Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Los Angeles, California

Training Program Director: Armando E. Giuliano, MD, FACS, FRCSEd

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a world-renowned, nonprofit academic medical center with more than 950 licensed beds. The medical center serves Los Angeles and the surrounding area as a major tertiary and quaternary referral center for California and is one of the largest medical centers in the United States. Cedars-Sinai's facilities are among the most advanced in the world with state-of-the-art equipment and application of new technologies. Cedars-Sinai has 12 medical specialties (including cancer) ranked among the nation’s best in the U.S. News & World Report 2014-15 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue.

About the Program

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center offers a two-year ACGME complex surgical oncology fellowship for candidates who have completed an approved general surgery residency and who are Board-eligible or Board-certified. The Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship program is an integrated multidisciplinary program with a major emphasis on surgical oncology training and multidisciplinary care. The trainee will participate fully in the evaluation and management of complex surgical oncology patients and coordination of care with multidisciplinary specialists. The trainee will also actively participate in the recruitment of patients for clinical and translational research studies.


The program includes 20 months of clinical rotations and four months of translational research. The clinical portion of the program is heavily weighted toward the strengths of the institution, focusing on complex gastrointestinal malignancies, pancreatic and hepatobiliary malignancies, breast cancer, melanoma, head and neck cancer, bone and soft-tissue sarcoma and foregut malignancies. In addition, trainees will also rotate on gynecologic oncology, orthopedic oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical pathology, and interventional radiology with exposure to chemo-embolization and radiofrequency ablation. The program emphasizes coordinated multidisciplinary care which will allow the trainee to be involved in all aspects of patient management. The core curriculum includes weekly surgical grand rounds, didactic sessions in surgical oncology, specialty/tumor specific meetings and conferences, and clinical research. New patients are presented at Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards where slides and images are reviewed with multiple attending physicians and multidisciplinary care discussed.

Research, Presentations, and Publications

Under the guidance of a faculty member, the trainee will participate in writing journal papers and may participate in writing research protocols and grant proposals. He/she will learn to evaluate scientific publications and to prepare research results for submission to peer-reviewed medical/scientific journals. The program includes four months of translational research with an opportunity to collaborate with basic scientists in the surgical oncology research laboratories of the Department of Surgery or other cooperating departments. Collaborative opportunities are widely available with scientists in the Division of Medical Oncology and the Division of Radiation Oncology as well. The fellow is expected to participate in ongoing clinical research protocols and is encouraged to present his/her research findings at local and national meetings. In addition, the fellow will attend basic science and clinical specialty research seminars. Previously trained fellows as well as current surgical residents have presented their work at the annual meetings of the Society of Surgical Oncology, Pacific Coast Surgical Association, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Contact Information

Armando E. Giuliano, MD, FACS, Professor and Program Director
Allan W. Silberman MD, PhD, FACS, Professor and Co-Director
Contact: Van Chau, Fellowship Coordinator
Address: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd. 8215 North Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 310-423-6637
Fax: 310-423-0139
Email: van.chau@cshs.org