Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship

The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship is a 12-month clinical oncology training program provided at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI); Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), including Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH); and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The fellowship prepares trainees in surgery for an academic career devoted to the screening, diagnosis, multidisciplinary treatment and study of patients with breast cancer and benign breast disease.

The fellowship includes rotations at each of these sites. The clinical practice sees more than 2500 new breast cancer patients per year at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and MGH respectively and enrolls more than 200 patients per month into clinical trials.

Fellowship Schedule:

  • 3-month breast surgical oncology rotations (BWH)
  • 3-month breast surgical oncology rotations (MGH)
  • 4 weeks of breast medical oncology (DFCI/MGH)
  • 4 weeks of breast radiation oncology (MGH)
  • 4 weeks of breast pathology (MGH)
  • 4 weeks of breast radiology including breast ultrasound training (MGH/BWFH)
  • 4 weeks of breast reconstructive surgery (BWH/BWFH)
  • 2 weeks of electives/research tailored to fellow’s long term goals
  • 2 weeks dedicated time for genetics, social work, psychology oncology, and outreach

The program employs an apprenticeship-style approach combined with an intensive multidisciplinary experience in the management of breast malignancies. Fellows work directly with two to three faculty members at a time during the course of a month within a specific disease discipline. The timing of research electives is flexible to accommodate specific academic goals and to allow time for abstract submissions and manuscript preparation.

Mehra Golshan, MD

Mehra Golshan, MD

Program Director

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Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Topics

Program Objectives
  • Refine breast surgery skills by working with dedicated full-time academic and community/academic breast surgeons in the operating room at BWH, MGH and BWFH including the Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) Suite
  • Become familiar with diagnosis and treatment of all stages of breast cancer and benign breast disease
  • Prepare a clinical research project for presentation and publication
  • Familiarize fellows with the full armamentarium of treatments currently available to combat individual malignancies, as well as all relevant investigational therapies
  • Become familiar with the management of patients at increased risk for breast cancer, and understand genetic and other risk factors
  • Gain familiarity with the principles and practices of other collaborating disciplines with specific focus on the breast including imaging, medical oncology, reconstruction, pathology, radiation oncology and other inter-professional relations
  • Participate in the design and conduct of clinical trials and clinical research
  • Increase expertise in presenting clinical and research data in formal and informal presentations
  • Participate in national cooperative clinical trials group activities
  • Participate in the organization and conduct of weekly educational conferences and resident education activities
  • Teach the critical importance of the role of patient and family support during all phases of the treatment process
  • Facilitate the understanding of the social and economic aspects of cancer treatment in an environment that emphasizes the highest levels of compassion and ethics

Quick Facts

  • Rotations at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Up to two fellows per year
  • Twelve months of clinical breast oncology training
  • Apprenticeship approach
  • Multidisciplinary training
  • Application deadline is generally the summer one year prior to starting the fellowship

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are scientific, clinical and academic powerhouses with long histories of firsts. We foster a shared commitment to predict, prevent, and treat the world’s toughest cancers. Our collaborations are changing the future of oncological care worldwide.

Our culture in providing excellence in multidisciplinary patient care, teaching and research affords an exceptional environment for clinical training and participation in exciting advances in basic and clinical research.

Committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of surgeons and leaders in medicine, our faculty is comprised of experienced breast oncologists who impart a breadth of knowledge and expertise during clinics and in the operating room. In addition, basic and clinical research mentors provide many research opportunities for fellows.

DFCI/BWH Site Program Director
Mehra Golshan, MD

MGH Site Program Directors
Barbara L. Smith, MD, PhD
Michelle Spect, MD

DFCI/BWH Program Coordinator
Linda Cutone

MGH Administrative Manager Surgical Oncology
Kolleen Taylor

Teaching Facilities

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is located in the Longwood medical and academic area in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of Harvard Medical School's primary teaching affiliates. With Massachusetts General Hospital, it is one of the two founding members of Partners HealthCare, the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts. Brigham and Women’s Health Care is the parent corporation for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization. We serve patients from New England, throughout the United States, and from 120 countries around the world. BWH is an internationally-known referral center for the most complex cases in nearly all areas of medicine and surgery. Our Breast Surgery Service cares for patients with benign breast disease and all types and stages of breast cancer, offering specialty programs and a program for those at risk.

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) is a community teaching hospital located in Jamaica Plain, just 3.4 miles from the Longwood medical area. With a long history of meeting the health care needs of the residents of southwest Boston and surrounding suburbs, BWFH offers comprehensive medical, surgical and psychiatric care as well as complete emergency, ambulatory and diagnostic services. The Comprehensive Breast Health Program (CBHP) provides a patient-centered approach to breast cancer detection and treatment.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) is located in the Longwood medical and academic area. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute cares for adults with cancer in specialized treatment centers, focused on specific cancer types. As an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, DFCI also provides training for new generations of physicians and scientists, designs programs that promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations, and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries to target communities across the United States and throughout the world.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is located in the West End of Boston. MGH has five multidisciplinary care centers to offer patients comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical care. The Mass General Cancer Center offers a coordinated team approach tailored to the individual needs of each patient. In addition, MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides a full range of pediatric health care services.

Requirements and Deadline
  • Applicants must be board-eligible and have completed a residency in an ACGME-accredited general surgery and/or gynecology program in the United States or Canada
  • Foreign students must have graduated from a medical school accredited by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

We require the following documents to be available for download through ERAS for an application to be reviewed:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Three to five letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcript
  • ABS in-training exam scores (on application)

The application process for the fellowship is handled through the Society of Surgical Oncology website. Visit this site for more information about applications and supporting documentation.

Selection of Interview Candidates

Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character.

Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, it is not possible to interview all who apply. Those who are invited will be notified approximately one month prior to the date of the scheduled interview.

Interview Dates

The dates for the interview season are late summer/early autumn of the year prior to starting the fellowship. All interviews are conducted on a single day.

Interview Format

Interviews are conducted at BWH/DFCI during odd-numbered years and at MGH during even-numbered years.

The interview day begins with a breakfast and introductory remarks by the program directors. Following the introduction, each candidate will meet with faculty from BWH and MGH. Current fellows and surgery residents interested in breast disease will be on hand throughout the day to visit informally with the candidates between interviews and to conduct hospital tours. The interview sessions conclude in the afternoon. A buffet lunch is provided. For applicants who arrive the night before, a reception is held so applicants may interact and meet with current fellows, residents interested in breast disease and our breast surgical mid-level providers.

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

For the purposes of making travel arrangements, applicants may anticipate being finished with all interview and tour activities by 4pm. Please visit hotel accommodations for more information.

Contact Information

Mehra Golshan, MD
Fellowship Program Director

Linda Cutone
Program Coordinator

Department of Surgery
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115


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