The Advanced Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian offers fellows a unique opportunity to train under world-renowned leaders in the field at two of the most respected medical institutions in the country.
The fellowship provides board-eligible general surgeons — after completion of an ACGME approved general surgery training program — additional training in complex foregut, midgut and hindgut conditions using conventional, advanced laparoscopic, robotic, and endoscopic techniques. It serves as a transition between residency training and working as an attending surgeon in GI conditions, which may require complex GI procedures.
Fellows train under faculty members at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Because of our faculty’s commitment to surgical innovation, fellows not only have access to the resources available at both locations, but also exposure to the most modern techniques, including robotic surgery, single-incisions surgery, combined endoscopic laparoscopic surgery (CELS), and various endoscopic techniques within the Department of Surgery.
The versatility of the fellowship program also allows participants to customize their schedules based on their professional interests. In essence, this is an “a la carte” fellowship program, where fellows can choose various areas of elective months to hone in on specific procedures, techniques, and GI pathology.
Our program also allows fellows to mature as surgeons in a nurturing environment. Fellows are given a faculty appointment as a Clinical Instructor in Surgery but as proficiency and efficiency are demonstrated, they will be afforded increased autonomy with close supervision and guidance available at all times.
Moreover, fellows will have the opportunity for attending call once proficiency has been demonstrated. At the completion of the fellowship program, participants will be confident and comfortable performing advanced laparoscopic procedures, complex open surgeries, robotic-assisted procedures and endoscopic procedures.
Fellowship Goals and Objectives
- Develop technical expertise in advanced laparoscopy, robotic surgery, & endoscopy
- Become knowledgeable in all aspects related to the practice and care of bariatric patients
- Become knowledgeable in GERD and GI motility disorders, including placement of BRAVO pH probes and high-resolution esophageal manometry
- Become knowledgeable in gastric cancer preoperative work up, surgical treatment, and postoperative treatment algorithms
- Develop familiarity with inflammatory bowel disease surgical techniques, including various strictureplasty techniques, Kono-S anastomosis, and J-pouch creations
- Learn to develop clinical and educational research projects
- Present at one or more of the four major society meetings associated with the fellowship (ACS, SSAT, ASMBS, or SAGES)
- Author at least one first-author clinical manuscript
- Participate in co-authoring at least one textbook chapter (based on faculty invitations) or invited review