Surgical Oncology Fellowship
As a free-standing NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Roswell Park provides intensive training that focuses exclusively on cancer. Fellows develop and strengthen skills in both surgical decision-making and operative technique. A comprehensive program of courses and lectures provides fundamental knowledge of tumor biology, molecular genetics, epidemiology, biostatistics, radiation principles, protocol development, screening and early detection, staging, multidisciplinary treatment, pain management and end-of-life issues.
A Multidisciplinary & Collaborative Environment
Working in a single location, RPCI’s disease-specific teams develop customized care plans for every patient, detailing the course of treatment from diagnosis through recovery. To ensure seamless care, teams include not only clinicians and nurses but also support staff and basic and applied scientists, all aiming toward improved outcomes and higher quality of care and of life.
The close collaboration of clinicians and basic scientists on the RPCI campus nurtures an intellectually fertile atmosphere with immense potential for discovery and innovation. As part of this extraordinary community, RPCI’s Surgical Oncology fellows have the opportunity to interact with and learn from nationally prominent cancer specialists.
Training Program Accreditation
RPCI’s Surgical Oncology Fellowship is fully approved by the ACGME. We are affiliated with the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Eligibility for Fellowships
Applicants must have completed their residency training in general surgery and be qualified to sit for the American Board of Surgery exam.
John M. Kane, III, MD, Chair, Program Director
Valerie Francescutti, MD, Assistant Program Director
RPCI’s rich multidisciplinary model affords fellows the opportunity to learn from clinicians and basic scientists of the highest caliber, and to develop a broad understanding of the connections between various aspects of cancer research. The impact of training in this setting is evident in the professional choices of RPCI’s surgical fellows: most accepting positions that combine academic, research and clinical interests.
- All clinical and didactic programs are centered exclusively on fellows in the respective disciplines, eliminating competition from surgical chief residents, fellows in other specialties and visiting fellows.
- RPCI’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center houses three minimally invasive surgery (MIS) suites, used for both MIS and open surgery. The suites are ergonomically designed and equipped with such advanced technology as flat-screen plasma monitors, 3-D imagery and voice and touch activated controls, and feature adjacent observation and teleconferencing rooms. Two suites are also equipped with the daVinci® surgical robotic system, used for thoracic, GI, urologic, gynecologic, head and neck, and neurologic procedures.
- Fellows gain experience in surgical management of patients undergoing predominantly medical therapy.
- Fellows preparing for academic positions have the opportunity to teach University at Buffalo surgery residents and medical students who perform their general surgery rotations at RPCI.
When & How to Apply
Candidates are advised to begin the application process approximately one year prior to the anticipated date of enrollment in the fellowship program. Interviews are held in the summer. Applications for the fellowship are made online through the National Resident Matching Program. For application information, see the NRMP website at http://www.nrmp.org/participating-fellowships/.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263