The Cleveland Clinic Health System

Cleveland, Ohio

Training Program Director: Stephanie A. Valente, DO, FACS

The Cleveland Clinic is an internationally renowned leader in health care. It is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in cancer care by the US News and World Report. The Cleveland Clinic Breast Center is an NABPC accredited multidisciplinary breast center located on the Clinic's main campus. It offers a full spectrum of care for patients with all types of breast problems. Over 2,800 breast surgeries are performed annually across the health system.

The Cleveland Clinic offers a one-year breast surgery fellowship. The program focuses on advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with breast cancer and breast diseases. The goal of the fellowship is to create a leader in breast cancer care, well equipped to practice in either an academic or community setting.


The Breast Center's surgery teaching staff includes 9 breast surgical oncologists with whom the fellow will rotate. The fellow will become proficient in many of the advanced breast surgery techniques performed by the breast surgeons at our institution such as nipple sparing mastectomies, oncoplastic reductions, tissue rearrangement, tumescence techniques, ductoscopy, cryoablation, and intraoperative radiation therapy.

Within the Cleveland Clinic Health System are Fairview and Hillcrest Hospitals, which are community based hospitals through which the fellow rotates. During these rotations with our breast surgeons, the fellow obtains hands-on experience with performing office-based ultrasound, ultrasound guided biopsies, stereotactic biopsies and Mammosite insertion.

The fellowship curriculum provides dedicated multidisciplinary rotations in plastic & reconstructive surgery, breast radiology and diagnostic intervention, breast pathology, medical oncology and radiation oncology. Additionally, the fellow rotates in our high-risk, genetic, benign breast disease, and preventative clinics as well as spends time with our breast center administrator.

Educational Conferences

The breast fellow benefits from a multidisciplinary cancer care experience both in the Center's team-oriented clinics as well as the weekly breast cancer conference where current cases are presented for management decisions. Conference topics range from diagnosis and treatment to risk assessment and prevention.

The breast department has monthly breast journal club and didactic lectures.


Fellows are expected to complete a research project during the training year and are given dedicated research time and support to do so. The fellow attends monthly research seminars through the Cleveland Clinic. These courses are designed for fellows to learn and implement research design and data analysis. The Department of General Surgery employs a dedicated research team to assist the fellow with implementation and completion of their research projects. For graduation the fellow is expected to submit their research project to a national meeting for presentation and prepare a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.


The Cleveland Clinic currently selects one fellow per year for our one-year SSO accredited surgical breast oncology fellowship. Applicants must have successfully completed an accredited General Surgery residency program prior to the start of the fellowship. The applicant must be board eligible or certified and able to obtain an unrestricted Ohio medical license. The Cleveland Clinic participates in the SSO fellowship match. The application, required materials and interview timeline can be found on their website.

Contact Information

Training Program Director: Stephanie A. Valente, DO, FACS

Fellowship Coordinator: Eman Danial
Address: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Department of General Surgery
Division of Breast Services
9500 Euclid Avenue / A80
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216-444-0769