Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship
About The Program
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center now offers a two-year ACGME complex surgical oncology fellowship for candidates who have completed an approved general surgery residency and who are Board-eligible or Board-certified. The Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship program is an integrated multidisciplinary program with a major emphasis on surgical oncology training, multidisciplinary care, and clinical research. The trainee will participate fully in the management of surgical oncology patients, evaluate patients, and coordinate care with multidisciplinary specialists. The trainee will also actively participate in the recruitment of patients for clinical and translational research studies.
Cedars-Sinai Complex-Surgical Oncology Program recently underwent a site visit and was approved by the ACGME and will be participating in the SSO-NRMP match in October 2013. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has had a joint affiliation with the John Wayne Cancer Institute Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program since 2005; however, as of July 2014, the fellowship will be an independent program.
The program includes 20 months of clinical rotations and four months of translational research. The clinical portion of the program is heavily weighted toward the strengths of the institution, focusing on complex gastrointestinal malignancies, pancreatic and hepatobiliary malignancies, breast cancer, melanoma, head and neck cancer, bone and soft-tissue sarcoma and foregut malignancies. In addition, trainees will also rotate on gynecology oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical pathology, and interventional radiology with exposure to chemo-embolization and radiofrequency ablation. The program emphasizes coordinated multidisciplinary care which will allow the trainee to be involved in all aspects of patient management. The core curriculum includes weekly surgical grand rounds, didactic sessions in surgical oncology, specialty/tumor specific meetings and conferences, and clinical research. New patients are presented at Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards where slides and images are reviewed with multiple attending physicians and multidisciplinary care discussed.
Research, Presentations and Publications
Under the guidance of a faculty member, the trainee will participate in writing journal papers and may participate in writing research protocols and grant proposals. He/she will learn to evaluate scientific publications and to prepare research results for submission to peer-reviewed medical/scientific journals. The program includes four months of translational research with an opportunity to participate in basic science research in the surgical oncology laboratories of the Department of Surgery or other cooperating departments. Collaborative opportunities are widely available with scientists in the Center for Women's Health (Breast Cancer), the Division of Medical Oncology, and the Division of Radiation Oncology. The fellow is expected to participate in ongoing clinical research protocols and is encouraged to present his/her research findings at local and national meetings. In addition, the fellow will attend basic science and clinical specialty research seminars. Previously trained fellows as well as current surgical residents have presented their work at the annual meetings of the Society of Surgical Oncology, Pacific Coast Surgical Association, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Cedars-Sinai's Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship will be participating in the 2013 Match and fellowship applications will be accepted through the SSO/NRMP Match Program. Please refer to the surgical oncology website for instructions on how to apply.
Armando E. Giuliano MD, FACS, Professor and Program Director
Allan W. Silberman MD, PhD, FACS, Professor and Co-Director
c/o Tyrah Bissoondial, Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Surgery
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd, Room AC1052
Los Angeles, CA 90048