Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

The City of Hope Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship is a two-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program dedicated to training future leaders in surgical oncology.
The program combines rigorous training in clinical surgical oncology with nonsurgical oncologic modalities and research. Three new clinical fellows are appointed each year for a total of six fellows over a two-year fellowship period. Our program follows the guidelines set forth by the ACGME.
Our mission is to develop surgeons with the integrity and compassion to care for cancer patients; the knowledge, skill and training to be oncology leaders and educators; and the intellectual imperative to advance cures for cancer.
The fellowship is an integral part of City of Hope's Department of Surgery and Division of Surgical Oncology.
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Clinical Training

The close collaboration of City of Hope clinicians and basic scientists creates an environment with immense potential for medical discovery and innovation. As part of this vibrant community, fellows have the opportunity to learn from top cancer specialists.

Surgical Oncology

Surgical Oncology fellows gain practical insight into cancer’s clinical manifestations, as well as the experience needed to manage patients at all stages of the disease. Fellows spend two years on focused clinical surgical oncology rotations as the only fellow. Services include rotations on Breast, Hepatopancreatobiliary, Colorectal, Peritoneal Service Malignancy, Gynecologic Oncology, Upper Gastrointestinal and Mixed Tumor. Fellows are trained in advanced laparoscopic and robotic upper gastrointestinal, colorectal, thoracic and gynecologic surgery. Each fellow completes an average of 40-50 complex, advanced laparoscopic/robotic cases.


Clinical Trials

Fellows are strongly encouraged to gain experience with clinical trials: Both in-house and national cooperative group protocols support a dynamic clinical research environment.

Research Opportunities

Research is at the core of City of Hope’s mission. Investigations by our fellows target promising cancer-related topics in cellular and molecular immunology, molecular carcinogenesis, multiple drug resistance, oncogenic expression and modulation, radio-immunotherapy, growth regulation, viral-induced carcinogenesis, tumor and vaccine immunology, and clinical outcomes research.
Each fellow is encouraged to explore and define his or her individual research interests and goals. After evaluation and approval, specific projects are carried out under the supervision of a City of Hope mentor. These projects are excellent opportunities to gain practical experience in biostatistics, clinical protocol development and clinical research. Fellows should expect to complete at least three to four peer-reviewed manuscripts prior to completion of the fellowship. To ensure the validity of investigations, the Department of Biostatistics provides didactic and interactive support including a graduate course in biostatistics, protocol preparation and design. Fellows may also attend the Clinical Investigation Training Program, a yearlong curriculum designed to present the principles and practices used in the planning and execution of patient-oriented research including principles and methods in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, clinical trial and protocol development, ethics and good clinical practices of research.
Program Director
Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Department of Surgery
City of Hope
1500 East Duarte Road
Duarte, CA 91010-3000
Christina Perez
Training Program Administrator
City of Hope
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte, CA 91010