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Residencies and Fellowships

The University of Pittsburgh Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program is a Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)-approved fellowship. Five fellows are accepted into the program in July each year.

Candidates must have completed an approved general surgery residency and be board eligible or board-certified. Though prior research experience is desirable, it is not a requirement for application. The fellowship is a two-year program with an optional third year for research.

In 2007, the division instituted an innovative subspecialty tracking curricula for incoming fellows. Four main tracks have been implemented: hepatobiliary, GI-minimally invasive, clinical science, and basic science. All fellows rotate through the same core rotations.

Hepatobiliary and GI-minimally invasive tracks

  • Two-year track
  • Immersed in respective discipline during last nine months of second year

Clinical science track

  • Two-year track
  • Responsible for the conduct of a clinical trial
  • Enrollment in graduate coursework toward a certificate in clinical research during the second year

Basic science track

  • Three-year track
  • Clinical training followed by 18 months of mentored basic research
  • Designed for individuals whose academic goal includes a component of basic research, and offers protected time for research, which the fellow can transfer directly into his or her first academic position upon completion of the fellowship

Please visit our main residencies and fellowships page for additional information.

Course descriptions and program requirements are subject to change.

Program Director

David L. Bartlett, MD


Division of Surgical Oncology
Fellowship Coordinator
UPMC Cancer Pavilion
5150 Centre Ave., Suite 414
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Phone: 412-623-4861
Fax : 412-692-2520

NIH T32 postdoctoral research training in biotherapy of cancer

This training grant is an award from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh to provide eligible candidates with state-of-the-art basic research training in the biological therapy of cancerwith faculty members within the division.

The training period is two years with an optional third year. There are five areas of focused research interests: immunotherapy, cytokine therapy, gene therapy, targeted molecular therapy, and genomics/proteomics in cancer therapy.

Program goals

  • Broad exposure to aspects of cancer biology and biotherapy of cancer
  • Integration of biological therapy into scientific inquiry and the clinical treatment of cancers
  • Learning and applying fundamental principles of scientific inquiry
  • Under close mentorship, successful completion of one or more research projects
  • Writing of manuscript(s) describing the results of the research project(s), preferably including presentation or submission for consideration of publication

Applicant eligibility and acceptance criteria

  • Applicant must be an MD or MD, PhD with no more than one year of previous postdoctoral support from another NIH institutional training grant or individual NIH fellowship award
  • Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Students on temporary or student visas are not eligible
  • Applicant must have a strong interest in cancer research and a desire for an academic career in surgical oncology, as well as integrity, perseverance, good communication skills, impeccable academic credentials, and strong recommendations

Contact Us

Division of Surgical Oncology
Research Manager
5150 Centre Ave., Suite 404
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Phone: 412-623-2945
Fax: 412-623-1246

Contact Us

Division of Surgical Oncology
UPMC Cancer Pavilion
5150 Centre Ave., Suite 415
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Phone: 412-692-2852
Fax: 412-692-2520

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