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Program Director: Neal S. Topham, MD, FACS

The one-year Microsurgery Fellowship Program accepts one trainee annually.

The program is designed to prepare the trainee for a leadership role in multidisciplinary Microsurgical procedures in an academic or community setting.

The Fox Chase Cancer Center is an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Center includes a 100-bed hospital devoted entirely to cancer patients, an outpatient center which includes a facility for clinical cancer prevention and research, one of the oldest and most nationally recognized cancer programs in the country, and the Institute for Cancer Research. The Women’s Cancer facility enclosed within the Center’s $67 Million new clinical outpatient building opened in March, 2010. The Fox Chase Cancer Center has a residency in Radiation Oncology, and fellowship programs in Medical Oncology, Urologic Oncology, and an SSO-approved General Surgical Oncology fellowship. Residents from Temple University School of Medicine, including plastic surgery residents, also rotate at the Center.

Program Overview & Curriculum

The program will provide comprehensive training and education across a wide array of microsurgical cases including reconstruction of the breast, head and neck, extremities and trunk. Members of the Fox Chase Cancer Center faculty are active participants in international microsurgical programs that are available to the microsurgery fellows. In addition, funding for travel to the annual meeting of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery is provided. Didactic teaching on topics of current interest occurs at regular multidisciplinary educational conferences. Fellows will be expected to present at these conferences and participate in teaching plastic surgery residents.  Fellows will also be expected to complete at least one original academic project to submit for national presentation and publication during their fellowship. The program’s goal is to prepare the trainee for a leadership role in Microsurgery in an academic or community setting.

 Minimum Qualifications

  • Board­ eligible graduate of an ACGME-accredited plastic surgery residency prior to the July 1st start date of any given year or hold an ECFMG certification to qualify for clinical training.
  • International applicants with outstanding qualifications are also welcome. Eligible applicants must have completed the following requirements: ECFMG or USMLE.

Application Process

The one-year Microsurgery Fellowship program accepts one (1) trainee annually.

The following information is required to be considered:

  • Completed Fellowship Application
    To apply, please download and complete the
    Microsurgery Fellowship application [PDF]
  • Copy of USMLE Step 1, 2 and 3 Scores
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your program director

    Interviews will be held May 5, 2014

Microsurgery Fellowship Team

Please mail completed application to,
or Request information from:

Shelly L. Smith
Administrative Manager-Fellowship Coordinator
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue, C-308
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497
Telephone: 215-728-3097
Fax: 215-728-2773
E-mail: Shelly.Smith@fccc.edu


Contact information:

Neal S. Topham, MD, FACS.
Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery
Program Director microsurgery Fellowship
Fox Chase Cancer Center
50 Huntingdon Pike, 3rd floor
Rockledge, PA 19046
Telephone: 215-728-2662