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Surgical Oncology and Cancer Immunotherapy Research Fellowships

Two programs combining basic and clinical research training

About

The Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute

The Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute is a fully-funded, 2- or 3-year program designed to educate and develop future leaders in the field of Surgical Oncology. The fellowship connects fundamental basic science research in cancer biology to translational studies in patients and patient-derived tissues.

Fellowship training involves 3 components:

  1. Focused laboratory-based and clinical research in cancer biology, particularly related to surgical aspects of the disease
  2. Formal didactic teaching in modern cancer biology, including the molecular basis of cancer and mechanisms of current cancer therapies
  3. Operative clinical rotations in key surgical oncology subspecialties.

Research Component

This includes 18 months of bench laboratory experience in one of the many NCI laboratories with the option to extend for an additional year. In addition, Fellows participate in clinical research projects and have first-hand exposure to the design and conduct of clinical trials, including statistical analyses of clinical data.

Didactic Component

All Fellows participate in a formal didactic lecture and discussion curriculum, Foundations of Modern Cancer Biology, designed to quickly bring surgical residents up to speed in understanding the current state of molecular oncology. The curriculum covers current and historical breakthroughs in cancer and cancer treatment through a series of lectures and literature-based discussions, focusing on experimental methods and data interpretation in tumor types of particular interest to surgical oncologists. A summary of the course content can be found here.

Clinical Component

This includes operative rotations in the areas of gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, endocrine, thoracic, and peritoneal surface and gynecologic malignancies. Fellows actively participate in all aspects of patient care including conducting the pre-operative evaluation, performing the operative procedure, and providing post-operative care and subsequent outpatient follow-up. In addition to daily rounds with the attending surgeons, clinical training is further enhanced by a series of weekly conferences including multidisciplinary molecular-based tumor boards, a weekly clinical service meeting, a diverse array of talks on the latest topics in cancer and biomedical science in general by some of the world’s most outstanding scientists through lecture series and Grand Rounds held across the entire NIH campus.

Expectations

At the conclusion of their laboratory, clinical, and didactic training, Fellows will be able to:

  1. Identify critically important questions in surgical oncology
  2. Independently design, perform, and interpret experiments and their results to directly address these questions
  3. Attain mastery in oral and written communication of both scientific research and clinical patient management.

Graduates of the Fellowship are expected to become the next generation of leaders in Surgical Oncology

Training at the NIH Clinical Center

All CCR residents and clinical fellows train at the 240-bed NIH Clinical Center, internationally recognized as the premier hospital dedicated to translational research and clinical care. Clinical rotations offer fellows the opportunity to have direct experience in the care of patients enrolled in investigational oncology-related treatment protocols. Participants will have first-hand exposure to the design, conduct, and management of clinical trials. 

All of CCR’s clinical training programs are part of Graduate Medical Education at NIH.

Contacts

Fellowship Program Director
Andrew M. Blakely, M.D.

Program Administrator
Ms. Joanna Lamot
Ph: 240.858.3731

How to Apply

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Graduation 2021

The Surgical Oncology Fellowship commences on July 1st. Applications are accepted throughout the year. A statement of interest in the program, curriculum vitae and three (3) letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Program Administrator.

Alternatively, interested applicants may submit materials through the NIH Graduate Medical Education page; if using this system, the applicant should contact the Program Administrator to ensure that application materials have been received.

Please contact the Program Administrator, Joanna Lamot, for additional information.

Fellows

Shay Behrens
Shay Behrens, M.D.
2021-2023
Stephanie Gregory
Stephanie Gregory, M.D.
2021-2023
Jacob Lambdin
Jacob Lambdin, M.D.
2021-2023
Carrie Ryan
Carrie Ryan, M.D.
2021-2023
Leila Sarvestani
A. Leila Sarvestani, M.D.
2021-2023
Frank Villa
Frank Villa, M.D.
2021-2023
Kyle Hitscherich
Kyle Hitscherich, D.O.
2021-2024
Brad White
Brad White, M.D.
2021-2024
Robert Grant
Robert R. C. Grant, M.D.
2020-2022
Benjamin Green
Benjamin L. Green, M.D.
2020-2022
Areeba Saif
Areeba Saif, M.D.
2020-2022
 Martha Teke
Martha Teke, M.D.
2020-2022
Emily Verbus
Emily Verbus, M.D.
2020-2022
Paul McClelland
Paul McClelland, M.D.
2020-2023
Shirley Nah
Shirley Nah, M.D.
2020-2023
Neilesh Parikh
Neilesh Parikh, M.D.
2020-2023
Matthew Sporn
Matthew J. Sporn, M.D.
2020-2023
Lauren Gamble
Lauren Gamble, M.D.
2019-2022
Tahsin Khan
Tahsin Khan, M.D.
2019-2022
George Alyateem
George Alyateem, M.D.
2019-2021
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi, M.D.
2019-2021
Agnes Choi
Agnes Choi, M.D.
2019-2022
Elizabeth Hedges
Elizabeth Hedges, M.D.
2019-2022
Shoshana Levi
Shoshana Levi, M.D.
2019-2022
John Aversa
John G. Aversa, M.D.
2018-2020
Dana Dominguez
Dana A. Dominguez, M.D.
2018-2020
Shreya Gupta
Shreya Gupta, M.D.
2018-2020
Brendan Hagerty
Brendan L. Hagerty, M.D.
2018-2020
James McDonald
James D. McDonald, M.D.
2018-2020
Praveen Chatani
Praveen D. Chatani, M.D.
2018-2021
Anup Parikh
Anup Y. Parikh, M.D.
2018-2021
Samantha Seitter
Samantha Seitter, M.D.
2018-2021

Didactics

Multiple educational conferences highlighting the principles of clinical research are integrated throughout the fellowship experience.

Surgical Oncology Fellows’ Educational Conference - Weekly lecture series throughout the academic year with presentations from NCI faculty addressing the fundamentals of clinical study design and interpretation, design and progress of current NCI clinical trials, and fellow-led debates on current questions in surgical oncology.

Weekly Clinical Conference - Weekly departmental meeting similar to Grand Rounds and Morbidity/Mortality conference focusing on management of challenging cases of the NCI Surgical Oncology Clinical Service.

Surgical Oncology Fellows’ Journal Club - Monthly, fellow-run Surgical Oncology Journal Club focusing on seminal and current studies across general, thoracic, and endocrine surgical oncology.

Surgical Oncology Clinical Research Meeting - Twice-monthly, clinical research think-tank focused on the development and support of clinical research projects for fellows.

Multidisciplinary Oncology Meetings

Multiple clinically and translationally oriented meetings focus on care of complex general surgical oncology, thoracic and endocrine diseases:

  • NIH Foregut Team manages patients with tumors of the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas and bile ducts
  • Thoracic Tumor Board
  • Endocrine Oncology Tumor Board

NIH-Wide Lecture and Educational Opportunities

Diverse, NIH-wide lecture series focusing on basic science, translational and clinical work as well as traditional classroom educational opportunities in basic and clinical science available through the NIH Graduate School.