Maimonides Medical Center – Breast Surgery Fellowship

Brooklyn, NY

Training Program Director: Patrick I Borgen


The Brooklyn Breast Cancer Program at Maimonides Medical Center was founded in 2006. Since that time, we have grown from treating 40 women with breast cancer, to over 500 breast cancer cases per year. We see approximately 7,000 visits in the breast surgery division, and perform over 15,000 mammograms per year.  In 2011, we opened the Maimonides Breast Center at the Gilbert Rivera Pavilion. This is a state of the art facility at the Maimonides Cancer Center Complex, that houses both radiology and breast surgery divisions.  The Maimonides Breast Center offers comprehensive screening, diagnostic, medical and surgical breast services, as well as nutrition and genetics counseling.

Program Description

The fellowship on diseases of the breast, within the Division of Breast Surgical Oncology in the Maimonides Brooklyn Breast Cancer Program, is a part of the Maimonides Medical Center, an Affiliate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  We offer a one-year multidisciplinary clinical breast fellowship to candidates who have completed a general surgery residency program, and who are Board-eligible/certified general surgeons.

The Breast Fellowship places a strong emphasis on breast oncology training, breast imaging, research, and multidisciplinary care. During the fellowship, the breast fellow is trained to evaluate and manage both benign and malignant breast conditions, interact with specialists from other disciplines, and evaluate and participate in research initiatives.

Fellows will gain:

• Understanding of the biology, evaluation and treatment of benign breast disease, including screening for breast cancer and management of high risk disease.

• Experience in the evaluation of breast problems in an office-based setting.

• Training in the classification and evaluation of mammographic abnormalities, as well as the indications, techniques and complications of image-guided breast biopsy.

• Knowledge on the treatment options for the loco-regional therapy of breast cancer.

• Experience in basic cytology and pathology of the breast.

• Understanding of the indications, results, and basic biology of systemic therapy for breast cancer.

• Ability to critically evaluate the relevant medical literature, and make meaningful contributions to the field.

Fellows spend one year developing an extensive knowledge of all aspects of breast disease and breast oncology. The fellowship is oriented around comprehensive program rotations of breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, breast imaging, community outreach, cancer genetics, and patient navigation. In addition, the fellow will participate in a comprehensive didactic course that provides fundamental knowledge on tumor biology, genetics, epidemiology, overall breast health, risk factors, benign conditions, prevention, early detection, staging, treatment, continuity of care, psycho-oncology, survivorship, and quality of life issues.


The Division of Breast Surgical Oncology has three dedicated breast surgeons, three physician Assistants, and a nurse navigator. The Division of Plastic Surgery has three surgeons. The Division of Medical Oncology has three breast medical oncologists, and the Department of Radiation Oncology has three radiation oncologists whom have an emphasis on breast cancer.   The physician members of our breast team, many of whom are renowned nationally, are skilled and experienced in training and mentoring young clinicians and clinical investigators.

Breast Surgery Faculty

The primary surgical faculty for the fellowship is:

Patrick I Borgen, MD, FACS
Chairman of Surgery
Director of the Maimonides Breast Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD, FACS
Chief of Section, Division of Breast Surgery
Charusheela Andaz, MD, FACS
Breast Surgery


This one-year fellowship is comprised of eight to ten months of clinical rotations on the Breast Service, as well as two to four months of electives in the area of Chemotherapy and/or Pathology and/or Radiation Therapy. The breast cancer fellow will be involved in pre- and postoperative patient care, and   will perform operations under the direction of an attending surgeon. The fellow will also gain experience in the outpatient setting in our clinics, as well as attend conferences, lectures, and seminars.

There are a number of opportunities for clinical and basic science research, based upon the individual interests of the fellow. Fellows will learn the fundamentals of research including the basics of research design, data analysis and ethical conduct of research.  Clinical research projects are facilitated by clinical databases, including institutional databases as well as larger national databases.


Applicants must have completed their residency training in general surgery and be qualified to sit for the examination of the American Board of Surgery. Foreign medical graduates with equivalent qualifications are also eligible to apply, and must have completed all three of the USMLE examinations.

Contact Information

Training Program Director:
Patrick I Borgen 
Address:  745 64TH Street Brooklyn, NY 11220 
Fellowship Coordinator:  Jillian Graniero 
Phone:  718-765-2536