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The Supportive Oncology Academic Fellowship at the Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) Department of Supportive Oncology (DSO) is designed to train next generation physician leaders to have expertise in the emerging field of Supportive Oncology.  

The comprehensive post-graduate academic year offers the advantage of a guided learning experience and direct patient care. The fellow has exposure to the care of oncology patients primarily in the outpatient setting with clinical rotations in subspecialized clinics.

The curriculum allows the fellow to cultivate broad knowledge of the multidisciplinary approach to supportive care in cancer.

Fellows can choose between the one-year Supportive Oncology Academic Fellowship track OR a two-year academic fellowship track in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (year 1: ACGME) and Supportive Oncology (year 2: non-accredited). 

The Department of Supportive Oncology has four established fellowship tracks to provide physicians and clinicians the skill sets and techniques needed to deliver patient-centered care: Hospice and Palliative Medicine (in partnership with Carolinas Palliative Care and Hospice Group), Supportive Oncology, Psycho-Oncology (clinical psychology) and Cancer Rehabilitation (in partnership with  Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation Charlotte).

Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute Launches Four New Fellowships, Including World’s First Supportive Oncology Fellowship. 

For more information on any of the fellowships, please contact

Where You Will Train

Center for Supportive Oncology, Levine Cancer Institute, Building 2

Center for Supportive Oncology, Levine Cancer Institute, Building 2

The Department of Supportive Oncology is chaired by Dr. Declan Walsh, Hemby Family Endowed Chair, and palliative medicine pioneer and visionary. DSO includes the Sections of: Oncology Palliative Medicine, Integrative Oncology, Cancer Rehabilitation, Oncology Nutrition, Psycho-Oncology, Cancer Navigation, Cancer Survivorship, Senior Oncology, Research and Education. DSO is an integrated, multidisciplinary team with 163 teammates and 30 medical staff.

The DSO research strategy centers around four thematic areas: Cancer Pain and Opioids, Malnutrition and Inflammation, Psycho-Oncology and Cancer Related Fatigue. Each area has a research taskforce, which is comprised of subject matter experts from the Department, Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health and strategic partners within the community. The purpose of each taskforce is to establish partnerships and develop research projects.

The 7th floor of LCI Building 2 is devoted entirely to supportive oncology services and is the largest square footage (33,000) devoted to supportive oncology in the world. In addition to a 4-bay palliative medicine infusion suite, the space houses a rehabilitation gym, an acupuncture suite and spaces for massage therapy and healing touch.

Features of the floor include a dedicated fellow office and a suite of conference rooms that overlook the Charlotte skyline; these rooms host administrative meetings, support groups, classes and other activities. There are nourishment stations with beverages and snacks positioned throughout the suite for use by patients, visitors and staff.

Levine Cancer Institute provides cutting-edge cancer care in a community, academic hybrid setting with 25+ locations throughout the region with strong referral streams in a large tertiary referral center and over 17,000 new patients per year. LCI’s academic and research headquarters and DSO reside on the Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) campus.

Carolinas Medical Center is the flagship hospital of Atrium Health and the largest hospital in the region. CMC serves as the region’s only Level 1 trauma center and is an approved transplant center for heart, kidney, pancreas and liver. With Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the Atrium Health enterprise, CMC also serves as one of North Carolina’s 5 Academic Medical Center Teaching Hospitals. The Wake Forest School of Medicine in Charlotte is slated to open in 2024.


Meet the Faculty

Core Faculty

  • Alicia Romeo
    Alicia Romeo, MD, DFAPA

    Chief, Section of Psycho-Oncology Department of Supportive Oncology Levine Cancer Institute

  • Vishwa Raj
    Vishwa Raj, MD

    Chief, Section of Cancer Rehabilitation Department of Supportive Oncology Levine Cancer Institute

  • Susan LeGrand, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

    Physician – Department of Supportive Oncology Levine Cancer Institute

  • Lisette Clemente-Cline
    Lisette Clemente-Cline

    Program Coordinator, Hospice & Palliative Medicine and Supportive Oncology Fellowships, Department of Supportive Oncology


Supportive Oncology prevents and manages physical and psychological adverse effects of cancer and treatment from diagnosis through survivorship. The goal is to decrease symptoms, improve health facilitate recovery and nurture well-being through innovative programs and services.

The curriculum allows fellows to cultivate broad knowledge of the interdisciplinary approach to Supportive Care in the oncology setting. Fellows will work collaboratively with advance practice providers, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists and other health professionals. 

Rotation Schedule

Rotations in the Department of Supportive Oncology clinical sections:

  • Cancer Navigation
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Cardio-Oncology
  • Integrative Oncology
  • Oncology Nutrition
  • Oncology Palliative Medicine
  • Psycho-Oncology
  • Senior Oncology
  • Elective 

Rapid Access Service for Symptom Management

One full day per week seeing patients in a comprehensive, cancer-focused, on-demand consultation service for adult cancer patients with poorly controlled symptoms.

Protected research time

Weekly half day protected research time structured to provide practical research experience in study design and execution, manuscript preparation and grant writing.

Fellows will be assigned to a faculty member whose research interests most closely match those of the fellow. Faculty and fellow will work closely together in developing and conducting a series of research projects, designed to give the fellow practical experience in research methodologies.

Fellows are expected to prepare a presentation of findings for a national meeting (abstract submission/presentation) as well as write a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Continuity Clinic

Weekly continuity clinic in the Department of Supportive Oncology, housed in a section appropriate to fellow clinical training.


Elective rotations allow fellows to enhance clinical skills in a specialty area or in a specific clinical setting.


A weekly core lecture series cover important topics in Supportive Care and Oncology.

Grand Rounds

Weekly departmental and monthly institutional Grand Rounds cover current information and new developments, as well as best clinical practices from the presenter’s area of expertise, presented as literature reviews, newly published journal articles and in-depth clinical case studies.

Attendees have the opportunity to acquire the latest information and know how to apply knowledge, skills and judgment in practice to improve patient outcomes. Fellows are expected to present at the Supportive Oncology Departmental Grand Rounds.

Research Meetings

Weekly Supportive Oncology Research Meetings serve to collaborate on and review research concepts and protocol development, and allow for multidisciplinary feedback on abstract, poster and manuscript submissions. 


Resiliency training for fellows is led by a Department of Supportive Oncology Psychologist (PhD) and aims to reduce burnout and increase physician wellness through an ASCO developed skills-based program.

Application Requirements:

We welcome applications from physicians who are eligible to obtain a full, unrestricted medical license from the North Carolina Medical Board.

To learn more, or to submit required application materials for consideration, please contact: Include in Subject Line: Supportive Oncology Fellowship.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • 500-word Personal Statement outlining reason for pursuing supportive oncology, experiences with supportive care, and career goals
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation. Letters should indicate that the applicant is personally known to the letter writer, and include an assessment of medical knowledge, clinical skills, and character


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