Breast Oncology Fellowship
Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS
Salvatore M. Nardello, DO
The Breast Fellowship Program is approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology.
The one-year Breast 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 breast care in an academic or community setting.
Fox Chase Cancer Center is an NCI-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 high risk programs in the country, and the Institute for Cancer Research. The Women’s Cancer facility enclosed within the Center’s $67 million new clinical outpatient building opened in March 2010. Fox Chase has a residency in radiation oncology and fellowship programs in medical oncology, urologic oncology, and an SSO-approved general surgical oncology fellowship. Residents from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University also rotate at the Center, along with residents from other regional institutions.
The one-year Breast Fellowship Program accepts one trainee annually and accepted its first fellow in 2004. The program is designed to prepare the trainee for a leadership role in multidisciplinary breast care in an academic or community setting. Trainees will participate in a multidisciplinary breast evaluation clinic and rotate on breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology and reconstructive surgery. A rotation with a nationally recognized breast cancer risk assessment and management program will also provide the trainee with an understanding of genetics and risk counseling. Extensive exposure to both dedicated cancer and benign breast clinics prepares the fellow for the myriad of routine situations typically seen in practice, as well as complex cases more commonly encountered at quaternary referral centers.
Members of the Center are active participants in multiple clinical trials groups, and the fellow will participate in recruitment and follow up of trial subjects. Didactic teaching on topics of current interest occurs at a regular monthly multidisciplinary educational conference.
Fellows are expected to complete at least one original academic project to submit for national presentation and one other project which may include a review article or book chapter. Resources to assist in academic work include clinical breast cancer databases and a biospecimen repository.
To apply for the Fox Chase Cancer Center Breast Fellowship Program, please visit the Society of Surgical Oncology’s website www.surgonc.org for the electronic application process.
Shelly L. Smith
Administrative Manager-Fellowship Coordinator
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue, C-308
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497
Richard J. Bleicher, MD
Director, Breast Fellowship Program
Elin R. Sigurdson, MD, PhD
Co-DirectorFox Chase Cancer Center
Department of Surgical Oncology
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497