Current Fellows

Third Year Fellows – PGY 6

Profile PhotoNameMedical SchoolHometownAbout MeProfessional Interests
Ranjit BanwaitRoyal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of MedicineCarteret, New JerseyI love endurance sports and being outdoors. I have run 11 marathons and someday hope to compete in all the six world marathons majors. Apart from that I love traveling and I have lived in Ireland for an extended period of time while finishing up my medical school training. Most interesting and exciting place I have visited is Morocco!Currently undecided between private versus academic based clinical practice. I have prior experience in Malignant Hematology however I am keeping my options open. I am Geriatrics Medicine trained so I hope to bring this aspect my training into my practice of older adults living with cancer.
Venugopal DamerlaGandhi Medical College Hyderabad, IndiaHyderabad, IndiaHe enjoys skiing and cooking.His professional interests include research on role of metabolic factors involved in cancer development and immunotherapy.
Iman DoostanIsfahan University of Medical SciencesShiraz, IranMy passion for Hematology-Oncology originated back at the beginning of medical school. I moved to United States in 2011 to start PhD Program in Cancer Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center and later to New York to train in Internal Medicine. Following my training, I worked as a faculty physician at University of Miami with focus mainly to treat patients with hematologic malignancies. I always strive to provide the best care to my patients. Outside medicine, I spend time with my family, try new restaurants, and enjoy outdoor activities. In addition, I am learning and playing violin, and love music. I am looking forward to practicing in an academic setting after my fellowship training. I would like to pursue physician scientist route in Heme-Onc with focus on identifying mechanisms of resistance to conventional and targeted therapies and identifying novel therapeutics.
Miguel Michel OcampoUniversidad Autonoma de Guadalajara Facultad de MedicinaSayula Jalisco, MexicoI enjoy spending time with my family, especially my two nephews, my parents and wife, so I am thrilled to be in San Antonio because now ill be closer with a quick flight to Guadalajara. I am a huge foodie, I love exploring different restaurants and trying new types of food from different cultures and so far San Antonio has not disappointed me at all, everything has been delicious. I look forward to traveling around Texas and getting to know different nearby cities.I am very interested in solid tumors especially GI and GI as these affect a large percent of the Latin American community and I would like to make an impact in this population given my background. I would like to work in a private practice or community setting so that I may still see a variety in terms of pathology but with a focus on GI and GU.
Abhishek PandyaA.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in ArizonaBorn in Ahmedabad, India; grew up in Phoenix, ArizonaI love to spend time with family and friends exploring new restaurants, watching and playing pretty much any sport including tennis, cricket, soccer, and basketball. I love to travel, listen to good music, watch movies and read. I am also passionate about climate change, learning about how it impacts the health of individuals, specifically in the field of Oncology.Still at the beginning of my training so I have wide interests, but I like benign and malignant hematology.

Second Year Fellows – PGY 5

Profile PhotoNameMedical SchoolHometownAbout MeProfessional Interests
Karthik ChamartiMedical School Madurai Medical CollegeAndhra Pradesh, IndiaAs a person, I like watching movies, working out in the gym and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Mother Earth. The curiosity in me drove me towards the medical field and especially to HemeOnc because of the recent advances which have made remarkable differences in people lives. I like to practice both Hematology/Medical Oncology in the future.
Heidi LatiolaisMedical School Texas A&M Health Science Center College of MedicineBorn on Eglin AFB, Florida; grew up in Wichita Falls, TexasOutside of medicine, I enjoy traveling and especially love to watch a sunrise on the beach! I also enjoy spending time with family, friends, and my sweet mini goldendoodle, Eloise!I look forward to an academic-based clinical practice focused on malignant hematology, specifically acute leukemia and stem cell transplantation.
Radhamani KannaiyanK.A.P. Vishwananthan Government Medical CollegeTamil Nadu, IndiaI love hiking and spending time with my children.Everything about hematology-oncology excites me.
Jay ParekhLokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical CollegeMumbai, IndiaI love playing cricket, soccer and tennis. I enjoy spotting planes so I like airports too. Academic career in oncology and clinical trials.

First Year Fellows – PGY 4

Profile PhotoNameMedical SchoolHometownAbout MeProfessional Interests
Stephanie HaddadWest Virginia School of Osteopathic MedicinePeabody, MAI love fitness and staying active, lifting weights, running, spinning, and reformer pilates. As a classically trained dancer and collegiate ballroom dancer, I am passionate about dancing. I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places and different cultures. I am continually fascinated by medicine, particularly hematology/oncology and emerging research, so I enjoy reading journals and articles.Academic-based clinical practice in medical oncology with a primary focus on breast oncology and clinical research involving clinical trials.
Jacob SchmelzUT Health San Antonio Long School of MedicineSan Antonio, TXI am an avid runner and an aspiring triathlete! I love going for walks in the
greenbelt with my dog. My other interests include gaming, cooking, yoga, and orchid
Academic career, possibly focusing on benign/malignant hematology
Eleftheria AtallaUniversity of Athens School of Health SciencesAthens, GreeceOutside of medicine, I am passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures. I
also enjoy outdoor running and attending musical theater (huge fan of Broadway
shows!) and concerts.
My professional interests include malignant hematology and new
therapeutics in this field.
Daniela PortilloUT Health San Antonio Long School of MedicineChihuahua, MexicoI am an avid San Antonio Spurs fan and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like paddle boarding and pickleball. Spending quality time with my family is
one of my greatest joys. My medical journey is fueled by a passion for improving patient outcomes and a commitment to healthcare innovation.
My professional interests currently straddle the dynamic fields of academic and community medicine. I have a robust background in clinical trials,
particularly in breast cancer, which continues to inspire my career path. Recently, I've developed a keen interest in Gastrointestinal Oncology, where I
aim to make significant contributions through patient care. I am eager to further my expertise in these areas and contribute meaningfully to oncology.