MD Anderson is recognized globally as one of the best training and treatment centers in the world. During the past academic year, over 2,500 new patients with breast cancer were seen at our institution.
The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship is designed to equip trainees with the tools they need to become leaders in breast cancer treatment and research at academic and community programs. Candidates who complete the program will also have the expertise needed to establish new academic and community breast surgical oncology programs at other leading centers.
Graduates of the program obtain superb jobs and we maintain close ties with them as they advance through their career. Many of our previous fellows have obtained leadership positions at premier institutions throughout the country and globally.
The curriculum will enable fellows to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the surgical and multidisciplinary management of breast cancer. Currently, more than 300 faculty members from various disciplines interact and treat patients in the breast program. There are currently 24 breast surgical oncologists who participate in the training of our breast fellows.
The program is a one-year clinical fellowship that includes rotations in Breast Surgical Services, Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Breast Medical Oncology, Breast Imaging, Breast Pathology, and dedicated time for clinical research with the opportunity to present at the leading national meetings on cancer and surgery.
Program fellows will have considerable exposure to many disciplines, including genetic counseling, rehabilitative medicine, psychiatry, and patient advocacy.
The fellow will participate in multiple teaching conferences throughout the year, some of which are:
- Weekly breast education conferences by leading faculty in their field
- Breast Ultrasound course
- Twice weekly multidisciplinary care conferences
- Weekly benign clinical management conference
- Quarterly breast cancer clinical research findings update
- Weekly institutional wide cancer core curriculum lectures
The Breast Surgical Oncology Training Program is conducted in a vibrant research environment comprising several research laboratories and state-of-the-art research facilities. Through our translational research program, scientists and clinicians from multiple disciplines collaborate on every aspect of breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Currently, nearly 200 active diagnostic, therapeutic, and clinical research protocols are available for our patients with breast cancer or those at high risk for developing it. The institution ranks first in the number of research grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute.
The faculty and staff of the Breast Surgical Oncology Training Program are committed to providing leadership in clinical breast cancer care, clinical research, and laboratory-based research that will lead to the prevention and eradication of breast cancer. Fellows participate in prospective and retrospective clinical studies utilizing our databases with mentorship from faculty and assistance from our database and statistical personnel. The quality of these research studies allows for peer-reviewed publications in the world’s leading medical journals.
Currently, four (one-year) fellowship positions are available. To be eligible for fellowship, applicants must have successfully completed their residency training in general surgery in an accredited program in the United States or Canada, and have obtained qualifications to sit for the examination of the American Board of Surgery. Foreign applicants with equivalent qualifications may apply.
Applicants must complete the online application form at the Society of Surgical Oncology website.
Required materials include:
- A current curriculum vitae
- A personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation (one letter being from the Director of the residency program)
- A recent photograph
MD Anderson is located in Houston's Texas Medical Center which offers:
- The finest in medical education and treatment
- Numerous parks, including Hermann Park which has an outdoor theater and large zoo
- An academic and cultural area that includes Baylor College of Medicine, Rice and St. Thomas Universities, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Arts
- Close proximity to Houston's prestigious symphony orchestra, opera, theater and ballet
Other sites of note within a few minutes drive include Sam Houston Raceway Park, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, Downtown Aquarium, Space Center Houston, Lone Star Flight Museum, NRG Stadium, Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center. For more information, go to Visit Houston. The cost of living is moderate and housing is reasonable.
Since the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship was established, we have trained 56 fellows who currently practice around the world. Learn more about our recent and faculty alumni below.
- Matthew Piotrowski, M.D. - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
- Benjamin Raber, M.D. - Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, Santa Clara, California
- Puneet Singh, M.D. - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
- Susie Sun, M.D. - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
- Suliat M. Nurudeen, M.D. - University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
- Ko Un 'Clara' Park, M.D. - Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
- Natalia Spinelli Partain, M.D. - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
- Sarah E.A. Tevis, M.D. - University of Colorado, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
- Vivian Jolley Bea, M.D., MBS - NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, New York
- Kelly Joyce Rosso, M.D. - Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Gilbert, Arizona
- Audree Blythe Tadros, M.D., MPH - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
- Anna Catherine Weiss, M.D. - Brigham and Women's Hospital, Brookline, Massachusetts
- Stacey Carter, M.D. - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
- Oluwadamilola 'Lola' Fayanju, M.D. - Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
- Rhiana S. Menen, M.D. - St. Luke's Clinic, Meridian, Idaho
- Katrina Mitchell, M.D. - Ridley Tree Cancer Center, Santa Barbara, California
- John Colfry, III, M.D. - Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Catherine Loveland-Jones, M.D., MS - MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Voorhees Township, New Jersey
- Makesha Vernee Miggins, M.D. - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sugar Land, Texas
- Candice Sauder, M.D., M.Ed. - University of California, Davis
- Julie Cupp, M.D. - Willis Knighton Breast Health and Surgical Specialists, Shreveport, Louisiana
- Meeghan Lautner, M.D. - University of Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine, Buffalo, New York
- Catherine Parker, M.D. - University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama
- Mediget Teshome, M.D. - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
- Elizabeth FitzSullivan, M.D. - MD Anderson Cancer Center, The Woodlands, Texas
- Michelle Shen, M.D. - Virtua Breast Care, Moorestown, New Jersey
- Lisa R. Allen, M.D. - Capital Health Center for Comprehensive Breast Care, Pennington, New Jersey
- Rosalinda Alvarado, M.D. - Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
- Sarah M. DeSnyder, M.D. - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
- Catherine Akay, M.D. - MD Anderson Cancer Center, West Houston, Texas
- Jessica Suarez Colen, M.D., MPH - MD Anderson Cancer Center, West Houston, Texas
- Catherine M. Kelly, M.D. (Komen Fellow) - Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
- Ranjna Sharma, M.D. - SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
- Jamie L. Wagner, DO - The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
- Laura S. Dominici, M.D. - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
- Viviana Negron Gonzalez, M.D. - Auxilio Centro de Cancer, San Juan, Puerto Rico
- April Latrice (Spencer) Speed, M.D. - Just Breast, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia
- Amanda Kong, M.D., MS - Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Jonathan Nelson, M.D. - Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Houston, Texas
- Alexandra Shaye Brown, M.D. (Komen Fellow) - University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi
- Regina Fearmonti, M.D. - Alon Aesthetics Plastic Surgery, San Antonio, Texas
- Julie E. Lang, M.D. - Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
- Loren Rourke, M.D. (Komen Fellow) - Texas Oncology, The Woodlands, Texas
- Judy C. Boughey, M.D. - Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
- Shaheenah Dawood, MBBCh, MPH - Mediclinic Parkview Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Jacqueline S. Jeruss, M.D., Ph.D. - University of Michigan Breast Care Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Kari M. Rosenkranz, M.D. - Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
- Emer Hanrahan, M.D. (Komen Fellow) - St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
- Nazanin Khakpour, M.D. - H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida
- Roshni Rao, M.D. - Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, New York
- Kazumi Kawase, M.D., Ph.D. - Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
- Jeannie Shen, M.D. - University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
- Tara Breslin, M.D. - St. Joseph Mercy and St. Mary Mercy Hospitals, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MPH, MA, MBA - Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
- Christine Laronga, M.D. - H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida
- Lisa Newman, M.D., MPH - Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York
- Tina W. F. Yen, M.D., MS - Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Several members of our own faculty came from the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. Faculty alumni include:
- Catherine Akay, M.D. (2010-2011)
- Jessica Suarez Colen, M.D., MPH (2010-2011)
- Sarah M. DeSnyder, M.D. (2011-2012)
- Elizabeth FitzSullivan, M.D. (2012-2013)
- Mediget Teshome, M.D. (2013-2014)
- Makesha Vernee Miggins, M.D. (2014-2015)
- Matthew Piotrowski, M.D. (2018-2019)
- Puneet Singh, M.D. (2018-2019)
- Susie Sun, M.D. (2018-2019)
For inquiries and questions, contact:
Mediget Teshome, M.D., MPH
Department of Breast Surgical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler St., Unit 1434
Houston, TX 77030-4009
MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program starting on or after July 1, 2016, please be advised that MD Anderson will have instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. If you are offered an appointment, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws. If you do not pass the urine drug screening which includes testing for tobacco compounds, you CANNOT be appointed at MD Anderson. Should you fail to meet this contingency, MD Anderson will withdraw your offer of appointment for the academic year. You may reapply for the following academic year, but there are no guarantees that you will be offered a position as many of our programs are already filled for several years out.