Fewer than 50 similar programs exist in the nation.
“Receiving approval from the Society of Surgical Oncology for this new fellowship affirms the quality of the curriculum and the faculty at MD Anderson at Cooper,” Dr. Kristin Brill, program director for the Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center and director of the Section of Breast Surgery, said in a statement. “This new program will enable us to prepare surgeons to become experts in breast disease and in the implementation of the latest, evidence-based breast cancer treatments.”
Dr. Brill will serve as program director for the fellowship.
The fellowship is open to general surgeons nationwide. Fellows will spend one year developing a strong knowledge of all aspects of breast disease, breast medical oncology and breast surgery.
Leaders from the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS), the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO), the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD), and Susan G. Komen for the Cure developed the curriculum for fellowship training.
“As medical science continues to advance, fellowship-trained breast surgeons are needed to care for very complex cases,” said Dr. Brill. “We are proud of our role in training tomorrow’s clinical leaders.”