H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Tampa, Florida

Training Program Director: Nazanin Khakpour, MD

The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is a freestanding cancer center established in 1986 on the campus of the University of South Florida. Licensed for 206 beds, this institution has experienced remarkable growth since its inception. The Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program, with one of the largest patient populations nationwide, is recognized as one of the top ten breast cancer programs in the country. Moffitt Cancer Center is the only NCI designated cancer institute in the state of Florida and one of only 60 nationwide.

Program Goals

The overall goals of the fellowship are as follows: to expand the basic surgical knowledge and experience obtained during residency to develop skilled surgeon-investigators who, in turn, will become recognized experts in the field of Breast Surgical Oncology, provide extensive supervised training and education so that the fellow can acquire special skills and knowledge in the area of breast surgical oncology, expand the fellow's knowledge and wisdom so they may disseminate that to other physicians, non-physician health care professionals, and patients. Strong emphasis is placed on the scholarly attributes of self-instruction, teaching, and research creativity. We strive to inspire all fellows to develop and maintain a lifetime commitment to continued learning.


Moffitt Cancer Center practices medicine from the multidisciplinary approach. The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellow participates in all aspects of surgical management. The one year fellowship will focus on participation on the Breast Service (six months) with additional rotations to include Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (two weeks), Radiology (one month), Radiation Oncology (one month), Medical Oncology (one month), Pathology (two weeks), Diagnostic Screening, Genetics Testing and Counseling (two weeks), Psychosocial Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Community Outreach (two weeks), and Research (one month).

Patient Volumes

Over 1300 new breast surgical patients presented to the program with over 1300 breast surgical cases. Our high patient volumes and multiplicity of surgical cases provide the breast fellow with an excellent learning experience.


The Moffitt Cancer Center is affiliated with the University of South Florida, a teaching institution. All residency and fellowship programs at Moffitt Cancer Center follow ACGME protocol.

Number of Positions: Two

Length of Fellowship: One year

Eligibility and Application

Completion of a fully accredited program in surgical residency prior to the start of the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship is required. You must be Board certified or eligible. Foreign applicants must meet all Moffitt Graduate Medical Education requirements. We accept the J-1 Visa.

Please apply through the SSO online application process (www.surgonc.org). Please forward to the SSO a completed application, curriculum vitae, personal statement and three letters of recommendation. Interviews will be by invitation and are scheduled during the September/October time frame. The interviews start at 7:00 a.m. followed by a lunch and tour of the facilities and usually end by 2:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Training Program Director Nazanin Khakpour, MD, FACS
Address: 10920 McKinley Drive 
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 745-3131
Fax: (813) 449-8798
Education Coordinator: Jackie Campbell
Email: Jackie.campbell@moffitt.org

Updated: March 7, 2014