Brennan Visiting Resident Rotation

Brennan Visiting Resident Rotation


The Brennan Visiting Resident Rotation provides one month of intensive clinical and academic experience in surgical oncology for interested general surgery residents. 

The rotations are for one month and financial support is provided for travel along with hospital accommodations.

Dr.  Brennan was an oncology surgeon with special expertise in the treatment of soft tissue sarcomas, endocrine tumors, gastric and pancreatic cancers. He was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1985 until June 2006, and is currently the Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Brennan has lectured throughout the world and authored or co-authored more than 1,000 scientific papers and two books on soft tissue sarcoma. He has served as Director of the American Board of Surgery, Chairman of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, President of the Society of Clinical Surgery, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the James IV association, Vice President of the American College of Surgeons, and President of the American Surgical Association. 

Dr. Brennan has been awarded Honorary Fellowships in the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Ireland, Edinburgh, England, Australasia, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and of Canada. Dr. Brennan has received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh, Otago, Goteborg and the Imperial College, London.  In 1995, Dr. Brennan was honored with membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Murray F Brennan Chair in Surgery was endowed.  In 2000 he received the American College of Surgeons’ highest award, the Distinguished Service Award.  In January 2015 he was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

The residents will work as a junior resident on the Colorectal, Hepatopancreatobiliary or Gastric Mixed Tumor Service, as an assigned member of a team.  The team consists of a surgical oncology fellow and one or more attending faculty from the Surgical Oncology Division. As a member of the clinical team, the Brennan Visiting Residents are involved with the care of Surgical Oncology inpatients and outpatients.  Residents may participate in outpatient office hours as well as assist with surgical procedures and the preoperative and postoperative care of patients.  By working closely with both the Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology Services, the resident’s experience will include an education set within a multidisciplinary setting.  Visiting residents are expected to attend and participate in the Surgical Oncology Service’s numerous weekly and monthly meetings and will deliver a brief talk on a surgical oncology topic during their month.

Residents will have call responsibilities 3 to 4 times per month which will include providing post-operative care for floor patients and working up new consultations received by the Surgical Oncology Service. The residents will be off on post call days and assurance will be made that they adhere to appropriate ACGME regulations while at MSKCC.

Length of Program

One month


Third and Fourth year residents from ACGME accredited general surgery residency training programs are eligible. 

We will accept residents from September through May of the academic year. Current PGY 3’s will rotate September through January; therefore it will not overlap with the Surgical Oncology Application process. Current PGY 2’s will rotate February through May if there are no available slots from September through January.  

For residents who will be in their research year at the time of rotation, please note that you must be affiliated with your residency training program at your home institution.

Number of Positions

1 per month

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their CV, personal statement and a letter of recommendation from their Program Director and application form by December 1st. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of February.

Program Director

Michael D’Angelica


Ivan Gerena
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
[email protected]