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), Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The fellowship includes rotations at each of these sites and prepares trainees for an academic career devoted to the screening, diagnosis, multidisciplinary treatment and study of patients with breast cancer and benign breast disease.

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.

Why Choose BWH/DFCI/MGH For Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship?

  • Train with leaders in the field of breast surgical oncology
  • Experience robust clinical practices in both benign and malignant breast disease at 3 institutions, with more than 2,500 new breast cancer patients and over 200 patients enrolled monthly into clinical trials
  • Partake in a tailored educational experience, including tangible curricula on professional development and adaptable research tools to aid with the transition to academic surgical practice
  • Enjoy diverse surgeon-initiated clinical and translational research opportunities with large mature prospective databases, multidisciplinary collaborations, and strong representation at national conferences
  • Participate in a unique fellows-led clinic and follow your own patients through their clinical care
Tari A. King, MD

Tari A. King, MD

Program Director, DFCI/BWH Site

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Olga Kantor, MD, MS

Olga Kantor, MD, MS

Associate Program Director, DFCI/BWH Site

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Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Topics

Program Objectives

The Fellowship Program aims to:

  • Foster the fellows’ understanding of the social and economic aspects of cancer treatment in an environment that emphasizes the highest levels of compassion and ethics
  • Promote increased fellow autonomy in clinical and surgical decision making with a weekly breast fellow-run clinic
  • Facilitate the transition to surgical practice with curricula aimed at professional development and attaining tangible research skills
  • Provide resources and mentorship to facilitate execution of clinical research project(s) and opportunities for presentation and publication

As a fellow, you will:

  • 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
  • Gain expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of all stages of breast cancer and benign breast disease
  • Develop expertise in the management of patients at increased risk for breast cancer, including genetic/hereditary risk, high-risk lesions and other risk factors
  • Understand the principles and practices of other collaborating disciplines including breast imaging, breast pathology, breast reconstruction, breast medical oncology, breast radiation oncology and other inter-professional disciplines
  • Participate in the organization and conduct of educational conferences and resident education activities
  • Develop expertise in presenting clinical and research data in formal and informal presentations
  • Participate in the design and conduct of clinical trials and clinical research
  • Participate in national cooperative clinical trials group activities

Quick Facts

  • Clinical rotations at BWH, DFCI, and MGH
  • Up to two fellows per year
  • Twelve months of clinical breast oncology training
  • Research opportunities across all campuses
  • Apprenticeship approach with strong focus on multidisciplinary training
  • Application deadline is generally in winter of the PGY-4 year
Fellowship Schedule
  • Breast surgical oncology (6 months)
  • Breast medical oncology (2 weeks)
  • Breast radiation oncology (2 weeks)
  • Breast pathology (2 weeks)
  • Breast radiology including breast ultrasound training (4 weeks)
  • Breast reconstructive surgery (4 weeks)
  • Electives/research tailored to fellow's long-term goals (2 weeks)
  • Dedicated time for genetics, social work, psycho-oncology, and outreach (2 weeks)
  • Dedicated half-day independent fellows clinic on Fridays throughout the year

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital are scientific, clinical and academic leaders in Boston with a shared commitment to provide excellence in multidisciplinary patient care, teaching and research. Our Fellowship program features rotations at each of these 3 institutions and our shared culture affords an exceptional environment for training and participation in clinical research.

Our team of experienced breast surgical oncologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provide surgical care to patients with benign and malignant breast disease and collaborate with other specialties to establish optimal treatments for our patients. As surgeon-scientists, we are involved in leading research studies across the continuum of care―from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship. We are committed to training the next generation of surgeons and leaders, and foster an environment that supports the fellow’s participation in all aspects of clinical care and research.

DFCI/BWH Site Program Director
Tari A. King, MD

DFCI/BWH Site Associate Program Director
Olga Kantor, MD, MS

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

DFCI/BWH Program Coordinator
Linda Cutone

MGH Administrative Manager Surgical Oncology
Mariel Muir

Michaela Mitrano

Our Fellows

Current Fellows

Charity Glass

Charity Glass, MD MPP

Dr. Charity Glass received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Harvard College and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, during which she also received a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She completed her surgical training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, during which she spent three years as a research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital. She ultimately found her passion to be in breast surgical oncology. Her research interests lie in understanding and eliminating disparities in breast cancer outcomes. She had led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts during her surgical residency and continues this into fellowship as the faculty lead on a Harvard Medical School microaggressions course for medical students. She plans to continue these endeavors into her future career as an academic surgeon.

Robby Pride

Robert Pride, MD

Dr. Robert (Robby) Pride received his undergraduate degree in Spanish Literature at Dartmouth College, where he played Division I basketball and lacrosse. He received his medical degree from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He completed his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, during which time he was actively involved in surgical quality improvement and teaching medical students in the anatomy lab. His mentors describe him as “beloved by all” and “a true role model for younger trainees.” His plans to use the skills he honed as a team member during his athletic career and in surgery to become a compassionate breast surgical oncologist and mentor for residents and students.

Past Fellows


Ashley Newman, MD
Penn Medicine Princeton Health, Princeton, NJ


Meghan Gartska, MD MS
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Halley Vora, MD
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA


Olga Kantor, MD MS
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Alison Laws, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA


Caroline Jones McGugin, MD
Infirmary Surgical Specialists, Mobile, AL

Stephanie Wong, MD
McGill University, Montreal, Canada


Tara Spivey, MD
Ascension Medical Group, Indianapolis, IN


Anvy Nguyen, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


Jennifer Plichta, MD, MS
Duke University, Durham, NC


Maureen McEvoy, MD
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY


Barbara Wexelman, MD
TriHealth Cancer Institute, Cincinnati, OH


Kari Kansal, MD
University of California-Irvine, Orange County, CA


Melissa Camp, MD, MPH
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Rachel Greenup, MD, MPH
Duke University, Durham, NC


Suzanne Coopey, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


Elizabeth Kim, MD
Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville, CA


Amanda Wheeler, MD
Stanford University, Stanford, CA


Colleen Murphy, MD
University of Colorado, Denver, CO

Sara Javid, MD
University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Laurie Kirstein, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth, Middletown, NJ


Katherina Zabicki Calvillo, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

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 Mass General Brigham, the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts. 

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. The Division of Breast Surgery performs over 2500 operative procedures annually across the two Brigham campuses. 

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.

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. The Breast Surgical Oncology Program at DFCI sees over 1500 new patients annually.

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, Mass General 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.

Interview Process

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 spring of the PGY-4 year. 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. As we represent a large and diverse program, our goal is to allow you to meet with as many faculty members as possible, thus interviews are typically conducted with our faculty working in pairs; e.g., two faculty members working as a team to interview candidates. Current fellows, surgery residents interested in breast disease, and our dedicated team of breast surgical physicians assistants and nurse practitioners will also be on hand throughout the day to visit informally with candidates between interviews and to conduct hospital tours.

The interview sessions conclude in the afternoon with an opportunity for a social group gathering before individual departures. For applicants who are able to arrive the night before the interview day, an informal evening reception is held to allow applicants to interact with current fellows, residents interested in breast disease and other members of our clinical teams.

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

Tari A. King, MD
DFCI/BWH Site Fellowship Program Director

Olga Kantor, MD, MS
DFCI/BWH Site Fellowship Associate Program Director

Linda Cutone
DFCI/BWH Site Program Coordinator

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

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