Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Innovative education in breast cancer surgery

Through a unique, competency-based curriculum, fellows in Breast Surgical Oncology at IU School of Medicine fulfill Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) requirements while developing concrete skills for practice in unlimited settings.

Rotations include medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, plastic surgery, pathology, physical therapy, palliative care, psycho-oncology, and genetics with world-class and engaged educators.

Fellows have access to learning opportunities within the operating room, classroom, and state-of-the-art simulation center.

Program Details

Our fellows rotate through four hospitals in the greater Indianapolis area, gaining exposure to a unique blend of community and academic practices.

Meet the Mentors: Carla Fisher, MD

A nationally recognized leader in breast cancer research and breast surgical education, Carla Fisher, MD, joined IUSchool of Medicine faculty in 2017 and launched the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship in 2020.

She's also a noted researcher, guiding clinical trials and publishing articles on surgery and survivorship with her colleagues at the Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research.

Prior to her move to Indianapolis, Dr. Fisher was on the faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and trained at Washington University in St. Louis.

Read more about Dr. Fisher:

  • Revolutionizing care for breast cancer patients through surgical education
  • IU School of Medicine improving breast cancer surgery
  • Carla Fisher named director of breast surgical oncology

In a specialty like ours, additional training not only connects young physicians to different disciplines, but also reinforces the critical role of research and clinical trials to improve care.

Carla Fisher, MD — Medical Director, Breast Surgical Oncology


For more information about the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at IU School of Medicine, contact fellowship coordinator Stacy Faletic at or call 317-274-4606.


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