Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

The fellowship in gynecologic oncology is a three-year program designed to train physicians who have completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology for careers in academic gynecologic oncology. Fellows are provided with the clinical, instructional and investigational foundation to assure the accomplishment of this goal and are actively involved in clinical and didactic teaching, enhancing their education and resulting in developing a life-long commitment to learning. It is sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is carried out at its main teaching facility, Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Prentice Women’s Hospital. One year of the fellowship is devoted to acquiring basic research skills in the gynecologic oncology laboratories in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. The other two years of the fellowship involve clinical training on the gynecologic oncology services at Northwestern's Prentice Women’s Hospital, as well as rotations in pathology, radiation oncology and surgical critical care.


First-year fellows undergo rigorous training to develop their basic research skills, as well as learn how to design, obtain support for, and carry out their own studies, as well as eventually direct the research efforts of others. Several research programs provide significant investigative experience, and fellows are exposed to a variety of research, including studies being carried out in at our laboratories and research centers.


The research and clinical training for fellows is augmented by a comprehensive didactic program. Fellows participate in the OB/GYN Department Clinical Service Review Conference and present yearly at Grand Rounds. They organize and conduct the weekly Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Conference and monthly Journal Club, present monthly progress reports on research activities, and attend the core curriculum lecture series. Fellows are encouraged and supported to attend, present before, and participate in scientific meetings. Other requirements for completion of the fellowship are certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, taking and passing the three required postgraduate courses in biostatistics, ethics, and tumor cell biology, and submission for publication of basic science and/or clinical research projects suitable for use as a thesis for the oral examination in Gynecologic Oncology of the American Board of Obstetric and Gynecology.

Applications for fellowships beginning July 1, 2017 must be submitted by April 15, 2016.  We accept one fellow per year.

Clinical Experience

Years two and three of the fellowship are devoted to in-depth clinical training. The clinical fellows are involved in all aspects of the care of patients with gynecologic malignancies, including outpatient evaluation and follow up, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as post-operative, intensive and palliative care. The clinical fellows are responsible for the care of all patients on the in-patient gynecologic oncology services. In the gynecologic oncology ambulatory units, the fellows see patients for consultation, staging, treatment decisions, evaluation of response to treatment, and management of complications under direct supervision of a faculty member. In the operating rooms, the fellows are the surgeon or co-surgeon for all difficult major cases, radical and reconstructive operations, as well as procedures involving the intestine and urinary tract, and the fellows will also serve as co-surgeon or first assistant for some minor and major operations performed by the resident staff, all under faculty supervision and instruction. Fellows are actively trained in the principles and techniques of chemotherapy and radiation therapy as applied to the management of gynecologic malignancies. Fellows also spend two months during the two clinical years off service on rotations in pathology, radiation oncology, and surgical critical care.

Shohreh Shahabi

Shohreh Shahabi, MD
Program Director
Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

Picture of Wilberto Nieves

Wilberto Nieves-Neira, MD
Associate Program Director
Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

Contact Us

Contact our Fellowship Coordinator Kirsten Gunderson for additional information about the Gynecologic Oncology fellowship.

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