Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

Message from the Director

Welcome to the University of California, Irvine/CHOC Children’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program website. The information on this website will serve as an introduction to our program. The fellowship program is a three-year ACGME-accredited program encompassing a clinical year followed by two years of basic, translational and clinical research. The hospital tower provides individual rooms to our hematology/oncology patients and families.

CHOC Children’s Hyundai Cancer Institute diagnoses more than 120 new oncology patients annually and participates as a Phase I site for Children’s Oncology Group studies. CHOC Children’s Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program is accredited by the Federation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and is performing approximately 25-35 hematopoietic stem cell transplants per year. The Oncology division participates in numerous clinical trials and has an on-site stem cell laboratory. In addition to inpatient care, Oncology outpatient services include the Oncology clinic, Outpatient Infusion Center, and subspecialty clinics, such as BMT clinic and Late Effects clinic.

CHOC Children’s houses the MCHB/CDC Federal grants for the Western Regional Hemophilia Treatment Centers. Our Hemophilia Treatment Center cares for over 500 patients with bleeding disorders with many new diagnoses each year. As a member of the Thalassemia Consortium Research Network, CHOC Children’s treats a large population of patients with significant thalassemic conditions. A special feature of our Comprehensive Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment Center is the close collaboration with the Newborn Screening Program and the Sickle Cell Foundation. Other Hematology subspecialty clinics include Immune Deficiency clinic, Hemangioma clinic, and BMT clinic. The Hematology division participates in various basic and translational research and numerous clinical trials. In addition, the Blood and Donor Services provides emergent apheresis care for exchange transfusions, plasmapheresis, therapeutic WBC pheresis, and stem cell collections.

Our distinguished faculty continues to grow and now includes ten oncologists and five hematologists. They are supported by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, clinical research staff, and secretarial support. Members of the faculty include internationally- and nationally-recognized experts in various aspects of pediatric hematology/oncology.

The philosophy of our program emphasizes the patient as the best teacher. Therefore, we stress teaching before, during, and after patient care rounds as well as didactic sessions that are patient/case oriented.

A vital aspect of our fellowship program is education. Fellows have a weekly core lecture series on topics in hematology/oncology and participate in other didactic conferences including board review, journal club, tumor board, neuro-onc tumor board, BMT conference, recurrent cancer conference, hematology case conference, and noon conferences.

Fellows are paid according to the university/hospital pay scale for trainees based on their post-graduate year. This salary is competitive and considers the cost of living in Southern California.

Note: Fellowship applications are submitted through ERAS.
Please feel free to email me our call our office if you have additional questions. My email address is and our office number is (714) 509-8430.

Amit Soni, MD
Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

Dr. Amit Soni, Director, Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Fellowship Program

Dr. Amit Soni, Director, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology Fellowship Program



The clinical year is structured into four week rotations consisting of:

  • Hematology Inpatient
  • Oncology Inpatient
  • Outpatient Clinics (Hematology and Oncology)

The first year fellow will rotate four times through each of the venues.

A four week rotation consisting of:

  • Blood Bank
  • Hematopathology
  • Radiation Oncology


Two years Research are an integral component of the fellowship program. Our fellowship program offers Research in both Hematology and Oncology. Numerous research opportunities are available both in clinical and basic science areas.

Exposure to methodology, ethics, and IRB training is vital to our research rotation. CHOC’s state of-the-art equipment includes A2, Nanogen Microarray Workstation, Thromboelastograph, and Flow Cytometer for basic science projects.

During these two years, participation in two half days of clinic (one each in oncology and hematology) is also required.

Salary and Benefits


  • PGY4 $63,879
  • PGY5 $66,493
  • PGY6 $68,964

Health/Dental Insurance


  • 4 weeks paid vacation/sick time
  • Christmas/New Year holiday schedule
  • Hospital-provided email

Educational Resources

  • One paid national conference per year up to $1500
  • Yearly academic fund of $500.00
  • Burlew Library services
  • UCI Library services
  • Protected non-vacation time to attend UCLA General Pediatrics Board Review course due first year of Fellowship


Aditi Mehta, D.O.
Nicole Baca, M.D.

Anthony Chuang, M.D.
Moran Gotesman, M.D.
Fadi Nossair, M.D.

Tami John, M.D.
Aimee Ford, D.O.

Daisy Cortes, M.D.

Maritza Ruiz, M.D.
Victor Wang, M.D.

Nina Hwang, M.D.
Carol Lin, M.D.

Erlyn Smith, M.D.
Nick Park, M.D.

David Shyr, M.D.

Van Huynh, M.D.

David Simon, M.D.

Elyssa Rubin, M.D.

Loan Bui-Hsieh, M.D.
Amit Soni, M.D.

Amy Lovejoy, M.D.

Jorge DiPaola, M.D.

Ivan Kirov, M.D.
Amal Abu-Ghosh, MBBS
Francisco Bracho, M.D.

Robert Sweetman, M.D.
Tulika Seth, M.D.

Joseph Rosenthal, M.D.

Eileen R. Gillian, M.D.