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NorthShore University Health System and The University of Chicago Medicine

Evanston, Illinois

Training Program Director: Catherine Pesce, MD

About the Program

In 2008 NorthShore University Health System established its teaching affiliation with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and together this partnership allows for the training of the future leaders in academic medicine. NorthShore’s Center for Breast Health was the first center in the Chicago region to be accredited by the American College of Surgeon’s National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Our Center for Breast Health performs more than 90,000 mammograms annually and serves more than 800 patients with breast cancer each year, making it the largest program of its kind in Illinois and the state’s largest academic, multidisciplinary breast cancer practice. In this context, the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program at NorthShore & The University of Chicago Medicine has an extraordinary opportunity to provide the clinical, educational, and research offerings that define a premier breast surgical oncology fellowship program.

Program Goals

We seek to train the highest caliber surgeons to become leaders in breast surgical oncology. Surgeons who complete this program will accumulate the credentials, knowledge, and experience for a productive academic career. Through rotations at both NorthShore and The University of Chicago Medicine, the fellow will gain exposure to the management of benign and malignant breast disease in both a community and university setting. The fellow will also learn to engage in clinical research and learn how to translate research findings from clinical trials, translational studies, and retrospective reviews into clinical care. Clinical training will be provided by a group of surgical, medical, and radiation oncology experts who provide care in multidisciplinary clinics and participate in multidisciplinary conferences. We strive to provide outstanding training to enable breast surgeons to pursue academic careers, engage in high quality clinical research, and assume a position of leadership in the multidisciplinary care of the breast cancer patient.

Clinical Rotations

The fellow will spend six months dedicated to breast surgery rotations (four months at NorthShore and two months at The University of Chicago Medicine), one month on imaging, one month on plastic surgery, one month on medical oncology, and one month on radiation oncology. The remaining two months will be dedicated to rotations in pathology, genetics, psycho-oncology and survivorship, and rehab post breast cancer treatment. The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach including breast cancer support group meetings, volunteer work at the Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, IL and participation in two American Cancer Society-sponsored breast cancer awareness walks.

Conferences and Meetings

The fellow actively participates in several core conferences that include a weekly breast conference/tumor board, a biweekly faculty-mentored, core-reading conference covering the complete spectrum of breast disease, a monthly Breast Cancer Seminar covering any topic in breast disease, and a bimonthly journal club. In addition, the fellow will attend a monthly clinical trials research meeting where open clinical trials are reviewed as well as trial objectives, eligibility criteria, current enrollment, and accrual goals. The fellow also has the opportunity to attend several national meetings throughout the year.

Research Opportunities

Established in 1996, the NorthShore Research Institute serves more than 1,000 research projects and more than 150 externally funded research faculty. The fellow has the opportunity to focus on a unique outcomes-based research program that has been cultivated at NorthShore by facilitating access to the Chicago-based American College of Surgeons offices and the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). The fellow will select a faculty-mentored project at the outset of the fellowship and routinely present and refine their data to a broad audience at biweekly laboratory meetings. We expect this experience to cultivate the requisite skills to develop hypothesis-oriented research projects and to prepare abstracts and manuscripts for presentation at national meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journals. Fellows are mentored to finalize projects and are expected to have at least two manuscripts published or ready for publication prior to completing the fellowship.


Prospective fellows must successfully complete a residency in general surgery and be American Board of Surgery eligible. The fellow must be eligible for medical licensure in the State of Illinois. One fellow is accepted each year.

Contact Information

Training Program Director:

Catherine E. Pesce, MD


NorthShore University Health System

2650 Ridge Ave

Walgreen 2507

Evanston, IL 60201



Fellowship Coordinator:

Emily Gudas






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