Pediatric Hematology - Oncology Fellowship

 The goal of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship training program at the University of Louisville is to train the best leaders in academic and clinical pediatric hematology/oncology in the United States. Upon successful completion of our training program, fellows will have a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of pediatric hematologic and oncologic disorders and will be competent in the clinical diagnosis and management of those disorders. Graduates will continue to add new knowledge in the field through their scholarly activity, and by their ability to teach the pediatricians of the future.

For much of the first year, the hematology/oncology fellow will be assigned to the inpatient service at Norton Children’s Hospital. Working alongside a full-time faculty member and other healthcare personnel of the interdisciplinary team.  The fellow will manage in-patients with presumed and established hematology and oncology diagnoses. This rotation also provides the opportunity to gain proficiency in bone marrow aspiration and biopsy and lumbar puncture with the administration of chemotherapy. During this inpatient rotation, the fellow will become the primary care provider for various oncology patients that they will follow in the outpatient continuity clinic under the supervision of a faculty member.

During the second and third year of fellowship training, the fellow will perform a clinical or laboratory research project. Fellows are given the ability to pursue a Master's Degree in Clinical Investigation Sciences during their second and third year of training while completing their research project.  


  • All applicants must have completed, or be in the final year of a pediatric residency program from an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) approved training program or be ABP-certified in pediatrics.
  • Applicants should be board-eligible or board-certified in Pediatrics.
  • Applicants must have passed Step 3 of the USMLE or COMPLEX.
  • Applicants who are international graduates must be ECFMG certified. International Graduates must have completed, or be in the final year of a pediatric residency program from an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) approved training program or be ABP-certified in pediatrics.
  • Selected candidates must be a citizen of the United States or have a J-1 Clinical Visa or obtain permanent residence in the United States.

Application Process and Interviews

Applications should be submitted via ERAS® – The Electronic Residency Application Service. Applications may be submitted starting in July when ERAS opens.  When submitting your application through ERAS, please include the following:

•    ERAS common application form
•    Current CV
•    Personal statement
•    Three letters of recommendation (one letter must be from your residency training program)
•    Photograph
•    An official copy of your medical school transcript
•    An official copy of your medical school Dean's letter
•    An official copy of your United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores transcript
•    ECFMG status report (for International Medical Graduates only)
•    Other documents supporting your Visa status

NRMP Match

We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Please review the NRMP website for match registration policies and dates.

Contact Us

For more information about the Hematology - Oncology Fellowship Program, please contact the Program Coordinator:

Vicki Masterson, Program Coordinator

Year 1



Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant                                     


Norton Children’s Hospital

Radiation Oncology


Norton Cancer Institute

Blood Bank


Norton Children's Hospital



Norton Hospital

Pediatric Pathology


Norton Hospital



Norton Children's Hospital



Norton Children’s Hospital




The University of Louisville extends various benefits to Pediatric Fellows. Some of those benefits include:

  • Resident Stipends (Year 1 - PGY4, Year 2 - PGY5, Year 3 - PGY6)
  • Four weeks of paid vacation per year
  • Medical, Life, and Disability insurance available
  • Vision and Dental insurance available
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Paid parking
  • Stipend for fellowship-related textbooks
  • Registration and funding for conferences (one per academic year)
  • Organizational and state dues
  • Fellow Research Grant Monies (awarded by Office of Medical Education)
  • "Fellow Fun" Stipend
To view a complete list of the University of Louisville's Graduate Medical Education benefits (including updated Stipend information), please visit the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) website for Incoming Residents.

Current Fellow(s)

Simone Chang, M.D.
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow: 2019-2022
Research interest: TBD
Hometown: Trinidad and Tobago
Pediatric Residency: Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami
Medical School: University of the West Indies Faculty of Medicine St. Augustine, Trinidad


Past Fellow(s)


Justin Farge, M.D. (Graduated: June 21, 2019)
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellow: 2016-2019
Research interest: Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells in Pediatric Solid Tumors
Hometown: Metairie, LA   
Pediatric Residency: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Medical School: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

"I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology faculty and staff at the University of Louisville.  In my first year of fellowship, my knowledge base and clinical skills have grown tremendously due, in large part, to the varied patient base that we see in our region.  Being able to navigate our patients with cancer and blood disorders and their families through their therapies has been an honor and has further motivated me to hone my research and clinical studies in this hugely rewarding field."

Hematology - Oncology Fellowship Leadership

Mustafa Barbour, M.D., Program Director
Associate Professor
(502) 852-8450



For information about the Hematology - Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Louisville, please contact the Program Coordinator:

Vicki Masterson, Program Coordinator

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
University of Louisville School of Medicine
571 South Floyd Street, Suite 445, Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 852-8450  |  Fax: (502) 852-8453

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