Welcome to the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program
Contact UsStacey Rifkin-Zenenberg, D.O., FAAP
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist
Children’s Cancer Institute
Katharine Offer, M.D.
Associate Fellowship Director, Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist
Welcome to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, the principal teaching hospital for the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine This three-year training program prepares our graduates to become academic clinicians and clinician scientists.
Fellows will have a broad exposure to the full spectrum of diagnoses in the fields of hematology, oncology, transplant, and research, all within our NJ network. The fellows will be supervised by 13 full-time hematology/oncology faculty and will collaborate with more than 100 full-time experienced pediatric faculty, representing all pediatric subspecialties, as well as advanced practice nurses, nurses, social workers, child life therapists, nutritionists, radiologists, respiratory therapists, and many more. With a large volume and variety of patients, a comprehensive teaching program, and an emphasis on the fellow’s responsibility for patient care, the program develops extremely competent, confident, and well-trained fellows with bright career futures.
Our division is a partner/memberof the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center,, a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, Beat Childhood Cancer Consortium, Pacific Neuro-Oncology Consortium, Brain Tumor Consortium, (international cooperative pediatric cancer networks coordinating clinical trials).
We have one of the oldest and largest survivorship clinics in the country and participate in both consortium studies through COG as well as NIH grant-funded studies related to survivorship care.
We are the first and only center to offer CAR-T cellular therapy for pediatrics in New Jersey.
We are the only center for gene therapy for sickle cell anemia. We are the only pediatric bone marrow transplant center in New Jersey participating in international and US clinical trials BMT-CTN, STAR consortium sickle cell trials.
We are the only pediatric ICON center in New Jersey (ITP center in North America) participating in ITP trials across US and Canada.
We are part of the CHAT consortium (pediatric clotting consortium) collaborating with other hospitals.
Our vast catchment area and diversity of expertise amongst our faculty, coupled with a vibrant pediatric residency program and academic research, provides an ideal setting for our pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. This gives rise to combined clinics with other subspecialties, for example, endocrinology, and genetics.
Program leadership aims to provide the fellows with the highest quality training while maintaining awareness of the need for continued growth as individuals. All clinical rotations will be at the state-of-the-art and child-friendly Children’s Hospital, with research rotations at the Center for Discovery and Innovation. We have a long-standing commitment to promoting diversity in the pediatric workforce through recruitment of under-represented minorities in medicine.