Current Fellows

Third Year Fellows

Dr. Blase

Jennifer Blase, M.D., Ph.D.

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
College: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Residency: University of Michigan
Other Degrees: PhD
Academic Interests: Screening for underlying inborn errors of immunity (IEI) in patients with lymphoma

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"
A. I initially came to the University of Michigan for residency because I loved the focus they had on trainee education and career development. I stayed for fellowship because I saw how much they valued their fellows and constantly adjusted the program based on fellow feedback. The University also has many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, and Ann Arbor really surprised me as being a wonderful place to live with lots of energy and activities, as well as having such considerate citizens- not to mention the most beautiful trees (their namesake!).

Aarti Kamat, M.D.

Aarti Kamat, M.D.

Hometown: Northville, MI
College: Dartmouth College
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Residency: Helen DeVos/Spectrum Health
Academic interests: Oncology, AYA population

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"
A. I was drawn to University of Michigan after my interview due to the close knit feeling of the program, while at the same time having a large, diverse patient population. I liked the ability to see both bread and butter heme/onc diagnoses as well as rare, more complex cases. Everyone seemed passionate about their work and fellow education.

Jillian Lapinski, M.D.

Jillian Simoneau, M.D.

Hometown: Waterford, MI
College: University of Michigan
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Residency: UMPC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Academic Interests: Influence of physical activity, diet/nutrition, and modifiable risk factors on disease outcomes.

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"
A. The people and the city! As an Ann Arbor alumni, I have always dreamed of coming back to start my career at Mott Children's hospital. After interacting with program leadership and faculty, I felt as though I would have good mentorship and support to grow and start developing a strong career in pediatric heme/onc. Not to mention the city of Ann Arbor! The parks, trails, college sports, markets, and fun places to eat and drink - you really cannot go wrong moving here. Although a smaller city, there is always something to do, and the cozy feeling never gets old. Go Blue!

Clayton-Habiger, M.D.

Clayton Habiger, M.D.

Hometown: Kinsley, KS
College: Kansas State University
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Residency: University of Tennessee
Academic Interests: Benign Hematology

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"
A. After the interview I could tell that my personality would be a good fit. Academically, the hematology department had a great reputation and was held equal to that of oncology.

Second Year Fellows

Laura Bou-Maroun, MD

Laura Bou-Maroun, M.D.

Hometown: Livonia, MI
College: University of Michigan
Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Residency: Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Academic Interests: Hemoglobinopathies, Bleeding Disorders, Global Health.

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"
A. The University of Michigan offers diverse pathologies in both hematology and oncology. With specific interests in benign hematology, I know that I will have great clinical experience and research opportunities here. The faculty are collaborative, approachable, and very dedicated to their patients.

Jamie Pruitt, DO

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
College: St. John Fisher College, Rochester NY
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Cleveland Clinic
Academic Interests: Oncology

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"
A. I choose the University of Michigan for fellowship due to the mix of cutting-edge research (including phase 1 clinical trials), along with the robust clinical exposure/training that is offered. During my interview, I felt an overwhelming sense that the staff were fully dedicated to the fellow’s success. I also felt a sense a "home" that could not be ignored. When not at the hospital, I am looking forward to exploring all the excellent food and weather that Ann Arbor has to offer!

First Year Fellows

Katelyn Swizer

Katelyn Swizer, M.D.

Hometown: Oregon City, Oregon
College: Tulane University

Medical School: Tulane School of Medicine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, San Antonio
Academic Interests: Benign Hematology, Medical Education

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"

A. The Program had a strong benign hematology and general oncology program with a diverse team of mentors and teachers. The fellowship seemed to value fellows and supported wellness.

Erin Hamanishi

Erin Hamanishi, M.D., Ph.D.

Hometown: Delta, British Columbia, Canada
College: 

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, Sint Maarten
Residency: Pediatrics, Beaumont Children’s, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Academic Interests: Genomics & System Biology – being able to use “big” data to answer “small” questions

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"

A. I chose U of M for my fellowship training because of the great opportunities in academics and clinical medicine!

Benison Lau

Benison Lau, M.D.

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
College:  University of California, Berkeley

Medical School: University of Illinois
Residency:  UMass -Baystate Internal Medicine – Pediatrics
Academic Interests: Neuro-Oncology

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"

A.  I chose University of Michigan because there is robust clinical training which is balanced with excellent mentorship and research opportunities to build a strong foundation for a career in academic medicine. It was clear that the faculty are invested in the fellows and concentrate on helping them reach potential while personalizing their experiences to their specific goals.