Breast Oncology Fellowship

About the Program

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center offers a one-year SSO-approved clinical breast oncology fellowship to candidates who have completed a general surgery or obstetrics/gynecology residency and who are Board-eligible or Board-certified.  The Breast Fellowship program is an integrated multidisciplinary program that encompasses the study of benign and malignant diseases, clinical research, epidemiology, risk factors, prevention, genetics, early detection, staging, treatment, continuity of care, survivorship, psycho-oncology, and quality of life. Major emphasis is placed on surgical oncology training, multidisciplinary care, and clinical research. The breast oncology trainee will participate fully in the management of complex breast problems, evaluate patients with both benign and malignant breast conditions, and coordinate care with multidisciplinary specialists.  The trainee will participate in the recruitment of patients for clinical and translational research studies and will attend didactic lectures and multidisciplinary clinical conferences.


The fellowship program includes dedicated core rotations in breast surgery, medical oncology, pathology, radiation oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and breast imaging.  Of the one-year fellowship, seven to eight months are dedicated to the surgical management of benign and malignant breast conditions.  During this time, the fellow works closely with the seven breast oncology surgical faculty members of the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center – A Project of Women's Guild.  He/she will receive intensive training in surgical procedures including sentinel lymph node biopsy techniques, various types of tumor resections, nipple-sparing mastectomy, oncoplastic surgery, reconstructive procedures, image-guided procedures, and minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.  Additional rotations offer experience in genetics, psycho-oncology, community outreach, and survivorship and rehabilitation.  Core curriculum includes didactic sessions, specialty meetings and conferences, and clinical research.  New patients are presented at Multidisciplinary Breast Tumor Board where slides and images are reviewed with multiple attending physicians and multidisciplinary care discussed. 

Research, Presentations, and Publications

Under the guidance of a mentor, the fellow will participate in writing journal articles 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 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.  We participate in national cooperative group trials including Alliance, NSABP, RTOG, and SWOG.  Previously trained fellows have presented their work at the annual meetings of the Society of Surgical Oncology, American College of Surgeons, Pacific Coast Surgical Association, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Breast Disease, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


The applicant must have completed his/her residency training in general surgery or obstetrics/gynecology at an accredited program in the United States or Canada, must be Board eligible or Board-certified, and must possess a valid California medical license at all times during the training program.

To Apply

Cedars-Sinai’s Breast Oncology Fellowship Program is a Society of Surgical Oncology-approved training program.  All applications must be established through the SSO Match Program. Please visit the Society for Surgical Oncology website for additional application information.

Contact Information

Vicky E. Norton, Breast Oncology Fellowship Coordinator
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
310 N. San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 310
Los Angeles, CA 90048
PH: 310-423-9970; FAX: 310-423-9577

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