UAB Breast Surgery Fellowship

About the Program

The UAB Breast Surgery Fellowship is a one-year multidisciplinary clinical program and is managed by the UAB School of Medicine Department of Surgery Division of Surgical Oncology. This fellowship will enable the fellow to acquire an advanced body of knowledge and level of skill in the management of all aspects of benign and malignant breast disease in order to become a leader in the field. This comprehensive approach includes screening, risk assessment, prevention strategies, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and research all in one location.

The UAB Breast Health Center has earned full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). In 2015, the UAB BHC received a Women’s Choice Award, being named one of America’s Best Breast Centers, acknowledging the UAB Breast Health Center’s dedication to exceptional patient care and treatment.

The UAB Department of Surgery is a vibrant, growing department that has doubled in size over the last 15 years and us now one of the largest surgical departments in the country. The department’s nine divisions include more than 120 faculty and over 400 advanced practice providers and staff.

Clinical Rotations

The one-year training program includes core rotations based on the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) suggested curriculum. The rotation schedule includes: Breast Surgery, Medical Oncology, Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention/Cancer Genetics, Radiation Oncology, Breast Imaging, Pathology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Community Outreach, Supportive Care and dedicated Research time.

Conferences and Didactics

A partial list of departmental teaching conferences are listed below:

Monday                                                                                                          Time                                         Location

Surgical Oncology Staging Conference

(Oral Board Format)                                                                              3:30 – 4:40 PM  FOT 11th floor conf room

Breast Focus 2nd Monday

Breast Journal Club, 2nd Monday                                                     4:30 – 5:30 PM  FOT 11th floor conf  room 


Morbidity & Mortality Conference                                               6:30 – 7:15 AM Margaret Cameron Spain  Auditorium

Surgery Grand Rounds                                                                         7:15 – 8:00 AM Margaret Cameron Spain  Auditorium

Dept of Surgery Research in Progress Conf (last)               Noon – 1:00 PM                  BDB 580 conf room


Multidisciplinary Tumor Board                                                     7:15 – 8:00 AM HSROC room 2245

Breast Focus 1st Thursday


Breast Cancer Working Group                                      9:00 – 10:00 AM                NP 2507

1st Friday


The fellowship includes dedicated time for clinical research and learning the principles of conducting research at the clinical investigation level. To this end, the fellow will also complete formal training in the responsible conduct of research through the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (funded via an NIH Center for Translational Science Award). At the completion of the fellowship, the fellow is expected to have at least one manuscript ready for publication prior to completing the fellowship. The fellow will have the benefit of the resources and collaborative opportunities afforded from the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). The UAB CCC is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and the Deep South and was one of the first eight centers to receive this prestigious designation from the NCI nearly 40 years ago. In addition, the UAB CCC is member of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium, a national group of 16 research centers that conducts innovative, high-impact clinical trials in breast cancer.

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Applicants for this fellowship will have successfully completed an ACGME-approved residency program in the U.S. or Canada and be certified or in the board certification process. The applicant will need to complete and submit an application, CV, recommendation letters, and a personal statement describing experience and career goals in the fields of breast cancer care and research. Selection will be determined after an interview process and match by the Society of Surgical Oncology.

How to Apply

The Breast Surgical Fellowship at UAB participates in the Society of Surgical Oncology’s Breast Fellowship Match Program. Pertinent information, including Match Deadlines for the current year, is available online at the Society of Surgical Oncology. In person interviews occur on a single day at UAB in the early fall, date posted on the SSO website.


Contact Information

Program Director: Helen Krontiras, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Associate Program Director: Catherine Parker, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Leigh Hadley
Phone: (205)975-5972
Fax: (205)975-5971
Address: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Division of Surgical Oncology
510 20th St. S., FOT 1153
Birmingham, AL 35294