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Grant establishes fellowship in non-malignant blood disorders


Wed, Apr 17th 2019 05:40 pm

Western New York BloodCare is partnering with UB and Roswell Park to address shortage of specialists in complex bleeding and thrombotic disorders

Western New York BloodCare, formerly known as the Hemophilia Center of Western New York, has awarded the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo a second grant aimed at addressing a shortage of physicians in the region who specialize in treating non-malignant blood disorders.

The $675,000 grant establishes the Rosemary “Penny” Holmberg Hemostasis and Thrombosis Clinical Fellowship in non-malignant hematology at UB. It provides one to two years of training in advanced medical management of patients with complex bleeding and thrombotic disorders.

An earlier grant for $890,000 established the Robert Long Career Development Award. It invests in a junior physician-scientist who is dedicated to conducting advanced research, facilitating training for medical professionals, and providing expert care to local patients and families with these disorders.

The Hemostasis and Thrombosis Fellowship Program will be integrated into the hematology/oncology program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training program at UB and Roswell Park.

“We are very grateful for this continued support from Western New York BloodCare,” said Michael E. Cain, M.D., vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School. “These grants are targeted investments that address specialty care gaps in our community. By strategically partnering with UB to close these gaps, Western New York BloodCare is helping to assure that patients in our community with non-malignant blood disorders will have access to care provided by highly qualified physician-scientists who also will train the next generation of specialists.”

“This training opportunity will help us to address an important need for both adult and pediatric patients in this region,” said Kara Kelly, M.D., who heads a pediatric cancer and blood disorders collaboration through her roles as Waldemar J. Kaminski Endowed Chair of Pediatrics at Roswell Park, professor of pediatrics at the Jacobs School and director of pediatric hematology/oncology at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

“Treatment of bleeding and clotting disorders is a particularly complex area of medical practice and requires candidates with exceptional dedication. This opportunity will help us to identify and support those candidates,” said Marc Ernstoff, M.D., professor and Katherine Anne Gioia Chair of Medicine at Roswell Park and chief of hematology and oncology and professor of medicine at the Jacobs School.

In Western New York, as in many parts of the country, there is an acute need for hematologists who are trained and skilled in the management of complex bleeding and thrombotic disorders as well as in state-of-the-art clinical and translational investigation.

“Multiple factors contribute to this shortage, including a scarcity of training programs, salary disparities and limited availability of experienced mentors,” said Laurie Reger, executive director of Western New York BloodCare.

“Yet in the greater Buffalo area, we are fortunate,” she said. “With full-service bleeding-and clotting-disorders care available through Western New York BloodCare, and an academic health center anchored by the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, our organizations are uniquely positioned to form a philanthropic partnership that can work together to build and retain a local workforce of highly trained physicians focused on providing the highest quality care to individuals with hemophilia and non-malignant hematologic disorders.”

Beverly Schaefer, M.D., clinical assistant professor of pediatrics in the Jacobs School and attending pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Roswell Park Oishei Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program, will serve as program director.

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York, is among the nation’s oldest medical schools. Its faculty and medical residents provide care for the community’s diverse populations through strong clinical partnerships and the UBMD Physicians’ Group practice plan. The school’s new seven-story building downtown anchors Buffalo’s comprehensive academic health center, putting superior medical education, clinical care and pioneering research in close proximity. The Jacobs School advances health and wellness across the life span by educating tomorrow’s leaders in health care and biomedical sciences, conducting innovative research and providing outstanding clinical care.

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