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Residencies and Fellowships

The University of Pittsburgh Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program is a Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-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.

The clinical rotations include:

  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • Elective (thoracic, endocrine, and/or gynecologic oncology)
  • Liver
  • Medical oncology
  • Mixed tumor (including GI, melanoma, and regional perfusion therapies)
  • Pancreas
  • Radiation oncology
  • Sarcoma
  • Surgical pathology

In addition to clinical responsibilities, fellows are expected to attend, present, and moderate tumor boards and oncology conferences at the various institutions, attend weekly fellow education conferences, and monthly division research conferences. Fellows are also responsible for case study and evidence-based summary presentations at the weekly Education Conference.


The Division of Surgical Oncology, led by David L. Bartlett, MD, is part of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Research opportunities are abundant in this fellowship, and research funding is supported by over $20 million in NIH grants. Active basic research is ongoing in immunology, angiogenesis, the molecular biology of cancer, and an emphasis is placed on the translation of basic research into clinical applications.

Fellows are exposed to numerous on-going clinical trials, and gain invaluable experience in the conceptualization, implementation, and conduct of clinical studies. All fellows are expected to be involved in the design, write-up, and conduct of an outcomes study during the fellowship, and will have dedicated research time during the second year.

What to Expect

During the first year, each fellow will be assigned a mentor who will guide subspecialty clinical and research interests during the second year.

One fellow may enroll in graduate coursework from the Institute for Clinical Research Education and obtain a certificate in Clinical Research during four months during the second year (three of recent fellows have received their master’s degree). He/she also:

  • Becomes a member of our protocol review committee
  • Attends weekly clinical trials meeting, including the data safety and monitoring board
  • Writes a clinical protocol with the goal of regulatory approval and implementation during the fellowship

Other focus areas include advanced robotics/minimally invasive training and translational/outcomes research in pancreatic cancer, isolated liver perfusion, and intraperitoneal chemotherapy.

Program Director

Linwah Yip, MD

Assistant Program Director

James F. Pingpank, MD


Division of Surgical Oncology
Margaret Corson
Fellowship Coordinator
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center 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 cancer with 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 Hillman Cancer Center Pavilion
5150 Centre Ave., Suite 415
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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


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