Our fellows are a lively, close-knit group with diverse professional and personal passions. Although each has achieved great things before entering our doors, our fellows graduate from the program with a deeper reservoir of knowledge and experience to pursue their dreams.
St. Jude is a great place to work. We hope you’ll consider joining our team.
Taylor Aglio, MD
After spending my childhood growing up in a small town in Connecticut, I ventured to Baltimore, Maryland to attend Loyola College. I then returned to Connecticut to work as a research assistant in pediatric type 1 diabetes at Yale School of Medicine. After this year, I attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. It was during this time that I fell in love with the field of pediatric oncology and knew that I wanted to care for this special population of children. I then headed to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to complete my pediatric residency training and stayed for an additional year as a hospitalist in the oncology department. Along the way I met my husband Ryan, an Emergency Medicine physician, and we are looking forward to escaping the cold North East and heading South to be surrounded by sunshine and BBQ! I am incredibly excited and humbled to be joining the St. Jude community and look forward to pursuing my interests in palliative oncology.
Tarun Aurora, MD
I was born in Detroit but at a very young age moved to sunny Atlanta, GA. Essentially I’ve been bred to love the Braves, the Falcons, Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A, and sweet tea. I studied biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and quickly realized I enjoyed the patient aspect of my learning. During medical school, I developed a love for medicine in both the adult and pediatric populations. After finishing at the Medical College of Georgia, I moved to the Midwest to pursue a Med-Peds residency at the fantastic institutions of University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. During my time there, I discovered a passion for hematology and the importance of transitional care for hematologic conditions. I was also fortunate enough to travel to Sub-Saharan Africa to conduct research on point of care hemoglobin testing in the setting of anemia. During my time in Cincinnati, I acquired an interest in adult learning theory and received a certificate in medical education. I am thoroughly looking forward to pursuing a combined Hematology/Oncology fellowship with St. Jude and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and continuing my clinical research interests in transitional care, education, and global health.
Jessica Bodea, MD
Although originally from southern California, I predominantly grew up in and call Scottsdale, Arizona home after my family relocated when I was young. I attended Arizona State University where I completed my undergraduate education in Psychology. While I had always been involved with children as a pre-school teacher, instructor with the Boys and Girls Club, and youth girls’ basketball coach, I discovered my interest in medicine and pediatrics specifically after spending time as a child life volunteer at Phoenix Children's Hospital. I left Arizona to complete my medical education at New York Medical College where I first discovered my interest in pediatric hematology & oncology. After spending my last 3 years back in Arizona completing my residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital, I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to be relocating to Memphis to join the St. Jude family for fellowship. Outside of the hospital I enjoy spending time with my dog Teddy, cooking, running and road biking.
George Christakopoulos, MD
I was born and raised in Pyrgos, a small town in South Greece. At the age of 18 I moved to Athens to start my journey in medicine at the University of Athens School of Health Sciences. Seeking to expand my horizons and aiming for the best, I pursued clinical experience in the United States and Canada. My first experience of practicing medicine in the US was during my clinical elective in Hematology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital; this experience affirmed my decision to continue my training in the US to become a pediatric hematologist/oncologist. After graduation and having always been excited to combine clinical practice with research, I moved to the U.S. where I participated in both clinical and basic science research as a post-doctoral research fellow at the UT Southwestern Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital, respectively. After completing almost three years of research training, I was ready to embark on the next chapter of my career as a pediatric resident. I was honored to be accepted at the University of Minnesota Pediatrics Residency Program where I completed the ABP Integrated Research Pathway of the Physician Scientist Program. Being interested in pursuing a career as a physician-scientist in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology & BMT, I could not think a better place than St Jude Children's Research Hospital for my training. I am so privileged and excited to be part of St. Jude family where people with diverse interests have unified their efforts to fight pediatric cancer and other catastrophic blood disorders.
Margaret Cupit-Link, MD
I grew up in the small town of Brookhaven, Mississippi, then moved to Memphis to attend Rhodes College. There, I majored in Chemistry and Religious Studies, was vice president of my sorority, worked in two different labs at St. Jude, and met my husband Drew. After graduation, I moved to Minnesota for medical school at the Mayo Clinic, and Drew moved to Kansas City for dental school. We got married in Memphis the middle of graduate school, and 2 years later we moved to St. Louis together for my pediatrics residency and for Drew to join his family’s dental practice. While in St. Louis, we bought our first home and rescued a 3-legged cat named Captain Jack. Drew and I plan to be long distance during my fellowship as he works towards taking over his family dental practice. In the future, we plan to grow our family through adoption. In my free time, I enjoy public speaking and writing, and I have published two nonfiction books entitled Why, God? Suffering Through Cancer into Faith and Skinny or Not, Here I Come. My research experience and interests are clinical and include late effects/survivorship and improving quality of life among children with cancer.
Caitlyn Duffy, MD
I was born in North Carolina and raised in Peachtree City, Georgia. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia where I became a lifelong bulldog fan-Go Dawgs! I attended the Medical College of Georgia where I developed an interest in global health and clinical research and had to the opportunity to work with families and children in Peru and Ireland. I relocated to the great city of Nashville for my pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt. While there, I was able to combine my passions for pediatric oncology, global health, and psychosocial support and traveled to Southeast Asia to work on health systems strengthening for children with cancer. I have a sweet puppy named Guinness and we are excited to trade Broadway for Beale Street and start exploring Memphis!
Camille Keenan, MD
I grew up in Houston, Texas prior to venturing up to the University of Pittsburgh where I pursued an undergraduate degree in Bioengineering, with my sights already set on medical school. I moved back to Houston to attend McGovern Medial School (previously University of Texas Health Medical School) as well as obtain a Master’s in Public Health at the UT School of Public Health just down the street. I then moved to Dallas for a residency in Pediatrics at UT Southwestern, during which I solidified my interest in Pediatric Oncology. Now, I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to train as a clinical fellow at St. Jude.
Justin Kirkham, MD
I was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, during which time I also served a two year mission for my church. After getting married, my wife and I moved to New England. There I obtained an MD and a PhD from the University of Connecticut, and we were blessed with two wonderful daughters, Mariah (9) and Avalon (4). We then relocated to Minnesota for pediatric residency training at Mayo Clinic, where our son, Lancaster (1), was born. Professional interests include gene therapy, global health, and rural practice improvement. Non-medical hobbies include family time, church, writing novels, hiking, and camping.
Mike McNeil, MD
I was born in Colorado but grew up in Texas. I went to school at Brigham Young University for college and took two years off to serve a mission for my church in the Patagonia in Argentina. After college I went to Duke for medical school followed by the University of Washington for pediatric residency. My research interests include pediatric palliative care and global health. Outside of medicine, I am a big sports fan and love playing basketball and football. I am also married and we have two very active boys. They are my world.
Bradley Muller, MD
I was born in a suburb outside of Chicago, but did the majority of growing up in a city just north of Chattanooga called Cleveland, TN. There I attended college at Lee University where I majored in Biochemistry. I then ventured to Johnson City to attend medical school at East Tennessee State University. Needless to say, I have a deep appreciation for the mountains of East TN and the adventures they provide the setting for. Much to my surprise, I matched at Johns Hopkins for my pediatrics residency, and have spent the last three years in Baltimore honing my skills as a pediatrician and validating my lifelong dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist. When I was a child, I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The years of treatment instilled a deep desire to help others that have to go through what I endured, and to make it better for them. I was first introduced to St. Jude as a medical student researcher, as part of their Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) program. During that summer, I cultivated my interests in pediatric oncology and, at the end of it, I knew I had to come back for fellowship. I have interests in haploidentical hematopoietic cell transplants and the use of different conditioning regimens, antibody-specific immunotherapies like blinatumomab and inotuzumab, and the utility of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells in the treatment of leukemia. I am ecstatic to be back at St. Jude to fulfill this dream of mine.
Ayobami Olanrewaju, MD
I was born and raised in West Africa. I grew up in your typical Nigerian family. My parents wanted me to become a doctor or an engineer. But something unique happened. I was already passionate about being a doctor! I completed my medical training at Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ogun State, Nigeria. I fell in love with pediatric hematology oncology because of my dad, a pediatric hematologist oncologist, who had returned home to make a difference in his country. He grew frustrated with the disparities in clinical outcomes among children with hematological and oncological disorders. For example, there are an estimated 100,000 people living with sickle cell disease in the US with an average life expectancy of 42 years. In contrast, 100,000 babies are born every year in Nigeria with sickle cell anemia and an unacceptable number of these children die before their fifth birthday.
My passion led me to complete a master's degree in Tropical Pediatrics at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. I later went on to study public health at Boston University and completed my pediatric residency training at Texas Tech in Amarillo, Texas. I am incredibly excited at the opportunity to learn from the experts in pediatric hematology and oncology at St Jude. My goals for fellowship are to improve my knowledge and understanding of pediatric blood disorders and cancers, to learn and implement standards of care to improve the quality of life and clinical outcomes, and to formulate critical research questions to help direct future improvements in the care and quality of life of these amazing children.
Trisha Paul, MD
I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and completed my undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Michigan. My interest in pediatric oncology began when I volunteered in a pediatric oncology playroom in high school, and I have been dreaming about becoming a pediatric oncologist ever since. I studied English prior to med school and researched how children with cancer write, draw, and speak about their experiences. I headed towards the Mississippi River for my pediatric residency training at the University of Minnesota, and I look forward to following it South towards Memphis for fellowship! Along the way, I have become passionate about what palliative care can offer our pediatric patients, and I am excited to also subspecialize in hospice and palliative medicine. My research interests are in palliative care for oncology patients, narrative medicine, and ethics. Alongside medicine, I love reading, writing, dancing, karaoke, and travel.
Matthew Rees, MD
I was born and raised near Salt Lake City, Utah. After spending a couple of years in the South of France, I completed an undergraduate degree in French Studies at Brigham Young University. My wife and I moved to Houston, where I attended Baylor College of Medicine, before heading north to the University of Michigan for pediatrics residency and chief residency. Along the way, we have added four kids and love exploring parks, hiking, and skiing. My interests include both benign and malignant hematology, quality improvement, and global systems of care. St. Jude stood out to me because of the strength of the clinical and research programs, combined with a uniquely collegial and mission-driven atmosphere. I am thrilled to be a part of the St. Jude community!
Marta Salek, MD
I am originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada - a city not too far from Toronto. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario in Biology and Comparative Literature and Culture. I then fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in Krakow (a beautiful and history city in southern Poland - it is my favourite place!), where I studied medicine. I completed my Pediatrics Residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School - Baystate. This was followed by a Pediatric Palliative Care fellowship at the University of Washington. I am so excited to start the next phase of my training in Hematology/Oncology at St. Jude! In addition to the outstanding caliber of the institution, I was drawn to the warmth of the people I met at St. Jude who were so clearly committed to their patients, their families, and colleagues.
I was born in a small town called Davangere, in South India. My medical training in India started in Mysore and ended in Chennai, where I met my husband while pursuing a fellowship. As I frequently remind him, I crossed the seven seas to join him in Boston, where he worked as a Biostatistician to start training all over again. After completing my pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital/Boston Medical Center, I am now excited to join the St. Jude’s family for fellowship. Our toddler son Arjun was born during residency and rules our lives now. When I am not working, you can find me reading books (mostly biographies or mysteries), taking care of my plants, painting, playing hide and seek with my son. We are excited to trade the cold north-east winters for the warm and musical south. My clinical interests are Global health, Stem cell transplant and Neuro- Oncology. I am still trying to figure out how best to combine these interests as a fellow.
Jasmine Smith, MD
I was born in Duluth, GA but grew up as an Army brat moving around throughout my entire childhood. My parents were born and raised in a small town named Georgetown, SC so I consider that my home base. We returned to Georgia when I started high school and I stayed to complete my undergraduate degree at Spelman College. At the beginning of my sophomore year of college, I followed in my mother's footsteps and started my own Army career by completing basic training and commissioning as an officer through the ROTC program. During that time, my younger brother Lewis was diagnosed with osteosarcoma which changed my entire perspective on life and my career. I've wanted to be a doctor since middle school, but never did I imagine that it would be as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist until my brother got sick. I moved back to South Carolina to attend medical school at USC School of Medicine in Greenville and during my third year, my brother unfortunately passed away. His death only amplified my commitment to this field of medicine. Looking for a fresh start, I relocated to Tucson, AZ to complete my pediatrics residency training at the University of Arizona. My research interests within pediatric hematology/oncology include sarcomas, specifically osteosarcomas, and sickle cell disease. I am beyond excited to experience Memphis and begin this final phase of my training at one of the most well-respected and world-renowned children's hospitals. Outside of medicine, I love dancing, going out on the town, acting, and really anything social. I also have an unhealthy obsession with TikTok.
Alexandra Superdock, MD
I grew up in Tulsa, OK, where I developed a love of filmmaking, music, and (thanks to many amazing teachers) DNA. I went on to study Molecular Biology and Global Health at Princeton University. While working on my senior thesis, which focused on the epigenetics of pediatric cancer, I discovered a calling for cancer biology and genomics. Meanwhile, my passion for the human component of medicine was fueled by a trip to Laikipia, Kenya, where I produced short films on maternal/child health in rural Maasai communities. I attended medical school at Duke, where I conducted research on decision-making for parents of children with life-threatening conditions. My calling toward pediatric hematology & oncology was confirmed during my residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. These experiences have taught me about the complex interplay between biology, environment, and culture. As a fellow, I plan to carry out qualitative and mixed methods clinical research on decision-making for children with high-risk malignancies or predisposition syndromes. Compassionate care at all stages of life is so critical and I am excited to practice and build on these skillsets at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Meanwhile, my husband Matt is finishing his PhD in Math and our 1-year-old daughter Carmela is currently studying the alphabet.
Ruth Wang'ondu, MD, PhD
I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. For most of my life in the US, I have lived in the Northeast. After obtaining my undergraduate degree at Wellesley College I moved to Connecticut where I completed medical school, graduate school, and finally a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency, all at Yale. My interests in basic science, internal medicine, pediatrics, oncology and global health have been motivated by the hope of extending the benefit of scientific and medical discoveries to low- and middle-income countries and, in patient-care, facilitating transition from childhood to adulthood, in spite of life-threatening illnesses. It is an honor to be part of the St. Jude community together with other dedicated individuals who have shared interests in translational research, patient care, and global oncology. As I embark on my journey in the South, I am very excited to enjoy theater, live music events, and everything Memphis has to offer!
Our Alumni: Where are they now?
Albany Medical Center
All Children’s Hospital
Baylor College of Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Alabama
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
Children’s Hospital of Vanderbilt
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Cook Children’s Medical Center
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Essentia Health Cancer Center
Helen Devos Children’s Hospital
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Maine Children’s Cancer Program
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
New York Medical College
Niswonger Children’s Hospital
Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital
Queen Mary Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Vincent Children’s Hospital
Scott and White Healthcare
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
University of North Carolina
University of Oklahoma
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
University of Utah Primary Children’s Medical Center
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University