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Inaugural Class of FDA-AACR Oncology Educational Fellows Announced

PHILADELPHIA – The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) today announced the 2020-2021 class of FDA-AACR Oncology Educational Fellows. This is the first year of the fellowship, a joint initiative of the Oncology Center of Excellence at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the AACR.

The FDA-AACR Oncology Educational Fellowship is designed to promote scientific progress through the exchange of knowledge in oncology education, collaborative learning, and research. Through targeted educational activities and interactions with experts from the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence and the AACR, the fellows will increase their familiarity and experience with oncology drug development and the regulatory review process. The educational and networking events will be held virtually this year.

“It’s our great pleasure to help enrich the education of other physicians and open lines of communication with oncology professionals about the FDA’s work in drug development,” said Richard Pazdur, MD, director of the Oncology Center of Excellence at the FDA. “We hope this program will provide a window on what we do and how we think at the FDA.”

The 20 fellows in this year’s class are current hematology/oncology fellows and early-career cancer investigators at cancer centers across the United States and Canada, selected through a competitive application process.

“The AACR is very proud to partner with Dr. Pazdur and his exceptional team at the FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence on the FDA-AACR Oncology Educational Fellowship program,” said Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), chief executive officer of the AACR. “This exciting project will provide 20 talented young researchers and physician-scientists with a unique opportunity to more fully appreciate how regulatory science informs the way in which new cancer medicines are evaluated for their safety and efficacy.”

The 2020-2021 FDA-AACR Oncology Educational Fellows are:

  • Samer Al Hadidi, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
  • Gagandeep Brar, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, New York
  • Michael Burns, MD, PhD, Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Chris Chen, MD, Stanford University Department of Medicine, Palo Alto, California
  • Izak Faiena, MD, Columbia University Medical Center, New York
  • Parvaneh Fallah, MD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Aparna Hegde, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Henry J. Henderson III, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jasmine Huynh, MD, University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sacramento, California
  • Ana Rosa Sáez Ibáñez, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
  • Yasmin Kadry, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Justin Lo, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Lin Mei, MD, Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Ryan Nguyen, DO, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Timil Patel, MD, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jacqulyne Robichaux, PhD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • Ilana Schlam, MD, MedStar Georgetown Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
  • Misty Dawn Shields, MD, PhD, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida
  • Jasmine Sukumar, MD, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, Ohio
  • Neil Vasan, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York