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Hematology and Oncology at Penn State College of Medicine

The mission of the Division of Hematology and Oncology is to provide outstanding, comprehensive care to adults with hematologic and solid cancers; conduct transformative, knowledge-enhancing basic, translational, and clinical research to advance treatment; and educate the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians.

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Welcome to the Division of Hematology and Oncology, one of the largest academic subunits within the Department of Medicine. We are committed to cancer and related hematologic research, education and clinical care. We provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary and compassionate care for people with a variety of cancers and blood and bone marrow disorders. Our passion is to provide outstanding care while conducting transformative and leading-edge research to advance knowledge and personalized treatments in this field.

Our physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses work together to provide compassionate and world-class clinical care and state-of-the-art treatments to meet the needs of our patients and families. We provide expertise for all solid tumor types as well as hematologic malignancies, bone marrow and stem cell transplant, CAR-T and cellular therapies. We are deeply engaged in research on all fronts in basic and translational science, and clinical research. Our investigators conduct innovative National Institutes of Health-funded research and collaborate with researchers at Penn State University and Penn State College of Medicine to translate the latest discoveries to advances in therapeutics. In our clinical research, we take pride in being principal investigators and leaders in the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium and other cooperative groups. We are equally passionate and proud of our dedication to teaching and training the next generation physicians, physician-scientists and advanced practitioners who will carry the torch for years to come.

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Patrick C. Ma, MD, MSc, Interim Division Chief

Patrick C. Ma, MD, MSc
Interim Chief, Division of Hematology and Oncology
Professor of Medicine
Call us at 717-531-8024

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Education in Hematology and Oncology

The Division of Hematology and Oncology is strongly committed to educating, training and mentoring the next generation of physicians, advanced practitioners, researchers and future leaders in the field. Faculty are involved in education at multiple levels and frequently receive awards for their dedication to teaching.

Educators in the division provide training for the next generation of specialists through the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, a three-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits four fellows per year. A separate Hematology Track, a two-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year, is also available.

The Division of Hematology and Oncology hosts weekly CME accredited Grand Rounds that are attended by practitioners from many fields including radiation oncology, surgery, palliative care, nursing and pharmacy. The Grand Rounds bring the most up-to-date research and treatments in the field to the forefront, either with local or invited speakers, providing a place to interact with colleagues and discuss new ideas. The division also hosts an annual Cancer Research Symposium where fellows, residents, students and faculty showcase their research, monthly interdisciplinary conferences, monthly Schwartz Center rounds, and several Mini-Symposiums, Special Seminar Series and endowed annual lectures. In addition, each disease team hosts weekly tumor boards that significantly contribute to improved and coordinated patient care and also serve the division’s teaching and clinical research missions through identifying patient candidates for clinical trials.

Medical education consists of inpatient and outpatient clerkships and acting internships (hematology/oncology inpatient service, hematology consults, oncology consults and outpatient clinic rotations).


Educational Programs

  • For Medical Students
    • Integrated science courses
    • Hematology/oncology interest group
    • Cancer care experience (inpatient hematology/oncology clerkship, Phase 3 (fourth year) elective courses and acting internships)
  • Post-Graduate Training
  • Continuing Education
    • Hematology/Oncology Grand Rounds every Thursday at 7:45 a.m.
    • Monthly Interdisciplinary Conference
    • Schwartz Center Rounds – monthly on Tuesdays
    • The Rod and Ceil Mortel Annual Research Lecture
    • The Penny Rybka Memorial Lecture
    • Disease teams tumor boards – weekly


The Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program

Professor and Director: Shin Mineishi, MD

Hemophilia Center of Central PA (HCCP)

Principal Investigator: M. Elaine Eyster, MD,
Professor of Medicine Contact: Colleen Farrell, RN, BSN
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Drive, P.O. Box 850, Mail Code H046
Hershey, PA 17033-0850

Extradepartmental affiliations

The Division of Hematology and Oncology is an integral part of the Penn State Cancer Institute. Due to the complexity of the cancers that division members treat and the need for interdisciplinary integration, the group works heavily with other departments such as Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Thoracic Surgery, ENT, Colorectal Surgery, Breast Surgery, Urology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), Infectious Diseases, Pulmonology, Interventional Pulmonary, Interventional Radiology, Dermatology, Opthalmology, Palliative Care and Humanities, among others.

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