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

Amanda Mendiola, MD, FACS

Faculty Members

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

Mary K. Murray, MD, FACS
Faculty

For more information about this fellowship program, contact Amanda Mendiola, MD, at 330.344.2771 or MendioA@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.

Welcome

Welcome

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in our Society of Surgical Oncology accredited Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship. Our program has been training successful breast surgeons since 2007.

Our institution serves as the southern regional hospital for Cleveland Clinic. The fellow receives training through our McDowell Cancer Institute, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The Reflections Breast Health Center has accreditation through Nation Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and is also an American College of Radiology Imaging Center of Excellence.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General is committed to education at many levels. It is affiliated with Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine (NEOMED) and has many successful residencies. This allows the fellow ample teaching opportunities to medical students on their surgical rotation and the surgical residents.

Fellows rotate through all required rotations and experiences as set forth by the SSO. In addition, the fellow has their own clinic with progressive independence as the year goes on.

The fellow can expect to have regularly scheduled lectures addressing the multidisciplinary approach to breast disease. It is required that the fellow participate in research and there is support from biostatisticians and research coordinators.

Based on past experience, the fellow will be able to obtain more than the minimum cases required by the SSO.

Ultrasound experience is very important for breast surgeons and the fellow will have exposure to this from both the surgical faculty as well as our radiology faculty.

Our mission is to provide our graduates with the necessary training to provide excellent, compassionate and multidisciplinary care for their future patients.

We welcome your interest in our program and look forward to meeting you.

Sincerely,

Amanda Mendiola, MD, FACS

Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Program Director

  • Amanda Mendiola, MD, FACS
    Program Director, Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship

Faculty

  • Andrew H. Fenton, MD, FACS
    Medical Director, McDowell Cancer Center
  • 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
  • Laurie Matt-Amaral, MD
  • Kathryn M. Leininger, MD
  • Sonia Sandhu, MD

Radiation Oncology

  • Mitchel L. Fromm, MD
  • Susan Hong, MD
  • Ashok Ramalingam, MD

Pathology

  • Anne E. Caveny, MD
  • Jason Lane, MD
  • Sarah Lott, MD
  • Angela T. Powell, MD (Cytology)
  • Eric D. Speakman, MD

Plastics

  • John Pedersen, MD
  • Derek Cody, MD

Radiology

  • Kimberly Monteith, MD

Hereditary Cancer Program

  • Jessica Marquard, MS, LGC
Application

Application

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.

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 Fellow

Current Fellow

PGY – 6

  • Vaishali Patel, DO — New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Alumni

Alumni

2018 Graduate

  • Vaishali Patel, DO

2017 Graduate

  • Selyne Samuel, MD — Faculty,Comprehensive Breast Center of Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ

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:

Amanda Mendiola, MD
Program Director
330.344.2771