Fellowship in Hematology & Oncology at Staten Island University Hospital

Fellowship in Hematology & Oncology at Staten Island University Hospital

About the program

The Hematology/Oncology division at Staten Island University Hospital offers two first year positions for our three year fellowship program. The goal of our program is to train outstanding specialists in the fields of Hematology and Oncology, who at the end of three years will demonstrate proficiency in the six competencies as they relate to Hematology and Oncology.

Our fellows have the opportunity to receive strong clinical training with exposure to a large variety of patients with a wide spectrum of diseases. The clinical experience provides a balance between inpatient and outpatient care. The outpatient area is located at the Nalitt Institute for Cancer and Blood Related Diseases at Staten Island University Hospital, which is the largest cancer treatment center in the borough.

The fellows rotate through the various subspecialties such as radiation oncology, transfusion medicine, palliative care, pathology, radiology, breast health and surgery. These rotations are offered at Staten Island University Hospital, except transplantation, which is offered at North Shore University Hospital.

There is an extensive schedule of conferences including both general and specialized tumor boards, chart reviews, didactic lectures, subspecialty board reviews and grand rounds. These conferences ensure that our fellows learn the multidisciplinary approach towards cancer care.

The fellows receive a diverse learning experience. Our fellows' in-service exam scores have consistently been excellent. Fellows actively participate in clinical research with a special focus in the third year when they have protected time to formulate and complete primary research assignments.

Inpatient Clinical Rotations

  • Consults
  • Direct patient care

​Outpatient Clinical Rotations

  • Stem Cell Transplant, North Shore University Hospital
  • Transfusion Medicine

Curriculum / Conferences

  • Core Clinical Conferences
  • Tumor Board
  • Chart Review
  • Histology/Pathology Slide Review Conference
  • Journal Club
  • Board Review


The Staten Island community has some of the highest cancer rates in New York City. Cancer Services located at Staten Island University Hospital's North Campus, treats patients who come for approximately 30,000 visits each year. Our team of board certified physicians with the help of experienced oncology nurses, physician assistants and ancillary staff, provides highly personalized care for a full range of cancers and blood disorders.

Application process

Please contact the fellowship program coordinator, Patricia Callahan, for information about the application.

Current fellows

1st year fellows
Jean Paul Atallah
Abhirami Vivekanandarajah

2nd year fellows
Muhammad Popalzai
Kavitha Paramanathan

3rd year fellows
Nelly Aoun Homam Alkaied

Our faculty

Frank John Forte, MD

Terenig Terjanian, MD

  • Director of Service - Director of Hematology/Oncology of Medicine - Hematology-Oncology, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Marcel Odaimi, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Get in touch with us!

Applicants invited for interview will be notified by email. For additional information on how to apply contact Patricia Callahan.

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