St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St Jude Children's Research Hospital
  1. Name of institution: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
  2. Type of Programme
    1. Is this a Paediatric Surgical Oncology Programme? Yes
    2. Is this part of a Paediatric General Surgery Programme? No; However, we provide a 3-month rotation in pediatric general surgery during the fellowship.
  3. Duration of Programme: 2 years
  4. Hands-on? Yes
  5. Brief description of Programme (Limit 250 words) We offer training in our state-of-the-art surgical complex to fellows with a variety of surgical backgrounds. As a clinical fellow in our Pediatric Surgical Oncology program, you will work with leading faculty from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to develop expertise in the resection and perioperative management of complex pediatric solid tumors including:
    Neuroblastoma: We are a leader in the management of children with neuroblastoma and have developed protocols for gaining gross total resection of tumors in children with high-risk neuroblastoma with imaging-defined risk factors, including vascular encasement.
    Wilms tumor: We have performed nephron sparing procedures in more than 80% of the children who have been treated at St. Jude for bilateral Wilms tumors. We also perform surgical resection for Wilms tumor patients with vascular extension.
    Hepatic tumors: Our faculty are skilled at resection of primary tumors and pulmonary metastatic disease for hepatoblastoma, hepatocellular carcinoma and other pediatric liver tumors.
    Bone tumors: Our department has been recognized nationally and internationally for its limb salvage program in the management of bone tumors.
    Soft tissue sarcomas: We see a high volume of patients with rhabdomyosarcoma and non-rhabdomyosarcoma soft tissue sarcomas.
    Minimally invasive surgery: We perform an array of thoracoscopic procedures for pulmonary metastatic and mediastinal tumors. We also perform laparoscopic, retroperitoneoscopic, and single-site procedures for abdominal tumors and other abdominal pathology.
    Procedures in hematology patients: Our hematology patients routinely undergo minimally invasive total and partial splenectomies and cholecystectomies. le.
  6. Application
    1. Open application – Commencement date.
      Applications are open year-round. The commencement date of the two-year fellowship is July 1 each year.
    2. Limited to matched paediatric surgery programmes: No, please see application requirements on fellowship website.
  7. Entry Requirements:
    Eligible applicants will have completed a general surgery residency or an ACGME-accredited pediatric surgery fellowship. International applicants must be ECFMG certified, have passed all three steps of the USMLE, and be eligible for sponsorship on an H-1B visa.
    To learn more about current openings and the application process, please email Andrew J. Murphy, MD, Fellowship Program Director. A complete application will consist of: a curriculum vitae (CV), personal statement, ECFMG certificate (international fellows only), and three (3) letters of recommendation. Applicants may apply at any time. Our interview season occurs in the fall for a July 1 start.
  8. Funded – Yes
  9. Programme director or contact person, contact details


    Andrew Jackson Murphy, MD
    Assistant Member, Department of Surgery
    Program Director, Pediatric Surgical Oncology Fellowship
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    262 Danny Thomas Place
    Memphis, TN 38105-3678
    Office 901-595-4157
    Fax 901-595-2207