Microsurgery Fellowship

Program Director:
Neal Topham, MD, FACS

Microsurgery Fellowship Team:
Sameer Patel, MD, FACS
M. Shuja Shafqat, MD
Neal Topham, MD
Lisa DiSandro-Wetherhold, PA-C
Matthew Wetherhold, MS, PA-C

Current Fellow:
Steven Oven, DO

The one-year Microsurgery Fellowship Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center accepts one trainee annually. The program is designed to prepare the trainee for a leadership role in multidisciplinary microsurgical procedures in an academic or community setting.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Center includes a 100-bed hospital devoted entirely to cancer patients, an outpatient center which includes a facility for clinical cancer prevention and research, one of the oldest and most nationally recognized cancer programs in the country, and the Institute for Cancer Research. Fox Chase has a residency in radiation oncology, and fellowship programs in hematology/oncology, urologic oncology, and an SSO-approved General Surgical Oncology Fellowship. Residents from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, including plastic surgery residents, also rotate at the Center.

Program Overview & Curriculum

The program will provide comprehensive training and education across a wide array of microsurgical cases, including reconstruction of the breast, head and neck, extremities and trunk. Members of the Fox Chase faculty are active participants in international microsurgical programs that are available to the microsurgery fellows. In addition, funding for travel to the annual meeting of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery is provided. Didactic teaching on topics of current interest occurs at regular multidisciplinary educational conferences. Fellows are expected to present at these conferences and participate in teaching plastic surgery residents. Fellows are also expected to complete at least one original academic project to submit for national presentation and publication. The program’s goal is to prepare the trainee for a leadership role in microsurgery in an academic or community setting.

Minimum Qualifications

    Board­ eligible graduate of an ACGME-accredited plastic surgery residency prior to the July 1st start date of any given year or those who hold an ECFMG certification qualify for clinical training.

    International applicants with outstanding qualifications are also welcome. Eligible applicants must have completed the following requirements: ECFMG or USMLE.

    Application Process

    The one-year Microsurgery Fellowship Program accepts one trainee annually.

    The following information is required:

    • Completed application. Visit
    • Copy of USMLE Step 1, 2 and 3 scores
    • Personal statement
    • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your program director

    Interviews will be held June 3, 2016.

    Contact Information

    Please request information from or mail completed application to:

    Stephanie Ragsdale
    Fellowship Coordinator
    Fox Chase Cancer Center
    333 Cottman Avenue, C-308
    Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497
    Phone: 215-728-3160
    Fax: 215-728-2773

    Neal Topham, MD, FACS
    Program Director, Microsurgery Fellowship
    Division of Plastic Surgery

    Fox Chase Cancer Center
    50 Huntingdon Pike, 3rd floor
    Rockledge, PA 19046
    Phone: 215-728-2662

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