Surgical Fellowship

When Kristen Carr was diagnosed in 1990, her physician, Dr. Murray Brennan was one of only a handful of surgeons in the United States with experience in treating her type of cancer.  She was fortunate to live near Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where Dr. Brennan was Chief of Surgery.  If not for Dr. Brennan’s expert care, Kristen may have lost her battle with sarcoma much sooner. At the very least, it was a tremendous comfort to know that her doctor had specialized experience in order to give her a fighting chance.

KACF Surgical Fellowship was established in 1994 in order to give other patients around the country the same fighting chance.  Each year a KACF Surgical Fellow receives advanced training in treating patients with sarcoma at MSKCC under the supervision of Dr. Brennan.  Because many graduating fellows then move to other institutions across the country, and because almost all of them work in teaching hospitals, where they train other doctors, the field of sarcoma experts continues to widen and grow in number.

Today’s sarcoma patients have a greater chance of being treated near their homes. That means, among other things, being closer to the various kinds of non-medical support each patient needs and often best receives from family and friends.  And the addition of new experts helps advance clinical knowledge in treating sarcoma across the board.

That’s what The Kristen Ann Carr Fellowship is really all about – a chance to get every sarcoma patient to an expert with experience in treating these rare and capricious tumors, and to do it with the greatest comfort to the patient.



Jonathan Lewis, M.D., Ph.D.


current position
Chairman Of The Board, Co-Founder
Dugri Inc.

Martin Heslin, M.D., M.S.H.A.


current position
Director of the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute
The Mitchell Cancer Institute of The University of South Alabama

Lawrence Harrison, M.D.


current position
Chief of Surgical Oncology
Carol G Simon Cancer Center

Kevin Billingsley


current position
Chief Medical Officer and Director of Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Smilow Cancer Hospital

David Linehan, M.D.


current position
Chair and Professor of Department of Surgery
University of Rochester Medical Center, Wilmot Cancer Institute

Martin Weiser, M.D.


current position
Chair in Colorectal Surgery, Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Martin McCarter, M.D.


current position
Professor of Surgery
University of Colorado Cancer Center, Department of Surgery

Larissa Temple, M.D.


current position
Chief and Professor of Department of Surgery, Colorectal Surgery
University of Rochester Medical Center

Sam Yoon, M.D.


current position
Herbert and Florence Irving Professor of Surgery Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology Vice-Chair of Surgical Oncology Research and Education
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Steve Grobmyer


current position
Chairman, Oncology Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Sandra Wong, M.D.


current position
Chief of Surgery
Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Clifford Cho, M.D.


current position
C. Gardner Child Professor of Surgery Chief, Division of Hepatopancreatobiliary and Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery
University of Michigan Medical School

Rebecca Auer, M.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.S.C.


current position
Colorectal and Surgical Oncologist
Ottawa Hospital-General Campus

Michael House, M.D.


current position
Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology
Indiana University School of Medicine

Steven Katz, M.D.


current position
Director of Surgical Immunotherapy, Director of Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Roger Williams Medical Center

Jason Sicklick, M.D.


current position
Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego

Paul Karanicolas, M.D.


current position
Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology
University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

George Plitas


current position
Associate Attending, Department of Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Kaitlyn Kelly


current position
Surgical Oncologist and Assistant Professor of Surgery
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Christina Angeles


current position
Surgical Oncology
Rogel Cancer Center

Ann Lee


current position
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
New York University Medical Center

Michael J. Cavnar


current position
Department of Surgery, Section of Surgical Oncology
University of Kentucky

Iris Wei


current position
Assistant Attending Colorectal Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Edmund (Ned) King Bartlett


current position
Surgical Oncology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Philip M. Spanheimer


current position
Division of Surgical Oncology
UNC School of Medicine

Sonia Cohen, MD, PhD


current position
Assistant in Surgical Oncology
Massachusetts General Hospital

Madalyn Neuwirth


current position
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center