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Blood (Hematology)

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Rasim Gucalp, M.D., FACP
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Associate Chairman of Educational Programs
Department of Oncology
Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 

Research Interests:
Thoracic oncology, brain tumor, and lymphoma

Ellen Friedman, M.D., FACP
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Co-Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
 

Research Interests:
Anemia of unidentified cause

Division of Medical Oncology

I. David Goldman, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Molecular Pharmacology
Susan Resnick Fisher Chair in Brain Cancer Research
Director, Albert Einstein Cancer Center
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Antifolates, specifically, pemetrexed, a new agent approved for the treatment of several human malignancies

Roman Perez-Soler, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Chairman, Department of Oncology
Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Associate Director of Clinical Research
Albert Einstein Cancer Center

Research Interests:
We have extensively explored the use of liposome carriers to deliver novel, non-cross resistant platinum, anthrcyclines, and more recently, camptothecin agents. These efforts have resulted in the introduction of two new agents in clinical trials. One major interest at this point is the development of aerosolized therapies as an early intervention approach to repair tobacco-induced bronchial damage. We have demonstrated proof of principle using corrective gene therapy with the p53 gene in a liposome carrier and we plan to expand the use of demethylating agents and anti-EGFR agents via inhalation.

Rasim Gucalp, M.D., FACP
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Associate Chairman of Educational Programs
Department of Oncology
Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 

Research Interests:
Thoracic oncology, brain tumor, and lymphoma

Leonard  Augenlicht, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Cell Biology
Associate Chairman of Laboratory Research,
Department of Oncology
Associate Director of Albert Einstein Cancer Center
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Joseph Sparano, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health
Associate Chairman of Clinical Research
Department of Oncology
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Improving treatment for patients with early and advanced breast cancer by integrating new agents with standard treatment, and therapeutic selection and target identification by genomic profiling

Elisabeth M. Paietta, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Sridhar Mani, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Genetics

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Molecular oncology, translational science, basic fundamental scientific investigations into drug interactions, and tumorigenesis

Amit Verma, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Developmental and Molecular Biology

Albert Einstein Cancer Center
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Studying the role of MAP kinases in the regulation of hematopoiesis, demonstrating that the p38 MAPK signaling pathway is the dominant cytokine regulated inhibitory pathway in human hematopoiesis, and evaluating other novel small molecule inhibitors in MDS. Ongoing studies involve the search for MDS autoantigens and generation of murine models of this disease.

Sanjay Goel, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Site Director at Montefiore Medical Center, East Campus
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 

Research Interests:
Developing new drugs for patients with cancer in the form of clinical trials, and development of novel biomarkers for drug effect and individualize therapy using pharmacodynamic markers and pharmacogenomics

Missak Haigentz, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Associate Professor of Clinical Otohinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Novel therapy targets in lung and head and neck cancers and development of clinical trials, as well as new strategies for the treatment and prevention of lung and head and neck cancers

 Ira Braunschweig, M.D. 
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Hematopoetic Stem Cell Transplantation Program

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Stem cell transplantation and complication of hematopoietic cell transplantation

Christine Pellegrino, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
New strategies for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer

Rajdev Lakshmi, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Incorporating new and novel agents into the management of gastrointestinal malignancies and developing correlative studies that help optimize patient selection and minimize toxicity

Samir Parekh, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Epigenetic regulation and DNA mismatch repair in hematological malignancies, especially diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and myeloma. Students and fellows are encouraged to participate in laboratory projects, which may be short-term (summer projects) or year-long (2nd/ 3rd year fellow) endeavors.

Andreas Kaubisch, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
The oncology team at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine participates in a number of national clinical trials which aim to advance the care of patients with colo- rectal, liver, and anal cancer, to name a few. In collaboration with colleagues from radiation oncology, new clinical trials for pancreas cancer, rectal cancer, and hepatocellular cancer are currently in the planning stage.

Olga Derman, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Stem cell transplantation and complication of hematopoietic cell transplantation

Petra Rietschel, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Eleni Andreopoulou, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Santiago Aparo, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Stefan K. Barta, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Jerome J. Graber, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Della Makower, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Stuart Packer, M.D.
Attending Physician
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Bilal Piperdi, M.D.
Attending Physician
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Noah S. Kornblum, M.D.
Attending Physician
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Jennifer W. Chuy, M.D.
Attending Physician
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

 
Division of Hematology 

Henny H. Billett, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Professor of Pathology
Division Chief of Hematology
Director of Thrombosis Prevention Treatment Program
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center 

Research Interests:
Thrombosis, anticoagulation, sickle cell

Lawrence Cytryn, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Sickle cell disease, myeloproliferative disorders, and hematologic neoplasia

Ellen Friedman, M.D., FACP
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Co-Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
 

Research Interests:
Anemia of unidentified cause

Michael Stemerman, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center 

Research Interests:
A major heart attack risk factor is elevated cholesterol, especially the cholesterol carried by low density lipoprotein (LDL). Our studies examine the hypothesis that LDL alters the function of the vascular endothelium and this alteration may be an important mechanism for the development of atherosclerosis. Of particular focus is our understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in this process and the role mononuclear cells play in their interaction with the LDL treated vascular endothelium.

Paul S. Frenette, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Cell Biology
Director of the Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research

Edward Burns, M.D.
Executive Dean at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Director of Clinical and Biological Research at AECOM
Professor of Pathology
Professor of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Laboratory hematology

Eric Bouhassira, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine

Ingeborg And Ira Leon Rennert, Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Stem cell biology - particularly human embryonic stem cells and induced-pluripotent stem cells (iPS), gene therapy for the hemoglobinopathies based on genetic modification of patient specific iPS, the genetic and epigenetic of transcriptional regulation and the transmission of epigenetic memory, and developing techniques to assess the epigenetic status of induced pluripotent stem cells using novel technology based on massively-parallel sequencing.

Ira Sussman, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Pathology
Vice Chairman of Pathology

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Coagulation

Jacob Rand, M.D.
Professor of Pathology
Professor of Medicine 
Director, Advanced Coagulation and Protein Separation Laboratories

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
The investigation of the effects of antiphosphoilipid (aPI) antibodies on an anticoagulant protein annexin AS (previously known as annexin V)

Seetharama Acharya, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Regulated hemoglobin

Robert Bookchin, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 

Rhoda Hirsch, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Anatomy and Structural Biology

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Understanding hemoglobin structure, function and stability via biophysical and red blood cell studies of hemoglobin mutants (HbC, HbS, and HbE), blood substitutes - hemoglobin based oxygen carriers, and primary cilia in human embryonic stem cells.

Dhananjay Kaul, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Vascular biology of hemoglobin disorders, microcirculation oxidative stress blood cell-endothelium, nitric oxide (NO), non-NO vasodilators, and hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha

Joan Uehlinger, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pathology
Director, Blood Bank
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

John Greally, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Genetics
Associate Professor of Medicine

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Cancer, type II diabetes mellitus, and aging and environmental influences on the epigenome

Mervyn Goldstein, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor
Attending Physician Emeritus

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Interests:
Hematologic morphology

Susan R. Harris, M.D.
Attending Physician
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 

Affiliated Institutions 

JACOBI MEDICAL CENTER - Attending Staff

Tarek Elrafei, D.O.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of hematology/oncology
Attending Physician
Jacobi Medical Center

Karenza Alexis, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Attending Physician
Jacobi Medical Center

Louis J. Reed, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Site Director at Jacobi Medical Center
Attending Physician
Jacobi Medical Center

Marianna Strakhan, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Attending Physician
Jacobi Medical Center

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center - Attending Staff

Niyati Bhagwati, M.D.
Chief, Division of Oncology/Hematology
Site Director at Lincoln Medical
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

Doru Paul, M.D.
Hematology Oncology Attending
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

Caroline Hwang, M.D.
Hematology Oncology Attending
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

Waina Cheng, M.D
Hematology Oncology Attending
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center