The objective of the Training of Academic Surgical Oncologists T32 Training Program is to train surgical residents and surgical oncology fellows in the essential research skills necessary to be productive independent surgical investigators in clinical, translational, and laboratory-based oncology research and to become leaders in oncology. It provides research opportunities in a broad range of basic oncologic disciplines, in one of three training tracks: basic and translational research; quality, clinical effectiveness and outcomes; and clinical trials and biomarkers. Training in biostatistics, responsible conduct of research, and a rich array of seminars and graduate courses are integral to the T32 program.
Research fellows in the program have recently published in high-impact journals including Nature, Cancer Cell, Cancer and Science, among others. Upon completion of their surgical oncology fellowship training, 100% of our T32 clinical/research fellows have entered academic surgical oncology positions.
Training is offered to eight postdoctoral M.D. or M.D. Ph.D. fellows either during a 24-month hiatus from general surgery residency training or during a three-year combined clinical/research fellowship in surgical oncology that begins after general surgery residency.
The program has been led by 4 previous principal investigators: Charles Balch, M.D. (1988-1995), Ralph Pollock, M.D. (1996-1999), Lee Ellis, M.D. (2000-2009) and Funda Meric-Bernstam, M.D. (2010-2022).
Please email all documents to Ericka Parker (ECParker@mdanderson.org) for submission. Applications should include:
- Curriculum Vitae
- PDF reprints of all first author publications
- Three letters of recommendation-Letters should be written on official letter head and contain original signatures. They should be submitted by email from the referees' institutional/organizational email account to Ericka Parker (ECParker@mdanderson.org).
- A two-page essay describing your goals and dedication toward a career in translational cancer research. Essay should be single-spaced and in 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font.
Fellows in the T32 program can choose from numerous opportunities in the Surgical Oncology department, the various basic/translational research programs throughout MD Anderson, or in the Health Services Research department.
The research track has an additional goal of preparing individuals for a productive career in academic surgery by providing a teaching program in biostatistics, principles of clinical research, molecular biology, genomics, tumor immunology, grantsmanship and the writing of scientific manuscripts.
Samuel Cass, M.D.
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Menghan Zhao, M.D.
UT Health Science Center
Naveen Manisundaram, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Raymond Traweek, M.D.
Baylor Scott and White Medical Center
Kaushik Varadaranjan, M.D.
University of Tennessee Health Center
Anish Jain, M.D.
Robin Wright, M.D.
University of Mexico
Dave Seo, M.D.
The University of Texas at Austin
Russell Witt, M.D., Surgical Oncology Research Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Timothy Diperi, M.D., Surgical Oncology Research Fellow, Cedars Sinai
Gabriel Ologun, M.D., Surgical Oncology Clinical Fellow, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Beth Helmink, M.D., Assistant Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Emily Keung, M.D., Assistant Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Andrew Lee, M.D., Surgical Oncologist, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Annabelle Fonseca, M.D., University of Alabama
Michael White, M.D., Assistant Professor, Colon and Rectal Surgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Alisa Blumenthaler, M.D., Resident, Indiana University School of Medicine
Eileen Donovan, M.D., Clinical Instructor, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Sameer Patel, M.D., Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Peter Prieto, M.D., Assistant Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center
Callisia Clarke, M.D., Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin
Christina Bailey, M.D., Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
William Burns, M.D., Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Michael Kim, M.D., Assistant Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Genevieve Boland, M.D., Assistant Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital
William Tseng, M.D., Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Hop Tran Cao, M.D., Assistant Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ryan Thomas, M.D., Associate Professor, University of Florida
Christina Roland, M.D., Associate Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Mark Truty, M.D.
Priscilla McAuliffe, M.D.
Keila Torres, M.D.
Debashish Bose, M.D.
Abigail Caudle, M.D.
Curtis Wray, M.D.
Yun Shin Chun, M.D.
Keith Fournier, M.D.
Brian Badgwell, M.D.
Elizabeth Mittendorf, M.D.
Laura Lambert, M.D.
Keith Amos, M.D.
Eugene Choi, M.D.
Ricardo Gonzalez, M.D.
Ramsay Camp, M.D.
Anthony Yang, M.D.
Todd Bauer, M.D.
Timothy Pawlik, M.D.
Isabelle Bedrosian, M.D.
Janice Cormier, M.D.
Rosa Hwang, M.D.
Dennis Rousseau, M.D.
Chandrajit Raut, M.D.
Alexander Parikh, M.D.
Funda Meric-Bernstam, M.D.
Eddie Abdalla, M.D.
Hiroomi Tada, M.D.
Nestor Esnaola, M.D.
Syed Ahmad, M.D.
Carmen Solorzano, M.D.
Ray Shaheen, M.D.
Richard Bold, M.D.
Russell Berman, M.D.
Tara Breslin, M.D.
John Ehrenfried, M.D.
Christine Laronga, M.D.
Charles Portera, M.D.
Scott A. Pearson, M.D.
Kelly K. Hunt, M.D.
Jeffrey Sussman, M.D.
Michael Bouvet, M.D.
Declan Fleming, M.D.
Francis Spitz, M.D.
Paul Ahearne, M.D.
Derrick Beech, M.D.
Andrew Lowy, M.D.
James Cusack C. Jr., M.D.
Charles Staley, M.D.
Alan M. Yahanda, M.D.
David Berger, M.D.
Barry W. Feig, M.D.
George Michael Fuhrman, M.D.
Paula Termuhlen, M.D.
Thelma C. Hurd, M.D.
George Daneker, M.D.
Marc Demers, M.D.
James Reilly, M.D.
Keith Heaton, M.D.
John Kokotsakis, M.D.
Mark Talamonti, M.D.
Timothy Yeatman, M.D.
George Barnes, M.D.
Michael Kahky, M.D.
Kenneth Tanabe, M.D.
Steven Curley, M.D.
Joseph Esgro, M.D.
John Skibber, M.D.
David Byrd, M.D.
Merrick Ross, M.D.
Peter Beitsch, M.D.
Paul Mansfield, M.D.
Pat Whitworth, M.D.
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For inquiries about the T32 training program, contact:
Department of Surgical Oncology