University of Pittsburgh Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Pittsburgh, PA

Training Program Director: Linwah Yip, MD
Training Program Assistant Director: James Pingpank, MD

The University of Pittsburgh Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program is a Society of Surgical Oncology and ACGME approved Fellowship. The division is led by Dr. David L. Bartlett. Five fellows are accepted into the Program each year in July. 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. 

Clinical training takes place at Presbyterian, Shadyside, Magee Women’s, and Passavant Hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The clinical rotations include: Liver, Mixed Tumor (including GI, melanoma, and regional perfusion therapies), Sarcoma, Pancreas, Breast, Colorectal, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Pathology and Elective (Thoracic, Endocrine, and/or GYN Oncology) months. 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 responsible for case study and evidence-based summary presentations at the weekly Education Conference.

Research opportunity is abundant in the fellowship. Research funding is supported by over $20 million in NIH grants and the Division of Surgical Oncology is part of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Active basic research is ongoing in immunology, angiogenesis and 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 2nd year of fellowship.

During the first year, each fellow will be assigned a mentor who will guide subspecialty clinical and research interests during the 2nd 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 the 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, and is tasked with the writing of a clinical protocol during the first few months 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.

Contact Information

Training Program Director: Linwah Yip, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Training Program Assistant Director: James F. Pingpank, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Assistant Director, Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Request for information packets may be made to:

Address: Margaret J. Corson
UPMC Cancer Pavillion Rm 414
5150 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-4861
Fax: 412-692-2520
Email: corsonm@upmc.edu