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Surgical Breast Oncology Fellowship

About the Program

As a Society of Surgical Oncology accredited program, the USC Breast Fellowship Program is structured to provide each fellow with comprehensive multidisciplinary training.

Our fellowship program is the only Society of Surgical Oncology-certified program that teaches oncoplastic surgery, a specialized surgical approach that combines the principles of cancer surgery with the techniques of plastic surgery to achieve optimal cosmetic and oncologic results.   The program also includes exposure to a diverse patient population with access to both insured and un-insured patients.

Since its inception in 2000, the USC Breast Fellowship Program has gained national recognition for its leadership in improving the surgical outcomes of breast cancer therapy. In addition to providing training in oncoplastic surgery, the program is committed to exposing fellows to the leading technologies designed to improve the overall effectiveness and quality of breast care. Among the procedures are intraoperative radiation therapy, and intraoperative ultrasounds.

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Facilities and Faculty

The USC Breast Fellowship training is equally divided among three different facilities, each with unique strengths that combine to create an unparalleled training experience.

  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the original eight NCI-designed comprehensive cancer centers.  It is a leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention and education, where fellows assist a multidisciplinary team of experts in the care of benign breast disease.
  • Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center (LAC+USC) is a state-of-the-art, tertiary care public hospital where fellows, as junior faculty, have the lead role in the care of underserved patients with malignant and benign breast diseases.
  • Hoag-USC Comprehensive Cancer Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital is a private community hospital featuring the Hoag Breast Center where Melvin J. Silverstein, MD, supervises oncoplastic surgery training.

USC Norris is located on the USC Health Sciences Campus near downtown Los Angeles with LAC+USC adjacent to the campus.  Hoag Hospital is located in Newport Beach, 45 miles south of Los Angeles.  Accommodations are provided for fellows while rotating at Hoag Hospital.

Multidisciplinary Training Specialties

  • Breast Surgery
  • Breast Imaging
  • Medical Oncology
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Genetics
  • Pathology
  • Community Service and Outreach
  • Psycho-Oncology


In addition to providing high quality patient care, USC breast fellows deliver oral and/or poster presentations on topics of their choice at national breast cancer meetings.

USC Breast Fellows have been consistently outstanding at national meetings.  Recognitions include the American Society of Breast Surgeons’ George Peters Award for Best Paper by a Fellow in 2005, 2006, and 2008 and the Scientific Impact Award in 2006.  Participation in national meetings gives fellows the opportunity to learn the latest developments in breast cancer research and management and to find mentorship among nationally and internationally prominent experts.

Fellows also have published peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and book chapters on the management of breast diseases.

In the constantly evolving world of breast oncology, USC remains committed to being at the forefront of breast care to prepare our graduates for their future roles as leaders of surgical oncology community and for them to offer the best possible care to patients everywhere.

Conference and Rotations

Fellows participate in weekly multidisciplinary breast conferences and radiology/pathology correlation conferences at Hoag, LAC+USC and Norris. Breast fellows rotate between the three facilities and have ample exposure to the innovative setting of our multidisciplinary breast program. They will be well trained to design and direct community or academically based breast centers.

The USC/Van Nuys Breast Cancer Database managed by Dr. Silverstein has more than 4,500 patients with long-term follow-up, and it is available for fellows to develop clinical research projects and present data at national meetings. We are also constructing a longitudinal breast cancer database at Norris. Past USC fellows have presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Current Fellows

Jessica Burgers, M.D.
Jessica Burgers, MD


Connie Lee, M.D.
Connie Lee, MD


Vivian LeTran, M.D.
Vivian LeTran, MD

Past Fellows


  • Melanie Crutchfield, MD -  Atlanta, GA
  • Colleen O'Kelly-Priddy, MD - Johnson City, NY
  • Julie Sprunt, MD - Austin, TX


  • Sadia Khan, MD - Newport Beach, CA
  • Jessica Ryan, MD - Manchester, NH


  • Tam Thanh Mai, MD - Springfield, IL
  • Faaiza Vaince, MD - Chicago, IL


  • Katherine Anne Kopkash, MD - Chicago, IL
  • Patricia Barbara Wehner, MD - Washington DC
  • Amanda Michael Woodworth, MD - Philadelphia, PA


  • Vaishali Kent, MD, Baylor - Dallas, TX
  • Bonnie Sun, MD - Washington DC
  • Shauna Werth, MD - Bozeman, MT


  • Janie Weng Grumley, MD - Seattle, WA
  • Jessica Rayhanabad, MD, Los Alamitos, CA
  • Stephanie Valente, MD - Cleveland, OH


  • Amy Bremner, MD - Murrieta, CA
  • Kelly Leah, MD - Greenbrae, CA
  • Courtney Vito, MD, Duarte, CA


A fellowship candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of training and hold an MD or equivalent degree
  • Board eligible or board certified in general surgery, plastic surgery or OB/GYN
  • Ability to complete USC Breast Fellowship Program in one year

How to Apply

The USC Breast Fellowship Program participates in the Society of Surgical Oncology Breast Fellowship Matching Program. All applicants must apply through this matching program at Three fellows are accepted to USC each year. No fellow will be accepted outside of the Society of Surgical Oncology Matching Program.

Each applicant should submit the following items directly to the Society of Surgical Oncology website:

  • A current curriculm vitae
  • A personal statement
  • A current 2”x2” passport-size color photograph
  • USMLE scores

Contact Us

Applications Submissions or Questions

USC Breast Fellowship Program
c/o Zoe Bowens, Program Coordinator
Keck Medicine of USC
1520 San Pablo St., Suite 4300
Los Angeles, CA 90033


Ms. Zoe Bowens
Phone: (323) 442-5876
Fax: (323) 442-6887

Training Program Director

Stephen F. Sener, MD


Stephen F. Sener, MD
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Section Chief, Division of Breast/Soft Tissue and Endocrine Surgery

Phone: 323-865-3535
Fax: 323-865-3539


Breast Surgical Oncology Faculty


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