About Our Program
John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to offer advanced training in complex general surgical oncology. The Institute’s long-established training program, which was founded by the late Donald L. Morton, M.D., remains one of the largest in the country. Under the leadership of program director Leland J. Foshag, M.D., the program continues to set the standard for multidisciplinary training in academic surgical oncology.
In keeping with its focus on clinical translational research, our multi-campus program covers technical operative skills in cancer surgery, multidisciplinary aspects of clinical surgical oncology, skills to become an academic clinical scientist, clinical translational research that links patient care and laboratory studies, and laboratory basic science research that can be applied to the clinic. 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.