The Surgical Oncology Service, in the Department of Surgery, offers a two-year surgical oncology fellowship to fully trained general surgeons who desire advanced training.

The Surgical Oncology Service is composed of eight full time faculty members and is a key component of the Wake Forest University National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Annually, over 1,500 major operative procedures are performed and approximately 7,500 outpatient visits are seen in the surgical oncology clinics.

Fellowship highlights and understanding of basic principles include:

  • Oncology
  • Surgical pathology
  • Medical oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Appreciation for research and academic endeavors

The clinical experience is diverse, extensive, and includes all aspects of cancer surgery. In addition to the faculty, the fellowship is supported by a dedicated Surgical Oncology service with general surgery residents of all levels, supported by advanced practitioners, nurses and research staff.

Subspecialties Include:

Learn more about the Surgical Oncology fellowship program subspecialties.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

The Wake Forest surgical oncology department is internationally known for its Peritoneal Surface Malignancy program and has one of the largest experience with cytoreductive surgery and peritoneal chemoperfusion in the world.

The fellow will learn how to evaluate patients with peritoneal surface disease from appendiceal, colorectal, and primary peritoneal cancers. The fellow will learn the techniques of peritonectomy and extensive cytoreductive surgery, as well as the application of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy.

Program Goal

The overarching goal of the fellowship is the development of clinical and operative skills in surgical oncology, with emphasis on complex surgical procedures for the difficult problems seen in a tertiary referral center. In addition to training outstanding surgeons in the broad field of Surgical Oncology with the expertise to lead in the multidisciplinary care of the cancer patient.

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