Current Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation Fellows

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Dr. Kate Baxstrom

Portrait of 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

Portrait of 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. Fiona He

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. Livia Hegerova

Livia Hegerova

Dr. Livia Hegerova received her M.D. from the University of Washington in 2011. She performed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester. During her medical training Dr. Hegerova was involved in several clinical research projects as part of the ASH Trainee Research Award. Dr. Hegerova joined the University of Minnesota Fellowship in Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation in July 2014.

 

Dr. Peter Hurley

Dr. Peter Hurley

Dr. Peter Hurley went to medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  During residency he did research studying hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in patients with systolic heart failure.  His interest is malignant hematology.  He joined the University of Minnesota Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation program in July 2014.

Dr. Florence Fikre Kotiso

Dr. Florence Fikre Kotiso

Dr. Florence Fikre Kotiso received his MD from Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine, Ethiopia. He did his internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  During his residency, Dr. Kotiso was involved in different research projects. He presented several posters in Hematology and Oncology. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor medical society during his residency.  After completion of his residency in 2012, he became a hospitalist in Southern California. During this time he also became involved in clinical research projects in Hematology/Oncology. He is interested in bone marrow transplantation and malignant hematology. Dr. Kotiso joined the Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation fellowship program at the University of Minnesota in July 2014.

Dr. Elizabeth Levin

Portrait of 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

Portrait of 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. Craig Mescher

Craig Mescher

Dr. Craig Mescher earned his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh.  He entered the Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation fellowship program at the University of Minnesota in 2014.

 

Dr. Drew Oostra

Dr. Drew Oostra

Dr. Drew Oostra received his MD from the Northeastern Ohio Medical University in 2010. He did his residency in Internal Medicine the The Ohio State University Medical Center. He then worked as a hospitalist at The Ohio State University Medical Center (while waiting for his wife to complete her pediatrics residency). Dr. Oostra is interested in solid tumor oncology. He entered the Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the University of Minnesota in July 2014.

Dr. Dan Pease

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. Nicole Randall

Dr. Nicole Randall

Dr. Nicole Randall received her MD from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2010. She also did her residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. During her residency she sought out research opportunities, one of which resulted in authorship of a book chapter. Dr. Randall joined the Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation Fellowship program in July 2013.

 

Dr. Natallia Suvorava

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. Waseem Touma

Dr. Waseem Touma

Dr. Waseem Touma received his MD from Damascus University, Syria in 2006. During his medical training he perused multiple external rotations in Baylor College of Medicine, Texas and American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He did his internal medicine residency in St. Louis University, Missouri where he started building his research experience in hematology/oncology. After completion of his residency in 2011, he went to Washington University, St. Louis as an instructor of medicine. There, he sought more clinical research projects that ended as publications. He became more involved in the care of oncology patients through his work as an academic hospitalist in the leukemia and bone marrow transplant unit there. This experience helped him develop particular interest in research in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Dr. Touma joined the Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation fellowship program at the University of Minnesota in July 2014.

Dr. Jayanthi Vijayakumar

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

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

Portrait of 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.