Fellows

For nearly two decades, CURE has funded the training of pediatric oncology fellows at Emory University School of Medicine. Providing funding to further their education helps ensure that those future oncologists become clinicians and researchers we need in order to eradicate childhood cancer.

Dr. Rafi Kazi

Dr. Kazi earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his MD at the University of Arkansas. While in his residency, he focused his research on the role of the protein HMGB1 in mixed lineage leukemia. As a fellow, he will continue his investigation into protein interactions in difficult to treat leukemias as well as perform basic and translational research in the lab of Dr. Daniel Wechsler.

“I am very grateful to CURE for generously funding my research years. Due to this funding, I can focus my efforts on my research goals and am freed of the burden of obtaining further support. My hope is that this will allow me to further our understanding and treatment of pediatric cancers.”

Dr. Rafi Kazi

Dr. Kazi earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his MD at the University of Arkansas. While in his residency, he focused his research on the role of the protein HMGB1 in mixed lineage leukemia. As a fellow, he will continue his investigation into protein interactions in difficult to treat leukemias as well as perform basic and translational research in the lab of Dr. Daniel Wechsler.

“I am very grateful to CURE for generously funding my research years. Due to this funding, I can focus my efforts on my research goals and am freed of the burden of obtaining further support. My hope is that this will allow me to further our understanding and treatment of pediatric cancers.”

Dr. Juhi Jain

Sam Robb Fellow

Dr. Jain received her MD at the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor. Dr. Jain’s research will focus on drug screening and formulation focusing on synergy between MERTK and BCL2 inhibitors as well as in combination with conventional chemotherapy and other immunotherapies to optimize therapeutic potential in AML cell lines.

“I am honored and grateful to be supported by CURE Childhood Cancer and the Sam Robb Fund. I am inspired by their mission to conquer childhood cancer and to support patients and their families. As a physician I witness every day the impact CURE has on my patients and their families and I hope, through my research supported by CURE, to further gain knowledge about how different types of cancer respond to treatment and contribute to developing targeted therapies for childhood cancer.”

Dr. Juhi Jain

Sam Robb Fellow

Dr. Jain received her MD at the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor. Dr. Jain’s research will focus on drug screening and formulation focusing on synergy between MERTK and BCL2 inhibitors as well as in combination with conventional chemotherapy and other immunotherapies to optimize therapeutic potential in AML cell lines.

“I am honored and grateful to be supported by CURE Childhood Cancer and the Sam Robb Fund. I am inspired by their mission to conquer childhood cancer and to support patients and their families. As a physician I witness every day the impact CURE has on my patients and their families and I hope, through my research supported by CURE, to further gain knowledge about how different types of cancer respond to treatment and contribute to developing targeted therapies for childhood cancer.”

Past Fellows

Through the generous support of our donors, CURE Childhood Cancer has funded 19 research fellowships in the effort to fight pediatric cancer. Sixteen past CURE Fellows are now practicing medicine in top institutions around the country, treating patients and pursuing research for cures. Roll over an image below to see where they are now.

Becker Hewes, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Torque Therapeutics

Roland Chu, MD

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Karen Wasilewski, MD

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Mary Abraham, MD

Associate Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program, NYU Langone Health

Hal Crosswell, MD

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, St. Francis Cancer Center, Greenville, SC

Keith August, MD, MS

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Director, Leukemia and Lymphoma Program, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City

Tanya Watt, MD

Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern / Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Children’s Health, Dallas

Weston Miller, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation, University of Minnesota  Medical Center

Nicole Schlesinger McKinney, MD

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Memorial Hospital, Aurora, CO

Himalee Sabnis, MD, MSc

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Jennifer Andrews, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Haneen Yasin Abdella, MD

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL

Ryan Summers, MD

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

 

Jonathan Metts, MD

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Johns Hopkins All-Children’s, St. Petersburg, FL

David Siegel, MD, MPH

Medical Officer, Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service/CDC

Jim Felker, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA

Jenny Shim, MD

Senior Research Associate, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta