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Hematology / Oncology Faculty

The Hematology/Oncology Unit physicians are active in patient care, teaching and research. Physicians provide inpatient care and consultations for hospitalized patients with hematologic and oncologic illness. The Hematology / Oncology unit provides outpatient consultation and follow-up for patients with a wide range of cancer and blood disorders.  The unit also provides supervision of the Hemophilia Center, Hemochromatosis Center and Anticoagulation Therapy Unit at Rochester General Hospital.

Two types of rotations are offered by the unit for senior medical residents:

(1) Hematology Rotation.  Medical residents on the Hematology rotation share the in-patient and out-patient consultations and follow-up visits with fourth year students when they are on the service.  Residents on the hematology rotation have the opportunity to see some of the solid tumor medical oncology patients in the office if they desire that experience.  Residents are actively involved in the team's approach to diagnosis and management of hematologic illness.  Residents learn through case-based discussions, guided reading and scheduled conferences.  The recognition and management of hematologic illness by the primary care clinician is emphasized.  The residents will learn to interpret peripheral blood smears and will learn the approach to common hematologic problems and the indications for specialized hematologic diagnostic testing.  This rotation is available to one or two residents at a time. 

(2) Medical Oncology Rotation. Medical residents on the Medical Oncology rotation will spend most of their time seeing inpatient and office consultations with the faculty that care for patients with solid tumors. Residents on the oncology rotation have the opportunity to see some of the Hematology patients in the office if they desire that experience.  Residents are actively involved in the team's approach to diagnosis and management of oncologic illness.  Residents learn through case-based discussions, guided reading and scheduled conferences. This rotation is available to one or two residents at a time.

Faculty members provide medical directorship and patient care  for the The Lipson Cancer and Blood Center as well as the Mary M Gooley Hemophilia Inc., the designated comprehensive hemophilia center for the region. The Center recieves federal funding for clinical services and research. In addition, an affiliation with Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) facilitates participation in investigator-initiated, pharmaceutical and cooperative group clinical trials. RPCI Hematology/Medical Oncology fellows rotate with the group and faculty members have adjunct faculty appointments at RPCI.

Faculty

Pradyumna D Phatak, MD; Section Chief
  • Medical School: Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
  • Residency: St. Mary's Hospital, Internal Medicine Residency, Rochester, NY
  • Fellowships: Hematology/Oncology, University of Rochester
Dr. Phatak - Chief of Medical Oncology

Peter Bushunow, MD

  • Medical School: Washington University, St Louis
  • Residency: SUNY Health Sciences Center, Syracuse
  • Fellowships: Combined Hematology/Oncology, SUNY Health Sciences Center, Syracuse
Peter Bushunow

Peter A. Kouides, MD

  • Medical School: SUNY Syracuse
  • Residency: Tufts University Medial School
  • Fellowships: Hematology, University of Rochester Oncology, University of Rochester 
     Bone Marrow Transplant, University of Rochester
Peter Kouides

Saad Jamshed, MD

  • Medical School: University of Karachi, Dow Medical College, Pakistan
  • Intern & Residency: Internal Medicine, Rochester General Hospital; Affiliate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
  • Fellowship: Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
 Dr. Saad Jamshed - Hematologist / Oncologist

Zachary Kramer, MD

  • Medical School: Albany Medical College
  • Residency: : University of Virginia Internal Medicine Residency
  •  Fellowship: Medical Oncology, University of Rochester Hematology, University of Rochester
Zachary Kramer

Mehul Patel, MD

  • Medical School: Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India
  • Residency: McLaren Regional Medical Center/Michigan State University, Flint, Michigan
  • Fellowship: Roswell Park Cancer Institute / SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
 Dr. Mehul Patel - Hematologist / Oncologist
Maria Sbenghe, MD
  • Medical School: Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania 
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn NY; Dermatology, Colentina Hospital, Bucharest, Romania 
  • Fellowship: Hematology/Medical Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Maria Sbenghe - Hematologist/Oncologist

Ronald L. Sham, MD

  • Medical School: Penn State University College of Medicine
  • Residency: : University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital
  •  Fellowship: Hematology, University of Rochester
Ronald Sham

Julia Smith, MD

  • Medical School: New York Medical College
  • Residency: Metropolitan Hospital/New York Medical College
  • Fellowships: Combined Hematology/Oncology, University of Rochester
Julia Smith

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