our goal is that one day there will be a cure for cancer and this program and many others like it are a stepping stone towards that goal.
In 2015, our most recent fellow, Pillai Madhusoodhan, MD, completed her second year as a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow. While working at the Hassenfeld Center's continuity clinic Dr. Madhusoodhan pursued research projects in the Pediatric Lukemia Research Laboratory of William L. Carroll, MD, Julie and Edward J. Minskoff Professor of Pediatrics. Pillai is now in her thrid year of study. Her work is innovative, inspiring, exceptional but most of all, life saving!
In 2014, Nicholas Vitanza, MD, completed his third year of the program with the help of the Frances Pope Memorial Foundation. During the third year of his fellowship, Dr.Vitanza was able to complete and publish a project evaluating the role of IKZF1 deletion in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Pediatric Blood and Cancer as a first author. You can read about his research here; Pediatric Blood and Cancer.