Emory University School of Medicine

Atlanta, Georgia

Training Program Director: Cletus A. Arciero, MD, FACS

The Winship Cancer Institute (WCI), a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at Emory University, dates back to 1937 when Coca-Cola President and Chairman Robert W. Woodruff partnered with Emory University to establish one of the first clinics in the nation devoted entirely to the care of cancer patients.

The WCI is now a four-hospital entity with its central location a 280,000 square-foot building that serves as the home to the Division of Surgical Oncology, the Breast Imaging Center, and Departments of Medical Oncology and Radiation Therapy. Members of the faculty are active participants in clinical and translational research and through these interests provide comprehensive treatment for their patients. 

The Emory University School of Medicine Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program is a one-year program designed to teach evidenced-based clinical care, encourage inquiry with a research-focused approach, and develop leadership skills for future career opportunities and growth. Combining the clinical experiences of the Emory University System and Grady Memorial Hospital, the fellows enjoy a high clinical volume fellowship with ample exposure to the research infrastructure of Winship.  It is our vision that graduates will become leaders in academic or community breast surgery.

Clinical Rotations

The fellowship year includes training at multiple hospital settings ranging from large, academic centers to smaller community locations. The majority of fellow rotations occur at Emory University (Winship Cancer Institute and the University Hospital), and the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady Memorial Hospital. A robust surgical experience, including both benign and malignant breast diseases, spans a diverse patient population in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States.  Currently, over 1,400 new breast cancer patients are treated each year throughout the system. Operative exposure incorporates advanced techniques including radioactive seed localization, oncoplastic breast surgery as well as skin/nipple sparing mastectomy. In addition to rotations on medical and radiation oncology, a broad-based breast imaging experience is integrated into the curriculum. Dedicated multidisciplinary breast case conferences are attended by the fellows weekly at either EUH Winship and Grady. Fellows are expected to be able to apply a multidisciplinary approach to the management of benign and malignant breast diseases in a comprehensive and compassionate manner.

Meetings and Conferences

Weekly Department of Surgery Grand Rounds as well as Winship Cancer Institute Grand Rounds provide a strong exposure to a broad range of surgical and oncological topics throughout the year. Breast Service specific instruction includes a didactics series covering a multitude of topics ranging from benign breast disease to the management of metastatic breast cancer. A weekly Breast Conference provides for a multidisciplinary discussion of complex cases. The Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinical Trials group meets weekly to discuss ongoing and new clinical trials as well as offer research-oriented didactics.

Fellows are provided the opportunity for one funded trip to present their research in a national forum during their year of training.

Research and Clinical Trials

There are enumerable research opportunities available at Winship Cancer Institute and the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center.  At Winship, there are clinical research opportunities available ranging from involvement in one of the over 30 active clinical trials to examinations of national cancer as well as Emory specific databases.  Although limited by the length of the fellowship, there is a large basic science research presence examining many aspects of breast cancer treatment which can allow exposure to translational projects.  At Grady, there is a tradition of ongoing disparities research examining all aspects of breast cancer care. An academic contribution, in the form of abstract submission, manuscript completion and/or IRB project creation, is a minimum required element of the fellowship. 

Eligibility and Contact Information

Requirements include completion of a general surgery residency and American Board of Surgery eligibility. Two fellows per year will be selected, and interviews will take place based on the Society of Surgical Oncology website.  All application materials are available and should be uploaded when completed to the SSO Website. Applicants must be eligible for medical licensure in the State of Georgia.
The deadline for all materials is July 15. Note that there are a limited number of interview slots, and interviews may be scheduled BEFORE July 15, so submission of early and complete applications is encouraged.

Contact Information

Training Program Director: Cletus A. Arciero, MD, FACS
Address: Winship Cancer Institute
1365C Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Email: cletus.arciero@emory.edu
Administrative Assistant: Antolina Vicente
Address: Department of Surgery/Division of Surgical Oncology
Emory School of Medicine
1365C Clifton Road NE, 2nd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Phone: 404-778-1903
Fax: 404-778-4490
Email: amvince@emory.edu