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The Orthopaedic Fellowship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is an accredited program with Residency Review Committee and American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery approval. The Orthopaedic Oncology Fellowship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering is over 25 years old, and it is the most comprehensive in the nation.

The program offers a two-year fellowship that teaches orthopaedic oncology to prepare fellows for academic careers caring for cancer patients. This comprehensive training program encompasses clinical and basic research, as well as patient care. The fellow is exposed to a broad spectrum of malignant and benign musculoskeletal tumors. The program also combines basic science investigative work with intensive multidisciplinary clinical training. Training in spinal oncologic surgery is also included.

We offer one- and two-year fellowships. The first year entails intensive operative and nonoperative orthopaedic training. Fellows will perform clinical research projects during this year. The combined program of clinical orthopaedic surgical oncology also includes training in medical oncology, radiotherapy, bone and soft tissue tumor pathology, and diagnostic radiology. This will not only provide fellows with the clinical background to provide musculoskeletal cancer care for all anatomic sites, but it will also prepare the fellow to lead investigative work. The second year is mostly devoted to fundamental research. Ten percent of the fellow’s time involves clinical care. Research projects focus on sarcoma genetics and drug delivery to cancer.

In coordination with Memorial Sloan Kettering, The Hospital for Special Surgery maintains a preceptorship (biomechanics) in prosthetic implant design, orthotics and prosthetics, pathokinesiology, and amputee training. The fellowship, which emphasizes cancer control, will give the fellow direct exposure to computer science, a bone tumor registry and database that stores records of over 16,000 patients treated on the service, and special training in biostatistics and epidemiology.

The orthopaedic fellow will participate in national and international meetings concerning musculoskeletal cancer management and research. The fellow will also publish articles addressing clinical and basic science problems in orthopaedic oncology.

At the conclusion of the fellowship, the orthopaedic fellow will be capable of providing quality musculoskeletal tumor care, conduct independent research, and qualify for admission to the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society.

Length of Program

1-2 years


Applicants must have completed their orthopaedic residencies and be board eligible for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Foreign medical graduates with equivalent qualifications are also eligible to apply and must have completed all three of the USMLE examinations.

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How to Apply

Please send the application, three letters of recommendation, and a copy of your curriculum vitae to:


John Healey, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065