Children's Hospital Colorado
Center for cancer and blood disorders
Center for cancer and blood disorders

Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program

The faculty in our pediatric oncology, hematology, bone marrow transplantation and cell therapy programs on the Anschutz Medical Campus are nationally recognized for excellence in the diagnosis, treatment and research of cancer and blood disorders. This team works closely with our fellows to pursue research, explore new treatments and provide exceptional care for patients. We train our fellows to be future leaders in the field by offering world-class clinical and research opportunities within our Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program.

Our hematology and oncology programs

Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program
Leader: Mike Verneris, MD

Experimental Therapeutics Program
Leader: Meg Macy, MD

Hematology Program
Leader: Jorge DiPaola, MD

Leukemia and Lymphoma Program
Leader: Kelly Maloney, MD

Neuro-Oncology Program
Leader: Rajeev Vibhakar, MD, PhD

Palliative Care Program
Leader: Brian Greffe, MD

Solid Tumor Program
Leader: Tim Garrington, MD

Wellness Program
Leader: Robert Casey, PhD

Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative
Co-Director: Terry Fry, MD

Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program aims

At Children's Hospital Colorado, each of our fellowship programs are designed with the following goals:

  1. To prepare subspecialty pediatricians to provide comprehensive, patient- and family-centered care with particular focus on excellent communication skills, as well as safety and quality improvement
  2. To provide outstanding opportunities in basic science, translational, clinical, educational, research and quality improvement methodology that prepare trainees for successful careers in academic pediatrics
  3. To teach trainees strategies to maintain wellness (of self and others), to build resilience and to minimize burnout
  4. To prepare subspecialty pediatricians for future leadership roles in the healthcare community
  5. To equip trainees with tools and strategies to promote success in their roles as lifelong teachers

What our Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program offers

Our Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program offers fellows graduate-level training in clinical science with the opportunity to pursue a doctorate or master's degree during fellowship.

Fellows also have access to the following partner facilities:

Because of our program's exceptional training and education, in the past 20 years, more than 85% of our fellows have entered and stayed in academic medical careers, one of the highest percentages in the country.

Why choose our Hematology Oncology Fellowship

We train fellows in the scientific and clinical aspects of hematology and oncology in preparation for a career in academic medicine. Our program emphasizes excellence in clinical care and focuses on the physician-scientist model, with numerous faculty members serving as role models.

During the fellowship, each fellow acquires clinical expertise and procedural skills required for diagnosis and treatment of patients with hematologic and oncologic disorders. Each fellow also selects a research mentor and develops research skills, specifically learning the methods of careful, controlled scientific inquiry. Our fellowship is designed as a three-year training program, with a clinical emphasis during the first year and a research emphasis in the latter two years.

Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

Wide-ranging research opportunities

Within the Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program, we encourage our fellows to pursue a wide variety of research interests. If you already know what your research interest is, we can put you in touch with faculty who share that interest.

Fellows can conduct research on the Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado School of Medicine or at other nearby institutions, such as the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Colorado University Boulder and Colorado State University's veterinary school.

Balanced clinical training

Our fellows gain experience in oncology, hematology, neuro-oncology, bone marrow transplantation and experimental therapeutics. We have faculty members who are national leaders in each of these areas, with particularly strong programs in leukemia, experimental therapeutics, hemostasis and thrombosis, brain tumors and stem cell transplantation.

Key leaders

Cutting-edge facilities and resources

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders among the best programs in the nation, in part thanks to its state-of-the-art facility. Our Center occupies an entire floor of our hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus and hosts a dedicated hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant inpatient unit with an adjacent outpatient clinic and infusion center.

We are supported by excellent radiology and pathology services and we can access support from all our pediatric subspecialties, as well as resources at neighboring University of Colorado Hospital when needed. With a dedicated lead-lined room, we're one of the few centers in the country that can offer metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) treatment to our neuroblastoma patients. We're also an FDA-designated Center of Excellence, which allows us to offer clinical trials and experimental therapeutics that are only available at a handful of institutions.

Our Center participates in every major pediatric cooperative group for cancer and blood disorders, including:

Flexibility and extended support

Our accredited Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Training Program lasts for 36 months, at which point fellows graduate and become board-eligible. For fellows interested in pursuing their research beyond that three-year period, we offer an option for an additional one to two years in our pediatric hematology oncology research fellowship. Some fellows choose this option to allow time to successfully obtain grant support as they develop into independent investigators.

Upon completion of the 36 month ACGME-accredited pediatric hematology oncology fellowship, we also offer one-year specialized fellowship opportunities available in bone marrow transplantation, neuro-oncology, non-malignant hematology, experimental therapeutics and transfusion medicine. These opportunities allow trainees to gain additional experience and expertise in a specific area of our subspecialty.

Symposia, conferences and visiting professorships

Brent Eley Visiting Professor in pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant

The Brent Eley Foundation, in collaboration with the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Colorado, hosts an annual guest speaker to address our medical community on developments in pediatric cancer research and treatments. The Brent Eley Visiting Professor lectures at both the UCHealth Cancer Center and Children's Colorado.

Taru Hays Hematology Symposium

The Hays Hematology Symposium was started by the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Colorado to honor the clinical work of Dr. Taru Hays, a faculty member and pillar of general hematology in the Rocky Mountain region. Since the inception of the Hays Symposium in 2016, guests have included Donna DiMichele, Michael Jordan, Patrick Leavey, Neal Young and Tom Coates. The guests provide an expert lecture in their field, present at pediatric grand rounds at Children's Colorado and meet with fellows to discuss career development and career mentorship. In keeping with Dr. Hays' strong dedication to providers in and around the region, Children's Colorado staff and community providers from three states are included in the invitation and activities of the day.

Aspen Annual Research Retreat and William Hathaway Visiting Professorship

The William Hathaway Visiting Professor is the guest speaker at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Annual Research Retreat in Aspen. The goal of the retreat is to focus on career development of fellows and junior faculty. The Hathaway Visiting Professor opens the retreat with a keynote talk on his or her area of expertise to provide an example of success in their field. After that, the fellows and junior faculty present their research and plans, with sufficient time after each talk for discussion and feedback. The retreat provides group activities to encourage informal interactions and discussions, and dedicated time for fellows to spend with the Hathaway Visiting Professor to gain career and scientific guidance.

Spring Research Symposium

Our annual Spring Research Symposium gives fellows regular feedback on their progress and goals. Each fellow presents an update of their research project. Following their presentations, research and clinical faculty provide feedback to assist with the future direction of their projects. This venue provides a great opportunity for fellows to practice their presentation skills in a friendly setting and for members of the section to hear about research going on within our program.

Denver and the Rocky Mountains

Children's Colorado at Anschutz Medical Campus is located in Aurora, just nine miles east of downtown Denver and only a mile south of I-70, which provides access to all the Rocky Mountains have to offer.

Colorado is well known for its natural beauty, world-class hiking, biking, rock-climbing and skiing. Mountain life is just a short drive away for fellows on the Anschutz Medical Campus, allowing you to enjoy a weekend on the slopes or a day trip to your favorite hiking trail. Denver is a vibrant city with a thriving downtown, leading museums, a beautiful performing arts complex and great restaurants, night life and professional sports teams.

Contact the Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program

Phone: 720-777-1002

Fax: 720-777-7279

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