Advanced training in every stage of breast cancer

Breast surgery. Medical and radiation oncology. Pathology. Breast imaging. Community outreach. Disparities research.

When you choose a fellowship in Breast Oncology at Roswell Park, you’ll be an integral part of patient care, from breast-conserving surgery and reconstruction options to hormone therapies and targeted drugs.

As a free-standing NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, our multidisciplinary, collaborative medicine model connects you with clinicians, researchers and specialists who understand every aspect of cancer care and cancer science.

Roswell Park’s focus is solely on cancer – and it’s the best place for learning and curing.

Fellowship highlights

You’ll spend one year developing a strong knowledge of all aspects of breast disease and breast oncology, with comprehensive rotations in all relevant disciplines.

You’ll gain experience in:

  • Breast pathology
  • Cancer genetics
  • Breast imaging modalities and biopsies
  • Surgical techniques
  • Medical oncology treatments
    • Chemotherapy
    • Targeted treatment
  • Radiation oncology
  • Plastic surgery reconstruction
  • Rehabilitation
  • Palliative care
  • Community outreach
  • Clinical research opportunities
  • Patient navigation

Fellows in the Breast Oncology Program will go through a weekly educational course, following a textbook along with relevant lectures and webinars spanning over the course of a full year. In addition, the fellow will attend at least one national conference related to breast cancer care

Our fellows are integrated into the Surgical Oncology training program, which includes a comprehensive didactic course that provides fundamental knowledge on tumor biology and genetics, epidemiology, biostatistics, radiation principles, research protocol development, pain management and end-of-life issues for all fellows across Roswell Park.

Multidisciplinary training

You’ll work in a single location throughout the year, developing close relationships with leaders of each of the services through conferences and daily patient care. Clinical rotations are assigned based on educational value and not on service.

For your research investigations, we have 20 years of comprehensive patient treatment information, including ongoing follow-up and linkage to available biospecimens.

And if you’re interested in teaching, you can participate in training medical students and general surgery residents.


As of 2013 Roswell Park's Breast Oncology Fellowship Program is approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO).

Eligibility & how to apply

The Breast Oncology fellowship is open to physicians who have or will be graduating from general surgery or gynecology.

  • You must have graduated from an ACGME accredited residency program in surgery or gynecology.
  • You must have completed residency training in general surgery and be qualified to sit for the relevant board examination.

You should begin the application process in the winter and early spring for the following academic year. Interviews are held April-June.

Applications for the fellowship are made through the online matching system of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO).

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