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Dr. Sujit Sheth Joins Komansky Center as Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Expert on Iron Metabolism, Sickle Cell Anemia

Dr. Sujit Sheth
Dr. Sujit Sheth

We are delighted to announce Sujit Sheth, MD has joined the Department of Pediatrics to lead the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Sheth, who is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology, is an expert in iron metabolism, thalassemia, and sickle cell disease, and is an accomplished clinical researcher and educator.

Dr. Sheth will assume responsibility for re-organizing the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology clinical service including the Pediatric Infusion Service on Payson 6. In addition, Dr. Sheth will work with investigators in the division to develop a long-range plan for clinical and translational research within the division.

Dr. Sheth completed his medical training at the University of Bombay, receiving his medical degree (MBBS) in 1988 and completing his resident specialty training in Pediatrics (MD) in 1991. A year later, he entered Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, completing his fellowship in 1995 and his obligatory additional year of residency in Pediatrics in 1996. Following his residency, Dr. Sheth joined the Columbia University faculty where he was named Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. He assumed responsibility as Clinical Director of the Pediatric Hematology program, and was promoted to Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in 2004.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Sheth is recognized for his dedication to medical education. At NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, he was voted Attending of the Year by the Pediatric Housestaff in 2010 and nominated for Teacher of the Year eight times, receiving the honor in 1999. He has served on resident selection and education committees, as well as on the Scientific Advisory Board, Irving Center for Clinical Research at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Sheth has also established himself as a physician-scientist with a focus on clinical research related to disorders of iron overload. He has completed work as Principle Investigator on one NIH grant, - Mentored Patient-Oriented Hematology Research Training, - and as co-investigator on several other NIH funded studies, and is currently co-investigator on three ongoing NIH studies investigating various aspects of iron metabolism.

Dr. Sheth takes over the Division Chief position from Dr. Patricia J. Giardina, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and an internationally recognized leader in the field of thalassemia clinical care and research. She has served as Division Chief since 1995. Dr. Giardina will remain active in the Department, focusing on her innovative work in thalassemia and her work in the Clinical Translational Research Center.

Dr. Sheth's Interests and Specialties

  • Thalassemia
  • Disorders of iron homeostasis with emphasis on transfusional iron overload
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Anemias/disorders of red blood cells
  • Hemophilia and inherited coagulation disorders

For more information on the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, or to make an appointment, please call (212) 746-3400.

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