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.

Program Leadership

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/.

Inquiries

Michelle Rotella
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Elm & Carlton Streets  
Buffalo, NY 14263
Phone: 716-845-5738 
Fax: 716-845-3828
Email: Michelle.Rotella@RoswellPark.org

NIH T32 Postdoctoral Research Training in Surgical Oncology

The Department of Surgical Oncology provides an additional opportunity for advanced training as a clinical scientist through NIH-funded T32 training program. The T32 research program and clinical surgical oncology fellowship are combined into a three-year program. This includes two full years of clinical training to meet and exceed ACGME requirements and one additional full year of research training. Opportunities range from basic research in immunology and genetics to molecular therapeutics, pharmacology and health services research.