University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Fellowship Program

Jeffrey Shogan Radiosurgery Fellowship in Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SRS/SBRT) at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) offers a fellowship in stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SRS/SBRT). This 12-month program (optional 24 months) integrates patient-centered clinical oncology with the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research. The preliminary clinical training will be focused on the application of SRS/SBRT to treat malignant and benign tumors of the brain, base of skull, head and neck, lung, spine, pancreas, and pelvis with an evidence-based approach. The clinical experience includes benign tumors as well as functional disorders (trigeminal neuralgia, essential/Parkinsonian tremors).

Along with clinical training, the fellow will be able to obtain mastery of multiple SRS/SBRT platforms including Cyberknife®, Gamma Knife®, Trilogy™, and Truebeam™. The ability to acquire training on the major radiosurgical platforms is a unique attribute of the program at the University of Pittsburgh.

The research component of the training focuses on:

  • Assessment and reporting clinical outcomes from one of the largest clinical programs in the United States
  • Grant proposals
  • Development of prospective clinical and translational trials

The Department of Radiation Oncology at UPCI has a robust research infrastructure and has contributed much to the body of literature, and so the fellow is expected to continue and augment this.

UPMC Shadyside was recognized at the February 2011 Cyberknife® International Meeting. UPMC received the following honors:

  • #1 in United States for overall treatment volume,
  • #4 in the world for overall treatment volume, and
  • #1 in the world for CNS Treatment.

UPMC Shadyside has consistently been ranked in the top 5 business Cyberknife® sites worldwide.

For more information on the fellowship or to apply, please contact Shannon Kroskie Smith at 412-623-1043 or kroskiesmiths@upmc.edu.

Fellow 2013-2015

Kimmen Quan, MD
Juravinski Cancer Centre
Hamilton Health Sciences
McMaster University Residency
St. George's University School of Medicine

Past Fellow 2012-2013

Michelle Olsheski, MD
Temple University School of Medicine
SUNY Downstate Medical Center Residency Program
Springfield Radiation Oncology Associates PC
Springfield, MA
Email: michelle.olsheski@gmail.com