American Society of Hematology

Visitor Training Program Award Recipients


Participant and Home Country Training TopicMentor and Host Institution
Gunay Aliyeva, BS, MSc
Molecular assays in hemoglobinopathy and thalassemia diagnosisCarolyn C. Hoppe, MD
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, CA
Daniela Barbieri
Next Generation Sequencing for genetic panels for epigenetic markers and mutational profilingMaria Figueroa, MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Livingstone Dogara, MBBS
Coagulation tests for hemophilia, thrombosis, and hemostasisJohnny Mahlangu, MD
Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, South Africa
Nermeen Eldabah, MBCHB, MSc, MD
Cytogenetic analysis for hematological disorders and malignanciesGeorge Deeb, MD
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Tushar Idhate, MD
Management of sickle cell and thalassemiaBaba Inusa, MD, MRCP
Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Raheel Iftikhar, MBBS
Allogenic HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplantation)Ghulam J. Mufti, DM
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Mohammad Islam, MBBS, BCS
Management of allogenic BMT (bone marrow transplantation) in transfusion dependent thalassemia patientsVikram Mathews, MD
Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
Olufunto Kalejaiye, MB, ChB
Morphology and interpretation of immunochemistry, blood film, and bone marrow aspiration slidesAlok Srivastava, MD
Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
Oluwatobi Lala, BS
Cell morphology and stainingGeorge Deeb, MD
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Levani Makhaldiani, MD
Autologous bone marrow transplantation for multiple myelomaDaniel Weisdorf, MD
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Anali Mora-Alferez, MD
Diagnosis and management of hereditary hematological neoplasiaLucy Godley, MD, PhD
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Ogechukwu Obi, BSc, MBBS
Management of thrombosis and hemostasis/blood clottingAdam Cuker, MD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Veerendra Patil, MD
Diagnosis and treatment of pediatric primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs)Rakesh Goyal, MD
Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Mauricio Postigo MacDowall, MD
Peripheral blood/marrow morphologyMichael Linden, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Khaliqur Rahman, MBBS, MD
Complete laboratory workup of lymphomaVishala Neppalli, MD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
Syed Raza, PhD
Molecular genetic testing and diagnosis of AML, CML, MRD, and Thalassemia 1Te-Chih Liu, MBBS
National University Hospital, Singapore
Anam Sadiq, PharmD
Developing protocols and standard operating procedures for clinical pharmacy practice in hematology, hem-oncology, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT)Charles Craddock
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK
Yee Loong Tang, MD
Flow cytometry and clinical data interpretationGeorge Deeb, MD
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Selami Toprak, MD
Hematopoietic SCT and management of transplant patientsKoen Van Besien, MD, PhD
Weill Cornell University, New York, NY
Christiana Udo, MBBCH
Diagnosis and management of bleeding disorders (Hemophilia A & B, and Von Willebrand disease)Ravindra Sarode, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Angela Ugwu, MBBS
Creation and management of an efficient hospital-based blood transfusion systemAndreas Greinacher, MD
Institute for Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, Greifswald, Germany
Dulanie Wijesekara, MBBS
Sri Lanka
Allogenic and autologous SCT donor recruitment, selection, optimization, conditioning and management of associated complicationsAlessandro Rambaldi, MD
University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Ei Phyo Win, MBBS, MSc
Flow cytometryJoseph Khoury, MD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Ayman Youssef, MBBCh
Bone marrow transplantationAhmed Galal, MD
Duke Cancer Center, Durham, NC
MD Abdullah Zubayer Khan, MBBS
Allogenic stem cell transplantationThomas Spitzer, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
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Participant and Home Country Training TopicMentor and Host Institution
Bewketu Abebe Alemu, MD
Training in interpretation of bone marrow aspirates and trephine biopsies Brigitte Cantinieaux, MD, PhD
CHU St. Pierre & Institute Bordet
Popa Codruta, MD, PhD
Flow cytometry for detection of MRD in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)Michael Borowitz, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins
Chinedu Ezekekwu, MBBS
Therapeutic apheresis in the management of sickle cell disease (SCD)Marilyn Telen, MD
Duke University
Marcelo Luide Goncalves, MD, MSc
Coagulation tests for thrombosis and hemostasisFlora Peyvandi, MD, PhD
Angelo Bianchi Bonomi Hematology & Thrombosis Center
Rodney Itaki, MBBS, BSc.Med
Papua New Guinea
Interpretation of peripheral smears, bone marrow aspirates; flow cytometryGerman Pihan, MD
Beth Israel Medical Center
Anu Korula, MBBS, MD, DM
Genetic diagnosis, allogeneic transplantation for immunodeficieniesParinda Mehta, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Misganaw Mengesha, MSc
Flow cytometry for diagnosis & classification of leukemiasSung Choi, MD, MS
University of Michigan
Dereen Mohammed, MD
Training in the CD34 assay for stem cell monitoring; molecular biology for diagnosis of malignant hematology diseasesAngelo Palmas, MD
Ospedale San Francesco
Zola Musimar, MD
Diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma subtypesJeremy Abramson, MD, MMSc
Massachusetts General Hospital
Adebola Olu-Taiwo, MBBS, MPH, FMCPath
Diagnosis & management of SCDAbdullah Kutlar, MD
GRU Medical College of Georgia
Anand Prakash, MD, FNB
Diagnosis and treatment of pediatric hematolymphoid malignancyCarlos Alvarado, MD
Emory University Children's Center
Don Rohan Pullaperuma, MBBS, MD
Sri Lanka
Management of patients with hemaglobinopathies, especially SCDEnrico Novelli, MD, MS
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Tatiana Saldarriaga, MD
Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) for malignant & non-malignant hematologic disorders Monica Thakar, MD
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, MBChB, MMed
Interpretation of peripheral films, bone marrow aspirates & biopsiesJulianne Qualtieri, MD
University of Cincinnati
Buddhika Somawardana, MBBS, MD
Sri Lanka
Clinical applications of flow cytometry for the management of hematological malignanciesMichael Andreeff,MD
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jennifer Thame, BSc, MBBS, DMM
Immunophenotyping using flow cytometry for diagnosis of leukemias & lymphomas; adult and pediatricMichael Linden, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota
Chi-kadibia Ukoma, MBBS
FDiagnosis of SCD using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) for newborn screening programJulie Makani, MD, PhD, FRCP
Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences
Yasar Yousafzai, MBBS, PhD
Diagnosis of hematological malignancies using flow cytometryMhairi Copland, BSc, MBChB, FRCP, FRCPath, PhD
University of Glasgow
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Participant and Home Country Training TopicMentor and Host Institution
Ademola Adewoyin, MBBS
Benin, Nigeria
Transfusion medicine, specifically blood component preparation, aphaeresis, and compatibility testing Gowthami Arepally, MD
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
Faiq Ahmed, MBBS, MD
Hyderabad, India
Diagnosis and classification of lymphoproliferative disorders Vishala Neppalli, MD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
Mafruha Akter, MBBS, FCPS
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Allogeneic stem cell transplantationGary Schiller, MD
University of California – Los Angeles School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
Samir Bele, MBBS, MD
Karimnagar, India
Sickle cell disease patient managementAlex George, MD, PhD
Texas Children’s Hospital; Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
Halima Bello-Manga, MBBS, MPH, FMCPath
Kaduna, Nigeria
Sickle cell disease patient managementAdetola Kassim, MD, MS
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
Daniel Coriu, MD, PhD
Bucharest, Romania
Bone marrow transplantation for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia patientsMark Levis, MD, PhD
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Sharat Damodar, MD, DM
Bangalore, India
Haplo-identical and matched unrelated stem cell transplantationDaniel Weisdorf, MD
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Silvia Fernández Martínez, MD
San Lorenzo, Paraguay
FISH and cytogeneticsFabiola Traina, MD, PhD
University of São Paulo
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Ana Glembotsky, PhD
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Molecular diagnosis of patients with inherited platelet disordersNicole Casadevall, MD
Institut Gustave Roussy
Villejuif, France
Obinna Iheanacho, MBBS
Benin, Nigeria
Donor and therapeutic apheresisBruce Sachais, MD, PhD
New York Blood Center
New York, NY
Mehreen Khan, MBBS, MCPS, FCPS
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Haplo-identical bone marrow transplantationQaiser Bashir, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Lan Luo, MD
Beijing, China
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia assayDemin Wang, PhD
Blood Research Institute and Blood Center of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
Flordeluna Mesina, MD
Manila, Philippines
Development of disease registry for hematologic malignanciesJorge Cortes, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Chizoba Nwankwo, MBBS
Abuja, Nigeria
Preparation of blood components/products with emphasis on apheresis Aleksander Mijovic, MBBS, PhD, FRCPath
King’s College Hospital
London, UK
Matilda Ongóndi, MD
Nairobi, Kenya
Performance and interpretation of peripheral smears, iron studies, and electrophoresisAnand Karnad, MD
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX
Allan Pernudy, MD
Managua, Nicaragua
MRD detection by flow cytometryMartin A. Horstmann, MD
Children’s Cancer Center
Hamburg, Germany
Victor Salinas, MD
Asunción, Paraguay
Allogeneic stem cell transplantationDavid Gomez, MD
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Monterrey, México
Jangbhadur Singh Sarna, MBBS, MD
Srinagar, India
Flow cytometryVishala Neppalli, MD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
Cyprien Shyirambere, MD
Kigali, Rwanda
Diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia, peripheral blood smear interpretation, and bone marrow biopsy interpretationLeslie E. Lehmann, MD
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Baltimore, MD
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Participant and Home Country Training TopicMentor and Host Institution
Renate Asare, BSc
Immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry for diagnosis of hematological malignanciesAlok Srivastava, MD
Christian Medical College
Vellore, India
Adriana Bello, MD
Autologous stem cell transplantation for the treatment of lymphomaSergio Giralt, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
Jorge Luis Contreras Saavedra, MD
Optimal care of children undergoing human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-matched related and unrelated donor stem cell transplantationMonica Thakar, MD
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
Reynaldo Angelo De Castro, BSc
Accurate diagnosis of newborn screening for thalassemias and hemoglobinopathy Carolyn C. Hoppe, MD
Children’s Hospital and Research Center
Oakland, CA
Ahmet Emre Eskazan, MD
Management of patients with patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)Jorge Cortes, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Pamela Fajardo, MD
Diagnosis and management of aplastic anemia/bone marrow failure in childrenDavid Williams, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Toman Tua Julian, MD
Clinical and laboratory skills regarding hematologic stem cell transplantation especially autologous stem cell transplantation in myelomaWee Joo Chng, MD
National University Cancer Institute
Sehar Khaliq, MBBS, FCPS
Prenatal diagnosis of hemoglobin disordersSuthat Fucharoen, MD
Mahidol University
Bangkok, Thailand
Pedro Lovato, MD
Management of lymphoma patients, diagnostic and clinical aspectsRizwan Romee, MD
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
Aime Mbaya, MD
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Performance and interpretation of smear and bone aspiratesLekidelu Taddesse-Heath, MD
Howard University Hospital
Washington, DC
Magdalene Namuwonge, Nursing Officer Diploma
Blood bank management, how to improve transfusion safety on the hospital wards and how to prevent, recognize and manage transfusion reactions.Jeannie Callum, MD, FRCP
Sunnybrook Health and Sciences Centre and University Health Network
Toronto, Canada
Onsongo Simon Nyangena, MMed
Development of sickle cell patient registry; management of sickle cell patientsNigel Key, MB, ChB
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Sunday Ocheni, MBBS, FMCPath
Human leukocyte antigen (Hla) typingAyman Saad, MD
Evelina London Children’s Hospital (Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust)
London, United Kingdom
Emmanuel Okakpu, MBBS
Laboratory and clinical aspects of Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (Ph-negative MPNs)Jean-Jacques Kiladjan, MD, PhD
Saint-Louis Centre D-Investigations Clinique
Paris, France
Ekarat Rattarittamrong, MD
Laboratory and clinical aspects of Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (Ph-negative MPNs)Jean-Jacques Kiladjian, MD, PhD
Saint-Louis Centre D’Investigations Clinique
Paris, France
Eloísa Riva, MD
Diagnosis and typing of amyloidosis with a focus on how to process samples for typingGiampaolo Merlini, MD
Amyloidosis Research and Treatment Center at the University of Pavia
Pavia, Italy
Ninoska Rojas Soto, MD
Bone marrow transplantation specifically with haploidentical donorsHeather Symons, MD
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Yuliya Shestovska, MD
Allogeneic stem cell transplantationSergio Giralt, MD and Miguel-Angel Perales, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
Zsofia Varady, MD, PhD
Patient care during myeloablative and non-myeloablative haplo-identical bone marrow transplantRichard Jones, MD
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
Baltimore, MD
Tamunomieibi Wakama, MBBS, FMCPath
Flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry immunophenotyping of hematologic neoplasmsVishalla Neppalli, MD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
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