Current Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation Fellows
Dr. Jeremy Allred
Dr. Jeremy Allred completed his MD with Honors in Research from the Medical College of Wisconsin. During residency, Dr. Allred was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship exploring transcriptional regulation of hematopoietic stem cells and malignant transformation. He completed Internal Medicine residency as a part of the Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Minnesota and will be pursuing a career in as an academic physician-scientist with a focus on novel immunotherapies for hematalogic malignancies. Dr. Allred joined the University of Minnesota Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation fellowship program in July, 2017.
Dr. Kate Baxstrom
Dr. Kate Baxstrom received her MD from Wright State University in Dayton, OH where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota. During residency, Dr. Baxstrom did research in survivorship care, specifically studying the impact of survivorship clinic consultation on breast cancer screening in Hodgkin Lymphoma survivors. As a hematology/oncology fellow, her interest is in survivorship care and quality improvement. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, yoga and traveling. Dr. Baxstrom joined the University of Minnesota Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation in July, 2016.
Dr. Michael Blazar
Dr. Michael Blazar received his MD with Distinction in Research from Albany Medical College in 2013. He received the Kenneth B Olson Prize for the student with the best potential for a career in clinical oncology. He was accepted into the Physician-Scientist pathway for residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota. During his residency, he received the Internal Medicine Resident Accomplishment Award for continuous strides and improvements. Dr. Blazar is interested in solid tumor oncology. He entered the Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the University of Minnesota in July 2016.
Dr. Se young Han
Dr. Se young Han received his MD from Kyunghee University College of Medicine, South Korea in 2002. He did his internal medicine residency at Presence Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston, Illinois in 2010. He worked as an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University for 3 years, then continued his career as a BMT hospitalist at Washington University in St. Louis for 4 years. During this period, he was involved in multiple clinical researches mainly in hematologic malignancies and their transplant outcomes. His interests are lymphomas, acute leukemia, and immunotherapies in various hematologic malignancies. Dr. Han joined the Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation fellowship program at the University of Minnesota in July 2017.
Dr. Fiona He
Dr. Fiona He received her MD from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire in 2012. She performed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. During residency, she conducted research on donor lymphocyte infusions and the role of epidermal growth factor with GVHD after transplantation which led to her interest in hematologic malignancies and transplantation. She joined the fellowship program in Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation at the University of Minnesota in July 2015.
Dr. Amit Kulkarni
Dr. Amit Kulkarni received her MD from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India in 2009. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to residency, Dr. Kulkarni was a research fellow at Mayo Clinic, Rochester where he worked on genetics of Chemotherapy induced peripheral Neuropathy and genomics of small intestinal neuroendocrine tumors. Dr. Kulkarni joined the University of Minnesota Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation in July, 2017.
Dr. Elizabeth Levin
Dr. Elizabeth Levin went to medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During residency she did research studying disparities in cancer care. Her interest is geriatric oncology. Dr. Levin joined the University of Minnesota Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation program in July 2016.
Dr. Aimee Merino
Dr. Aimee Merino completed her MD and PhD in the MSTP at University of Alabama Birmingham. Her thesis work was in natural killer cell receptors and their HLA ligands in HIV-1 infection and transmission. She has done both epidemiologic and bench research in infectious disease and immunology. She completed her internal medicine residency in the Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Minnesota. During residency she piloted a project using a video decision tool to aid hospitalized patients in understanding and choosing their code status. Her ongoing research interest is in adoptive transfer of natural killer cells to treat malignancy. Outside of work, her interests include spending time with her two children, riding horses, and advocating for environmental stewardship.
Dr. Dan Pease
Dr. Dan Pease received his MD from Creighton University School of Medicine, graduating Cum Laude in 2011. He then completed Internal Medicine residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center, followed by a year as Chief Resident. Research activity during residency included several projects on myelodysplastic syndromes, and he plans to continue a focus in hematologic malignancies. Dr. Pease joined the Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation fellowship program in July 2015.
Dr. Natallia Suvorava
Dr. Natallia Suvorava earned her undergraduate and medical degrees with honors at the Gomel State Medical University in Belarus. She practiced Internal medicine for several years before coming to the USA. She completed her residency training at the Texas Tech Health Science Center in Lubbock Texas. Dr. Suvorava has coauthored many scientific abstracts and peer-reviewed publications. She is interested in breast cancer and immunotherapy.
Dr. Sean I. Tracy
Dr. Sean I. Tracy received his MD/PhD from Tufts University, where his dissertation focused on interactions between the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and host B-cells. Following this, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. During residency, he was involved in several research projects focused on survival outcomes among patients with lymphoma. His interests are in malignant hematology and bone marrow transplantation. Dr. Tracy joined the Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation Fellowship program in July 2017.
Dr. Jayanthi Vijayakumar
Dr. Jayanthi Vijayakumar received her MBBS from Coimbatore Medical College, India in 2008. She did her residency in Internal Medicine at University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. During her residency, Dr. Vijayakumar was involved in several different research projects such as long term incidence of infections in bone marrow transplant recipients and role of metformin in the treatment of malignant melanoma.
Prior to starting her residency, Dr. Vijayakumar, pursued a Masters degree in Clinical and Translational Sciences from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, which was awarded in 2014. As part of her Masters program she worked on research examining the efficacy of various therapies for smoldering multiple myeloma. Dr. Vijayakumar joined the Fellowship program at the University of Minnesota in July 2015.
Dr. Hyun Don Yun
Dr. Hyun Don Yun received his MD from Pusan National University College of Medicine in 2005. He has completed his residency training in internal medicine at Harbor Hospital Center, Baltimore, Maryland in 2012. He worked as a hospitalist and Instructor of Medicine at Emory University for about a year and then he worked in the outpatient clinic at Emory Clinic. While working as an internist, he was actively involved in clinical and translational research in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. He is especially interested in tumor immunology and cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Yun joined the University of Minnesota Fellowship in Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation in July 2015.
Dr. Winston Woan
Dr. Karrune (Winston) Woan completed the MD-PhD program at the University of Florida in 2014. He completed his thesis work at Moffitt Cancer Center where he studied the role of HDACs in tumor and T-cell immunobiology in the context of immune tolerance under the mentorship of Dr. Eduardo Sotomayor. He was then accepted into the Physician-Scientist Training Pathway at the University of Minnesota in 2014. Dr. Woan has research interests in basic and translational tumor immunology. He joined the Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation fellowship program at the University of Minnesota in July 2016.
Dr. Shijia Zhang
Dr. Shijia Zhang received his MD from Tongji University School of Medicine, China. He earned his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Tulane University School of Medicine, where he studied the immunomodulatory properties of bone marrow- and adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Dr. Zhang completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. During residency, he presented posters at both ASH and ASCO. Dr. Zhang joined the Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation fellowship program in July 2017.