Graduate Medical Education (GME): Endocrine Clinical & Research Surgery Fellowship

Electron Kebebew, MD

The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Endocrine Oncology Branch's Clinical and Research Fellowship program trains surgeons committed to academic careers. The primary goal of the fellowship is to train academic surgeons. Trainees will develop expertise in basic science, translational and clinical research, and in the surgical management of endocrine neoplasms. The fellowship is a two-year program.

Structure of the Training Program
Fellows rotate on the clinical endocrine surgical service and provide consultation and treatment for patients with neoplasms of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal gland, or islet cell tumors of the pancreas who are enrolled in research protocols within the NIH Clinical Center, a 200-bed hospital located on campus in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition, the first year of clinical training will include weekly multidisciplinary patient management conferences, training in ultrasound-guided thyroid biopsy and cytology, weekly radiology rounds, grand rounds and journal club, and pathology rounds, and a six-month lecture series on common Endocrine disorders. For the research component, the fellow is expected to develop a basic or translational research project with a principal investigator to be conducted in state-of-the-art research facilities. The fellow will have the opportunity to take didactic coursework relevant to his/her research projects and interests. The fellow will have weekly research meeting with their principal investigator and will have an opportunity to present work in progress at weekly research meetings.

Program Faculty
  • Electron Kebebew, MD, Chief, Endocrine Oncology Branch, NCI
  • Naris Nilubol, MD, Endocrine Oncology Branch, NCI
  • Martha Quezado, MD, Laboratory of Pathology, NCI
  • Monica Skarulis, MD, NIDDK
  • Constantine A. Stratakis, MD, DSc, NICHD
  • Karel Pacak, MD, ScD, NICHD
  • Dhaval Patel MD, Endocrine Oncology Branch, NCI
  • Lisa Zhang PhD, Endocrine Oncology Branch, NCI
Application Information

The NCI Endocrine Oncology Clinical and Research Fellowship is open to surgeons who have either completed their General Surgery residency or who have completed at least two years of surgical residency training. Two positions per year are available for this two-year fellowship program, with a potential option for a third year of additional research work depending on their performance. The fellowship program accepts applications and identifies qualified applicants throughout the year. For further information, the applicants should contact Michelle del Rosario at

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