Surgical Oncology GI and HPB Research Fellowship


Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Date Posted: April 28, 2022

Full description The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery in collaboration with Department of Epidemiology is accepting applications for the position of Clinical Research Fellow in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer (MAGEC). This MAGEC postdoctoral fellowship program is supported by a T32 training grant from the NIH National Cancer Institute. Mission: The goal of the MAGEC program is to assist fellows in obtaining the expertise and practical experience needed to launch an independent research career in Gastro-intestinal and Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Cancer Research applying molecular and genetic epidemiological approaches. Experienced Mentors: A multi-disciplinary mentoring team is assembled for each fellow, drawn from over 20 NIH-funded faculty experts representing an array of topics in cancer epidemiology, including genetics, nutrition, health disparities, and biostatistics. Cross-disciplinary research is the centerpiece of training. Each fellow will work with faculty from Epidemiology and Surgical Oncology who are actively engaged in a wide range of clinical, health services and translational research. The fellowship is a full time, one-year appointment, with an opportunity for an annual renewal up to three years pending on performance evaluation and funding availability. There are no clinical responsibilities as part of this fellowship. Hands-on Training Methods: An individualized didactic training program, tailored to augment each fellow’s educational and research background, is developed by the mentoring team. It includes core and elective coursework in study design and methodology, advanced statistical techniques, and manuscript writing, as well as rotations in the Vanderbilt Molecular Epidemiology Lab and Survey Research Shared Resource. Rich Training Resources: MAGEC fellows have the opportunity to work on a wide range of GI cancer epidemiology research projects and will also design one of their own, using resources available from the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center (VEC) and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The VEC is home to three large cohort studies, the Southern Community Cohort Study, Shanghai Women’s Health Study and Shanghai Men’s Health Study, which include over 225,000 participants from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Biological samples are available from over 90% of study participants. Grant Proposal Techniques: Successful grant application techniques are taught in workshops and through mentoring. The fellowship culminates in the submission of a grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health. Qualifications • MD degree • Surgical residents who are interested in future clinical fellowships in Surgical Oncology and HPB Surgery (preferred). • Under-represented minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NIH requires trainees to be US citizens or permanent residents.

How To Apply

Please send a CV and brief cover letter to Kamran Idrees and Kathleen Harmeyer: Kamran Idrees, MD, MSCI, MMHC, FACS Associate Professor of Surgery Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery Director, Pancreatic and Gastro-Intestinal Surgical Oncology Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center Department of Surgery Program Director: Xiao-Ou Shu, MD, PhD Professor of Medicine Ingram Professor for Cancer Research Associate Director for Global Health, VICC Division of Epidemiology, Department of Medicine Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program Contact Information: Kathleen Harmeyer MAGEC Program Manager Phone: 615-936-0808 E-mail:

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