Englewood Health will provide fellowship training in Surgical Breast Oncology

The Lefcourt Family Wellness and Cancer Treatment Center in Englewood Health will have a surgical breast oncology training fellowship, it was announced on Monday.

This one-year fellowship – accredited by the Society of Surgical Oncology – will train future leaders in surgical breast oncology in the multidisciplinary management of breast disease.

Breast Fellows will immerse themselves in Englewood Health’s learning environment, including its Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnostic Center, and engage in research projects and formal rotations in breast surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Pathology, Breast Imaging, Integrative Medicine, High Risk Genetic Counseling, Psycho-Oncology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Community Services and Outreach.

Englewood Health CEO Warren Geller was thrilled to make the announcement.

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Englewood Health will be participating in the next Breast Oncology Fellowship match with anticipation of welcoming a new Breast Fellow in August 2024.

Dr. Rachelle Leong, breast surgeon at Englewood Health, who will serve as the fellowship director, said applications for the fellowship will open in December.

“We look forward to the opportunity to expose our Fellows to the kind of patient-centered, multidisciplinary care we provide here at Englewood Health,” she said.

“We wholeheartedly congratulate the incredible team of breast specialists who made this scholarship possible,” he said. “This achievement is testament to their commitment to training and supporting the emerging generation of breast surgeons.”

Dr. Violet McIntosh, chief of breast surgery at Englewood Health, said surgical specialty fellowships provide optional and additional training after surgical residency is complete.

“During the fellowship, these surgeons will develop basic surgical skills to develop expertise in their chosen subspecialty,” she said. “Being trained by a fellowship demonstrates a commitment to elevating the level of knowledge and approach with which a surgeon engages in treating a specific condition or set of conditions.”

Dr. Steven Brower, medical director of the Lefcourt Family Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center and chief of surgical oncology at Englewood Health, said the scholarship follows the mission of the hospital.

“The creation of this scholarship program highlights our commitment to exemplary patient care, teaching and research,” he said. “The scholarship is the latest affirmation of the breadth and depth of our breast services, as well as our capabilities as a teaching hospital.”

The Surgical Breast Oncology Fellowship builds on the academic mission of Englewood Health, joining programs such as the Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Nursing Residency, Internal Medicine Residency, and Dentistry Residency – all of which have grown considerably in recent years.

Christine E. Phillips