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Welcome to the Medical College of Wisconsin Pediatric Hematology / Oncology/ Blood and Marrow Transplant Fellowship

Over the past three decades, the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Division at the Medical College of Wisconsin has developed one of the preeminent fellowship training programs in the country. We train the pediatric hematologists, oncologists, and transplant teams of the future through excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. Our program combines broad clinical training and abundant research opportunities in a collegial work environment emphasizing both clinical and scholarly activity.
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A Message from Our Fellowship Director

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our program! In Milwaukee, we believe in training you to be successful in the career that you want. We accomplish this by individualizing your training based on your career area of interest and by putting your education ahead of service needs. We can train you no matter what your area of interest, as we are fortunate to have faculty that are world experts in hematology, oncology and blood and marrow transplant/cellular therapy. We offer opportunities to perform cutting-edge research in such places as the Versiti Blood Research Institute (BRI) and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). And we do this all in a beautiful place to live. Milwaukee is full of parks, cultural activities, sporting events and an outstanding restaurant scene. So explore our website, learn more about the opportunities in our program and the current positions of our most recent graduates. Please make sure to contact us if you have any questions; we’d love to hear from you!

Richard Tower, MD, MS
Director, Fellowship Program

Meet Our Fellowship Directors

Drs. Richard Tower and Sarah Rumler, our fellowship directors, discuss our program, our institution and living and learning in Milwaukee.

Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and BMT Fellowship Tour

See the spaces and places where our HemOncBMT fellows work at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

As a fellow, you will...

  • Be exposed to a comprehensive clinical experience in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant
  • Integrate as a key member of patient care teams in both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Learn how clinical trials are developed and carried out in all three disciplines through an active clinical trials office that is integrated daily with clinical care
  • Have the opportunity to be mentored in either clinical or basic science research from experts in their fields
  • Benefit from a joint educational curriculum with fellows from all other specialties that focuses on topics including working in an inter-disciplinary team, research collaboration and career preparation
  • Be encouraged and mentored to present and network at national hematology/oncology/BMT conferences

About our Fellowship

During our three-year training program, time is distributed among both clinical and research opportunities to ensure that fellows develop expertise in the fields of pediatric hematology, oncology, and blood and marrow transplant. The program provides approximately 11 months in the first year and 1 month or more in the second and third years for clinical work. Approximately 21 months of protected time in years two and three are dedicated to hypothesis driven research.
Our Program Goals

HemOnc Fellow Journal Club

  • Train experts with the knowledge and the experience necessary to care for hematology, oncology and BMT patients.  
  • Provide training through a combination of hands-on and didactic learning that allows fellows the opportunity to be an active and engaged member of each specialty team throughout their training.  
  • Foster the development of early career research mentorship that provides the fundamentals for a successful career in clinical or basic research.
  • Provide an environment that encourages growth of the fellows teaching expertise and approach as they become junior faculty members.  
Clinical Experience


Clinical training in MCW’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Fellowship centers on a multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with hematological, oncological, and immunological diseases in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Wisconsin. Children's is an award-winning health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children.

Multidisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, and many other health care professionals specializing in pediatrics are available to meet the full range of patient care needs. The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant services see over 4,000 patients in outpatient clinics and admit over 400 children per year.

During the three-year training program, time is distributed to ensure that fellows develop clinical expertise. Clinical time will be split between outpatient clinics, inpatient ward, procedures, and the corresponding service related conferences. Fellows will spend one half day per week in continuity clinic for the duration of their training.

Year 1

The focus of the first year of the fellowship is to develop the clinical skills and abilities to provide optimal patient care for children with blood disorders and cancer. The program provides approximately 11 months of clinical experience, both inpatient and outpatient, the first year.

During their clinical rotation the fellow will be on first call from 8:00 am-5:00 pm and call will also be taken one weekend per month and one night per week on the assigned clinical service. Continuity Clinic will focus on oncology patients one half day per week throughout the first year. Each subspecialty has a variety of daily clinics to give the fellow full exposure to hematology, oncology, and blood and marrow transplant related diagnoses.

During the first year, the fellow will devote their efforts to the following rotations.


The fellow will spend 12 weeks on the hematology service during the first year. At the end of the first year the fellow will have a diversity of experiences with children with hematologic disorders and develop the clinical skills needed to function as a clinician. The Hematology Program sees over 650 new patients annually.

The Hematology Inpatient Unit has more than 340 admission per year with 70 new patients admitted annually. Additionally, Benign Hematology Clinics are held weekly.

The Children’s Wisconsin Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program takes care of over 400 children with sickle cell disease and takes care of majority of children living with sickle cell disease in the state. There are weekly comprehensive clinics in combination with nursing, social work, clinical navigator, psychology, neuropsychometry, genetic counseling, and research, as well as multiple hydroxyurea clinics each week.

The Children’s Wisconsin Comprehensive Thalassemia Program takes care of approximately 40 children living with thalassemia and is the only comprehensive program in the state. Comprehensive clinics occur four times each year, and include care from Hematology, Endocrinology, Nutrition, Genetic Counseling, Social Work, Clinical Navigator, Psychology, and Neuropsychometry.

The Children’s Wisconsin Immunohematology Program works very closely with the Immune Dysregulation program, which includes Hematology, Immunology, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, and Bone Marrow Transplant. The group provides consultations including evaluation and management of children with complex immune dysregulation disorders. A combination clinic occurs monthly with Hematology and Immunology and focuses on evaluation and advanced management of children with Evans Syndrome, ALPS, chronic immune thrombocytopenia, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, lymphoproliferative disorders, as well as other undiagnosed cytopenias.

Comprehensive Center for Bleeding Disorders (CCBD): We see pediatric and adult patients at Children’s Wisconsin on the fifth floor within the MACC Fund Center. Our Comprehensive Hemophilia Clinic on Monday mornings is staffed by Drs. Malec and Friedman; the VWD/New Patient Clinic on Tuesday afternoons is staffed by Dr. Flood; and our Thursday morning and afternoon clinics for new patients and patients with VWD, PFD, thrombophilia, thrombosis and rare bleeding disorders are staffed by Drs. Punzalan, Branchford and Friedman and our APNP Lisa Andekian. Through these clinics we provide expert care to patients with hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, rare coagulation disorders, thrombosis and other disorders related to bleeding and clotting. Our physicians are also actively engaged in clinical and basic science research.

Responsibilities include:

  • Caring for both hospitalized and clinic patients with sickle cell disease, hemoglobinopathies, anemia, white cell disorders, abnormalities of hemostasis, hemophilia, disorders of platelet function and thrombosis plus a variety of other acute and chronic hematological disorders
  • Reviewing peripheral blood smears, bone marrow slides, coagulation studies, and immunologic testing
    Attending service appropriate patient care conference and presenting patients seen with those respective problems


The fellow will spend 12 weeks on inpatient oncology service and 4 weeks on outpatient oncology service during the first year. The Oncology Program sees approximately 160 new patients annually.

The Oncology Inpatient Unit has over 890 admissions per year with 130 new patients admitted annually. We treat many of our patients on clinical trials to offer the most advanced therapies available.

Brain Tumor Clinics are held three times per week, one of which is a comprehensive multidisciplinary clinic that includes endocrinology, neurosurgery, genetics, and PM&R.

The General Oncology Clinic sees patients daily. More than 150 newly diagnosed oncology patients are seen each year and the program actively manages more than 600 patients.

Musculoskeletal Oncology Clinic is held weekly and provides interdisciplinary treatment for children and young adults with tumors of bone, soft tissue, and connective tissue.

The COMPASS Clinic is held once per month. There, a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, geneticists, molecular biologists and dermatologists analyze the genetic information from a patient’s tumor to make recommendations regarding targeted therapy.

Responsibilities include:

  • Caring for patients with leukemia, lymphomas, brain tumors, and other solid tumors in both an inpatient and outpatient setting
  • Performing bone marrow aspirations, biopsies, and lumbar puncture with administration of intrathecal chemotherapy
  • Reviewing peripheral blood, bone marrow aspirations and biopsies, samples of cerebrospinal fluid and flow cytometric results from patients with oncological disorders
  • Attending, participating, and presenting at multi-disciplinary conferences
  • Following pediatric patients with representative oncological disease for the duration of the fellowship in a continuity care clinic

Blood and Marrow Transplant

The fellow will rotate in the blood and marrow transplant service for 10 weeks. During this rotation the fellow will develop an understanding of the indications for hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) transplantation, histocompatibility biology, and pre-transplant typing procedures.

Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinics are held daily. The BMT program performs 40 transplants and follows over 80 patients per year. Our experienced program focuses on translational research to provide a solid foundation for the most advanced care.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participating in the care of patients receiving autologous and allogeneic donor transplants
  • Identifying and managing complications of blood and marrow transplantation including graft failure, graft versus host disease, organ dysfunction, and disease relapse post HPC transplantation
  • Working with the multidisciplinary team to learn and appreciate the medical and psychosocial issues unique to HPC transplantation
  • Attending and presenting at weekly conferences where potential new patients and the status of current HPC transplant patients are discussed

Transfusion Medicine/Hematopathology

The fellow will do a 2-week rotation in transfusion medicine and 2 weeks in hematopathology. This rotation offers a laboratory approach to diagnosis of hematologic disorders, as well as education in the structure and function of the routine hematology laboratory.

During this rotation the fellow will:

  • Gain practical expertise in diverse topics such as the processing and storage characteristics of blood and blood components, typing and crossmatching for transfusion, infectious risks of blood products, complications of transfusion, plasmapheresis indications and methods, HLA typing, and hematopoietic stem cell processing
  • Develop a better understanding of laboratory techniques/technologies necessary for the care of pediatric patients with hematological and oncological diseases
  • Learn to function as effective laboratory consultant to clinical colleagues, both in the interpretation of pathologic material, as well as by providing input into the proper utilization and interpretation of laboratory tests for the patient work-up
  • There will be no call responsibility during this rotation


The fellow will have one month during the first year on an elective rotation. Elective rotations include Palliative Care, Radiation Oncology, Procedures, Outpatient BMT clinic, Neuro Onc and many more!


The fellow will take two weeks during year one to identify a research mentor and project with the guidance of the Scholarship Oversight Committee.

Years 2 and 3

The second and third years of the fellowship training provide ample protected time to pursue research endeavors while fostering improved clinical, administrative, and teaching skills.

  • There are a required 4-8 weeks of clinical time that is individualized based on the fellows career interests
  • Clinical call will be taken one weekend per month on either the hematology or oncology clinical service.
  • The fellow's oncology continuity clinic will continue into years two and three with a half-day continuity clinic every other week alternating weeks with a half-day hematology continuity clinic.
  • Clinical responsibilities in the second and third years will emphasize supervised decision-making, a more senior role in communication with families and patients, and teaching medical students and residents.
Research Experience


Years 2 and 3 of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Program are dedicated to hypothesis-driven research. Two distinct research pathways are offered, laboratory-based research and clinical research. A major goal of our training program is to provide fellows a focused environment in which they can develop research interests and be positioned to successfully compete for extramural funding upon completion of their training. Each of our fellows is assigned a three-member Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) to help the fellow choose a suitable mentor and research project. The SOC will guide the fellow along with their research mentor meeting regularly during the 3 years of the fellowship training.

Multidisciplinary teams within the section take problems encountered in the clinic back to the laboratory to better understand cellular and molecular mechanisms, then return to the clinic with improved treatment strategies. Active translational research programs include experimental hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation, cancer immunotherapy, mechanisms of vaso­occlusion in sickle cell disease and bleeding disorders, and the diagnosis and treatment of vascular tumors and anomalies.

Fellows who choose to pursue the clinical research track are encouraged to also pursue a master's degree in Clinical and Translational SciencePublic Health, or Bioethics. The section of Hematology-Oncology has a long-standing commitment to basic and translational research that stems from the work carried out in our basic science laboratories, development of and participation in institutional and co­operative group trials (including Phase I trials), as well as in epidemiology and outcomes research. Important clinical questions are the focus of active collaborations involving clinical and basic science investigators within our section as well as expert research staff in neighboring research institutions.

Research Affiliations

The Versiti Blood Research Institute and the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Division at the Medical College of Wisconsin have an ongoing collaboration that has contributed to an invaluable network of scientific discovery and patient care.

The Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) is a combined research program of the National Marrow Donor Program and the Medical College of Wisconsin working to collect and study data on blood and bone marrow transplants worldwide. More than 500 international transplant centers collaborate with the CIBMTR to conduct research studies, collect, maintain, and share outcomes data on more than 300,000 transplant recipients, provide statistical expertise to researchers, and to provide education, guidelines, and training.

The Children's Research Institute advances state-of-the-art pediatric health care through translational research programs to find life-saving discoveries and cures in the disease that affect children and interventions that enhance quality of life for children and families living with chronic health conditions.

The Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center is the only academic-based cancer research and patient care group in Southeastern Wisconsin. It is a matrix cancer center with clinical facilities at Froedtert Hospital, Children's Wisconsin, and Zablocki VA Medical Center.

The MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc., a Milwaukee based charitable organization, works very closely with the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Division and the Medical College of Wisconsin to fight pediatric cancer and related blood disorders through research funding. Since its inception in 1976, the MACC Fund has contributed nearly $30 million to MCW’s pediatric cancer and blood disorder research. This unique and exceptional affiliation provides researchers with the resources needed to fight against childhood cancer and related blood disorders.

With a wide variety of research options available, fellows have the opportunity to participate in an ongoing research project or establish projects of their own under a faculty mentor. Whether the fellow chooses a clinical research path or a basic science path, they will ultimately present their research at regional and national forums and publish in peer ­reviewed journals.

Didactic Learning Opportunities

Communication Simulation

Lectures and Conferences

In addition to clinical and research rotations, there are a variety of conferences to enhance the fellows' learning opportunities including a weekly Tumor Board, weekly Hematology conference and a monthly Journal Club. There are weekly didactic lectures focusing on topics in Hematology, Oncology and Transplants as well as a Joint Fellowship Curriculum run through the Department of Pediatrics. Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend Pediatric Grand Rounds and Professors rounds.

  • Fellows Board Lecture Series - a weekly didactic lecture series presented by faculty on hematology, oncology, and blood and marrow transplant core topics.
  • Hematology Conference - a weekly case conference discussing relevant cases. During the hematology rotation fellows will present patient cases including data, slides, and literature review.
  • Subspecialty disease team meetings are held weekly and fellows will attend while during that corresponding rotation.
  • Journal Club - Fellows and faculty discuss a variety of journal articles on interesting hem/onc/bmt publications in a laid back off campus setting. 
  • Tumor Board - a multidisciplinary conference where relevant oncological cases are reviewed and discussed. Fellows will participate in Tumor Board throughout the fellowship. The fellow will identify relevant cases, present pertinent history, physical and laboratory findings. Radiology, pathology, and other subspecialties review pertinent findings as appropriate. The fellow will then discuss the diagnosis and recent literature supporting a care plan.
  • Fellows are also strongly encourage to attend Pediatric Grand RoundsCRI Research Conference, and Professors Rounds weekly plus any presentations or conferences they feel would benefit their education during the fellowship.

Joint Fellowship Curriculum

The Joint Fellowship Curriculum is overseen by the Department of Pediatrics and reviews universal concepts, including development of research design, abstract and manuscript preparation, basic biostatistics, quality improvement, professionalism, communication, teaching, administration and leadership, and career counseling, including the balance of work and family life. This core curriculum is designed to address both the academic requirements mandated by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the career and personal development goals expressed by our fellows.

The goal of the JFC is to provide an excellent educational experience to all fellows in the Department of Pediatrics through case-based, hands-on curriculum modules based on the needs of each year of fellowship (F-1, F-2 and F-3).

Teaching Opportunities

As junior faculty members, fellows are expected to supervise and teach pediatric residents and medical students in the care of pediatric oncology, hematology and transplant patients. Several teaching and speaking opportunities are available to create a well-rounded learning portfolio.

As part of their fellowship training, fellows will be provided with instruction in clinical teaching skills. Fellows will supervise 2-4 residents each month and a variable number of medical students assigning tasks and reviewing consultation notes before presenting to the attending faculty. In the second and third years of the fellowship fellows will present monthly on a variety of core lecture topics to rotating residents. They will develop necessary communication and teaching skills.

Pediatric Joint Fellowship Curriculum
The Joint Fellowship Curriculum (JFC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin is a series of longitudinal educational experiences designed to cover topics required for all pediatric fellows. While specialty-specific education is covered within each section, the JFC endeavors to cover the remainder of topics that are common to all fellowship trainees. Fellows not only gain insight on these topics from campus-wide experts, but also do so in a collaborative learning environment with their same level fellow peers from across the pediatric enterprise. 

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Masters Programs

Masters of Science in Clinical and Translational Science

This multifaceted program is designed to provide the education and practical training that are important to planning and conducting clinical and translational research projects in an academic or commercial environment. The program and its curriculum are designed to offer appropriate training to individuals who have established skills and credentials as basic scientists, bioengineers, clinicians, and health care providers (nurses, nutritionists, psychologists, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, etc.).

Masters of Public Health
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program offers coursework towards a 42-credit Master of Public Health degree or 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Public Health. Students may also enroll in courses as non-degree or special students. Courses are offered in a convenient, distance-learning format; all can be completed online.

Masters of Bioethics
The traditional Master of Arts in Bioethics program provides advanced training for professionals, academics, and other interested individuals in health care, law, the humanities, and public policy who wish to become prepared for teaching, research, policy development, and clinical consultation work related to bioethics. The program provides students an opportunity for on-campus study and research of current and emerging issues through a combination of didactic, clinical, and research activities. The core curriculum of the program provides a solid foundation in the language and literature of bioethics and develops related critical thinking skills. Students may create an area of emphasis through the selection of appropriate elective courses and the thesis topic. The program allows for full-time or part-time study in order to accommodate the needs of working professionals, as well as medical students, residents, and fellows involved in Medical College of Wisconsin programs.

Our Faculty
Our talented, experienced Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant faculty are excited to provide training and support to you during your fellowship.

Meet our Faculty

Our Fellows

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Third Year Fellows

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Alejandra Escobar Vasco, MD

 556 Lamar Luke 20210701

Luke Lamar, MD

Second Year Fellows


Michelle Brenner, DO


Lauren Kacvinsky, MD

First Year Fellows


Ryan Guerrettaz, MD


Oyinlola Oshinowo, DO

Our Alumni


  • Liberio, Nicole: TBD
  • Zorn, Kristin: TBD


  • Chao, Karen: Oncology, Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University
  • Melnikov, Leonid: Hematology & Oncology, Pediatric hematologist/oncologist at East Tennessee Children Hospital
  • Scheuermann, Amanda: Pediatrics, Physician Staff at Mercyhealth


  • Halyko, Mike: Oncology, Assistant Professor at University of Iowa
  • Kudek, Matt: Oncology, Assistant Professor at MCW


  • Kearl, Tyce: Oncology/Immunotherapy, Assistant Professor at MCW
  • Moskop, Amy: BMT, Assistant Professor at MCW


  • Becktell, Kerri: Oncology, Assistant Professor at MCW
  • Pommert, Lauren: Oncology, Assistant Professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital


  • Garcia, Jessica: Hematology, Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Bhatt, Neel: BMT & Survivorship, Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

Our Institutions

About the Medical College of Wisconsin

With a history dating back to 1893, the Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Central Wisconsin. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In the last ten years, faculty received more than $1.5 billion in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,600 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 4.0 million patients annually.

About Children’s Wisconsin

Children’s Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2019, Children’s invested more than $130 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Diversity and Inclusion

At MCW and within the Department of Pediatrics, we have several programs and resources focused on fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. Our departmental and institutional focus is confronting negative perceptions and welcoming our community. Below is just a sampling of the efforts across our institutions to embed the principles of diversity and inclusion into our culture.

  • DOP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council | Our Diversity Council, led by Dr. Mike Levas, the DOP Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, and comprised of faculty, staff, administration, and trainees, is focused on connecting with partners across our system and within the community to ensure the DOP is a diverse, equitable and inclusive employer.
  • DOP Fellowship and Residency Diversity and Inclusion Committees | In a city filled with its own diversity and rich cultural history, our fellows and residents recognize the importance of addressing diversity, health equity, and inclusion within our programs. As such, the program is proud to recognize the presence and work of its Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • DOP Unconscious Bias Training | The AAMC has partnered with Cook Ross, Inc., a leading consulting firm, to create training focused on the science behind unconscious bias to help academic medical staff and faculty mitigate disparities. Seven members of our team have earned a certification as unconscious bias trainers through Cook Ross. These trainers have translated what they’ve learned into a two-hour training for our faculty and staff. By learning how to identify and confront unconscious bias, it is possible to mitigate the impact and promote respect for all groups.
  • Trauma-Informed Workplace Training | This committee has undertaken actions including a department-wide survey and the creation of four online training modules sharing the principles of trauma-informed approach and how to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in ourselves and others. This group started as part of Fostering Futures, a state-wide initiative aimed at infusing a trauma-informed approach into all the systems and organizations that touch the lives of Wisconsin citizens with the goal of expanding across the state to make Wisconsin the first trauma-informed state in the nation.
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion | Established in March 2016, the MCW Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) partners within MCW and with community partners to foster and drive inclusion excellence as an effective, empowering enabler of MCW mission and strategic goals.
  • Spring Festival of Cultures | The annual Spring Festival of Cultures encourages an increased awareness and celebration of the visible and non-visible identities among our MCW community. This three-day event is an opportunity to promote the fostering of diversity, inclusion and unity at MCW.
  • President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award | MCW’s President's Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, residents, trainees, and community members in contributing to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership.
  • Institute of Health and Equity | The Institute for Health & Equity is focused on researching the root causes of health disparities in our communities, and advancing the best ideas to foster health equity throughout the world. We target populations with abnormally high rates of disease and injury – urban and rural alike – and then we find out why. Partnering with community health collaborators who live and work closest to the most vulnerable populations, we are making an impact on reducing those disparities, one community at a time.
  • GMF-MCW Partnership | Through their overall partnership, MCW and GMF will bring complementary expertise on a range of strategies to invest in the health, equity and economic well-being of people across Milwaukee, beginning with the neighborhoods adjacent to the new development. Guided by community priorities and data, the GMF-MCW Partnership will be a catalyst for additional investment and community impact. Together, the partners will:
    • Engage resident and community partnerships
    • Improve social determinants of health
    • Catalyze change that leverages resources and investment

Learn more about MCW's Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Fellow Accomplishments


At the Medical College of Wisconsin we take pride in the outstanding accomplishments of our fellows. Below are some selected highlights.

  • Selected participant in 2013 Haemophilia Academy in Edinburgh UK, Oct 2013. This is a prestigious honor, with only 30 participants worldwide chosen to attend. Attendees are selected through a competitive process from a large international pool of applicants
  • Multiple Baxter Clinical Fellowship Grants
  • Multiple NIH Loan Repayment Program Grants
  • Multiple participants in Clinical Research Training Course, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (awarded to 12 fellows/junior faculty selected for their outstanding clinical research proposal from a pool of national applicants)
  • Multiple Medical College of Wisconsin Pediatric Research Day award winners.
  • James B. Nachman American Society for Clinical Oncology Junior Faculty Award in Pediatric Oncology for outstanding abstract submitted to the ASCO Annual Meeting (one winner each year, only two have ever been awarded)
  • Faculty Scholar Program in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
  • Hyundai Hope on Wheels Scholar Grant
  • MACC Fund Novel Initiative Grant
  • MCW/ACS Grant
  • MACC Fund Novel Initiative Award
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Clinical Scholars Program
  • Multiple American Society of Hematology's Clinical Research Training Institute (ASH-CRTI) participants
  • American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Clinical Research Training Course
  • Multiple Medical College of Wisconsin Fellow Poster Day award winners
  • "Young Investigator's Travel Award," at THSNA (Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society) conference for presentation poster
  • Multiple NIH Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Pediatric fellow Clinical Research Awards
  • NIH/NHLBI Grant $501,245
  • 1 of 20 fellows and junior faculty from across the US and Canada selected on a competitive basis for participation in the first year of this training and mentoring program, American Society of Hematology’s Clinical Research Training Institute (ASH- CRTI)
  • Children's Wisconsin Research Fund Grant
  • Boonschoft School of Medicine Seed Grant
  • NIH Training Grant - Hematology Training, Versiti Blood Research Institute


In addition to presenting at Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Wisconsin case conference (hematology case conference, tumor board, fellow journal club, resident lectures, etc.), our fellows are often invited to speak at local, regional, national, and even international events.

  • Multiple Scientific Mentored Outreach Research Experience Session (SMORES) Advisory Board
  • Multiple Oral Poster presentations American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar
  • Multiple Oral Presentations Medical College of Wisconsin Sarcoma Survivor Event –
  • Poster presentation at the American Association of Blood Banks Annual Meeting
  • Poster presentation at the American Society for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO)
  • Oral presentation at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting
  • Oral Presentation Primary Immune Deficiency Disease North American Conference
  • Poster Presentation American Society of Hematology
  • Palliative Care Grand Rounds, Massachusetts General Hospital; Boston, MA
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds, Loyola University Medical Center; Maywood, IL
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; Grand Rapids, MI
  • Abstract presented as oral presentation at ISPNO 6/2010 (presented in absentia) and as poster at SIOP
  • Children's Wisconsin, Grand Rounds; Milwaukee, WI
  • Presentation at Annual Residency Research Conference of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Illinois
  • Poster presentation in Hemophilia and Thrombosis Research Society (HTRS)
  • Poster Presentation for the Joint Meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology and AANS/CNS Section on Tumors
  • Memorial Healthcare System’s 2nd Annual National Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium
  • Oral presentation American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting
  • Oral presentation Milwaukee Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Multiple Poster Presentation - Tandem Bone Marrow Transplant Meeting
  • Multiple oral presentations American Heart Association Annual Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Meeting
  • Multiple oral presentations American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Annual Meeting
  • Oral presentation National Sickle Cell Disease Program meeting
  • Epidemiology and Clinical Trial Design Workshop, Berlex Oncology Foundation sponsored workshop


Individually and collaboratively, our fellows have consistently published manuscripts in major scholarly journals including:

  • Blood
  • Pediatric Blood and Cancer
  • Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice
  • Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Digestive Diseases and Sciences
  • Molecular and Cellular Proteomics
  • Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
  • British Journal of Hematology
  • Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Journal of Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Wisconsin Medical Journal
  • Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
  • Clinical Infectious Disease
  • Transplantation Proceedings Journal
  • Keystone Journal
  • Pediatric Research Journal
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
  • American Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Blood Cells, Molecules, and Diseases Journal
  • Clinical Psychiatry
Living and Learning in Milwaukee

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Milwaukee is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets and a prime location for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s main campus. A one-of-a-kind city with a vibrant and diverse culture, this charming, yet metropolitan must-see is just 90 minutes north of Chicago and nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan. Whether you’re catching a show at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, immersing yourself in the old world charm of the Historic Third Ward or taking in the sights and sounds of one of the many cafés, beer gardens or restaurants that line the city’s riverbank and shoreline, Milwaukee never disappoints. Find out why MCW students, faculty and employees take pride in calling Milwaukee home.

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Benefits, Conditions and Terms of Employment

Fellows are employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH).

See MCWAH Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment for information regarding vacations, leaves, insurance, stipends and professional liability.

Application and Visa Process

Our 3-year fellowship program is ACGME accredited and begins on July 1 each year. We accept two fellow each year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants must have completed a US-accredited residency program. Applications from prospective applicants are accepted from July through October via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We will access your application and contact you to make interview arrangements.

Complete applications should include the following:

  • ERAS application form
  • At least 3 letters of reference including Program Director letter
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation/Dean's Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • MD Applicants: USMLE scores - Steps 1, 2, and 3 or
  • DO Applicants: COMLEX scores – Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • ECFMG certificate for foreign medical school graduates (see visa information below)

Our program currently accepts the following visas:

  • Permanent Resident Visa
  • Visitor Exchange Visa sponsored by ECFMG (J-1)
  • Temporary Professional Workers (H-1B)

For additional visa information please visit MCW’s office of Graduate Medical Education.

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Overall, I feel like I was extremely lucky to have such an incredible fellowship experience in Milwaukee. Clinically, I saw a wide variety of patients and diagnoses and cared for children in all aspects of their treatment and in all locations of the hospital. I feel well prepared to handle difficult clinical scenarios and care for complicated patients. From my mentors I have learned to deliver difficult information, think critically, work hard and have compassion. From my patients and families, I have learned about perseverance, the importance of maintaining good communication, what it means to be a patient advocate and how important it is to celebrate both small and large victories. I am very grateful to have worked with so many outstanding faculty mentors who I now consider to be close friends. They have been very supportive, provided me with unique opportunities to further my career and have helped position me to become successful in the world of pediatric leukemia research. I am looking forward to continuing to work with them throughout my career.

A former fellow

Our Team

Richard Tower, MD, MS

Sarah Rumler, DO

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Assistant Professor
Associate Fellowship Director
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Stephanie Hetland, MA

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Education Program Coordinator III

Fellowship Program Contact

Stephanie Hetland, MA

Education Program Coordinator III

Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology/BMT

Richard Tower, MD, MS

Program Director, Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology/BMT

Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology/BMT

Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Pediatrics
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
MFRC 3020
Milwaukee, WI 53226