Loma Linda University Health 

Program Director: Maheswari Senthil, MD, FACS

Loma Linda University Health PictureLoma Linda University Health (LLUH) is a world-renowned non-profit academic medical center serving the inland empire of Southern California and surrounding area since 1905. The Loma Linda University Cancer Center (LLUCC) is a Commission on Cancer accredited cancer program and a tertiary and quaternary referral center. LLUCC physicians treat complex and challenging neoplasms, integrating clinical research and state of the art cancer care customized to an individual patient’s needs. In addition, LLUCC researchers have revolutionized cancer care in several areas benefiting hundreds of thousands of patients. Innovation, research and compassionate delivery of care with emphasis on whole person care that addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a patient have led to LLUH’s recognition as a leader in the field of cancer care.

The combination of compassionate physicians dedicated to cancer care, education, innovation and research and an institution that strives to improve all aspects of patient care, training and research makes it an ideal setting for educating surgeons interested in pursuing further training in cancer surgery. The core faculty members of the Complex General Surgical Oncology fellowship at LLUH are respected educators in their fields of specialty for many years, and have proven track records for their commitment to education, research and mentoring. The fellowship is designed to provide training, skills and knowledge for the fellows to become expert surgical oncologists with strong research backgrounds. The Complex General Surgical Oncology fellowship at LLUH complements the already-existing training programs in Medical and Radiation Oncology.

About the program

The LLUH Complex General Surgical Oncology fellowship program is a two-year post -residency training program and accepts one fellow per year. Fellows will be trained in the multidisciplinary management of cancer patients with a strong emphasis on research. Training will include comprehensive management of melanoma, sarcoma, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, colorectal, breast, endocrine, esophageal, lung, complex pelvic and peritoneal surface malignancies.  Fellows will also be trained in minimally invasive, robotic cancer resections.  Fellows will spend 14 months in core surgical oncology rotations including thoracic surgery, and one month each in medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical pathology, and head and neck rotations.

Research opportunities

Fellows will have ample opportunity to pursue clinical and basic science research. At the start of the training, fellows will be able to identify a research mentor based on their interests. Six months of training will be dedicated for research during which time fellows will be able to work on several research projects and initiate appropriate clinical trials. Fellows will be able to continue their research activities throughout their training.

Meeting and Conferences

The fellowship offers multiple educational conferences with strong faculty participation for fellows to learn and interact. Fellows will attend weekly morbidity and mortality conference, surgical grand rounds, surgical oncology case conference and didactic lectures. In addition, fellows will participate in and lead rotation- specific multidisciplinary tumor board conferences (breast, GI, melanoma, thoracic, head and neck). Fellows will also participate in monthly surgical research conference and journal club discussions.

Eligibility and Applications

The program participates in the fellowship match through NRMP annually and accepts one fellow per year. Applications must be submitted through ERAS. Prior to appointment in the program, the fellows must meet the following:  

• Satisfactory completion of a general surgery residency program accredited by ACGME or general surgery residency program located in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
• Be certified or admissible to examination by the American Board of Surgery

Contact Information

Fellowship Training Program Director:  Maheswari Senthil, MD, FACS
Associate Professor
Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
Director, Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program
Address:  Loma Linda University Health
Department of Surgery
Coleman Pavilion
11175 Campus St CP 21111
Loma Linda, CA 92350 
Phone:  909-651-5948 
Fax:  909-558-0236 
Email:  msenthil@llu.edu 
Fellowship Program Coordinator:  Nikki McCutchan 
Email:  nmccutchan@llu.edu