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Message from the Director

Martha Arellano, MDMartha L Arellano, MD

Welcome to Emory University’s Hematology Oncology Fellowship program!  We offer a three year combined ACGME-accredited program in Hematology and Medical Oncology.  Our mission is to train the next generation of academic hematologists and oncologists.  To that end, a unique aspect of our program is the availability of an 18-month block of protected research time during which fellows can develop the foundation for a successful academic career.  The Winship Cancer Institute has a top-notch faculty with extensive academic prowess in all areas of oncologic science, with a strong focus on translational research, allowing our fellows research experiences not available in other institutions.  Additionally, our fellows have the opportunity to interact with faculty from other diverse research backgrounds, both throughout the Emory campus as well as at state-wide academic facilities, including the Center for Disease Control and the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Given the patient demographics at our clinical facilities, our fellows have the opportunity to take part in disparity research.

From a clinical perspective we offer unique exposure to an extremely diverse patient population throughout Emory University and its affiliates, namely Grady Memorial Hospital and Atlanta Veterans Administration Hospital.  Throughout their clinical rotations, our fellows see a diverse spectrum of hematologic and oncologic conditions.  Our fellows rotate through disease-specific continuity clinics staffed by national experts at Grady Memorial Hospital.  We have the largest bone marrow transplantation unit in Georgia, which allows exposure to both autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplants, including matched unrelated donor transplantation.  Atlanta Veterans Administration hospital is the largest and busiest Veterans Administration facility in Georgia and is staffed by faculty who are experts in hematology and medical oncology.  The Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program at the Winship Cancer Institute is the oldest and largest in Georgia and participates in national, international, and institutional clinical trials which assure fellows that they will have access to the latest knowledge in stem cell biology and transplant immunology.  The National Sickle Cell Center is based at Grady Memorial Hospital offering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week care for patients with sickle cell disease, allowing the fellows a unique exposure to patients with this condition.

From an educational perspective, fellows have a comprehensive mix of didactic and one-on-one teaching, including journal clubs, grand rounds and case presentations, as well as the opportunity to attend a national meeting on an annual basis.

In summary, our Hematology Oncology Fellowship program offers a unique blend of clinical training, with exposure to a diverse patient population, education and research.  Our goal is to continue developing outstanding academic physicians who will contribute significantly to the fields of Hematology and Medical Oncology.


Martha L Arellano, MD