Hematology/Oncology Fellowship

A Partnership Program with Orange Park Medical Center

A Groundbreaking Partnership

Cancer Specialists of North Florida (CSNF) and Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC) have partnered for a new Fellowship program than began in July 2020. Through exposure to various hematologic and oncological diseases, as well as experience in both in-patient and out-patient settings, our training physicians are learning to treat the whole patient by understanding and applying science and cutting-edge research.

“Fellows in our program are trained and mentored by our outstanding clinicians” says Program Director, Hema Vankayala, MD. “Not only are they well-rounded and passionate about excellent patient care and clinical research, they are also enthusiastic and dedicated teachers,” she continues.

“Our Fellowship Program is designed not only to train fine physicians and compassionate leaders in the field of Hematology/Oncology, but also provides the training and experience necessary to complete all the requirements for board eligibility,” Dr. Vankayala, shares. “It is our mission to give them all of the tools necessary to successfully begin their journey as Hematologist/Oncologists.”

Over 36 months, Fellows in the program will progress through a well-structured curriculum, while being exposed to a wide spectrum of patients and pathologies. In addition to in-clinic training, Fellows are given the opportunity to actively participate in case conferences, multidisciplinary Tumor Boards, Journal Clubs, Institutional CME Curriculum, etc.

Core Faculty

Hema Vankayala, MD

Program Director


Ayed Ayed, MD

Associate Faculty

Aamer Farooq, MD

Associate Faculty

Hassan Hassan, MD

Associate Faculty

Sahana Kalmadi, MD

Associate Faculty

Sejal Kuthiala, MD

Associate Faculty

Miten Patel, MD

Associate Faculty

Ilicia Shugarman, MD

Associate Faculty

Steven Siegel, MD

Associate Faculty

Bijoy Telivala, MD

Associate Faculty

Gaurav Trikha, MD

Associate Faculty


Aamir Hussain, MD

1st Year Fellow

Zakia Rauf, MD

1st Year Fellow


This is an ACGME accredited Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program. All Fellowship Applicants must:

  • Have completed an ACGME-Accredited Internal Medicine Program
  • Submit their applications via ERAS and grant positions through NRMP Match Program

We offer two positions to ABIM eligible candidates each year for a combined 36-month long program.