Program Overview

The UPMC Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program provides advanced clinical and laboratory training under the supervision of specialists. Our curriculum involves 18 months of clinical rotations and 18 months of research training.

Fellowship trainees will participate in all three years of training for combined board certification, which allows our graduates to be ABIM-eligible for hematology and medical oncology.


The mission of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is to train future leaders in hematology/oncology through a curriculum that includes a diverse clinical experience, a depth of research opportunities, and individualized career mentorship. We encourage fellows to pursue their passions in hematology/oncology and aim to provide the resources for them to achieve their goals. Our program strives to shape fellows as future physician scientists, medical educators, and clinical leaders.


The curriculum of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program entails 18 months of clinical training and 18 months of research training. An additional one or two years of research training is available for qualified trainees aspiring to academic careers.

In addition, for fellows who are interested in an academic career in hematology, we offer a focused Hematology Track. This includes focused mentorship from benign hematology faculty, research opportunities through the Vascular Medicine Institute (VMI) or Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania, focused electives in benign hematology, and opportunity to be on a VMI T32 training grant. Fellows who complete this track will complete only the required oncology rotations, allowing them to be eligible for oncology and hematology boards.

Clinical Training for Hematology/Oncology Fellows

The clinical training program provides the fellows with intensive inpatient and outpatient experiences under faculty supervision. The curriculum provides a diverse experience including solid tumor oncology, malignant hematology, and benign hematology rotations, with an effective balance between inpatient and outpatient rotations.

Inpatient Rotations

  • Medical Oncology and Hematology Inpatient Service
  • Leukemia Service
  • Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Service
  • Hematology Consult Service
  • Medical Oncology Consult Service
  • VA Pittsburgh Hematology/Oncology Consult Service

Outpatient Rotations

Outpatient training for the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program revolves around multidisciplinary disease centers and other focused experiences, which include:

  • Neuro-oncology
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Hematopathology
  • Clinical coagulation
  • Transfusion medicine
  • Breast cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Genitourinary cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Lung and thoracic malignancies
  • Melanoma/sarcoma
  • Malignant hematology
  • Benign hematology
  • Stem cell transplant
  • Clinical partners elective
  • Community practice elective

Continuity Clinics

Fellows participate in longitudinal outpatient clinic experiences in six-month blocks during all three years of fellowship with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center faculty. Additionally, second- and third-year fellows have a continuity clinic at the VA Pittsburgh, where they manage their own cohort of patients longitudinally under the supervision of faculty members at the VA.