The Division of Gynecologic Oncology offers a three-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship training program that covers all aspects of gynecologic oncology. Our overall mission is to train the next leaders of our subspecialty. During the fellowship, 24 months will be devoted to clinical care and the fellow will become facile in the surgical management of gynecological cancers, including gastrointestinal and genitourinary procedures, laparoscopy, robotics and cytoreduction. Our section also administers chemotherapy and has developed infrastructure that supports collaborative group- (i.e., NRG Oncology) and investigator-initiated clinical trials.

The fellow also will complete an original hypothesis-driven research project during 12 consecutive months of protected time during the fellowship. Fellows will have the opportunity to choose a mentor from a variety of disciplines, including clinical, translational and basic science research endeavors. Division members have research interests in surgical innovation, cancer care delivery and quality improvement. The fellow will also participate in two graduate-level courses on research design during their research year.

Specific strengths of our fellowship program include:

  • Each of our gynecologic oncologists have trained at different institutions
  • Mature relationships exist between gynecologic oncologists, surgical oncologists, surgical critical care intensivists, urologic oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists and diagnostic radiologists at Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Winston-Salem’s favorable livability

Why Train at Wake Forest?

Gynecologic oncology fellows will rapidly gain clinical experience. We perform more than 600 operations and evaluate approximately 6,000 patients in the outpatient setting each year. The most common cancers we treat are malignancies of the uterus and ovary, followed by cancers of the cervix, vulva and vagina. As a referral center for a large geographic area, including western North Carolina, western Virginia, southern West Virginia and parts of Tennessee, you will also be exposed to challenging clinical cases.

Our division is excited to embark on this new fellowship! We look forward to fostering close mentoring relationships with our fellows, who will be encouraged to pursue their educational and research passions while gaining valuable clinical and surgical experience at our medical institution. Wake Forest Baptist Health is the only academic medical center in western North Carolina.

Educational Goals

  • Develop clinical and surgical skills required for the optimal management of patients with gynecological malignancies
  • Excel as a teacher to medical students, residents and eventually other faculty in the areas of gynecological malignancies, pelvic surgery and quality improvement 
  • Completion of a high-quality research project that can be used during the board certification process