Clinical Residency and Fellowships

City of Hope’s clinical training programs offer excellent opportunities for physicians interested in expanding their knowledge base and clinical expertise in specialty and subspecialty areas. Our clinical fellowships and residency offer intensive didactic as well as hands-on training by instructors who have made significant contributions to cancer research and clinical practice.
Breast Surgical Oncology Training Program

City of Hope is an SSO accredited program and participates in the SSO match. The mission of our breast surgical oncology training program is to educate future academic and community leaders in breast cancer treatment through sound multidisciplinary and advanced breast surgical training.
Director: Laura Kruper, M.D.
Coordinator: Christina Perez
Cancer Genetics Fellowship

Growing awareness of the genetic etiology of many types of cancer has driven City of Hope’s National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center to offer this innovative program, which provides rigorous interdisciplinary training focused on cancer genetics as well as cancer prevention research.
Director: Jeffrey Weitzel, M.D.
Co-director: Kathleen Blazer, Ed.D., M.S., L.C.G.C.
Coordinator: Arlene Danganan
Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship (ACGME)

Even in this age of monoclonal  antibodies and gene therapy, surgical excision is still the standard of care for many solid tumors, while debulking is often helpful in palliative treatment. City of Hope’s Surgical Oncology Fellowship provides two years of thorough surgical oncology training in both clinical and research settings; the fellowship is designed to be tailored to the fellow’s individual interests.
Director: Lily Lai, M.D.
Coordinator: Christina Perez
Hematology-Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Fellowship

Physicians seeking training in bone marrow transplantation should consider our Hematology-Hematopoietic Cell Transplant (HCT) Fellowship, which provides extensive training in all aspects of transplantation research and practice. City of Hope is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive transplant centers.

Director: Samer Khaled, M.D.
Coordinator: Monique Aguilar
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship (ACGME Harbor UCLA)

This fellowship, expanded to City of Hope, offers comprehensive clinical training in diabetes and other endocrine disorders. Fellows are trained in advanced treatment modalities, including City of Hope's innovative islet cell transplantation program.
Site Director: Ken Chiu, M.D.
Site Coordinator: Karen Ramos
Hematology Oncology Fellowship (ACGME-Harbor UCLA)

This fellowship offers broad-based clinical and research training in hematology and oncology with mentors who are leaders in their field.
Site Director: Erminia Massarelli, M.D, Ph.D.
Site Coordinator: Yolanda Tamayo
Hematopathology Fellowship (ACGME)

The Hematopathology Fellowship Program at City of Hope is a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship that emphasizes diagnostic neoplastic hematopathology, and is designed for fellows interested in either academic or community practice careers.
Director: Joo Song, M.D.
Coordinator: Alejandra Baldrias
The City of Hope ACGME-accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is a one-year program that offers training by expert faculty in multiple clinical settings in hospice and palliative medicine. Physicians will be trained to become leaders in the field and, at the end of the program, will be eligible to take the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Board exam.
Program Director: Sorin Buga, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.H.P.M.
Associate Program Director: Chandana Banerjee, M.D., M.P.A.
Program Coordinator: Araceli Jimenez

Neurosurgery Fellowship

The fellowship is a one year program that offers unique and comprehensive training in the surgical and nonsurgical care of brain and spine tumor patients at one of the nation’s leading cancer centers. There are three attending neurosurgeons working with specialist in neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, neuropathology, neuroradiology and interventional pain. In addition to refining clinical skills in complex cases, the fellow is enrolled in the Clinical Investigators Training Program which includes formal instruction in developing clinical protocols, writing grants and biostatistics.
Director: Mike Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
Coordinator: Christina Perez
Radiation Oncology Residency (ACGME)

City of Hope provides academic instruction for physicians in our Radiation Oncology Residency Program — a four-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited. The overall goal of the program is to train physicians to be outstanding radiation oncologists and to provide graduates with a solid foundation in translational and clinical research.

Director: Yi-Jen Chen, M.D.
Coordinator: Thalia Yaden
The Surgical Pathology Fellowship at City of Hope National Medical Center is a one-year non-ACGME program that offers opportunity to participate in oncologic pathology at a NCI-designated Cancer Center level to develop superior diagnostic skills, providing education in all aspects of surgical pathology beyond residency training.

Program Director: Sharon Wilzczynski, M.D., Ph.D
Program Coordinator: Ofelia Kiedpool
Urologic Oncology & Robotic Surgery Fellowship

The Urology Oncology Fellowship is unique, as it focuses on clinical training in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgical interventions. These methods are achieving routine status; therefore, it behooves forward-thinking physicians to be well-versed in their practice.
Director: Clayton Lau, M.D.
Coordinator: Christina Perez