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About the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program

A Multidisciplinary & Collaborative Environment

Roswell Park has maintained a leading fellowship in Surgical Oncology for several decades, previously approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology. With the recent transition to ACGME oversight of our approved Complex General Surgical Oncology fellowship, RP has partnered with The Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry as our sponsoring program.

The fellowship accepts candidates for (4) four clinical fellowship positions per year. The clinical fellowship is a two-year program consisting of 14 months of core rotations at RP. 

Surgical oncology rotations include:

  • Upper GI Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Pancreas
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Melanoma/Sarcoma
  • Breast
  • Endocrine
  • Peritoneal Surface Malignancies

The program has a major commitment to minimally invasive surgery. Faculty on the Upper GI and Colorectal services are committed to advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery in pancreatic, gastric, hepatic, colorectal and thoracic surgery. RP has two Da Vinci robots in clinical use. In addition, RPCI has one of the nation’s leading minimally invasive training laboratories staffed full time and available for fellows including a core curriculum.

There are also a total of 2 months on the required subspecialty rotations (medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, and palliative care) months of ACGME mandated research time.  

In addition, there is an opportunity for sub-specialty clinical electives (thoracic, urology, gynecology, head and neck and plastics). 

At the conclusion of the clinical fellowship, the fellows have the essential knowledge and experience in multidisciplinary cancer care to enter into specialized academic surgical oncology practices.