Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Learn more about the UT Southwestern Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship.

About the Program

UT Southwestern offers a two-year fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology. The goal of our program is to develop competent and thoughtful leaders in academic surgical oncology. Graduating surgical oncologists will be proficient in the multi-disciplinary cancer care and the surgical treatment of solid tumors, and will develop a deep understanding of malignant disease biology, diagnosis, staging evaluations, treatment options, and expected response. In addition, our graduates will deliver high value care in diverse clinical settings that serve the needs of their patients and community stakeholders.

Program Curriculum

The CGSO program at UTSW provides an intense patient care experience across the spectrum of cancer care, including multidisciplinary ambulatory clinics, advanced operative techniques, hospital inpatient care, and comprehensive cancer care that will allow them to develop a deep understanding of complex surgical oncology and to facilitate them becoming an expert within the field.

Clinical Experience

Fellows will rotate on a variety of clinical services and work closely with our faculty, residents, mid-level providers, and medical students. Examples of clinical rotations include:

  • Breast Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Endocrine Oncology
  • Hepatopancreaticbiliary Surgery
  • Multidisciplinary Cancer Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Soft Tissue and Sarcoma
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Elective


Fellows will attend weekly fellow education conference and service-specific tumor boards, and will be expected to attend surgical grand rounds and adverse events conference.


Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in dedicated research time during their training, which can be customized to meet individual needs and interests.

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Robot and Simulation Training

At 49,000 square feet, UT Southwestern’s Simulation Center is one of the largest and most advanced simulation centers in the country. It houses two DaVinci robot training consoles and full-time Sim Center staff that oversees our comprehensive Robotic Education and Training Program.

Fellows will be expected to complete the UTSW Robotic Education and Training Program, which takes trainings through a stepwise program from virtual drills and biotissue drills to live-patient console experience. Examples of robotic procedures that fellows will have opportunities to master include: Whipple procedures, liver resections, bile duct resections, gastrectomies, colectomies, and esophagectomies.


The UTSW CGSO fellowship provides a unique opportunity to care for patients of diverse backgrounds through the experience at the University Hospital campus and the county safety-net system.

Clements University Hospital 
Parkland Memorial Hospital 
Simmons Cancer Center