Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

University Hospitals Offers In-Depth Surgical Training Through One-Year Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

The Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship at University Hospitals was recently named a formal Colorectal Surgical Fellowship Program and is one of 40 programs nationally that trains surgeons to become members of the American Board of Colorectal Surgery. For this prestigious fellowship, we accept one surgical fellow and four research fellows per year.

The colorectal ACGME fellowship program is for Board-eligible graduating general surgery residents. The field is extremely competitive with approximately 25 percent of applicants not matching at any location.

Our one-year program offers an incredible depth and breadth of experience in all areas of colorectal surgery. The tremendous volume in laparoscopy and re-operative abdominal cases is unparalleled. The faculty members are both experienced and are national opinion leaders in their field. Research fellows work on a wide range of topics including colorectal cancer, laparoscopic colorectal surgery, single incision laparoscopic colorectal surgery and Crohn’s disease.

With this fellowship, there are a plethora of research and academic opportunities during the year, including opportunities to travel and present at national meetings.

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Colon and Rectal Surgery Program

Program Director:

Address: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Avenue
LKS 5047
Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Cleveland, OH 44106

Program Coordinator:

Phone: 216-844-7981
Fax: 216-844-8201

Number of Residents (per year)


Number of Faculty (ASCRS Certified)


Case Mix/Number of Cases

Cases are assigned based on each resident’s skill and need set. Past residents have all completed a minimum of 150 anorectal cases, 150-200 endoscopies, and over 250 abdominal cases. Residents perform greater than 100 minimally invasive surgery cases (laparoscopic and robotic cases).

Strengths of the Program

Tremendous volume and diversity of cases, excellent educationally-minded faculty, and program uniquely structured to the needs of the resident.

The program has an outstanding experience in minimally invasive surgery enhanced recovery program including pelvic, reoperative surgery and transanal total mesorectal excision. There is also a strong tradition and emphasis on perioperative care including enhanced recovery programs. However, there is a significant experience in complex reoperative cases including advanced rectal cancer, complex abdominal surgery and multi disciplinary team approaches.

The volume and mix of cases available allows us to cater the training to the needs of the individual colorectal resident. Dedicated office time and endoscopy time is provided. Faculty are known as leaders and educators in colon and rectal surgery and come from diverse backgrounds to provide the resident with a strong education and understanding of multiple clinical options to optimize patient care.

Clinic and/or Office Experience

1 day/weekly mandatory.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents

The service maintains two autonomous teams to provide for excellent general surgery and colorectal resident experience. The colorectal resident works on a team with PGY2 residents and a dedicated nurse practitioner.

  • Weekly colorectal educational conference based on CREST educational model.
  • Colorectal indications conference
  • Colorectal M&M conference
  • General surgery grand rounds/M&M conference
  • GI oncologic tumor board
  • Quarterly journal club
  • GI case conference
  • Colorectal research meeting
Anorectal Physiology

Experience with anorectal manometry, endorectal ultrasound, MRI defocography, and treatment of functional disorders such as fecal incontinence, obstructed defecation and slow transit defecation is provided.

Outside Rotations

Residents may operate at affiliated community hospitals with core faculty. No outside patient care/clinical responsibilities are expected.

Research Year


Requirement for Paper

The colorectal resident is expected to submit at least one abstract to the Annual ASCRS Clinical Conference and to complete this as a paper. Opportunities for more significant research are available.

Opportunity to Attend Meetings

The colorectal resident will attend the ASCRS Annual Clinical Conference, the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Annual Colorectal Career Course, and may attend additional meetings such as robot training, or endorectal ultrasound training throughout the year.

Contact Information

For more information on the colorectal surgery fellowship program, please contact .

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