Current Fellows

Third Year Fellows

Joshua Goldman, M.D.

Joshua Goldman, M.D.

Hometown: Trumbull, CT
College: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Residency: University of Connecticut School of Medicine/ Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Other Degrees: None
Academic Interests: Neuro-oncology, supportive care, QI

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"
A. "U of M offers a diverse patient population and cutting edge research opportunities in a medium-sized program. I also was impressed by how approachable the faculty were during my interview and how livable Ann Arbor appeared when I came for my interview."

Nate Nessle, DO

Charles Nate Nessle, D.O.

Hometown: Springboro, OH 
College: Lee University, Cleveland, TN 
Medical School: Rocky Vista University, Parker, CO
Residency: University of Louisville 
Academic Interests: Global hematology oncology and improving access to care in developing countries

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"
A. "We’ve had close family members treated at Mott Children’s Hospital over the years, and it’s an honor to be a part of the university. The faculty lead with humility and approach patients with big hearts; what better people to learn from. There are a lot of global medicine opportunities, and I’m planning on obtaining my MPH during fellowship hoping it will open doors to either a part or full time position internationally."

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!).

Second Year Fellows

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 Lapinski, 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.

First 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!

Johnathan Bishop, M.D.

Johnathon Drake Bishop, M.D.

Hometown: Blackstone, VA
College: Hampden-Sydney College
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Residency: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Academic Interests: leukemia, immunology

Q. "Why did you choose University of Michigan for Fellowship?"
A. I was highly impressed with the program and felt welcomed by the faculty and staff that I interacted with. The fellows of the program were helpful, and I thought they would be excellent colleagues. Finally, the city of Ann Arbor seemed like a wonderful place to live and work