City of Hope Breast Fellowship

Duarte, CA

Program Director: Laura Kruper, MD, MSCE, FACS

City of Hope Breast FellowshipCity of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. We are continually recognized as one of the nation’s top cancer hospitals by US News and World Report and are known for excellence in compassionate patient care, education, and bench-to-bedside research. Our campus, in the suburbs of metro Los Angeles, is home to the Beckman Research Institute and Graduate School as well as the City of Hope National Medical Center. As of 2011, City of Hope is #1 in the state of California for volume of treated breast cancer patients. During the past academic year, there were approximately 30,000 patient visits in the breast clinics and over 1300 new breast cancer patients last year.

City of Hope is an SSO accredited program and participates in the SSO match. The mission of our breast surgical oncology training program is to educate future academic and community leaders in breast cancer treatment through sound multidisciplinary and advanced breast surgical training.

Core Curriculum

The fellowship curriculum is designed to be flexible and meet the needs and career aspirations of each individual fellow whether it be a career in an academic or community setting. We offer a true multidisciplinary fellowship with dedicated rotations in breast surgery, plastic surgery with emphasis on oncoplastic techniques, radiation and medical oncology, clinical cancer genetics, psycho-oncology supportive care medicine, pathology, and radiology with experience in ultrasound-guided, stereotactic and MRI-guided procedures. To cover core educational objectives, multidisciplinary off-service rotations alternate with breast surgery to allow the fellow the ability to follow patients from their surgical experience through their adjuvant care while allowing the fellow to continuously refine breast surgical technique throughout the year with an increasing level of independence. Advanced breast surgical techniques include oncoplastic surgery, nipple sparing mastectomy, appropriate axillary management and use of intra-operative radiotherapy.

Educational Conferences and Courses

The fellow will participate in multiple conferences, some of which are listed here:
  1. Weekly pre-operative case conference with the surgical oncology fellows 
  2. Weekly Breast Oncology didactic series
  3. Weekly multidisciplinary Breast Tumor board
  4. Breast Oncology Journal Club


Opportunities for clinical and basic science research are abundant, based upon the individual interests of the fellow. Fellows learn the fundamentals of research including the basics of research design, data analysis and ethical conduct of research. With over 66 open breast clinical trials at our institution, the fellow will learn about various trial designs from phase I trials to retrospective studies, and will participate in our weekly multidisciplinary research conference. Clinical research projects are facilitated by clinical databases including institutional databases as well as larger national databases. The fellow is expected to develop, complete, and present at least one research project under the mentorship of an identified faculty member. Our fellow will receive instruction in abstract and manuscript preparation and is encouraged to present at local, regional and national meetings. Fellows will be funded for travel to at least 1 national meeting for presentation. 


To be eligible for the City of Hope Breast Oncology Fellowship, applicants must have successfully completed an accredited general surgery residency program in the United States and must be American Board of Surgery certified or eligible. 

Contact Information:

Training Program Director:    Laura Kruper, MD, MSCE, FACS

Training Program Coordinator:   Christina Perez

Address:   City of Hope National Medical Center
 Women's Cancers Program 
 1500 E. Duarte Rd.
 Duarte, CA 91010
Phone:   626-256-4673 ext. 80521