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Farzana Pashankar, MD, MRCP, MBBS

Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology); Fellowship Director, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program; Director, Solid Tumor Program, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program; Children's Oncology Group Site PI, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program

I am a pediatric hematologist oncologist specializing in care of children with sickle cell disease and solid tumors. I did medical school and residency at University of Pune, India. I then trained in the United Kingdom receiving an MRCP. After completion of pediatric training in the UK, I pursued a hematology oncology fellowship at British Columbia Children’s Hospital and University of Iowa. I joined the faculty at Yale in 2005, and am a professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

I am a clinician educator and have focused my career on patient care and clinical research, with a special interest in designing clinical trials for children with solid tumors, particularly germ cell and rare tumors. I am the clinical research team leader for Pediatrics at Smilow Cancer Center. Nationally, I am very involved in the Children’s Oncology Group, and am chair and vice-chair of international trials in germ cell tumors.

I also very much enjoy teaching medical students, residents, and fellows and have received several teaching awards. I am the director of the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program, and training and mentoring the next generation is very important to me. I am very excited to be a coach for medical students, and to mentor and guide them as they embark on their medical journey.