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New in Surgical Oncology - Accreditation of Surgical Oncology Fellowship and Breast Fellowship, Introduction of Two Breast Surgical Oncology Fellows

The Division of Surgical Oncology is proud to announce the accreditation of two fellowships received this month, the Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship accredited by the Society of Surgical Oncology.

The Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship will train one board-eligible surgeon per year over two years beginning in July 2014 in the field of surgical oncology with dedicated rotations in general surgical oncology, breast, head and neck, bone and soft tissue sarcoma, thoracic, hepatobiliary surgery, gynecologic oncology, interventional radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, and research. Accreditation by the ACGME is a rigorous and competitive process, and our accreditation is one among only 16 other programs approved by the ACGME in the United States.

The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship will train board-eligible surgeons in breast surgery with emphasis on the multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment with dedicated rotations in surgery, medical oncology, pathology, radiation oncology, radiology, genetics, supportive care services and reconstructive surgery. The fellow will also be involved in clinical research. The Cedars-Sinai breast fellowship is one of nine new programs in the U.S. that received accreditation by the SSO this year.

Armando Giuliano, MD, program director of both fellowships, acknowledged the surgical oncology faculty for their hard work in these achievements. He and the program faculty look forward to the opportunity to train these young surgeons and hope that the Complex Surgical Oncology and Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowships will increase the Surgical Oncology program's visibility and continue to enhance its reputation in the surgical oncologic community.

The Division of Surgical Oncology is also pleased to introduce two new Breast Surgical Oncology fellows who have arrived this month, Maria Nelson, MD, and Sharon Noori, MD.

Nelson is a surgeon who is originally from South Dakota. She received her bachelor's degree in biology at Carleton College in Minnesota and received her MD from the University of South Dakota. She did her surgical training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and has moved to Los Angeles with her husband and 1-year old daughter. She reports that her two most exciting experiences in the last year are the birth of her daughter and arrival at Cedars-Sinai for the breast fellowship.

Noori is a surgeon who graduated from Emory University, where she received a bachelor's degree in biology and Persian studies, as well as an MPH in global health. She received her MD at Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her surgery residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. She is an avid exerciser. Her most exciting experiences in the last year included getting married, graduating from Surgery residency, and moving to Los Angeles in June.

We welcome these two physicians to our program and look forward to working with them.