Jackson Health System / Jackson Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and other institutions, offers a two-year clinical fellowship program in Complex General Surgical Oncology. First established in 1974, this fellowship received its initial review and approval by the Society of Surgical Oncology in 1984, and became ACGME accredited in 2012.

The aim of the fellowship is to train clinical and academic leaders in the multidisciplinary management of the cancer patient. The surgical oncology fellows benefit greatly from the large referral base and unusually large proportion of locoregionally advanced neoplasia in the catchment area of this Medical Center which includes the southern half of the State of Florida, the Caribbean basin, Central and South America.

Clinical activities are based at Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH), a quaternary care institution operated by the Public Health Trust of Dade County, the JMH Breast Center, and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC). The fellows will also be able to work at the University of Miami Hospital (UMH), a medical center now comprising well in excess of 2,000 inpatient beds. Fellows work closely with their attending preceptors in inpatient, outpatient and operating room settings.

One fellow is taken each year, and is trained broadly and intensively in the art and science of cancer surgery and multidisciplinary management of cancer patients. Over the course of the program, fellows spend 18 months in clinical oncology training and are afforded ample opportunities for integrated basic, translational, clinical, outcomes and health services-related research.  A fully funded optional third year is available to fellows interested in pursuing an academic career.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: One
Duration: Two years plus an optional third research year
Postgraduate Training Required: Five year General Surgery Training
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA
  • Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine, Amarillo, TX
  • University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, KS
  • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
  • University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • University of Miami Hospital
  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center



Candidates must have completed a fully accredited surgical residency prior to the start of the surgical oncology fellowship and be Board certified or eligible. Foreign applicants must have completed a surgical residency program in their country and meet all University of Miami Graduate Medical Education requirements and must be eligible for an educational or regular Florida medical license. We accept J-I Visas.

Application Deadline 
On July 1, the application opens in Electronic Resident Application System (ERAS).  On August 1, the application closes. There are two interview dates in September.


A two-year recurring didactic core curriculum lecture series and eight to 12 Journal Clubs are held every year. Fellows attend and contribute to the weekly patient care conferences during which perioperative and postoperative patient management are discussed and multidisciplinary tumor board conferences during each respective clinical rotation. In addition, fellows Surgical Grand Rounds, the weekly Morbidity and Mortality Rounds of the Department of Surgery and other multidisciplinary conferences on their off-service rotations.

Board Exam Requirements
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.

Educational & Other Experience
The Division of Surgical Oncology is organized into functionally independent services to assure complete separation of fellows and general surgery residents while affording all of our trainees an excellent, well balanced experience throughout. The first year of the fellowship is comprised of rotations in Surgical Pathology, Radiation and Medical Oncology (one month each), followed by site disease-based clinical/operative rotations taken under the supervision of our Divisional faculty in gastroesophageal, hepatopancreaticobiliary, colorectal and breast neoplasia, soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma and endocrine neoplasms. Elective rotations in head and neck surgery, gynecologic oncology or thoracic surgery are available to interested fellows.

The first half of the second year is a continuing maturation of experience in complex clinical surgical oncology, and the remainder of the fellowship is devoted to investigational surgical oncology under identified mentors.

Each fellow is required to take on one or more research projects and to submit at least one abstract to a national meeting and publish his or her work in peer-reviewed journals. Fellows will work under the tutelage of Divisional faculty in their academic pursuits.

An optional, fully funded third year devoted to basic, translational, clinical, outcomes or health services related research is available. As a continuation of the last six months of the second year, this provides an excellent opportunity for trainees to successfully compete for peer-reviewed funding on the way to becoming fully independent surgeon-scientists.


Nipun Merchant, MD
Chief and Program Director

Vielka Enriquez
Vice Chairman for Administration

Phone: 305-243-5249
Fax: 305-243-5863