Current Fellows, Hematology and Medical Oncology

First-Year Fellows
Simran Sindhu, DO
Internal Medicine Residency: Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY.
Medical Degree: Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif.
Personal history: I was born in New Delhi, India. My family immigrated to the United States in 1988 and I grew up in Los Angeles. I'm looking forward to hopefully settling down in Southern California once I am done with my training since most of my family is still there.

Second-Year Fellows
Utkarsh Acharya, DO
Internal Medicine Residency: Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.
Internship: University of South Florida Hospitals, Tampa, Fla.
Medical Degree: Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
Personal history: Dr. Acharya grew up near Cleveland, where his family remains. His primary interest is hematologic malignancy.

Hani Babiker, MD
Internal Medicine Residency: New York Hospital of Queens-Cornell medical program, New York, NY.
Geriatric fellowship: New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell, New York, NY.
Medical Degree: Univerzita Komenskeho, Slovakia.
Personal history: Dr. Babiker has lived in many countries, but his family is now predominantly in the Phoenix area. His primary interest are GI oncology, geriatric oncology, and phase I trials/drug development.

Josephine Taverna, MD
Internal Medicine Residency: Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Mass. 
Akron General Medical Center, Akron, Ohio.
Skin Oncology Fellowship: Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Mass.
Medical Degree: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.
Personal history: Dr. Taverna grew up in New York City, where her family still lives. Her primary interest is hematologic malignancy.

Third-Year Fellows 

Mindy Hsiong, MD, Chief Fellow
Internal Medicine Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Medical Degree: Penn State, Hershey, Pa.
Personal history: Dr. Hsiong is originally from San Francisco, Calif., where most of her family still lives. She is interested in a career in community oncology.

Natalie Swansen, MD
Internal Medicine Residency: University of Louisville, Ky.
Medical Degree: University of Louisville, Ky.
Personal history: Dr. Swansen is originally from Decatur, Ill., where most of her family still lives. She is interested in a career in community oncology.

Ambuga Badari, MD
Internal Medicine Residency: University of Buffalo, SUNY.
Hematology fellowship: University of Buffalo, SUNY.
Geriatrics Fellowship: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Medical Degree: Bangalore Medical College, India.
Personal history: Dr. Badari is originally from Bangalore, India. His primary interests is benign and malignant hematology.

Augustine Lau, MD
Internal Medicine Residency: Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Internship: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.
Medical School: University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
Personal History: Dr. Lau is originally from Yuma, Ariz., where he plans to practice at the completion of his fellowship training.