Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

2019 Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Interviews

The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at Northwestern McGaw Medical Center is now accepting applications for entry into the 2020-2021 academic year.

Applicants should submit their applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications are due on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Invitations to interview for the program will be sent out to selected applicants on Monday, April 22, 2019 and these candidates will be offered one of two interview dates:

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday, July 26, 2019

If you have additional questions regarding the 2019 application season, please contact Kirsten Gunderson at

Clinical Experience

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 service and have a supervisory responsibility for the residents rotating on the Gynecologic Oncology service. In the operating room, the fellows are the co-surgeon for all cases, including radical and reconstructive operations, as well as procedures involving the intestine and urinary tract.

The primary site for clinical training is Northwestern Memorial/Prentice Women’s Hospital in downtown Chicago. Prentice Women’s Hospital offers the full spectrum of gynecologic oncology procedures including routine use of laparoscopic and robotic approaches. The second-year gynecologic oncology fellow spends 11 months on the Gynecologic Oncology service, two weeks in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and two weeks on the Palliative Care service. The third-year fellow also spends 10.5 months on the Gynecologic Oncology service, with one month spent in Radiation Oncology and Pathology, and two weeks on Palliative Care. Additionally, the clinical fellows rotate with our gynecologic oncology faculty at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Stroger supplements the fellows’ experience with additional surgical volume, including a greater proportion of open and/or radical procedures for more advanced and/or less common disease presentations, and a different patient population.

Flexibility in Research

Our fellows’ research experiences are diverse and flexible, ranging from laboratory to informatics to health services to various types of traditional clinical research/trials. Fellows are often involved in multiple projects spanning a variety of interests, methodologies, and settings. All fellows undergo rigorous training to develop their research skills and academic interests. Fellows are mentored to design, obtain support for, and carry out their own studies.  Fellows also often direct the research efforts of others. Several research groups within the division and department offer significant investigative opportunities. Additional opportunities are available through the long-standing Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program. The division also has a tissue bank of surgical specimens collected for research use. Fellows are encouraged to define and pursue their individual research interests among the opportunities and resources available at the institution and among our collaborators.

Some fellows may qualify for a fully-funded Master of Science degree program in Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) during their research year by completing a highly successful one-year executive-style degree program offered at Northwestern’s Chicago campus. The focus of HSOR program is to provide structured education and training in qualitative and quantitative methods, including the development of skills in clinical and biomedical informatics. The degree program also offers formal instruction and multidisciplinary mentorship in preparing manuscripts and writing grants.


The research and clinical training for fellows is augmented by a comprehensive didactic program. Fellows 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 and present at multiple national and international scientific meetings (SGO, AACR, ASCO, etc.). Cadaver labs are part of the routine educational program.


Edward Tanner III, MD
Program Director

Wilberto Nieves-Neira, MD
Associate Program Director

Contact Us

Kirsten Gunderson
Fellowship Coordinator
Academic questions: 312-472-0120
Patient Questions: 312-695-0990

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.