American Society of Hematology

Visitor Training Program Award Recipients

The following individuals participated in the ASH Visitor Training Program.

2019

VTP Participant and Training TopicHost Mentor and Institution
Trixy Chu, MD, BSMedTech (Philippines)
Hemoglobinopathies
Madeleine Verhovsek, MD, FRCPC
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Hamilton, Canada
Silvia Davila Paico, BSc (Peru)
Next-Generation Sequencing
Peter Valk, PhD
Erasmus MC Cancer Institute
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Joy Ann De Castro, MD (Philippines)
Transfusion medicine
Andreas Greinacher, MD
Institut Für Immunologie Und Transfusionsmedizin Abteilung
Greifswald, Germany
Hanaa Donia, MD (Egypt)
Flow cytometry & molecular biology
Rashmi Kanagal-Shamanna, MD
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Aliyu Doro, BSc (Nigeria)
Bleeding Disorders
Johnny Mahlangu, MBBCh, MMed, FCPATH
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa
Chilota Efobi, MBBS (Nigeria)
Blood banking & transfusion
Meghan Delaney, DO
Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, DC
Mohamed El-Shanshory, MD, MBBCh (Egypt)
Thalassemia, BMT
Lawrence Faulkner, MD
Sankalp India Foundation
Bangalore, India
Saima Farhan, MBBS, FCPS (Pakistan)
HSCT, BMT in multiple myeloma
Muzaffar Qazilbash, MD
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Deonne Thaddeus Gauiran, MD (Philippines)
Diagnosis & management of immune-medicated hematologic disorders
Luke Chen, MD, MEd
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
Aye Gyi, MBBS, DM, FRCP, MMSc, MRCP (Myanmar)
Flow cytometry
Neal Young, MD
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Bethesda, MD
Ruxandra Irimia, MD (Romania)
Developing a clinically annotated biorepository
Gabriel Ghiaur, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Ou Kakada, MD (Cambodia)
BMT, management of leukemia, lymphoma, & bleeding disorders
Robert Negrin, MD
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, CA
Falilatou Agbeille Mohamed, MD (Benin)
Hemoglobinopathies, SCD
Yves Pastore, MD
CHU Sainte Justine
Montreal, Canada
Ullas Mony, PhD (India)
Clonality assessment & MRD detection by flow cytometry of myeloma patients
Shaji Kumar, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
Fredrick Okinyi, MD (Kenya)
Diagnosis & treatment of lymphomas
Ryotaro Nakamura, MD
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duarte, CA
Olusola Olowoselu, MBBS, FRCPath (Nigeria)
Hematopoietic SCT
Lakshmanan Krishnamurti, MD
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Sitalakshmi Subramanian, PhD, MBBS, MNAMS (India)
HLA typing through DNA technology & flow cytometry
Daniel Weisdorf, MD
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Mesfin Tola, MD (Ethiopia)
Flow cytometry
Alden Chesney, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
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2018

VTP Participant and Training TopicHost Mentor and Institution
Kay Thwe Aung (Myanmar)
Diagnosis, management, and treatment of thalassemia
Suradej Hongeng
Mahidol University
Bangkok, Thailand
M. Patricia Da Silva (Mozambique)
Diagnosis and management of patients with hemophilia, Von Willebrand disease, and other rare bleeding disorders
Annette Von Drygalski
University of California – San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Eman Farrag (Egypt)
Diagnosis and management of bleeding and clotting disorders
Annette Von Drygalski
University of California – San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Shalini Goel (India)
Diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndromes and training in flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry
Robert Hasserjian
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
Jawad Hassan (Pakistan)
Training in cytogenetics for diagnosis and evaluation of hematologic diseases 
Murty Vundavalli
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY
Fady Hennawy (Egypt)
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
Sairah Ahmed
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Mahesh Kumar (Pakistan)
Training in conventional karyotyping
Vesna Najfeld
Icahn School of Medicine
Mount Sinai, NY
Mohammed Mabed (Egypt)
Allogenic HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplantation)
Amir Steinberg
Mount Sinai Hospital 
New York, NY
Mujittaba Mashi (Nigeria)
Centrifuge training
Johnny Mahlangu
University of Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa
Nouran Momen (Egypt)
Flow cytometry in hematological malignancies
Philip McCarthy
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
Shano Naseem (India)
Sanger Sequencing and Next-Generation Sequencing in AML
Arnold Ganser
Hannover Medical School
Hannover, Germany
Esther Obi (Nigeria)
Training in bleeding and coagulation disorders
Ravindra Sarode
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Nishadya Ranasinghe (Sri Lanka)
Processing and staining techniques of trephine biopsies
Christina Brown
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Camperdown, Australia
Ranjit Sahoo (India)
Haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
Xiao Jun Huang
Peking University Inst. of Hematology
Peking, China
Niharika Shah (Nepal)
Flow cytometry
Vishala Neppalli
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
MD Salahuddin Shah (Bangladesh)
Flow cytometry 
Suparna Nanua
St. Luke's Hospital
Kansas City, MO
Muhammad Shariq Shaikh (Pakistan)
Diagnosis and analysis of acute leukemia using multiparameter flow cytometry
Anne Tierens
UHN University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada
Talal Abu Shawfah (Libya)
Training in blood film examination related to hemoglobinopathies
Mariane de Montalembert
Hôpital Universitaire Necker – Enfants Malades
Paris, France
Shinto Thekkudan (India)
Training in alternate donor stem cell transplantation
Marcos De Lima
Univ. Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
Cleveland, OH
Umar Zahur (Pakistan)
Training in stem cell transplantation and management of post-transplant complications
Fiona Dignan
Manchester Royal Infirmary
Manchester, UK
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2017

VTP Participant and Training TopicHost Mentor and Institution
Gunay Aliyeva, BS, MSc (Azerbaijan)
Molecular assays in hemoglobinopathy and thalassemia diagnosis
Carolyn C. Hoppe, MD
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Oakland, CA
Daniela Barbieri (Argentina)
Next Generation Sequencing for genetic panels for epigenetic markers and mutational profiling
Maria Figueroa, MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL
Livingstone Dogara, MBBS (Nigeria)
Coagulation tests for hemophilia, thrombosis, and hemostasis
Johnny Mahlangu, MD
Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital
South Africa
Nermeen Eldabah, MBCHB, MSc, MD (Egypt)
Cytogenetic analysis for hematological disorders and malignancies
George Deeb, MD
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Tushar Idhate, MD (India)
Management of sickle cell and thalassemia
Baba Inusa, MD, MRCP
Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
London, UK
Raheel Iftikhar, MBBS (Pakistan)
Allogenic HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplantation)
Ghulam J. Mufti, DM
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
London, UK
Mohammad Islam, MBBS, BCS (Bangladesh)
Management of allogenic BMT (bone marrow transplantation) in transfusion dependent thalassemia patients
Vikram Mathews, MD
Christian Medical College
Vellore, India
Olufunto Kalejaiye, MB, ChB (Nigeria)
Morphology and interpretation of immunochemistry, blood film, and bone marrow aspiration slides
Alok Srivastava, MD
Christian Medical College
Vellore, India
Levani Makhaldiani, MD (Georgia)
Autologous bone marrow transplantation for multiple myeloma
Daniel Weisdorf, MD
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Anali Mora-Alferez, MD (Peru)
Diagnosis and management of hereditary hematological neoplasia
Lucy Godley, MD, PhD
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Ogechukwu Obi, BSc, MBBS (Nigeria)
Management of thrombosis and hemostasis/blood clotting
Adam Cuker, MD
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Veerendra Patil, MD (India)
Diagnosis and treatment of pediatric primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs)
Rakesh Goyal, MD
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO
Mauricio Postigo MacDowall, MD (Peru)
Peripheral blood/marrow morphology
Michael Linden, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Khaliqur Rahman, MBBS, MD (India)
Complete laboratory workup of lymphoma
Vishala Neppalli, MD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
Syed Raza, PhD (India)
Molecular genetic testing and diagnosis of AML, CML, MRD, and Thalassemia 1
Te-Chih Liu, MBBS
National University Hospital
Singapore
Anam Sadiq, PharmD (Pakistan)
Developing protocols and standard operating procedures for clinical pharmacy practice in hematology, hem-oncology, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT)
Charles Craddock
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Yee Loong Tang, MD (Malaysia)
Flow cytometry and clinical data interpretation
George Deeb, MD
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Selami Toprak, MD (Turkey)
Hematopoietic SCT and management of transplant patients
Koen Van Besien, MD, PhD
Weill Cornell University
New York, NY
Christiana Udo, MBBCH (Nigeria)
Diagnosis and management of bleeding disorders (Hemophilia A & B, and Von Willebrand disease)
Ravindra Sarode, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Angela Ugwu, MBBS (Nigeria)
Creation and management of an efficient hospital-based blood transfusion system
Andreas Greinacher, MD
Institute for Immunology and Transfusion Medicine
Greifswald, Germany
Dulanie Wijesekara, MBBS (Sri Lanka)
Allogenic and autologous SCT donor recruitment, selection, optimization, conditioning and management of associated complications
Alessandro Rambaldi, MD
University of Milan
Milan, Italy
Ei Phyo Win, MBBS, MSc (Myanmar)
Flow cytometry
Joseph Khoury, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Ayman Youssef, MBBCh (Egypt)
Bone marrow transplantation
Ahmed Galal, MD
Duke Cancer Center
Durham, NC
MD Abdullah Zubayer Khan, MBBS (Bangladesh)
Allogenic stem cell transplantation
Thomas Spitzer, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
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2016

VTP Participant and Training TopicHost Mentor and Institution
Bewketu Abebe Alemu, MD (Ethiopia)
Training in interpretation of bone marrow aspirates and trephine biopsies
Brigitte Cantinieaux, MD, PhD
CHU St. Pierre & Institute Bordet
Popa Codruta, MD, PhD (Romania)
Flow cytometry for detection of MRD in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
Michael Borowitz, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins
Chinedu Ezekekwu, MBBS (Nigeria)
Therapeutic apheresis in the management of sickle cell disease (SCD)
Marilyn Telen, MD
Duke University
Marcelo Luide Goncalves, MD, MSc (Brazil)
Coagulation tests for thrombosis and hemostasis
Flora Peyvandi, MD, PhD
Angelo Bianchi Bonomi Hematology & Thrombosis Center
Rodney Itaki, MBBS, BSc.Med (Papua New Guinea)
Interpretation of peripheral smears, bone marrow aspirates; flow cytometry
German Pihan, MD
Beth Israel Medical Center
Anu Korula, MBBS, MD, DM (India)
Genetic diagnosis, allogeneic transplantation for immunodeficienies
Parinda Mehta, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Misganaw Mengesha, MSc (Ethiopia)
Flow cytometry for diagnosis & classification of leukemias
Sung Choi, MD, MS
University of Michigan
Dereen Mohammed, MD (Iraq)
Training in the CD34 assay for stem cell monitoring; molecular biology for diagnosis of malignant hematology diseases
Angelo Palmas, MD
Ospedale San Francesco
Zola Musimar, MD (Botswana)
Diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma subtypes
Jeremy Abramson, MD, MMSc
Massachusetts General Hospital
Adebola Olu-Taiwo, MBBS, MPH (Nigeria)
Diagnosis & management of SCD
Abdullah Kutlar, MD
GRU Medical College of Georgia
Anand Prakash, MD, FNB (India)
Diagnosis and treatment of pediatric hematolymphoid malignancy
Carlos Alvarado, MD
Emory University Children's Center
Don Rohan Pullaperuma, MBBS, MD (Sri Lanka)
Management of patients with hemaglobinopathies, especially SCD
Enrico Novelli, MD, MS
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Tatiana Saldarriaga, MD (Peru)
Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) for malignant & non-malignant hematologic disorders
Monica Thakar, MD
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, MBChB, MMed (Uganda)
Interpretation of peripheral films, bone marrow aspirates & biopsies
Julianne Qualtieri, MD
University of Cincinnati
Buddhika Somawardana, MBBS, MD (Sri Lanka)
Clinical applications of flow cytometry for the management of hematological malignancies
Michael Andreeff,MD
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jennifer Thame, BSc, MBBS, DMM (Jamaica)
Immunophenotyping using flow cytometry for diagnosis of leukemias & lymphomas; adult and pediatric
Michael Linden, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota
Chi-kadibia Ukoma, MBBS (Nigeria)
FDiagnosis of SCD using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) for newborn screening program
Julie Makani, MD, PhD
Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences
Yasar Yousafzai, MBBS, PhD (Pakistan)
Diagnosis of hematological malignancies using flow cytometry
Mhairi Copland, BSc, MBChB, PhD
University of Glasgow
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2015

VTP Participant and Training Topic Host Mentor and Institution
Ademola Adewoyin, MBBS (Nigeria)
Transfusion medicine, specifically blood component preparation, aphaeresis, and compatibility testing
Gowthami Arepally, MD
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
Faiq Ahmed, MBBS, MD (India)
Diagnosis and classification of lymphoproliferative disorders
Vishala Neppalli, MD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
Mafruha Akter, MBBS, FCPS (Bangladesh)
Allogeneic stem cell transplantation
Gary Schiller, MD
University of California – Los Angeles School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
Samir Bele, MBBS, MD (India)
Sickle cell disease patient management
Alex George, MD, PhD
Texas Children’s Hospital; Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
Halima Bello-Manga, MBBS, MPH (Nigeria)
Sickle cell disease patient management
Adetola Kassim, MD, MS
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
Daniel Coriu, MD, PhD (Romania)
Bone marrow transplantation for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia patients
Mark Levis, MD, PhD
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Sharat Damodar, MD, DM (India)
Haplo-identical and matched unrelated stem cell transplantation
Daniel Weisdorf, MD
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Silvia Fernández Martínez, MD (Paraguay)
FISH and cytogenetics
Fabiola Traina, MD, PhD
University of São Paulo
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Ana Glembotsky, PhD (Argentina)
Molecular diagnosis of patients with inherited platelet disorders
Nicole Casadevall, MD
Institut Gustave Roussy
Villejuif, France
Obinna Iheanacho, MBBS (Nigeria)
Donor and therapeutic apheresis
Bruce Sachais, MD, PhD
New York Blood Center
New York, NY
Mehreen Khan, MBBS, MCPS, FCPS (Pakistan)
Haplo-identical bone marrow transplantation
Qaiser Bashir, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Lan Luo, MD (China)
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia assay
Demin Wang, PhD
Blood Research Institute and Blood Center of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
Flordeluna Mesina, MD (Philippines)
Development of disease registry for hematologic malignancies
Jorge Cortes, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Chizoba Nwankwo, MBBS (Nigeria)
Preparation of blood components/products with emphasis on apheresis
Aleksander Mijovic, MBBS, PhD
King’s College Hospital
London, UK
Matilda Ongóndi, MD (Kenya)
Performance and interpretation of peripheral smears, iron studies, and electrophoresis
Anand Karnad, MD
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX
Allan Pernudy, MD (Nicaragua)
MRD detection by flow cytometry
Martin A. Horstmann, MD
Children’s Cancer Center
Hamburg, Germany
Victor Salinas, MD (Paraguay)
Allogeneic stem cell transplantation
David Gomez, MD
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Monterrey, México
Jangbhadur Singh Sarna, MBBS, MD (India)
Flow cytometry
Vishala Neppalli, MD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
Cyprien Shyirambere, MD (Rwanda)
Diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia, peripheral blood smear interpretation, and bone marrow biopsy interpretation
Leslie E. Lehmann, MD
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Baltimore, MD
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2014

VTP Participant and Training TopicHost Mentor and Institution
Renate Asare, BSc (Ghana)
Immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry for diagnosis of hematological malignancies
Alok Srivastava, MD
Christian Medical College
Vellore, India
Adriana Bello, MD (Venezuela)
Autologous stem cell transplantation for the treatment of lymphoma
Sergio Giralt, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
Jorge Luis Contreras Saavedra, MD (Peru)
Optimal care of children undergoing human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-matched related and unrelated donor stem cell transplantation
Monica Thakar, MD
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
Reynaldo Angelo De Castro, BSc (Philippines)
Accurate diagnosis of newborn screening for thalassemias and hemoglobinopathy
Carolyn C. Hoppe, MD
Children’s Hospital and Research Center
Oakland, CA
Ahmet Emre Eskazan, MD (Turkey)
Management of patients with patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
Jorge Cortes, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Pamela Fajardo, MD (Philippines)
Diagnosis and management of aplastic anemia/bone marrow failure in children
David Williams, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Toman Tua Julian, MD (Indonesia)
Clinical and laboratory skills regarding hematologic stem cell transplantation especially autologous stem cell transplantation in myeloma
Wee Joo Chng, MD
National University Cancer Institute
Singapore
Sehar Khaliq, MBBS, FCPS (Pakistan)
Prenatal diagnosis of hemoglobin disorders
Suthat Fucharoen, MD
Mahidol University
Bangkok, Thailand
Pedro Lovato, MD (Peru)
Management of lymphoma patients, diagnostic and clinical aspects
Rizwan Romee, MD
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Aime Mbaya, MD (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Performance and interpretation of smear and bone aspirates
Lekidelu Taddesse-Heath, MD
Howard University Hospital
Washington, DC
Magdalene Namuwonge, Nursing Officer Diploma (Uganda)
Blood bank management, how to improve transfusion safety on the hospital wards and how to prevent, recognize and manage transfusion reactions.
Jeannie Callum, MD
Sunnybrook Health and Sciences Centre and University Health Network
Toronto, Canada
Onsongo Simon Nyangena, MMed (Kenya)
Development of sickle cell patient registry; management of sickle cell patients
Nigel Key, MB, ChB
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Sunday Ocheni, MBBS, FMCPath (Nigeria)
Human leukocyte antigen (Hla) typing
Ayman Saad, MD
Evelina London Children’s Hospital (Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust)
London, United Kingdom
Emmanuel Okakpu, MBBS (Nigeria)
Laboratory and clinical aspects of Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (Ph-negative MPNs)
Jean-Jacques Kiladjan, MD, PhD
Saint-Louis Centre D-Investigations Clinique
Paris, France
Ekarat Rattarittamrong, MD (Thailand)
Laboratory and clinical aspects of Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (Ph-negative MPNs)
Jean-Jacques Kiladjian, MD, PhD
Saint-Louis Centre D’Investigations Clinique
Paris, France
Eloísa Riva, MD (Uruguay)
Diagnosis and typing of amyloidosis with a focus on how to process samples for typing
Giampaolo Merlini, MD
Amyloidosis Research and Treatment Center at the University of Pavia
Pavia, Italy
Ninoska Rojas Soto, MD (Peru)
Bone marrow transplantation specifically with haploidentical donors
Heather Symons, MD
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Yuliya Shestovska, MD (Ukraine)
Allogeneic stem cell transplantation
Sergio Giralt, MD, and Miguel-Angel Perales, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
Zsofia Varady, MD, PhD (Romania)
Patient care during myeloablative and non-myeloablative haplo-identical bone marrow transplant
Richard Jones, MD
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
Baltimore, MD
Tamunomieibi Wakama, MBBS, FMCPath (Nigeria)
Flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry immunophenotyping of hematologic neoplasms
Vishalla Neppalli, MD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
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