About Our Program

The department of Translational Molecular Medicine has trained over 70 M.D. and Ph.D fellows, and has graduated 6 Ph.D’s. The department concentrates on innovative translational approaches in molecular oncology and is well known for its pioneering translational studies on “liquid biopsies” involving circulating tumor cells (CTC), as well as cell-free nucleic acids (cfNA) assessment in multiple types of solid tumors.

Current program directions consist of studying epigenetic mechanisms regulating solid tumor progression that includes primary and metastatic brain tumors, as well as pharmogenomic and immunogenomic based prediction of response to therapy. The department has strong collaborative relationships with academic institutes and pharma/biotech industries with oncology programs globally, and its past fellows have had a remarkable publication record in translational molecular oncology.


Dr. Dave Hoon, Director of Translational Molecular Medicine, and Yuta Kobayashi, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, discuss the molecular fellowship program at Saint John’s Cancer Institute.

Prospective Fellows

Our department has a long history of training fellows; over one hundred U.S. and international fellows have completed our program. We are currently accepting applications for postdoctoral and senior postdoctoral fellowship positions [PhD, MD/PhD, MD]. Applicants must be experienced in the field of translational molecular biology for solid tumors, particularly in translational genomics/epigenomics cancer studies. We accept both domestic and international applicants.

How to Apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter summarizing your research experience and scientific interests, via email, to: Dave.Hoon@providence.org. The email subject should be entitled “Application for Postdoctoral/Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship Position”

Former Fellows

  • Tomohiko Nishi MD PhD, Keio University Hospital
  •  Yuzo Nagai MD PhD, Tokyo University
  •  Tomohiro Murakami MD PhD, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
  •  Min Xie PhD, National University of Singapore
  •  Yingduan Cheng PhD, University of California Los Angeles
  • Hiroya Takeuchi MD PhD (U. Keio): Hamamatsu U. Chair Surgery.  Hamamatsu, Japan
  • Iida MD, PhD, Dept Surgery, U. of Tokyo, Japan
  • Asaga MD, Dept Breast Surgery, National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan T Mori MD (Osaka U) SurgeryAtsushi Tanemura MD PhD, Department of Dermatology, Osaka University, Japan
  • Shigeshi Ono, MD, PhD, Department of Vascular Surgery, Kawasaki Municipal Hospital, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Kazuo Koyanagi, MD, PhD, National Cancer Center, Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology, Esophageal Surgery Division, Tokyo, Japan
  • X (Apollos) Wang,  MD, PhD, Neurosurgeon,Huashan Hospital, Shanghai City, China
  • Anne Benard, PhD(U. Leiden) Dept. Surgery, Netherlands
  • Michael De Maat PhD, MD,(U Leiden) Netherlands
  • Elaine  Zeestraten,  PhD MD (U. Leiden) Dept. Surgery, Netherlands
  • Van Hoesel AQ, MD, (U. Leiden) Dept Surgery, Netherlands
  • Hedde Biesma, MD, PhD student at VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
  • Steve Martinez, MD, PhD Surgical Oncology, The Everett Clinic, Everett, WA.
  • Amersi Farin, MD, PhD, Surgical Oncology, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Takashi Oyama, MD, PhD, Dept Surgery, Keio U.
  • Minoru Kitago, MD, PhD, Dept of Surgery (General and Gastroenterological Surgery), Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Eiji Kiyohara, MD, PhD, Division of Dermatology, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
  • Takashi Morisaki, MD, PhD,  Fukuoka General Cancer Clinic, Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Akihiko Uchiyama, MD, PhD, Dept of surgery (thoracic), Kyushu Kouseinenkin Hospital Kitakyushu, Japan
  • Arigami, MD PhD, Dept Surgery, U. of Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Sato, MD Dept Thoracic Surgery, Akita U Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan
  • Nakagawa (Akita U), Surgery Dept, Omagari Kosei Medical Center, Daisen, Japan
  • Shinozaki MD, Dept Surgery, The Institute of Medical Sciences, U. of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Fujiwara MD, PhD,(Osaka U) Professor GI Surgery, U. of Tottori, Tottori, Japan.
  • Miyashiro MD, PhD,(Osaka U) Cancer Control Center Director, Osaka International Cancer Institute, Osaka, Japan.
  • Umetami (Tokyo U)Dept Surgery MD  MD Japan
  • Sunami MD, PhD, Dept Surgery, MD Tokyo U, Tokyo, Japan
  • Hata, MD PhD, Dept Surgery, Tokyo U. Tokyo, Japan
  • Hoshimoto, Dept. Surgery, Keio U. Tokyo, Japan.
  • Wei Hua MD,  Dept Neurosurgery, Huashan, U. of Fudan, Shanghai, China
  • Wang Zang MD Dept Neurosurgery, Huashan, U. of Fudan, Shanghai, China
  • Yasufumi Goto, MD. PhD (Shinshu U), Dermatology Clinic, Nagoya, Japan
  • Nagahara, MD, PhD Dept Surgical Oncology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Fujimoto, Dept Dermatology, Kanazawa U, Kanazawa, Japan.
  • Ohta, MD, PhD, Dept Surgery, Gastroenterological Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
  • Yoshimura, Dept. of Surgical Oncology, Graduate School, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Narita, MD, PhD, Dept of Otorhinolaryngology, U of Fukui, Fukui, Japan
  • MB Nicholl, MD, Dept Surgery, U. Missouri, Missouri, CO
  • Joseph Kim, MD, General Surgeon, Dept Surgical Oncology, Multidisciplinary Surgical Oncology Clinic, University of Kentucky, Markey Cancer Center, Lexington, KY
  • Kagara MD, PhD, Dept Breast and Endocrinology, U. of Osaka, Osaka, Japan
  • R Mizuno, Department of Urology, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Shinojima MD, PhD, Dept. Urology, Keio U. Tokyo, Japan
  • Peter Bostik, MD, General Surgeon, Dept Surgical Oncology Baton Rouge Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Mark Kelly, MD, MMHC, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, Medical Director, Williamson County General Surgery, , Vanderbilt Medical Group General Surgery, Franklin, TN.
  • Terry Sarantou, MD, Surgical Oncology, Levine Cancer Institute – Morehead (Breast & Surgical Oncology), Charlotte, NC.
  • Bret Taback, MD, Dept of Surgery, Director Melanoma and Sarcoma and Breast Surgery Fellowship, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia U, NY, NY.