The two-year training program emphasizes a strong clinical experience in advanced, state-of-the-art oncologic surgical techniques and multi-disciplinary clinical decision making. The Division of Surgical Oncology has a major interest in the management of advanced malignancies including primary and secondary liver, biliary, pancreatic, colorectal, head and neck, breast, gastroesophageal, endocrine, and soft tissue tumors. A special emphasis is placed on foregut malignancies and regional therapy. There is also interest in novel immunotherapy strategies.
Our faculty members have a broad experience in regional and ablative therapies for visceral tumors (liver and pancreas), melanoma, sarcoma, and inoperable pelvic tumors. The Divisions of Surgical Oncology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Interventional Radiology participate in the multi-disciplinary management of our patients. These interactions also involve several ongoing protocols focused on neo-adjuvant therapy for head and neck, pancreas, liver and rectal tumors. Protocols accruing selected patients with melanoma or breast cancer are ongoing as well. There are opportunities to participate in research protocols both at the institutional level and under the aegis of the multi-institutional groups. Fellows also participate in medical student and resident education. The fellows function as junior attendings in collaboration with the faculty.
The two-year didactic teaching program covers the essential principles of surgical oncology while emphasizing the literature which influences our practice patterns. Broad areas that are covered include basic tumor biology, biostatistics, ethics, protocol writing, and grant development. A scientific writing course is given as well. The fellow is expected to produce a minimum of one manuscript per year and to write and defend a treatment protocol before the IRB Committee. Dedicated mentorship is provided for clinical research projects, presentations, and manuscript preparation. Although laboratory experience is encouraged, this is individualized pending the aptitude, interests, and previous background of the candidate. Opportunities to study tumor immunology at the basic science and translational levels are available, as well as participation in outcomes research and surgical community outreach projects.