Program Overview

Surgical oncology has emerged as an essential specialty in the multidisciplinary care of cancer patients. As a specialty, surgical oncology recognizes that optimal care of many cancer patients relies on the coordinated efforts of an interdisciplinary team. Surgical oncologists do not view surgical procedures in isolation. Instead, they consider each operation within the context of a treatment plan that may incorporate chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or alternative approaches before, during and after surgery.

Today, our ACGME accredited Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program offers a two-year position to one highly-qualified individual each academic year. This clinical fellowship provides qualified candidates the opportunity to gain in-depth exposure to the surgically based interdisciplinary management of patients with a wide range of cancer-related illnesses. The program also offers the opportunity to participate in clinical surgical oncology research in a clinically busy and academically rigorous unit. The division has a particular interest in treatment of hepatobiliary and pancreatic malignancies, both areas of special strength.

Fellowship Components


The training program is 24 months in length.

Prerequisite Training / Selection Criteria

We offer the program to fully trained general surgeons (five-year general surgery residency training program), who desire further experience in surgical oncology. Attending staff within the division interview all eligible physicians, who are then ranked by our selection committee.

Goals and Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program the fellow will have gained competency in the following areas:

  • Evaluation, surgical management and follow-up of patients with a wide range of malignancies within the context of a multidisciplinary cancer team.
  • Performance of clinical research related to surgical oncology, with proven understanding of study design, methods of data analysis and presentation of results.
  • Skilled performance in a wide range of complex surgical procedures (both laparoscopic and open), as well as other core surgical oncology procedures ( sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer and melanoma, radiofrequency ablation of hepatic tumors, wide excision of cutaneous malignancy).

Work Hours

Mount Sinai strictly adheres to the Duty Hour Compliance guidelines mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and New York State law. Specific limitations on fellow work hours can be found at by searching "resident duty hours."

The following guidelines include:

  • Fellows must not be at the hospital more than 80 hours per week
  • Fellows will receive one day off per week
  • Call periods must not exceed 24 hours
  • Fellows must have call no more than once per 72–hour period
  • Fellows must receive 10 hours off between shifts

Contact Us

Daniel Labow, MD
Program Director
Tel: 212-241-2891
Fax: 212-241-1572
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Catalina Gonzalez
Fellowship Coordinator
Tel: 212-241-2931
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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Fellowship Training Program in Surgical Oncology
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1259
New York, NY 10029

Related Resources

Resident Duty Hours Helpline [PDF]