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Department of Pediatrics

Hematology-Oncology Fellowship

Mission Statement

The mission of our three-year ACGME accredited fellowship is to encourage and train the next leaders in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology. The fellowship program provides both clinical and research training, individualized to the goals and experiences of each trainee.


Our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program offers participants an opportunity to be part of a unique, world-class research and care environment. Seattle Children’s Hospital, the University of Washington Medical Center, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are each world leaders – among the finest research and patient care institutions in the world. The combination of these three results in an unbeatable training experience.

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Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program 


First Year

The first year of our program is primarily focused on clinical training and development of teaching skills. Fellows witness and participate in the conduct of a wide spectrum of clinical and translational research during their clinical rotations and are provided with an introduction to laboratory and clinical outcomes research conducted at Seattle Children's Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington.

Second and Third Years

During the second and third years, training is focused primarily on the acquisition of research skills. Each fellow participates in a scholarly project with research training available in laboratory based, translational, clinical and epidemiologic arenas.

For more information, please visit the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program website.

Core Training Sites

Seattle Children's Hospital & Sand Point Clinic

Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children's Hospital is both a community hospital for greater Seattle and the pediatric referral center for the Northwest providing excellent pediatric care to meet the medical, surgical and developmental needs of children in the WWAMI region. Serving as the main clinical training site for pediatric residents, this 420-bed hospital is conveniently located one and one-half miles from the University of Washington campus in an attractive, residential neighborhood of Seattle. The staff consists of University faculty and Seattle Children's full-time physicians.

Other sites include Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Harborview Medical Center, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the University of Washington Medical Center.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is one of the world's premiere research institutions, home to three Nobel Laureates (including Dr. Donnall Thomas, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1990 for his contributions to the field of bone marrow transplantation) and many other global leaders in life sciences research. The Center receives more research funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other public or private research institution in the world. The Hutchinson Center, together with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington, Seattle Children's and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), comprise the Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium. The Consortium is among 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide. More than 2,760 people work for the Hutchinson Center, including nearly 200 scientific faculty and more than 550 pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and other scientific staff.

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA)

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a world-class cancer care consortium comprised of medical care professionals from Seattle Children's Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington. The SCCA inpatient pediatric service is located at Seattle Children's Hospital and includes our inpatient hematopoietic stem cell transplant service and our general oncology/hematology service. Outpatient pediatric transplant patients are treated at the SCCA clinic located adjacent to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus. We diagnose about 230 pediatric patients with oncologic disorders annually. Last year, the SCCA had the highest one-year survival rates for hematopoietic stem cell transplants of any treatment center in the country.

UW Medical Center - Montlake (UWMC)

University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC)

UWMC was ranked among the nation's top ten best general hospitals in recent U.S. News & World Report survey. Patients referred from UW Medicine sites and practitioners from WWAMI regional medical education program, a partnership between the UW School of Medicine and states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho that provides medical education for the five-state region.

Every day, more than 5,500 dedicated and compassionate UW Medical Center - Montlake team members bring passion and commitment to the care of our patients and their families.

As the No. 1 hospital in Seattle and Washington State since 2012 (U.S. News & World Report), UW Medical Center - Montlake is one of the world's foremost academic health centers, delivering exceptional, multidisciplinary care to a vast array of patients who come to us from across the globe.

From first of their kind, life-saving surgical procedures to routine adult, maternal and newborn medicine, we're training the next generation of medical professionals. By using the latest advances in medical technology and patient- and family-centered care, we're building a better future for our community.

At UW Medical Center - Montlake, our care is powered by research and informed by education.

Fellowship Director

Julie Rivers, MD, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Associate Program Director

Brandon K. Hadland, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Co-Interim Division Chief

K. Scott Baker, MD, MS

Professor Co-Interim Division Chief Pediatric Transplant Medical Director

Co-Interim Division Chief

Todd Cooper, DO

Professor Co-Interim Division Chief

Fellows and Alumni

Current Fellows

  • Emily Merkel, MD
  • Katherine Spencer, MD
  • Samatha Scanlon, MD
  • Danielle Kirkey, MD
  • Kristine Karvonen, MD
  • Tim Ohlsen, MD
  • Julie Boiko, MD, PhD
  • Shireen Ganapathi, MD
  • Brittany Lee, MD 


Anurekha Gollapudi Hall, MD
Rula Green Gladden, MD
Natalie, Wu, MD


Molly Taylor, MD
Cassie Chou, MD PhD
Erin Crotty, MD


Angela Steineck, MD
Jay Sarthy, MD
Meera Srikanthan, MD


Allison Kaeding, MD
Tyler Ketterl, MD
Jamie Stokke, MD


Raghav Chawla, MD PhD
Wayne Liang, MD MS
Julie Rivers, MD


Maya Hughes, MD
Christopher Lux, MD PhD
Agne Taraseviciute, MD PhD


Melisa Ruiz-Gutierrez, MD PhD
Angela Scott, MD
Corinne Summers, MD


John Carter, MD PhD
Katherine Tarlock, MD
Urmila Uparkar, MD


Cori Abikoff, MD
Heather Helton, MD


Brandon Hadland, MD, PhD
Ronald Cheung, MD, PhD
Abby Rosenberg, MD MS


Ann Dahlberg, MD
Matthew Kutny, MD
Suzanne McGoldrick, MD


Abraham Fong, MD, PhD
Rabi Hanna, MD


Rebecca Gardner, MD
Phoenix Ho, MD
Trisha Wong, MD


Scott Borinstein, MD, PhD
Scott Diede, MD, PhD
Elisabeth Villavicencio MD PhD


Eric Chow, MD, MPH
Tracy Hentz, MD
Monica Thakar, MD


Jacob Garcia, MD
Jessica Pollard, MD


Tina Albertson, MD PhD
Marie Bleakley, MD
Mari Dallas, MD


Lauri Burroughs, MD
Sue Spiller, MD

How to Apply

Applications for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship program commencing July 7, 2022 must be made through ERAS.

We require a minimum of three letters of recommendation with one to come from your residency program director and request that your personal statement be one page in length and describe your career goals. Applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Please be sure all requested materials are part of your ERAS file at the time you submit your application to ERAS so the reviewers will have access to complete information about you.


Prerequisites/post-medical school requirements: Applicants must be in or have completed a three-year pediatric residency and must have passed USMLE Steps 1 and 2. Fellows who match to our program must complete a three year residency, must obtain a Washington state medical license and DEA certificate, must have passed USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3, and must provide health/immunization documentation prior to starting their fellowship.

Interview Process

    In 2021 our interview dates will be:
        Friday, September 10, 17 and 24
        Friday, October 15, 22 and 29
    All interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom
    Interview days will start at 8:00 am, and end no later than 3 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
    There will be several informal virtual gatherings with current fellowship available.

Please submit questions to Susan Sivesind.


Fellowship Program Manager

Susan Sivesind, BS

Fellowship Program Manager