Graduate Medical Education (GME): Surgical Oncology

Fellowship Program Director: Marybeth S. Hughes M.D., F.A.C.S
Fellowship Associate Program Director: Jeremy L. Davis M.D.

The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program trains surgeons committed to academic careers in the growing field of surgical oncology. The program instructs surgical oncologists in a combined modality approach to the evaluation and treatment of cancer patients that includes primary surgical treatment, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation therapy; and provides a solid basis for the conduct of clinical and laboratory research. The Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program is a two-year training program of which six months of the first year are dedicated to clinical training in surgical oncology with rotations on various clinical surgical services. Eighteen months are spent in one of the laboratories of the Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch or the Surgery Branch dedicated to basic science and translational research. For those interested in clinical immunotherapy, a year preceding or following the research fellowship are offered to select candidates under Dr. Steven A Rosenberg.

Program Structure
During the first year fellows rotate on the surgical oncology service, the surgical consult service, endocrine surgery service, and thoracic surgery service. The consult service provides surgical consultation and care to the adult, pediatric and radiation oncology patients at NCI and provides general surgical consultation not related to cancer for all other institutes at the NIH Clinical Center. The surgical oncology service provides clinical care for patients on various Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch (TGIB) clinical research protocols with an emphasis on the use of regional treatment strategies for malignancies. The endocrine surgery service provides surgical consultation and treatment for patients on various protocols within the NIH with neoplasms of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal gland, or islet cell tumors of the pancreas. The thoracic surgery service provides clinical care for patients on primary TGIB protocols, as well as consultation and treatment for thoracic surgery related conditions within the N.I.H. Before the two-year NCI Surgical Oncology Fellowship, a one-year clinical immunotherapy fellowship program is also available to selected applicants who then matriculate into the two year surgical oncology program. The fellowship conducts three weekly clinical conferences for case presentations, review of clinical topics, and invited presentations or lectures and journal club. In addition, a didactic lecture series is presented weekly by the senior staff and covers core topics related to surgical oncology, cancer immunotherapy and the field of oncology in general.

Fellows may elect to perform projects in any one of several laboratories in the Surgery Branch or the TGIB. General goals of this work include a clear understanding of the experimental method; knowledge of the literature and the important questions being considered in a specific field of study. Emphasis is placed on developing facility with various laboratory techniques, the ability to conduct investigative work independently upon completion of the training program, and on the clinical application of laboratory studies. Available within these Branches of the NCI are extensive state-of-the-art research facilities as well as expertise in a wide variety of areas. The fellow works directly with a principal investigator and periodically presents research findings to members of the Branches and to national clinical and scientific meetings and is encouraged to participate in ongoing clinical research protocols.

Additional Information
Surgical Oncology Fellowship Page

Application Information
The candidates should apply using the NIH GME Online Application. Alternatively a statement of interest in the program, curriculum vitae and 3 letters of recommendation can be sent to:

Dr. Marybeth S. Hughes
Director of Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship
National Cancer Institute
10 Center Drive MSC 1201 CRC Room 4-3940
Bethesda, MD 20892-1201