Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Fellowship Program

The world’s first successful bone marrow transplant was performed in 1968 at the University of Minnesota in a child with severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome. Since that time, the Division of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation has been a leader in this field. Driven to find new treatments and safer transplant therapies for children with life threatening malignant and non malignant diseases, University of Minnesota investigators have received millions of dollars in NIH and industry support to manipulate the immune system to kill cancer cells and harness the power of stem cells to repair diseased or chemotherapy and radiation damaged tissues.

The Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Fellowship Program provides Board Eligible or Board Certified Pediatric Hematologists/Oncologists with a clinical and research training experience of exceptional breadth and depth in blood and marrow transplantation. Our internationally-recognized Pediatric BMT Center serves children from throughout the United States and abroad who are undergoing allogeneic transplant for diverse primary disorders (including high-risk hemato-lymphoid malignancies, primary immune deficiencies, non-malignant hematologic disorders, acquired and inherited marrow failures, metabolic disorders, and life-threatening forms of epidermolysis bullosa) as well as autologous stem cell rescue following high-dose chemotherapy for high-risk pedaitric solid tumors.

The fellow will gain expertise in determining patient candidacy for BMT, assigning ideal conditioning regimens, selecting appropriate allograft source, and managing common peri- and post-transplant complications in both the inpatient and outpatient clinical setting. The successful applicant will benefit greatly from a large pediatric BMT faculty with diverse clinical and research interests, high patient volumes, exposure to novel cell- and immune-based therapeutic strategies, and a close collaboration with an internationally-recognized Adult BMT Center and cell processing cGMP facility. Our one year program (optional second year) is designed to provide enough structure to ensure a well-rounded training experience while allowing for flexibility to address the specific goals of the fellow.

Ultimately, our program is committed to continuing its tradition of training leaders and innovators worldwide who will help to shape the future of Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplantation.

  • To Apply
  • Current Fellows
  • Conference Schedule
  • To Apply

    Interested applicants should submit a universal application, current curriculum vitae, personal statement, USMLE Score Reports (Steps I, II, and III) and three letters of recommendation (MD/PhD applicants must include a letter from their thesis advisor). Letters should be addressed to Dr. Angela Smith at the University of Minnesota and mailed by the letter writer directly to:

    Joyce Selle
    University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics
    MMC 366 (Campus Delivery Code)
    420 Delaware St SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Phone: 612-626-2961

    Letters may also be emailed to Joyce at selle003@umn.edu.

  • Current Fellows

    Vasant Chinnabhandar, MBBS
    chinn059@umn.edu
    Fellowship dates: 2019-2020

    Michelle NG, MBBS
    ng000065@umn.edu
    Fellowship dates: 2019-2020

    Ahmad Rayes, MD
    rayes003@umn.edu
    Fellowship dates: 2019-2020

    View our full list of graduates

  • Conference Schedule

    The primary goal of this year long fellowship is to provide a pediatric hematology/oncology trained physician with dedicated inpatient, outpatient and research experience in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

    Each Pediatric BMT fellow will complete "BMT Nuts & Bolts" activities (Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics facility, HLA lab, National Marrow Donor Program) scheduled near the beginning of the fellowship year. In addition, each fellow will spend 3-5 months outpatient, 3-5 months inpatient, and will complete 2-3 months of research.