Our fellows are a diverse group from a variety of backgrounds with unique experiences and interests. We look forward to getting to know you as well!
Hometown: Spencerville, IN
Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health for fellowship due to the focus on clinical medicine.
What are your clinical interests? Within hematology/oncology, I am specifically interested in survivorship.
Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy cooking, hiking and spending time outdoors with my dogs.
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I fell in love with the pediatric hematology/oncology group during an away rotation at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. I know their team will provide the quality education and resources I need to succeed after I graduate from my fellowship.
What do you like most about your program? I am looking forward to joining the pediatric hematology/oncology family and working together as a team.
Clinical Interests: At this time, I am not sure if I want to subspecialize within the pediatric hematology/oncology field. I do have a special interest in bone marrow failure syndromes and leukemia/lymphoma. As my clinic experience grows, I hope to find clarity among these interests.
Living in West Michigan: I love the variety of restaurants, the nearby lakeshore, and the many parks and trails. Since my family lives in West Michigan as well, I enjoy the luxury of being near them.
Hobbies: My outdoor hobbies include: hiking, running, rollerblading, basketball, and photography (from my travels). My indoor hobbies include: listening to music, reading, playing video games, and playing board games.
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? Without a doubt, I chose Spectrum Health for pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship because of the people. From the first time I met them, I have been impressed by the character, teamwork, and commitment to excellence of the entire pediatric hematology/oncology team at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. I knew this was a place I would get great training.
What do you like most about your program? The outstanding team of people that I get to work with every day.
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are evolving as I continue to see new and interesting patients during my fellowship. Currently, I am most interested in immune hematology, leukemia and lymphoma, immunotherapy, and renal tumors.
Living in West Michigan: I really enjoy the community in West Michigan. As a mid-sized city, it feels like there are many of the restaurant and entertainment opportunities that you might find in a bigger city without having to deal with expensive housing or excessive traffic. Also, Lake Michigan and Northern Michigan are short drives away and are great places to get away to.
Hobbies: My hobbies are pretty simple; I enjoy running, biking, and spending time with friends and family. I also have really enjoyed trying out many of the local restaurants and breweries here in Grand Rapids.
July 2020: Allison Schnepp, MD - Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI
June 2019: Jenna Gedminas, DO – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
July 2018: Rebecca Weicht-Graves, DO – Providence Alaska, Anchorage, AK
June 2017: Matthew Pridgeon, MD – Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
Dec. 2015: Prasanth Pillai, DO – Bronson Health, Kalamazoo, MI
June 2015: Aditi Bagchi, MD, PhD - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN