Advanced Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Fellowships

Program Director:
Walter J. Scott, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgical Oncology

The Division of Thoracic Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA, is offering a one (or two)-year fellowship in general thoracic surgical oncology with a heavy emphasis on minimally invasive approaches.

MIS Thoracic Surgery

The ideal candidate would be a dedicated, hard-working clinician with an additional interest in clinical research. An above-average surgical skill set is a prerequisite so that the successful candidate can achieve maturity and independence in the field of General Thoracic Surgery.

Designed to provide fellows with intensive exposure to minimally invasive thoracic surgical procedures in the setting of a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center, the Advanced Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgical Fellowship Program meets the needs of:

  • General thoracic surgeons seeking to learn or to improve their minimally invasive surgical skills
    • Practicing surgeons
    • Surgeons who may have just completed a formal thoracic surgery fellowship program
  • General surgery residents with an interest in thoracic surgery who would like to spend an additional year before starting their formal thoracic surgery fellowship training begins
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons who wish to re-focus their practice on general thoracic surgery and thoracic surgical oncology
  • International surgeons seeking clinical experience in a US center of excellence (the candidate must be able to obtain a Pennsylvania medical license)

Our program emphasizes the multidisciplinary approach to modern cancer therapy in the setting of a leading freestanding cancer hospital.

Providing MIS Training Certification

As the regional leader in minimally invasive thoracic surgical techniques, we perform a full range of advanced minimally invasive thoracic surgical procedures including:

  • VATS lobectomy
  • VATS segmentecomy
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy
  • Thymectomy (VATS, Robotic and Open)
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB)
  • Opportunities to train with the interventional pulmonary service and the gastroenterology service
  • Opportunity to gain exposure to the DaVinci surgical robot

We also perform complex thoracic surgical cases such as:

  • Extensive experience performing lung resections after induction chemoradiation
  • Resection of Superior Sulcus (Pancoast) tumors
  • EPP and pleurectomy and decortication for malignant pleural mesothelioma
  • Pneumonectomy

Candidates attend weekly multidisciplinary conferences for lung cancer and GI malignancies. Weekly didactic lectures in thoracic surgery and monthly M and M conferences are important educational features. A prospective database and complete biostatistics facility are available for clinical research. We have a dry lab that fellows can use to improve their minimally invasive surgical skills.

The successful applicant will participate in the full range of thoracic surgical oncology cases, learn the multidisciplinary management of thoracic cancer, and participate in clinical research, presentations and publications. Our fellowship can be individualized within this framework.


The Fellowship is offered to candidates who are board eligible in General Surgery or a surgical sub-specialty. Prospective candidates from the United States must have successfully completed a residency in general surgery. Applicants from other countries must have passed the USMLE I, II, and III, FMGEMS, TOEFL, or FLEX exams and be able to secure a Pennsylvania Medical License. (

Contact And Address

Please send inquiries to Walter J. Scott, MD, Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgical Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19111.

2010 Fellow Achieves Higher Total Cases
The Fellowship Council has establishment a minimum requirement of 100 total cases. The 2010 Fox Chase Fellow, Apama Rege, MD, performed 258 total cases, with 692 total procedures.
Minimum Fox Chase
100 258

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The Fellowship Council

The Fellowship Council

Applications for this fellowship are processed through the Fellowship Council. The Fellowship Council was created to foster the development of high quality fellowships in MIS, GI, Flexible Endoscopy, Bariatric, Colorectal and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary surgery through a universal application and match process.
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Advances in Thoracic Surgery Conference
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2011 conference

3rd Annual Conference
This conference examined some of the dilemmas in thoracic oncology; diagnosing, evaluating, staging and managing patients with lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestos exposure; and explored physicians' ability to counsel their patients about available treatments.
April 29, 2011
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2nd Annual Conference
Featuring a Symposium on the 7th Edition of the AJCC/UICC TNM Cancer Staging System for Lung and Esophageal/GE Junction Cancers
March 26, 2010
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1st Annual Conference
This program is designed for Medical and Radiation Oncologists, General and Thoracic Surgeons, Internists, Pulmonologists, Gastroenterologists, Family and General Physicians involved in the management of patients with lung cancer, mesothelioma and/or esophageal cancer. Other physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurses and other health professionals involved in the management of patients with lung cancer, mesothelioma and/or esophageal cancer may find the program beneficial.
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