Two of Western New York's leaders in general surgery and cancer research are working together to train surgical oncologists.
Surgical oncologists treat a variety of cancers like breast, pancreatic, liver and melanoma.
Now, the University of Rochester Medical Center and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo have a joint two-year fellowship for surgeons for specific specialist board certification.
Roswell Park says it has had a successful surgical oncology fellowship program for decades, but it needs to be a part of an accredited residency program in general surgery for specific accreditation requirements.
URMC is considered a leader in general surgery. It says this joint oncology fellowship will help strengthen both programs, their relationship and lead to future collaboration on clinical trials that will also help both with research grants.
For patients, it means more specialized care.
"It means that the patients will be cared for by people dedicated to the specialty and know more than anybody about their particular problems and will be able to provide them the best care at the time," said Dr. Rabih Salloum, URMC Director of Surgical Residency and Oncology. "They will be knowledgable in all the cutting edge treatments and serve them best in their condition."
The surgical oncology program accepts four applicants a year for surgical training. Once accepted, those applicants will be able to conduct research at both URMC and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
12 surgeons at Roswell Park will receive faculty appointments at the University of Rochester.