Hematology-Oncology Fellowship

Core Faculty

Erin Alesi, MDErin Alesi, MD
Program Director, Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Medicine
erin.alesi@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Residency Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Hospice & Palliative Medicine and Hematology-Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Palliative Medicine; Head and Neck Neoplasms

Uzma Athar, MBBSUzma Athar, MBBS
Associate Program Director, Hematology Oncology Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Medicine
uzma.athar2@va.gov

Medical School Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Residency Internal Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Special Interest Head and Neck Cancer

J. Christian Barrett., MD
Program Director, Hematolgoy/Oncology Fellowship
Medical Director, Central Virginia Center for Coagulation Disorders
Associate Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Internal Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
john.barrett@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Residency Internal Medicine at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Special Interest Thrombosis and Hemostasis; Benign and Malignant Hematology


Dr. Sherman Baker Sherman Baker Jr., MD
Medical Director, Dalton Oncology Clinic & Stony Point Clinic, Massey Cancer Center
Associate Professor of Medicine
sherman.baker@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Residency Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Lung Neoplasms

Sosipatros Boikos, MD,
Assistant Professor of Medicine
sosipatros.boikos@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University of Crete, Gallos, Greece
Residency Montefiore Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
Fellowship

John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Special Interest Sarcomas, Neuroendocrine Cancer, Rare Tumors, Adrenal and Thyroid Cancers

Dr. Vikrant BrarVikrant (Shekhu) Brar, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medical School Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Residency Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Hematology and Oncology; Community Outreach

Harold Chung, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
harold.chung@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Residency Internal Medicine at University of Iowa
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Palliative Care Education Program at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Special Interest Bone Marrow Transplantation

William Bennett Clark, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
william.clark@vcuhealth.org


Medical School Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Residency Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Special Interest Bone Marrow Transplantation

Fellows' Perspectives on the Program

"The program has great faculty with a wide range of expertise and a constructive learning environment with plenty of autonomy balanced with the right amount of supervision."

Erin Alesi, MD

Emmanuel  N. Dessypris, MDEmmanuel N. Dessypris, MD Professor of Medicine
McGuire VA Medical Center
emmanuel.dessypris@va.gov

 

Medical School Athens University, Athens, Greece
Residency Internal Medicine at Athens University School of Medicine, Athens, Greece, and;
Internal Medicine at Yale University, New Haven, CT
Fellowship

Hematology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
NIH Research Hematology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Special Interest Benign Hematology

Charles E. Geyer Jr., MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine
charles.geyerjr@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX
Residency Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX,

Chief Medical Resident at Houston Veterans Administration Medical Center, Houston, TX
Fellowship Medical Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX
Special Interest Breast Cancer

Dr. Gordon GinderGordon Ginder, MD
Director, Massey Cancer Center
Lipman Chair in Oncology
Professor of Medicine
gordon.ginder@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Residency University Hospitals of Cleveland Case-Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Fellowship Research Associated Fellow, Hematology/Oncology at Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NIH, NIAMDD University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Special Interest Hematologic Malignancies; Gene regulation during normal and abnormal cell differentiation; role and mechanism of DNA methylation in transcriptional silencing and targeting in cancer and blood diseases.

Dr. Sarah GordonSarah Gordon, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
sarah.gordon@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Residency Internal Medicine, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Chief Resident: Internal Medicine, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Lung Neoplasms; Phase I/II Clinical Trail Investigation

Steven Grant, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Director of Translational Research, Massey Cancer Center
Shirley Carter and Sture Gordon Olsson Professor of Oncology
steven.grant@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Residency Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY and Yale University, New Haven, CT
Special Interest Hematologic Malignancies; Developmental Therapeutics

Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD
Deputy Director, Massey Cancer Center
Dianne Nunnally Hoppes Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, VCU Massey Cancer Center
Chair, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care
Professor of Medicine
steven.grossman@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
PhD Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Residency Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Fellowship Postdoctoral Fellowship, Laboratory of Elliott Kieff, Harvard University Medical School, Boston, MA

Fellowship, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Laboratory of David Livingston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Special Interest Gastrointestinal Cancers

Mary Helen Hackney, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Divisional director, Quality Improvement
mary.hackney@vcuhealth.org

Medical School East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine at Greenville, NC
Residency Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Breast Cancer prevention and treatment; Quality & Safety

Beata Holkova, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
beata.holkova@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Universitatis Comenianae Bratislavensis Facultas Medica Martinensis, Martin, Slovakia
Residency Emergency Medicine at Ruzinov Hospital, Bratislava, Slovakia;
Internal Medicine at Ruzinov Hospital, Bratislava, Slovakia; and
Internal Medicine at The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
Fellowship Hematology Fellow at NIH/NHLBI, Bethesda, MD

Oncology Fellow  at NIH/NHLBI, Bethesda, MD

Special Interest Hematologic Malignancies (Plasma Cell Neoplasms and Amyloid); Developmental Therapeutics; Phase I/II Clinical Trial Investigation

Geoffrey W. Krystal, MD, PhDGeoffrey W. Krystal, MD, PhD
Chair, Division of Hematology/Oncology, VAMC
Professor of Medicine
geoffrey.krystal@va.gov


Doctoral Program Cellular Developmental Biology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY
Medical School University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Residency Internal Medicine at Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Bronx, NY
Fellowship Medical Oncology at National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
Special Interest Lung Neoplasms; Molecular regulation of small cell lung cancer growth and targeted therapeutics of small cell lung cancer

Hui Lin, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
hui.lin2@va.gov



Medical School Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, China
Residency East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, NC
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Hematologic Malignancies, Clinical Trial

Rosemarie Mannino, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
rosemarie.mannino@va.gov



Medical School State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
Residency Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Principal investigator in clinical trials at the VA

Fellows' Perspectives on the Program

“We have a dedicated program director and cancer center leadership that cares about fellows’ educational career.”

Haeseong Park, MD

Khalid Matin, MD, FACP
Medical Director, Community Oncology and Cancer Affiliations
Associate Professor
khalid.matin@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency Internal Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Special Interest GI tumors, specifically Colorectal Cancer Research, clinical research in the community

Dr. John McCartyJohn McCarty, MD
Director, Bone Marrow Transplant Program
Professor of Medicine
john.mccarty@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Residency Internal Medicine, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA,  and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Special Interest Bone Marrow Transplantation; Molecular and physiologic regulation and pathophysiology of megakaryocyte and platelet production; genomic and epigenetic mechanisms of normal and malignant hematopoiesis; translational molecular investigations of disease markers, minimal residual disease and molecular determination of response to therapy.

Dr. William McGuireWilliam McGuire, MD
Director, Phase I Solid Tumor Program
Professor of Medicine
william.mcguire@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Residency Internal Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
Fellowship Oncology, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD
Special Interest Gynecologic Neoplasms

Dr. Bonny MooreBonny Moore, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
bonny.moore@va.gov

Medical School Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Residency Internal Medicine, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA
Chief Medical Resident, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA
Fellowship Hematology and Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest malignant hematology, prostate cancer, breast cancer

Dr. Jennifer MyersJennifer Myers, MD
Assistant Professor
jennifer.myers@vcuhealth.org




Medical School Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Residency Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Gastrontestinal Cancers

Dr. Bhaumik PatelBhaumik Patel, MD
Attending Physician
bhaumik.patel@va.gov


Medical School B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, India
Residency Internal Medicine at Shardaben Hospital, Ahmedabad, India, and;
Internal Medicine at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology, Wayne State University, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI
Special Interest The role of growth factor receptor pathways in regulation of gastronintestinal cancer stem cell growth; chemoprevention strategies targeting cancer stem cells.

Dr. Shejal PatelShejal Patel, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
shejal.patel@vcuhealth.org


Medical School Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA
Residency Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, and;
Hematology/Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Benign and Malignant Hematology

Dr. Asit PaulAsit Paul, MBBS, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
asit.paul@vcuhealth.org



PhD Biomedical Imaging, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan
Medical School MBBS, Dhaka Medical College, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Residency Internal Medicine at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology>, University of California, San Diego, CA
Special Interest Genitourinary Neoplasms; Cancer Imaging

Dr. E. Brent PerkinsE. Brent Perkins, MD, PhD
Medical Director, In-Patient Oncology
Assistant Professor
edward.perkins@vcuhealth.org

Medical School / PhD MD/PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College, Richmond, VA
Residency Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Hematologic Malignancies

Dr. Andrew PoklepovicAndrew Poklepovic, MD
Assistant Professor
andrew.poklepovic@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL
Residency Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; and,
Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Melanoma, Sarcoma, and rare cancers; Developmental Therapeutics; Phase I/II Clinical Trial Investigation

Dr. Danielle ShaferDanielle Shafer, DO
Assistant Clinical Professor
danielle.shafer@vcuhealth.org


Medical School Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, IL
Residency Internal Medicine, Loyola University, Maywood, IL
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
Special Interest Lymphoma; Phase I/II Clinical Trial Investigation

Dr. Gary SimmonsGary Simmons, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
gary.simmons@vcuhealth.org


Medical School The College of Osteopathic Medicine at University of New England, Biddeford, ME
Residency Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology (Chief fellow), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Bone Marrow Transplantation

Dr. Amir ToorAmir Toor, MD
Associate Professor
amir.toor@vcuhealth.org

Medical School King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan
Residency Internal Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics, Minneapolis, MN
Special Interest Bone Marrow Transplantation; Myeloma; Adaptive immunotherapy as a therapeutic modality

Dr. Hetal  VachhaniHetal Vachhani, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
hetal.vachhani@vcuhealth.org

Medical School BJ Medical College Gujurat, Ahmedabad, India
Residency Internal Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Special Interest Breast Neoplasms

Dr. Victor YazbeckVictor Yazbeck, M.D.
Assistant Professor
victor.yazbeck@vcuhealth.org


Medical School Saint-Joseph University, Beruit, Lebanon
Residency SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracrue, NY
Fellowship

Hematology/Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

Post-Doctoral Fellowship; Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Special Interest Experimental theraputics, lymphoid malignancies

Additional Faculty

Dr. Mark G. MalkinMark G. Malkin, M.D.
Professor, Neurology
The William G. Reynolds Jr. Chair in Neuro-oncology
mark.malkin@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Residency Medicine - Sunnybrook Medical Center, Toronto, Ontario
Fellowship

Neurology - University of Toronto Neurology Training Program, Toronto , Ontario

Neuro-oncology - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

Special Interest Primary brain tumors, cancer metastatic to the nervous system, neurologic complications of cancer therapy and neurologic paraneoplastic syndromes.

Dr. Gary SimmonsZhi-Jian Chen, M.D., Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Zhi-Jian.Chen@vcuhealth.org


Medical School Second Military Medical School, Shanghi, China
Residency Neurology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Neuro-Oncology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Special Interest Neuro-Oncology