Comprehensive Breast Disease and Oncoplastic Surgery – St. Michael’s Hospital

Breast Program Description

This 1-year fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology prepares fellows for a community or academic career in Breast Surgical Oncology.  It emphasizes the multidisciplinary approach to caring for woman with breast cancer while at the same time exposes the fellow to a large variety of common benign breast conditions.

This fellowship will take place at St. Michael’s Hospital in the CIBC Breast Centre, one of Canada’s oldest Breast Centres.  The integrated program provides fellows exposure to Surgical Oncology, Oncoplastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Medical and Radiation Oncology, Medical Imaging and Pathology. 

Fellows will have an opportunity to lead tumor board rounds and teach at all levels of medical education.  Research is encouraged but not a mandatory part of the fellowship.

The flexibility of the program allows the fellow to do electives at other centres within Toronto including Princess Margaret Hospital or other cities based on their ultimate career goals.  In addition, fellows are encouraged to maintain their comfort with general surgery procedures and will have ample opportunity to do emergency general surgery procedures while on-call. 

Upon Completion fellows will receive certification of completion of a fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto.

University Affiliation – University of Toronto

Program Director - Dr. Adena Scheer

Administrative Inquires:     
Marilyn Da Costa –

St. Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond Street #3-005
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8

On-call commitments            Fellows will take fellow level call in General Surgery 3-4 times per month.

Number of Positions             1-2 fellows per year

Duration                                 1 year July-June (delays in starting fellowship beyond 1 month is not possible and discouraged)

Application deadline             March 1 of the year prior to commencing the fellowship. Interviews will take place in April with notification of the successful applicant in June/July.  

Applications and letters of support can be sent directly to Dr. Adena Scheer (
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Application Requirements -Completion of surgical training at a recognized surgical training program
-eligibility for an education license to practice medicine in the province of Ontario
-Updated curriculum vitae
-mission statement with a focus on career plans
-2 letters of reference sent to program director
-Ontario OHIP Billing Number

Funding -OHIP Assistant Billings (fellows can expect to operate 3 full days per week during the year excluding on-call)
-$2000 Division Support

Attending Surgeons
Dr. Adena Scheer
Dr. Jory Simpson
Dr. Ralph George