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2022 Minority Resident Hematology Award Program

December 11, 2022

The goal of the Minority Resident Hematology Award Program (MRHAP) is to provide support for underrepresented minority residents to conduct hematology focused research with the intended outcome of increasing interest in hematology research and choice of fellowship. Now in its fourth cohort, this award program is intended to fill the gaps in the longitudinal pathway from medical student to hematologist by providing under-represented minority trainees with additional research opportunities and one-on-one interactions with both a research and career development mentor.

Please join ASH in congratulating the 15 MRHAP winners for 2022.


Ijele Adimora, MD — University of Texas at Houston; Examining Clinical and Social Factors Related to Sustained HbF Response in Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Patients Research; Mentor: Jonathan Flanagan, PhD; Career Development Mentor: Venee Tubman, MD

Jorge Avila Zambrano, MD — St. Elizabeth Medical Center; Marital Status, Social Support and Survival in Older Adults With Blood Cancer; Research Mentor: Gregory Abel, MD, MPH; Career Development Mentor: Daniel Bauer, MD, PhD

Mauricio Barreto, MD — Children’s National Medical Center; Best Noninvasive Predictor of Renal Function in Sickle Cell Nephropathy Research Mentor: Courtney Fitzhugh, MD; Career Development Mentor: Patrick Gallagher, MD

Alexandra Boye-Doe, MD — University of North Carolina; Utilization of Telehealth to Facilitate Implementation of Transition Tools for Adolescents and Young Adults With Sickle Cell Disease Transitioning From Pediatric to Adult Care; Research Mentor: Jane Little, MD; Career Development Mentor: Marilyn Telen, MD

Jeffrey Edwards, MD, MPH — Boston Children’s Hospital; Socioeconomic Disparities and Risk of Stroke as Assessed by Transcranial Doppler: A DISPLACE Study Secondary Analysis; Research Mentor: Natasha Archer, MD; Career Development Mentor: Titilope Fasipe, MD

Andres Felipe Fajardo, MD — McMaster University; Epidemiology and Outcome of Leukemia/Lymphoma in Patients With Intellectual Disability: A Review of the Current Literature; Research Mentor: Uma Athale, MD, MBBS, MSc; Career Development Mentor: Ewurabena Simpson, MD

Miriam Kwarteng-Siaw, MD — Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Prevalence of Myeloid Malignancies in Individuals With Hematologic Anemias; Research Mentor: Benjamin Ebert, MD, PhD; Career Development Mentor: Gabriela S. Hobbs, MD

Maria Leon-Camarena, MD — University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School; Do Distinct Cytogenetic Patterns Among Latino Children With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALLh) Account for Their Disparities in Clinical Outcomes? A Study From the Reducing Ethnic Disparities in Acute Leukemias (REDIAL) Consortium Research; Mentor: Michael Scheurer, PhD; Career Development Mentor: Ruben Mesa, MD

H. Moses Murdock, MD — Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Venetoclax and Azacitidine Maintenance Therapy After RIC-Ven Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation in High-Risk Myeloid Malignancies; Research Mentor: R. Coleman Lindsley, MD, PhD; Career Development Mentor: Gregory J. Kato, MD

Alfonso Molina, MD, MPH — Stanford University; The Impact of Race/Ethnicity and Social Determinants of Health Domains in Adult Patients Referred for Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at Stanford University; Research Mentor: Lori Muff ly, MD; Career Development Mentor: Arturo Molina, MD

Gabriel Roman Souza, MD — University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Characteristics and Outcomes of Veterans With Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treated With Venetoclax Plus Hypomethylating Agents: A National Retrospective Cohort Study ;Research Mentor: Zohra Nooruddin, MD; Career Development Mentor: Francisco Vega-Vasquez, MD, PhD

Allison Taylor, PhD — Duke Medical Center; Facilitators and Barriers to Treatment Decisions in Black Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML); Research Mentor: Thomas LeBlanc, MD, MS, MA; Career Development Mentor: Ify Osunkwo, MD, MPH

Ashley Thrower, MD — Duke University; COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease; Research Mentor: John Strouse, MD; Career Development Mentor: Marilyn Telen, MD

Carolina Velez-Mejia, MD — University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Evaluating Survival Outcomes and Socioeconomic Disparities of Hispanics vs non-Hispanics for Hodgkin and Non- Hodgkin Lymphomas in United States: Understanding the Impact of Health Insurance Status; Research Mentor: Adolfo Diaz Duque, MD; Career Development Mentor: Leon Bernal-Mizrachi, MD

Alexis Williams, MD — Boston Children’s Hospital; A Standardized Approach to Screening for Academic Challenges Among Patients With Sickle Cell Disease; Research Mentor: Natasha Archer, MD; Career Development Mentor: Laura Michaelis, MD

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