Leonard Gitter, MD is a 1st year fellow born in Kiev, Ukraine. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY attending Edward R. Murrow High School. There he was on a famous chess team which captured a number of NYC championships and other awards. He graduated from Cornell University where aside from his many academic endeavors and achievements, he worked for Cornell EMS as an EMT. He then received his MD degree from the prestigious Technion Institute of technology in a beautiful Israeli city of Haifa. The school is famous for its many scientific innovations and a number of Nobel Prize winners. Both the city and the institution pride themselves on peaceful coexistence and cooperation of different cultures and religions. Dr. Gitter completed his Internal Medicine residency (2011) and Geriatric fellowship with palliative track (2012) at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric medicine. Among his hobbies are playing piano, writing poetry, playing chess, driving fast cars and traveling. Professionally, Dr. Gitter loves every aspect of hematology and oncology. One of his specific cherished interests is the field of Geriatric oncology which he hopes to help advance in years to come. Dr. Gitter is fluent in Hebrew, Russian and Ukrainian.
Ian Glen Pinto, MD, MPH is a 1st year fellow. Dr. Pinto attended medical school in Mumbai, India and did his Internal Medicine residency at Unity Health Systems (University of Rochester) in Rochester, NY. While studying for his Masters in Public Health,at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City Dr. Pinto also worked as assistant attending for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before joining our fellowship program.
Merima Ramovic-Zobic, DO is a 1st year fellow. Dr. Ramovic-Zobic was born in Foca, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME and graduated in 2009. Then, she completed her Internal Medicine Residency at SUNY Upstate in June 2012. Her life experience, determination and compassion have led her to a career in Hematology/Oncology.
Mijung Lee, MD is a 2nd year fellow. Dr. Mijung was born in Seoul, Korea. She attended Upstate Medical University for medical education and graduated in 2008. Then, she completed her Internal Medicine Residency at SUNY Upstate in June, 2011. She has had valuable educational experiences in Upstate as a student and medicine resident and is grateful that she will be trained as a Hematologist/Oncologist in this prestigious program.
Bhuvana Ramkumar, MD is a 2nd year fellow. Dr. Ramkumar attended medical school in India and did her residency in OB-GYN in India. She did an internship in medicine at University of Oklahoma- College of Medicine at TULSA and completed residency at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, NY. Dr. Ramkumar worked as a Hospitalist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for 3 years before moving to Upstate University to pursue her Fellowship in Hematology- Oncology.
Roberto Carlos Montoya Barraza, MD is a 3rd year fellow. He was born in Lima , Peru and attended medical school there. Since his initial clinical years as student he has been interested in the oncology field. After graduation in 2005 and working in Peru for 2 years as a general practitioner, he started Internal Medicine residency in the University of Connecticut in Farmington and then came to SUNY Upstate Medical University to continue my Hem-Onc fellowship training where he feels happy and fortunate of working with an excellent group of cofellows and teachers.
Toni Pacioles, MD is a 3rd year fellow. He attended medical school at University of the Philippines in Manila. He then completed his internship and residency at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Dr. Pacioles pursued a fellowship in geriatric medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University before becoming a fellow in our program in 2010.
Anurag Singh, MD is a 3rd year fellow and a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India. He completed Internal Medicine residency training from SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY in 2010. He was born in Varanasi, India, a city known for its rich cultural heritage. He decided to pursue Hematology-Oncology because it expands his role as a physician like no other. He was also impressed by the rich diversity of patient population and opportunities for clinical and bench research. In his spare time, He enjoys reading non-fiction, travelling, watching news and world cinema. He speaks Hindi and English. He is interested in Benign and malignant Hematology and would like to practice General hematology-Oncology in an academic setting.
Steven Duffy, MD is a 2012 graduate of the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY in 2006 and completed Internal Medicine Residency at SUNY Upstate in 2009. Dr. Duffy was born in Dublin, Ireland, but spent much of his youth in the Central New York area. He graduated with a degree in Biomedical Computing from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002. On his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He also enjoys hiking, baking bread and brewing beer. Dr. Duffy is currently working in a general hematology and oncology practice in Virginia.
Srivalli Gopaluni, MD (Sri) is a 2012 graduate of the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. She graduated from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad India and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2009. Dr. Gopaluni was born in Hyderabad, India. Out side of Hem/Onc, Dr. Gopaluni enjoys reading, music, sports, and photography, she also speaks Hindi, Telugu-Indian languages, and English. Dr. Gopaluni chose to go into the sub-specialty of Hem/Onc because Hem/Onc comes across as an extremely humbling field with a lot of potential for research. The complex pathophysiological process underlying the disorders in hematology and oncology satisfies her desire to be intellectually stimulated. She feels humbled and honored to care for the oncology patients. Dr. Gopaluni is currently working as an attending in a general hematology/oncology practice in Seattle, Washington.