Saint John’s Cancer Institute’s Fellowship Programs & Surgical Training

The Saint John’s Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center offers a comprehensive set of highly respected postdoctoral training programs, including its ACGME-approved Donald L. Morton, MD Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Urologic Oncology Fellowship, Neurosurgical Fellowship, and lab-based, Translational Molecular Oncology fellowship.

At the core of all the training programs is a multi-disciplinary approach to complex cancer care. Fellows receive training in surgical, medical and radiation oncology. All trainees are exposed to basic science research, translational research and clinical trials and many continue a collaborative research career to complement their clinical practice after completion of the fellowship program. There are many resources available to the fellows to allow them to mold their experience to their clinical and research interests. Many graduates are now nationally respected academic surgeons in their respective fields.

Fellows have participated in groundbreaking research, presented their findings at national and international meetings, and published their work in national journals. They are learning the latest surgical techniques and treatments in the clinic and, most importantly, they treat our patients with dignity and respect. They truly are the next generation of surgeons.

Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship

The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute provides a diverse and comprehensive exposure to the multidisciplinary aspects of breast cancer care and benign breast disease over a one-year period with a potential second year for continuation of clinical or basic science research.

During the surgical rotations, fellows will gain exposure to all breast reconstruction options including oncoplastic, implant, and tissue-based reconstruction. Additional rotations in breast rehabilitation, research, community service, psycho-oncology, social work, benign/high risk clinic, and genetics complete the fellows training.

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Donald L. Morton Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

The Donald L. Morton, MD Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship has a longstanding history of excellence in multidisciplinary cancer care and education, the institute continues to be a leader in training the next generation of leaders in the field of surgical oncology.

Fellows are groomed to establish their own laboratories and research programs. The program’s success is reflected by the many graduates who have become department chairs or division chiefs of surgical oncology.

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Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship

The Brain Tumor Center, under the direction of Dr. Daniel F. Kelly, offers a one-year neurosurgical fellowship.

This training program focuses on endonasal endoscopic and keyhole surgical approaches, neuro-endoscopy, pituitary tumor management and multimodality neuro-oncology treatments.

Neurosurgical fellows also participate in clinical and/or translational research projects. The fellowship is integrated into the institute’s surgical oncology training program as well.

In collaboration with the Pacific Neuro Institute (PNI), Saint John’s Cancer Institute offers a focused, multidisciplinary and collaborative environment.

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Translational Molecular Medicine Fellowship

This is a postdoctoral lab-based fellowship.

As pioneers in translational studies on “liquid biopsies” involving circulating tumor cells in multiple types of solid tumors, the fellowship program also consists of studying epigenetic mechanisms regulating solid tumors as well as pharmacogenomics and immunogenomic based prediction of response to therapy.

Applicants must be experienced in the field of translational molecular biology for solid tumors, particularly in translational genomics/epigenomics cancer studies. The institute accepts both domestic and international applicants.

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Urologic Oncology Fellowship

This program provides world class, multidisciplinary training in genitourinary malignancies and urologic oncology research with innovative and cutting-edge technology.

Minimally invasive techniques are an important part of this program, in addition, Fellows are also trained in complex open surgical techniques, such as post-chemotherapy RPLND’s, nephrectomies, open cystectomies, and urinary tract reconstructions. Fellows also have opportunities to participate in multi-team procedures for abdominal and pelvic malignancies.

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