About Us

About Us

Volumes of research about breast disease point toward an increasing need for specialization in the field of breast health, including breast surgery. This need has developed into a breast surgery oncology fellowship. Akron General offers a one-year Society of Surgical Oncology Accredited Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship position for exceptional and caring surgeons seeking additional post-graduate training to better understand and meet the needs of breast disease patients.

The full curriculum is offered through Akron General, including the Reflections Breast Health Center - a special service for patients, where the surgical evaluation process begins and treatment is expedited.

The multidisciplinary Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship follows guidelines provided by the Society of Surgical Oncology and accepts applications through their Society of Surgical Oncology Matching Program. Our program offers surgical, clinical and research experience with supervised clinical responsibilities. Our Fellowship has received a full five-year re-accreditation by the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Rotations include:

  • Breast Surgery
  • Breast Imaging
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgical Pathology
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Clinical Research
  • Supportive and Rehabilitative Care

Akron General participates in the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) – a clinical trials cooperative group supported by the National Cancer Institute.

Program Director

Mary K. Murray, MD, FACS

Faculty Members

Andrew H. Fenton, MD, FACS
Medical Director, McDowell Cancer Center

Amanda Mendioloa, MD

For more information about this fellowship program, contact Mary Murray, MD, at 330.344.1964 or MurrayM2@ccf.org or Kim Martter, MEd, RHIA, at 800.652.8483, SelfMaK@ccf.org.

About Cleveland Clinic Akron General

About Akron General Reflection Breast Health Center

Akron General Breast Health Services are available to patients with abnormal diagnostic mammograms or breast conditions requiring surgical evaluation. Once a patient is referred either by their PCP or as a self-referral, Breast Health Services can facilitate scheduling for additional testing or procedures. Our Care Coordinator works side by side with the breast surgeons and referring physician to coordinate care every step of the way. Read more.



Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in our Society of Surgical Oncology accredited Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship. Here you will receive a comprehensive experience in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease.

Our program provides the unique opportunity to see your own patients in our Breast Health Center, which has continued to meet quality standards as an accredited NAPBC facility and ACR Center of Excellence.

Based on our past Fellows' patient care logs, one can expect great than 500 patient evaluations per year. The "Bridge to Practice Clinic" experience ensures exposure to a wide spectrum of breast disease. In addition, commitment to multidisciplinary breast care allows the Fellow to continue to follow his or her cancer patients throughout the course of treatment, including medical and radiation oncology, pathology, as well as care and treatment in the lymphedema clinic.

Fellowship Didactics include, but are not limited to:

  • Research: ample opportunity for clinical and basic science research
  • Involvement in clinical trials
  • Combines fellowship and radiology journal club
  • Breast imaging and breast image-guided biopsy lectures
  • Textbook review
  • Clinical case review
  • Participate as a key member of the breast screening and prevention program
  • Breast Clinical Correlation Conference
  • Annual Breast Surgical Oncology Research Symposium
  • Attendance at local and regional meetings
  • Participation in hospital committees, including IRRB, Cancer Committee and Breast Center Subcommittee
  • Breast image-guided biopsy experience: opportunity to perform breast image-guided biopsies, including both ultrasound-guided and stereotactic biopsies on own clinic patients

We are very proud of our Breast Health Center and Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship program at Akron General Medical Center. We look forward to meeting you and discussing our program and your participation here.


Mary K. Murray, MD, FACS | Akron General

Mary K. Murray, MD, FACS
Program Director, Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship


Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Program Director

  • Mary K. Murray, MD, FACS
    Program Director, Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship


  • Andrew H. Fenton, MD, FACS
    Medical Director, McDowell Cancer Center
  • Amanda Mendiola, MD
    Surgical Oncology
  • Mary K. Murray, MD
  • Andrew H. Fenton, MD
  • William C. Papouras, MD
  • Robert A. Marley, MD

Medical Oncology

  • Esther H. Rehmus, MD
  • Weiquan Lu, MD

Radiation Oncology

  • Mitchel L. Fromm, MD
  • Blessing Godwin, MD
  • Ashok Ramalingam, MD


  • Paula S. Bauer, MD (Chairperson McDowell Cancer Center Cancer Committee)
  • Anne E. Caveny, MD
  • Angela T. Powell, MD (Cytology)
  • Scott D. Shorten, MD
  • Eric D. Speakman, MD


  • Jennifer Davis, MD
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Douglas S. Wagner, MD
  • Michael G. Parker, MD
  • John C. Pedersen, MD

Hereditary Cancer Program

  • Catherine H. Ward, MD, Akron Children's Hospital
  • Lance J. Grau, MS, Akron Children's Hospital


We appreciate your interest in Akron General and hope that we've provided you with the information you need to choose the right fellowship program. Akron General is able to offer an exceptional medical education experience because of our knowledgeable and hard-working staff. Ranked "One of America's Best Hospitals," by U.S. News & World Report, we maintain a standard of excellence that promises nothing but the best care for our patients and therefore, nothing but the best education for our medical students, residents and fellows.

  • Fellowship applications must be submitted through the online Society of Surgical Oncology Matching Program
  • Application Deadline: 2018 application deadline date is coming soon!
  • Interview Dates: TBD
  • Expected Program Length: One Year

Eligible Candidates

The Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship is open to candidates who have completed a five-year accredited Surgery program, who are board certified or eligible for board certification in Surgery, and who are eligible for Ohio medical licensure. Fellows will be expected to obtain a Training Certificate to practice in the state of Ohio.

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY – 6

  • Vaishali Patel, MD — New You COOM


2016 Graduate

  • Jennifer Saldanha, MD — Private Practice, Erie, PA

2015 Graduate

  • Shannon Schwartz, MD — Private Practice, Zanesville, OH

2014 Graduate

  • Stephanie Fine, MD — Teaching Faculty at The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2013 Graduate

  • Sommer Gunia, DO — Comprehensive Breast Center of Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ
Research & Innovations

Research & Innovations

For more information about resident research in Breast Surgery Oncology, please contact:

Mary Murray, MD
Program Director