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Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program

Program Director: David Bartlett, MD
Accreditation: ACGME
Program: Complex Surgical Oncology
Program Length: 2 years 
Fellows per Year: 2

Quick guide to Comlex Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Application Process
Curriculum and Research
Leadership and Faculty

About the program

The Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute (AHNCI) is pleased to announce a newly ACGME-accredited fellowship program in Complex General Surgical Oncology (CGSO). The program is directed by Dr. David Bartlett, AHNCI Chair, and Dr. Patrick Wagner, Division Director for CGSO. Two fellows will be accepted per year, although class size is anticipated to grow as our practice expands to cover a regional network of hospitals in Western Pennsylvania. Candidates are required to have graduated from an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency, to be board eligible or board certified in general surgery, and to be eligible for an unrestricted Pennsylvania medical license. Remote interviews will be arranged for qualified candidates.

Clinical training

AHNCI's flagship hospitals for surgical oncology include Allegheny General and West Penn Hospitals, which serve as core training sites for complex procedures including upper gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, colorectal and peritoneal surface procedures. A number of member community hospitals serve as peripheral sites for clinic and outpatient surgical care. AHNCI is active in graduate medical education with ACGME-accredited medical oncology (12 fellows) and radiation oncology (4 residents) training programs. AHNCI surgical oncologists are integral faculty members in the Network's general surgery residency program which graduates six chief residents annually.

In its first year as an academic division, our surgical oncology practice performed over 1600 cases among 8 faculty members. We are currently training three non-accredited fellows as a transition phase to accreditation. We have active programs in index innovative surgical techniques including robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy, hepatic arterial infusion pump placement, cytoreductive surgery and heated intraperitoneal perfusion (HIPEC) for peritoneal surface malignancy, and intralesional immunotherapy procedures for melanoma.  A ninth faculty member is expected to join in 2022, and we anticipate recruiting additional surgeon-scientist faculty in the areas of melanoma, HPB, endocrine and sarcoma.

About us

Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute

The Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute (AHNCI) is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) Integrated Network Cancer Program, along with disease-specific certifications in breast (NAPBC) and rectal (NAPRC) cancers. In 2020, AHNCI physicians evaluated or treated 7800 analytic cancer cases across 22 treatment sites, and including over 42,000 infusions in medical oncology and 100,000 radiation procedures. AHNCI maintains high-volume centers of excellence in all subspecialties related to complex surgical oncology, including breast (1600 cases in 2020), melanoma (300 cases), foregut (310 cases), colorectal (700 cases), hepatobiliary (100 cases), pancreatic (280 cases) and peritoneal surface (100 cases) malignancies.

Contact us

Training Program Directory

David Bartlett, MD
Professor, Department of Surgery
Chair, AHN Cancer Institute
Program Director, Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Patrick Wagner, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Co-Director, Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Request for information packets may be made to:

Mailing address:

Allegheny General Hospital
Surgical Oncology
320 E North Avenue
Level 002, Suite 45
Pittsburgh, PA  15212

Fax: (412) 442-2323

patrick.wagner@ahn.org