Contact Us

Program Director, Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program
Nipun B. Merchant, MD, FACS
Phone: 305-243-0969
Email: nmerchant@miami.edu

Senior Program Manager, Division of Education
Zusel Matos, MHSA
Phone: 305-585-1280
Email: zmatos@miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. We do not offer out-of-match positions.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from the ERAS open date until the end of January. Interviews are held from March to May.

Call Schedule

Call is from home only.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
Fellows must be eligible for the qualifying and certifying general surgery examinations of the American Board of Surgery and/or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of a successfully completed ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program in the U.S. or Canada. At the time of entry into the fellowship program all applicants will be board-eligible or board-certified general surgeons under the auspices of the American Board of Surgery.

Graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada must have a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Mission & Vision

To train the next generation of academic surgical oncologists in the art and science of cancer surgery; delivery of quality, multidisciplinary cancer care; pursuit of research and continuance of community education to reduce the human burden from cancer.

Mission & Vision

To train the next generation of academic surgical oncologists in the art and science of cancer surgery; delivery of quality, multidisciplinary cancer care; pursuit of research and continuance of community education to reduce the human burden from cancer.

Program Director’s Welcome

Program Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. Our goal is to provide an environment that fosters passion and creates leaders in cancer care. There continues to be exponential growth in the scientific understanding and clinical management of cancer. How will our fellowship program help you keep up with these changes so that you can become a successful surgical oncologist?

We will provide personalized training that is tailored to help you achieve your clinical, academic and professional goals. Our fellowship offers both clinical and academic tracks to allow specialization in specific disease sites. The foundation we lay in our program will take you beyond clinical proficiency and give you multidisciplinary expertise in the malignancies on which you choose to focus. By helping our fellows pursue their academic and clinical passions, we strive to produce the surgical oncologists who will contribute to the global advancement of cancer care.

We will provide personalized training that is tailored to help you achieve your academic, clinical and professional goals. Our fellowship offers both academic and clinical tracks to allow specialization in specific disease sites. The groundwork we lay in our program will take you beyond clinical proficiency and give you multidisciplinary expertise in the malignancies on which you choose to focus. By helping each fellow pursue his or her academic and clinical passions, we strive to produce surgical oncologists who are leaders in their field and will contribute for many years to the global advancement of cancer care.

-Nipun B. Merchant, MD, FACS

Description

We will provide personalized training that is tailored to help you achieve your clinical, academic and professional goals. Our fellowship offers both clinical and academic tracks to allow specialization in specific disease sites. The foundation we lay in our program will take you beyond clinical proficiency and give you multidisciplinary expertise in the malignancies on which you choose to focus. By helping our fellows pursue their academic and clinical passions, we strive to produce the surgical oncologists who will contribute to the global advancement of cancer care.

We will provide personalized training that is tailored to help you achieve your academic, clinical and professional goals. Our fellowship offers both academic and clinical tracks to allow specialization in specific disease sites. The groundwork we lay in our program will take you beyond clinical proficiency and give you multidisciplinary expertise in the malignancies on which you choose to focus. By helping each fellow pursue his or her academic and clinical passions, we strive to produce surgical oncologists who are leaders in their field and will contribute for many years to the global advancement of cancer care.

-Nipun B. Merchant, MD, FACS

Fast Facts

Accreditation:

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

1

Duration of Fellowship?

2 years

Program Highlights

100% board pass rate on the qualifying & certifying exam 3 years in a row

Academic & clinical tracks allowing for specialization in specific disease sites

High faculty ratings by patients

Clinical Experience

Year 1

The first year of the fellowship is comprised of rotations in surgical pathology, radiation oncology and medical oncology (one month each), followed by rotations in surgical oncology at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami. These clinical and operative rotations are taken under the supervision of our divisional faculty, and the fellow gains extensive experience in the management of esophageal, gastric, hepatobiliary and pancreatic neoplasms, as well as melanomas and soft tissue sarcomas. In addition, fellows rotate on the endocrine surgery and breast surgery services for 1 month each.

Throughout the first year, fellows run a weekly clinic and are also highly involved in faculty-led clinics. Fellows participate in, and regularly present at, weekly tumor boards, including the gastrointestinal and sarcoma tumor boards. There are also didactic sessions and monthly journal clubs that are aligned with a two-year surgical oncology curriculum. With mentorship from faculty, fellows will initiate clinical, translational and/or basic science research projects.

Year 2

The second year of the fellowship is comprised of rotations on the surgical oncology services at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami, where fellows gain additional experience in biliary, breast, endocrine, esophageal, gastric, hepatic, pancreatic and soft tissue cancers.

In addition, second-year fellows have elective rotations in colorectal surgery, head and neck surgery and/or gynecologic oncology. Fellows will continue to lead the surgical oncology clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital and attend/lead the educational conferences and tumor boards. Fellows continue research projects and frequently present at national meetings including the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association and Society of Surgical Oncology conferences. The last four months for fellows are focused exclusively on research.

Your Faculty

Eli Avisar, MD, FACS
Director and Founder, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program
Professor, Surgery

Vikas Dudeja, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery

Dido Franceschi, MD, FACS
Professor, Clinical Surgery

Neha Goel, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgery

Susan Kesmodel, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery
Co-Leader, Breast Site Disease Group, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Alan S. Livingstone, MD, FACS
Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology

Nipun B. Merchant, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
Chief Surgical Officer, University of Miami Health System/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Director, Surgical Oncology Research Programs, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Endowed Professor, Surgery, University of Miami Health System
Vice Chair, Surgical Oncology Services

Mecker Möller, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Surgery
Creator, Hyperthemic Intraperitonal Chemotherapy Program, University of Miami

Steven E. Rodgers, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Surgery

Seth A. Spector MD, FACS
Professor, Surgery
Vice Chairman, Surgery, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Alumni Placements Include:

Central Michigan University
University of British Columbia
University of Central Florida
University of Delaware
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Alumni Placements Include:

Central Michigan University
University of British Columbia
University of Central Florida
University of Delaware
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine