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Breast Oncology Fellowship Program-at-a-Glance

The Society of Surgical Oncologists-accredited Breast Oncology fellowship at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate offers a one year multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to breast disease education. As the largest dedicated breast surgery practice in western Massachusetts, we have the high volume, high complexity patient experience to offer training in all aspects of breast disease as well as education in leadership and administration.

We accept one fellow per year. Candidates must have completed a residency in general surgery or OB/GYN and be Board Eligible or Board Certified.

Meet Our Team

Fellowship Director

Holly Mason MD, FACS email:
Section Chief for Breast Surgery

Program Coordinator

Olivia Cipriani email: | phone: 413-794-2316

Program Metrics

  • Length of program: 1 year
  • Number of fellows/year: 1

Department Metrics

Baystate Breast Specialists (2020)

  • >760 new patients seen (all dx, surgeon numbers only)
  • ~400 new breast cancer patients per year
  • ~70 atypia patients requiring surgery
  • ~70% breast conservation rate (direct to surgery)
  • >50% of mastectomy patients undergo reconstruction (offered to all appropriate candidates)
  • 17% referral for neoadjuvant therapy
  • Radioactive seed localization program >2800 cases since 2010

Baystate Breast Surgery: FY 2020 Volume

  • Lumpectomy: 245
    • Focus on Oncoplastics
      • Oncoplastic reductions
      • Localized advancement flaps—LICAP, TDAP, AICAP, Crescent
  • Mastectomy: 80
    • Nipple or skin sparing mastectomy
      • Tissue expander/Implant based reconstruction
      • DIEP flap reconstructions
  • Axillary lymph node dissection: 31
    • Reverse lymphatic mapping

Baystate Medical Center Metrics

  • Baystate Medical Center is the major teaching hospital for UMass Chan-Baystate
  • Number of hospital beds: 716
  • Number of residency programs: 10
  • Number of fellowship programs: 26

Fellow Salary and Benefits

  • We have attempted to maintain salaries in the 75th percentile nationally, and here in western Massachusetts, we enjoy a lower cost of living than in major urban areas.
    View our complete list of salaries and benefits.
  • 4 weeks vacation/year, free parking
  • Disability/Malpractice/Health/Life Insurance
  • Our fellow has office space with a dedicated desk and computer at the breast center, as well as access to the office at the hospital that the breast surgeons use.
  • Baystate Health Sciences Library & Information Services and UMass Chan Medical School Libraries with access to online journals, books and other teaching resources


Breast surgery rotations: 32 weeks per year

Multidisciplinary experience (12 weeks per year, 3 days per week)—Rotations (4 weeks each): Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery, Medical Oncology & Genetics, Radiation Oncology, Radiology and Pathology, Psycho-oncology/Outreach/Social work/Rehabilitation

Additional curriculum: Leadership and Administration, Research with dedicated research time