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Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Fellowship

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Training at a Top Ranked Cancer Hospital

Children's National Hospital is consistently ranked nationally as a top 10 pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report, as well as a leading institution for cancer research.

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The goal of the Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy (BMTCT) Fellowship at Children’s National Hospital and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is to provide advanced clinical and research training to senior fellows interested in pursuing a career dedicated to the field. 

The NIH and Children’s National are recruiting candidates for a one-year fellowship. The overall objective is to provide BMTCT fellows with extensive experience in a wide variety of diagnoses such that they become experts in BMTCT clinical management. BMTCT fellows are expected to manage their panel of primary patients from initial consults through weighing treatment options and providing longitudinal care through inpatient and outpatient clinical care.

By the second half of the year, BMTCT fellows have gained the expertise necessary to provide primary oversight over the BMT unit patients with support from the attending physician. They will work within an interdisciplinary team that consists of a BMT faculty member, hematology/oncology fellows, subspecialist consultants, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pediatric house staff, medical students, inpatient nurses, social workers, psychologists, case managers, nutritionists and other members of the inpatient and outpatient healthcare teams. 

Ideal applicants will need to have:

  • Completed a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology or Immunology
  • Be board certified in Pediatrics and board certified or board eligible in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology or Immunology
  • Been involved with a ABP-approved research track demonstrating academic accomplishment in BMTCT-associated themes

Meet the Blood and Marrow Transplantation team.


    Clinical Training

    Fellows will split their time equally between the National Institutes of Health and Children's National. Both hospitals are large tertiary referral centers accepting patients regionally, nationally and internationally. The patients we serve are medically complex and quite diverse. Fellows will be involved in both inpatient and outpatient management of a myriad of diseases, including:

    • Malignant diseases
    • Hemoglobinopathies
    • Primary immunodeficiencies
    • Bone marrow failure syndromes
    • Cellular therapy (including CAR-T, viral and tumor specific therapies, mesenchymal stromal cells, among others)


    Fellows will be exposed to cutting-edge clinical and translational research, which includes multiple chimeric antigen receptor products, gene therapy, cytotoxic T cell therapies and multi-institutional transplant therapy trials. It is expected that each fellow will have a research goal that will be developed during their time in the BMTCT Fellowship. Fellows are provided 4 months of protected time set aside for completion of research projects.


    In addition to direct patient care in both institutions, fellows will be strongly encouraged to participate in rotations with ancillary divisions. Rotations will be tailored to the fellow’s future plans, including:

    How to Apply

    Please submit a resume, personal statement and three letters of recommendation to Blachy Davila Saldana, M.D., and Lea Cunningham, M.D., BMTCT Fellowship Program Directors. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

    Some visas may be supported by the NIH/Children’s National Fellowship Program on a case-by-case basis.

    Contact Information

    To learn more about the Bone Marrow Transplant and Cell Therapy Fellowship, please call 202-476-6690 or email Fellowship Coordinators Marsha Thomas (Children’s National) or Amy Swanson (NIH).