About the Leukemia Program

The Leukemia and Bone Marrow Failure Program at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center is a comprehensive program with internationally recognized leaders for patients with acute and chronic leukemias, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloproliferative disorders and bone marrow failure.

The Leukemia Program provides:

  • A multidisciplinary team with specialists in infectious diseases, geriatrics, gastroenterology, cardiology, nephrology, neurology, pulmonary and critical care medicine, psychiatry, social work, nutrition and others
  • Emphasis on highly personalized, individual care
  • Close collaboration with comprehensive bone marrow and stem cell transplantation program
  • Access to cutting edge clinical trials involving newly developed drugs, biological therapies and antibodies
  • Specialized in-patient and out-patient units with highly trained staff and ancillary professionals experienced with the specific needs of these patients
  • Extensive collaborations with world-renowned translational scientists, specific expertise in leukemia stem cells, genomics, epigenetics
  • Specialized focus on development of clinical trials targeting leukemia stem cells, both at the time of diagnosis  as well as  trying to target and eradicate left-over leukemia stem cells in patients already in remission.

The Leukemia Fighters Fund accepts charitable donations which are completely and specifically for leukemia research at Weill Cornell, has already provided funds for new recruits, novel treatment protocols, equipment and other critical needs

Leukemia Program Physicians

Physicians in the Weill Cornell Leukemia Program are internationally recognized experts in their field, dedicated to enabling the best possible clinical outcome in patients and the pursuit of breakthrough clinical research.

Click on a physician’s name below to view his or her clinical and research profile.

Gail J. Roboz, MD, Director, Weill Cornell Leukemia Program

Ellen Ritchie, MD, Assistant Director, Leukemia Program
see Dr. Ritchie talk about why she helps people living with leukemia

Joseph Michael Scandura, MD, PhD

Richard Silver, MD

Michael S. Samuel, MD

Pinkal Desai, MD, MPH

Sangmin Lee, MD
see Dr. Lee talk about why he helps people living with leukemia

Leukemia Program Specialized Staff

Physician Assistants

evgeny2_headshot_leukemiaEvgeny Mikler, PA

Evgeny Mikler is a graduate of the Long Island University Physician Assistant Program and has been practicing as a Physician Assistant since 1999. He provides comprehensive care to patients with acute and chronic leukemias, myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative neoplasms and other related disorders. He also performs diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Evgeny is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and a former President of the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO). He is also a member of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA).

Evgeny is a frequent speaker on various hematology and oncology topics both locally and nationally. Additionally, he has authored and co-authored a number of publications. His work has been published in Leukemia, Haematologica, Clinical Advances of Hematology & Oncology, the Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology and Leukemia & Lymphoma.

natalie-tafel_leukemia-headshotNatalie Tafel, PA
Natalie Tafel graduated with a degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro College School of Health Sciences in 2000. She has been practicing in the area of Hematology and Medical Oncology ever since and has extensive experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.   


Nurse Practitioners

ayelet-nelsonAyelet Nelson, MSW, NP

Ayelet Nelson is an Outpatient Leukemia Nurse Practitioner at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, where she monitors and treats patients with hematologic malignancies utilizing both standard treatments as well as innovative clinical trials. Ms. Nelson earned her Masters of Social Work at the New York University Silver School of Social Work and continued her education with an Adult Nurse Practitioner Master’s Program at the Boston College Connell School of Nursing in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She is passionate about working with each patient as an individual to address his or her unique needs throughout the journey of a cancer diagnosis while providing compassionate care.  She has also helped to initiate a support group for young adult patients with leukemia.

sandy-allen-bard-headshotSandy Allen-Bard, BSN, MSN, AOCNP, ANCC

Sandy Allen-Bard is a Leukemia Nurse Practitioner who started working at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian in 2001. Sandy believes in the importance of treating patients with compassion and works very closely with the physicians to manage the clinical care of our leukemia patients. She continues to work passionately with many organizations to educate her colleagues on these very difficult diseases. Sandy will continue to work in this field until there are better treatments and hopefully a cure. Additionally, Sandy’s commitment to supporting leukemia patients and finding a cure for leukemia extends to her personal life. Through her love of running, she has become very active in volunteering and fundraising on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) where she serves as a running coach for the LLS Team in Training program. Through this program, Sandy helps people train for endurance events and raises awareness and money to support blood cancer research.

tania-curcioTania Curcio, BSN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Tania J. Curcio is Senior Research Nurse Clinician for the Leukemia Program at Weill Cornell Medicine and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Tania has worked in Hematology and Oncology clinical research for thirteen years in various settings. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Binghamton University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Pace University. Tania was a candidate for Sigma Theta Tau while attending Pace University. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. She has coauthored manuscripts and abstracts on the treatment of acute myelogenous leukemia which have been published in Blood and Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Nursing Staff

yulia-daultYulia Dault, RN, MSN
Yulia Dault is a Clinical Research Nurse for the Leukemia Program at Weill Cornell Medicine and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas. Additionally, Yulia earned a Master of Science in Nursing and Clinical Nurse Specialist certificate from San Diego State University.



Inpatient Leukemia Team

Inpatient Leukemia Team