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Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Breast Surgical Fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute at the University of South Florida

Program Description

The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida is a one-year program. The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellow participates in all aspects of surgical management. The fellowship focuses on participation on the Breast Service with additional rotations to include Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Radiology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, Diagnostic Screening, Genetics Testing and Counseling, Psychosocial Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Research and Community Outreach.

Program Goals

The overall goals of the Fellowship are as follows: To expand the basic surgical knowledge and experience obtained during residency to develop skilled surgeon-investigators who, in turn, will become recognized experts in the field of Breast Surgical Oncology. Provide a scholarly environment for acquiring cognitive and procedural skills. Provide extensive supervised training and education so that the fellow can acquire special skills and knowledge in the area of breast surgical oncology, encompassing the newest techniques of diagnosis, screening and treatment with a focus on the psychosocial adjustment of the patient throughout their care. Emphasize the scholarly attributes of self-instruction, teaching, skilled clinical analysis, sound surgical judgment and research creativity. Strive to inspire all fellows to develop and maintain a lifetime commitment to continue learning and expand their knowledge and wisdom, and to disseminate their knowledge and wisdom to other physicians, non-physician health care professionals and patients through maintenance of personal outcome data. To provide an in-depth knowledge of not only surgery, but also breast imaging, image directed biopsy techniques, pathology, radiation oncology and medical oncology for the treatment of breast cancer.

A Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship greatly enhances our education and research mission and enables the fellow to acquire an advanced body of knowledge and level of skill in the management of breast disease in order to assume a leadership role in teaching and research in this field.

The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center practices medicine from the multidisciplinary approach. The Breast Fellow will be responsible for pre-and postoperative patient care, and will perform operations under the direction of an attending surgeon. The fellow will participate in the clinics, weekly tumor board, conferences and seminars, including the Radio-guided Surgery Course conducted by the University of South Florida and the School of Breast Oncology at Emory University to learn the technique of lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy. The fellow will also participate in protocol development, clinical trials, statistics and patient data collection. The fellow will be allotted dedicated research time and will attend and present at national level conferences.


The Center has a number of research programs including Molecular Oncology, Immunology, Drug Discovery and Experimental Therapeutics, as well as two cancer prevention and control research programs: Health Outcomes & Behavior and Risk Assessment, Detection & Intervention. The Center’s research programs have been approved by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) with the award of the Center’s NCI Cancer Center Support Grant and NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status. Research at Moffitt encompasses more than laboratories and new drug therapies. Moffitt scientists probe the very nature of cancer itself, and work to bring their discoveries to our patients as expeditiously as possible.


Completion of a fully accredited program in surgical residency prior to the start of the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship. Board certified or eligible. Foreign applicants must meet all University of South Florida Graduate Medical Education requirements.

Interview Process

The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center participate in the Society of Surgical Oncology’s Breast Fellowship Match Program. The Breast Program successfully completed its initial Society of Surgical Oncology site visit in February 2005. Pertinent information is available online at the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Contact Information

Nazanin Khakpour, MD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
12902 Magnolia Drive, Suite 3157
Tampa, FL 33612
Tel: 813-745-8480 Fax: 813-745-7287

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