Surgical Oncology Breast Fellowship

As a free-standing NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Roswell Park provides a comprehensive program for training in breast oncology. The fellowship is open to physicians who have completed training in general surgery, medical oncology, or radiation oncology. Fellows spend one year developing a strong knowledge of all aspects of breast disease and breast oncology. The fellowship is oriented around comprehensive program rotations of breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, breast imaging, and experiences in community outreach and disparities research, cancer genetics, patient navigation, physical medicine and rehabilitation and others. In addition, the fellow is integrated into the surgical oncology training program including a comprehensive didactic course that provides fundamental knowledge on tumor biology and genetics, epidemiology, biostatistics, radiation principles, research protocol development, pain management and end-of-life issues.

Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Environment

The breast fellowship at Roswell Park is conducted within the multidisciplinary breast treatment program including specialists from all relevant disciplines. Breast fellows work in a single location throughout the year and have an opportunity to develop strong relationships with leaders of each of the services through conferences and daily patient care. All patients are seen in a single multidisciplinary clinic that includes the medical and surgical oncology services. The program maintains a regular multidisciplinary conference as well as weekly journal clubs and other educational activities.

Program Curriculum

The multidisciplinary model provides an opportunity to learn from clinicians and scientists who understand multidisciplinary care of cancer. Fellows are assigned to clinical rotations based on their educational value and not on service. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in teaching general surgery residents and medical students. There are many research opportunities including availability of comprehensive treatment information with follow-up on all patients treated in the breast program for the last 20 years, with linkage to available biospecimens.

Training Program Accreditation

As of July 2013, RPCI’s Breast Oncology Fellowship Program is Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)-approved.

Eligibility for Fellowship

Applicants must have completed residency training in general surgery, medical oncology, or radiation oncology and be qualified to sit for the relevant board examination. While most of the applicants are expected to be surgeons, the fellowship is open and can be tailored to meet the needs of a non-surgical candidate.

Program Leadership

Kazuaki Takabe, MD, PhD, FACS, Program Director

Jessica Young, MD, Co-Program Director

How to Apply

Candidates are advised to begin the application process in the spring and early summer for the following academic year. Interviews are held in September and October.

Applications for the fellowship are made through the online system of the Society of Surgical Oncology. For application information, see the website of the Society of Surgical Oncology at


Michelle Rotella
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263
Phone: 716-845-5738 
Fax: 716-845-3828