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Fellowship in Hematology & Medical Oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital

The fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital has been designed to provide broad education in the clinical practice of Hematology and Medical Oncology with emphasis on scholarship, development of clinical judgment, and the ability to make appropriate decisions, as well as continuing self-instruction. The fellow must be eligible for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine. After completion of the three-year program (18 months in hematology and 18 months in medical oncology), the fellow will be qualified to sit for board examinations in both hematology and medical oncology.

The Hematology and Oncology Division provides full-services capable of providing state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in all aspects of hematology and medical oncology. The fellowship's educational program includes active participation in phases of clinical and laboratory hematology, and tumor board conferences including mandatory breast, thoracic, head and neck and urology, which occur on a regular basis. The fellowship also provides instruction and participation in Palliative Care and Radiation Oncology. A wide variety of hematologic disorders, both malignant and benign, are treated as well as various oncologic solid tumor cases. At Lenox Hill Hospital there is ample opportunity in the program for study of all facets of this subspecialty.

A special hematology laboratory operates under the direction of pathology and provides both basic testing and more sophisticated laboratory procedures including extensive coagulation studies. The fellow is trained in these areas as well as in blood banking, cytopheresis techniques, and bone marrow transplantation. The fellow participates in ongoing investigative research, under the supervision of the director of research for our division and faculty.

Given the shift to and emphasis on the outpatient delivery of patient care, our program provides a comprehensive outpatient experience for our fellows. Hematology and oncology clinic is attended once weekly throughout the entire program except for when the fellow is on vacation. In addition, the fellow spends additional time in a private office setting during each of the three years of the fellowship. In both venues, the fellows work under the direct supervision of an attending faculty member.

The fellow will be actively involved in the teaching of other residents and medical students, as well as nurses and allied health personnel in daily rounds, biweekly clinics, and numerous conferences.

Lenox Hill Hospital admits approximately 1,200 new cancer patients each year, about 30-40 percent of whom are referred by other physicians or institutions which treat recurrent cancer. The fellow shall participate in consultations and management of all patients on the service, under the supervision of an attending physician.

The Department of Pathology plays an important role by providing in-depth experience in the analysis of pathologic materials. The fellow has the opportunity to interact with knowledgeable pathologists, especially our hematopathologist, who provide instruction in the interpretation of the pathology of hematologic and oncologic diseases and all features of clinical and investigative laboratory studies.

We offer top-rated cancer specialists, advanced technology, leading-edge clinical trials and a full range of support programs.

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Application process

Applicants interested in the hematology and medical oncology training program at Lenox Hill Hospital should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS), which allows applications starting July 1.

No applications are reviewed after Oct. 15.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Residency program transcript
  • A personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Photograph
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Only applicants who have completed an ACGME accredited residency program are qualified for this program. 


Program director

Colette M. Spaccavento, MD

Specialties: Hematology, Medical Oncology

Additional faculty

Nathaniel Wisch, MD

Specialties: Hematology, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine

Keith Robert Brunckhorst, MD

Specialties: Hematology, Medical Oncology