Our People

Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship group photo

It takes a special person to dedicate his or her life to the care and healing of children with cancer and blood disorders.

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers, and teachers in our profession. Through formal mentoring programs as well as an open-door philosophy, we provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.

Current Fellows

2019-2022

Gino Bardi, portrait

Gino Bardi, MD

Medical School: Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado Escuela de Medicina
Residency: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami
gino-bardilola@uiowa.edu

Past Fellows

2018-2021

Torin Waters, MD

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Residency: UCSF Fresno
Post Fellowship Position: Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix

2017-2020

Jessica Zimmerman, MD

Medical School: Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Residency: University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa
Post Fellowship Position: Associate, Leukemia/lymphoma Research, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa (2016-2019)

Neeraja Swaminathan, MB, BS

Medical School: Kilpauk Medical College, India
Residency: Nassau University
Post Fellowship Position: Fourth Year Fellowship Hemostasis & Thrombosis, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

2016-2019

Ahmad Al-Huniti, MD

Medical School: University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine
Residency: West Virigina University Hospital, Morgantown, W. Va.
Post Fellowship Position: Two-year thrombosis Fellowship, University of Toronto, SickKids, Toronto

Jamie M Truscott, MD

Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Residency: St. Louis University, St. Louis
Post Fellowship Position: One-year BMT Fellowship, St. Jude, Dallas

2015-2018

Kathryn Harmoney, DO

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME
Residency: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, N.M.

2014-2017

Beeling Armijo, MD

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Residency: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, N.M.

2013-2016

Rohini Singh, MD

Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans
Residency: Florida State University

2012-2015

Brandon McNew, MD

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, Mich.
Residency: Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners/MSU Pediatric Residency, Grand Rapids, Mich.

2011-2014

Chenue Abongwa, MD, MS

Medical School: University of Yaoundel Cameroon
Residency: Brookdale University and Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

2010-2013

Neha Bhasin, MD

Medical School: Ross University
Residency: State University of New York, Stony Brook (SUNY), Stony Brook, N.Y.

2009-2012

Natalie Kamberos, DO

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Mo.
Residency: Blank Children's Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa

2008-2011

Ghada Abusin, MD, MS

Medical School: University of Khartoum, Sudan
Residency: Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center 

Ghada Abusin, MD, MS

Medical School: University of Khartoum, Sudan
Residency: Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center 

2007-2010

Janice Staber, MD

Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

2006-2009

Ayman El-Sheikh, MD

Medical School: Faculty of Medicine Tanta University, Egypt
Residency: Children's Regional Hospital University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, N.J.

Ayman El-Sheikh, MD

Medical School: Faculty of Medicine Tanta University, Egypt
Residency: Children's Regional Hospital University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, N.J.

2005-2008

Marie-Ellen Sarvida, MD

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, Montserrat, British West Indies
Residency: John H. Stroger County of Cook Hospital, Chicago

KayeLyn Wagner, MD

Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks, N.D.
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

2004-2007

Rolla Abu-Arja, MD

Medical School: University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Hudson County, Jersey City, N.J.

2003-2006

Farzana Pashankar, MD, MBBS, MRCP

Medical School: B.J. Medical College, University of Poona, India (MBBS, MD), Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow, UK (MRCP)
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

Farzana Pashankar, MD, MBBS, MRCP

Medical School: B.J. Medical College, University of Poona, India (MBBS, MD), Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow, UK (MRCP)
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

2002-2005

Shawn Jobe, MD, PhD

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

Rajeev Vibhakar, MD, PhD, MPH

Medical School: New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y.
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

2000-2003

Michal A. Miller, MD

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Va.
Residency: Penn State Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa.

Fellowship Director

David Dickens, portrait

David Dickens, MD
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Director
Clinical Professor

David Claassen, portrait

David Claassen, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Fellowship Assistant Director- Hematology Oncology
Email: david-claassen@uiowa.edu

 

Welcome to the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

Eva Tsalikian, MD, portrait
Eva Tsalikian, MD

Chair and Department Executive Officer

Welcome to the University of Iowa's Stead Family Children's Hospital. We are proud to showcase our extraordinary clinical care, dedication to the education of students and young physicians, and our world-class research programs.

Our comprehensive medical, surgical, and nursing services span the full spectrum of pediatric care. The consistently high rankings we receive on national and international benchmarks attest to the exceptional quality of care we provide. With more than 127,000 annual outpatient visits and more than 10,000 admissions to the 165 beds at University of Iowa's Stead Family Children's Hospital, we draw patients regionally, nationally, and internationally. Our commitment to family-centered care and our outstanding facilities have been praised for their innovative and patient-friendly design.

We are dedicated to excellence in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows, as reflected by a competency-based curriculum that is designed to provide practitioners with comprehensive knowledge and outstanding skills. The clinical and research efforts of trainees are closely mentored and nurtured. Our graduates move on to successful careers in clinical practice and academic pediatrics.

From genomics to cancer biology, from clinical trials to outcomes research, the department consistently ranks among the top National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Pediatric Departments nationally. Our faculty and staff are engaged in cutting edge basic science and patient-oriented research in our unwavering quest to improve the health and well-being of all children.

Meet our Division and Faculty

We have a diverse faculty with wide-ranging clinical and research interests. Many are internationally known and have been in the department for many years. We also have bright young faculty who bring new interests and enthusiasm to the practice and teaching of neurology. All clinical faculty participate in resident training, clinical practice, and research.

 

Contact Us

Direct Program-related Questions and Return Applications to:

David Dickens, MD
University of Iowa Distinguished Professor
Director, Fellowship Program in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
University of Iowa, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
200 Hawkins Drive, 1323 BT
Iowa City, IA 52242-1083
Phone: 319-384-5108 
Fax: 319-356-7659
david-dickens@uiowa.edu  

or 

Karina Escobedo
Coordinator, Fellowship Program Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Stead Family Department of Pediatrics
University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology
200 Hawkins Drive
Boyd Tower (BT) 1010-13
Phone: 1-319-356-3720
Fax: 319-356-4693
Email: karina-escobedo@uiowa.edu