Cleveland Clinic's Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship is a fully accredited Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) approved breast training program. The fellowship is one of the first in the country, training breast surgery fellows since 2000. The primary goal of the fellowship is to provide in-depth multidisciplinary training in the diagnosis and treatment of both benign and malignant breast disease.

The major strength of this program is its large volume and experience in mastering the advanced surgical techniques performed by our renowned breast surgeons such as nipple sparing mastectomies, hidden scars, oncoplastic surgery, lymphedema prevention surgery and intraoperative radiation therapy.

The Cleveland Clinic breast surgical oncology fellowship combines experience in Academic Surgery at the Main Campus and Community Surgery at our two community programs, Fairview and Hillcrest Hospitals. At the Main Campus, the breast fellow will gain experience with participation in national clinical trials, treating advanced surgical disease, as well as partake in surgical innovation and research. At our community hospitals, the fellow learns hands-on ultrasound, high volume operative experience and breast cancer survivorship. The fellow will also have an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of management of benign breast disease, high-risk screening, risk-calculation and medical genetics with our medical breast team.

Additionally, on their multidisciplinary rotation, the fellow will work with the micro and reconstructive surgeons to understand reconstruction, oncoplastics and lymphovenous bypass. Rotations in radiation oncology and medical oncology allow the fellow better understanding of clinical trials, evidence based medicine, and palliative medicine. Furthermore, rotations in pathology, genetics, and lymphedema clinic make for a robust multidisciplinary understanding and education in the diagnosis and treatment of all breast conditions. The Breast Surgical Oncology fellow maintains an independent Breast Fellow clinic where they see their own scheduled patients with all types of breast issues and diagnoses.

This is an academic fellowship with weekly multidisciplinary conferences, educational lectures and monthly research meetings and journal clubs. Cleveland Clinic residents and medical students on rotation afford an excellent opportunity for the fellow to teach. It is expected that the fellow will complete a clinical research project during the fellowship year that will be submitted for publication and presentation at a national meeting.


The fellow learns the multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer through dedicated monthly rotations.

  • Breast Surgery (7 months)
  • Medical Oncology (1 month)
  • Radiation Oncology (1 month)
  • Radiology (1 month)
  • Medical Breast, Genetics, & Lymphedema Clinic
  • Psych-Oncology, Palliative Medicine
  • Plastic Surgery/Reconstruction/Oncoplastics (1 month)
  • Pathology
  • Clinical Research


Zahraa AlHilli, MD
Zahraa AlHilli, MD, FRCSI
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Lerner College of Medicine
Staff, Breast Surgery
Alicia Fanning, MD | Breast Surgeon
Alicia Fanning, MD, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Lerner College of Medicine
Staff, Breast Surgery
Stephen Grobmyer, MD
Stephen Grobmyer, MD, FACS
Lula Zapis Endowed Chair in Support of Breast Cancer Research
Professor of Surgery, Lerner College of Medicine
Director, Surgical Oncology
Co-Leader, Cleveland Clinic Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program
Debra Pratt, MD
Debra Pratt, MD
Director–Breast Program, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
Staff, Breast Surgery
Diane Radford, MD
Diane Radford, MD, FACS, FRCSEd
Associate Professor of Surgery
Lerner College of Medicine
Director–Breast Program, Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
Staff Breast Surgical Oncologist
Ashley Simpson, DO
Ashley Simpson, DO, FACOS
Staff, Breast Surgery
Robyn Stewart, MD, FACS
Robyn Stewart, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Lerner College of Medicine
Staff, Breast Surgery
Stephanie Valente, DO
Stephanie Valente, DO, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Lerner College of Medicine
Director, Breast Surgery Fellowship Program
Staff, Breast Surgery

How to Apply

Physicians eligible to apply must be board eligible or board certified in General Surgery as determined by the American Board of Surgery.

More Information

To request more information

Breast Surgical Oncology Program Director:
Dr. Stephanie A. Valente

9500 Euclid Ave. A80
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.444.0769

Breast Fellowship Program Coordinator:
Eman Danial

Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave., MC A80
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.444.0769
Fax: 216.445.4048