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) 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 it’s 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 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. It is our vision that graduates will become leaders in academic or community breast surgery.

Clinical Rotations

The fellowship year includes training at three National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accredited breast centers staffed by Emory physicians, plus two additional community hospital settings. 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 1000 breast cancer patients are treated surgically 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 twice weekly at both EUH Winship and Grady, allowing the fellow to be able to apply a multidisciplinary approach to the management of benign and malignant breast diseases in a comprehensive and compassionate manner

Research and Clinical Trials

There are enumerable research opportunities available at Winship Cancer Institute and the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center.  At Winship, there are numerous 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.  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 for 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 in the fall.  Applicants must be eligible for medical licensure in the State of Georgia.  All application materials are available and should be uploaded when completed to the SSO Website.

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