Surgical Endocrinology Fellowship

Drs. Nancy Perrier and Gary Clayman

In collaboration with the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, the Department of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson is accepting applications for a one-year advanced training fellowship in surgical endocrinology. Fellows receive broad exposure to a variety of endocrine neoplasias, with emphasis on the evaluation, surgical approach, oncologic treatment, follow-up and genetics of endocrine tumors. Fellows also participate in weekly multidisciplinary treatment-planning conferences that include the general endocrine tumor conference, the parathyroid and adrenal disease conference, and the genetics conferences.

Two fellowship positions are offered each year, each structured along a separate, defined track: 

  • For surgeons with otolaryngology-head and neck surgery training, within the Department of Head and Neck Surgery
  • For surgeons with general surgery training, within the Department of Surgical Oncology

Both positions are distinct from the head and neck and general surgical oncology fellowships also offered at MD Anderson.

The Surgical Endocrinology Fellowship provides clinical experience in endocrine surgery and nonsurgical rotations on endocrinology, medical oncology and an interest in adrenocortical carcinoma and neuro-endocrine tumors, ultrasonography, nuclear medicine, radiology, genetics and cytopathology. Fellows gain surgical experience with dedicated endocrine surgeons and head and neck surgeons.

The curriculum includes advanced techniques such as robotic surgery, posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, complex dissections for advanced thyroid tumors and reoperative surgical procedures. Fellows in the head and neck surgery track will not participate in abdominal endocrine cases.

The nonsurgical experience is with specialists in other departments and sections within the institution with a focus on endocrine disease. Clinical rotations within the departments of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders, Clinical Pathology, Genetics, Ultrasonography, Nuclear Medicine, Neuro and Abdominal Imaging, Phase I Clinical Trials, Radiation Oncology and Neuroendocrine Medical Oncology are included. 

Weekly and monthly multidisciplinary conferences in endocrine, parathyroid and adrenal tumors serve to expose the fellow to decision making, surrounding both routine and complex cases. MD Anderson’s Endocrine Center serves as the model for multidisciplinary endocrine care in a high-volume setting.

Selection Process

Internal candidates within the two-year surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson are currently given priority over external applicants. If selected, the internal candidate will add one year of training to the two-year surgical oncology fellowship. If no internal candidate exists, external candidates will be reviewed, interviewed and selected.

Head and neck candidates are encouraged to have the following: 

  • Completed one year of advanced head and neck surgical oncology training beyond residency
  • Must be board-eligible in otolaryngology, plastic surgery or general surgery. 

General surgery candidates with additional training in research or surgical oncology is encouraged.

Curricula vitae and requests for applications should be sent to Peggy James, Program Coordinator (

Surgical Oncology Fellowship in Surgical Endocrinology

Nancy D. Perrier, M.D., FACS
Director, Fellowship Program
Department of Surgical Oncology
1400 Pressler Street, Unit 1484
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
PO Box 301402
Houston, TX 77030-4009

Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship in Surgical Endocrinology

Amy C. Hessel, M.D.
Director, Fellowship Program
Department of Head and Neck Surgery
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street, Unit 1445
Houston, TX 77030-4009