The UTHSC’s Department of Surgery is endeavoring to train surgical oncologists with a high level of technical skills and a commitment to pursuing advanced knowledge in the care of cancer patients. The department’s goal in pursuing a fellowship in complex general surgery oncology is to develop both skilled, independent cancer practitioners, as well as trained physician scientists. Our hope is that surgeons who complete this program, whether they are clinically driven for cancer patients in our region or beyond, or pursuing academic research careers, will have the passion for cancer patients – and their families – with a goal of improving outcomes and ultimate care.