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Breast Surgery Fellowship - Grant Medical Center

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Breast Surgery Fellowship - Grant Medical Center

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Breast Surgery Fellowship - Grant Medical Center

Grant Medical Center offers a one-year fellowship in the multidisciplinary management of benign and malignant diseases of the breast. The fellowship was one of the first to be offered at a community institution and our former fellows are currently practicing in breast-exclusive practices. The fellowship is available to candidates who have completed a residency and are board-eligible general surgeons.

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Program Director

Mark Cripe, DO

Program Overview

Grant Medical Center is a 640-bed community institution, which draws from a forty-six county radius in Central Ohio. There is a strong Breast Health Services Program at the institution, which emphasizes short time from detection to diagnosis for breast patients, weekly multidisciplinary breast pretreatment conferences and Central Ohio's only one stop second opinion clinic for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Nationally, we have been recognized in the Top 100 Hospitals for Breast Health Services. Grant Medical Center physicians are members of SWOG, RTOG, NSABP and our patients have access to the latest National Cancer Institute Clinical Trails. The number of patients enrolled in clinical trails is triple the national average.

The Breast Surgery Fellowship at Grant Medical Center is just one part of our institution's commitment to state of the art breast cancer treatment.  Our breast program emphasizes short time detection (approximately nine days), utilization of minimally invasive biopsies, patient access to dedicated breast health specialists, review of all newly diagnosed breast cancers weekly, and availability of a weekly free multidisciplinary second opinion clinic.  Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for the breast patiient.

The Fellow is considered to be a part of the team and receives balance and guidance among all faculty members and practices independently as well as having his/her own clinic. The Fellow will do a wide variety of procedures which will assist in preparing for private practice.  A Fellow who completes the program will not only be expertly skilled in the multidisciplinary approach to breast conditions but also in the management of a dedicated breast program.

Program Objectives

  • To teach the skills of clinical exam and process management by working with established breast experts.
  • To present knowledge about components of other specialties that relate to breast problems, namely, radiology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, and plastic surgery.
  • To encourage an atmosphere that promotes the acquisition of knowledge of the history of breast cancer treatment from the past to the present.
  • To encourage the development of personal credibility as a breast specialist by attending weekly professional conferences, by providing opportunities to speak to medical students and family practice physicians, and by arranging for presentations on subjects of breast health to local lay organizations.


The Fellowship includes surgical and office experience with two Fellowship trained Surgical Oncologists and Breast Surgeons. During the five surgical rotation months, the Fellow attends all office hours and surgeries of the designated surgeon(s). Additional rotations include Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, and Genetic Counseling as well as Lymphedema Treatment, Community Outreach and Research. There is one month elective time and one additional month to complete research. Funding is available to offset costs of attending selected national meetings and courses. Stereotactic biopsy and ultrasound courses are encouraged.

Night call
No in-house call

The Fellow is expected to prepare and present cases at weekly breast tumor board conferences, organize monthly journal club, attend monthly second opinion and genetics clinics and participate in community education lectures as well as bi-weekly M&M.  The Fellow is also an integral part of the teaching program for medical students and residents.

It is the programs expectation that the Fellow performs clinical research, prepares a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and presents at a national meeting. —

There is one position available each year. To apply please submit the following:

  • Apply through the SSO (Society of Surgical Oncology)
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from your current Program Director)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement
  • A valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the United States)


For more information please contact

Mark Cripe, DO
Program Director
285 East State Street, Suite 300
Columbus OH 43215
Office: 614-566-9699
Fax: 614-566-8073

JoAnn Rodehaver
Residency Program Specialist Lead
Grant Medical Education
323 E. Town Street, Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio 43215 
Phone: 614-566-9699 
Fax: 614-566-8073

Please contact JoAnn for additional information and application.