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Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

Our Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program is an ACGME accredited one-year fellowship that accepts two candidates per year at the PGY-6 level.

Fellows rotate through three highly regarded institutions for four-month blocks each: Weill Cornell Medicine, Columbia University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

We feel the combination of these institutions creates a unique and truly outstanding training experience that is well balanced, modern and technically advanced. We additionally take pride in our didactic curriculum, which includes not only weekly colorectal Grand Rounds, but also an additional weekly core curriculum review.

Weill Cornell Medicine

Weill Cornell Medicine is located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. It features a well-rounded practice in colon and rectal surgery, with significant exposure to inflammatory bowel disease, malignancies of the colon, rectum and anus, diverticular disease, and other benign/functional diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus.

Surgeons at Weill Cornell Medicine have provided leadership in the advancement of state-of-the-art minimally invasive colorectal surgery for many years. At the same time, it serves as a tertiary referral center for some of the most complex and challenging clinical cases, including reoperative abdominal and pelvic operations.

More recently we have developed a program for patients with fecal incontinence, incorporating the practice of sacral nerve stimulation. Weill Cornell Medicine has successfully trained 22 ACGME colorectal fellows since the initiation of the training program more than 13 years ago.

Weill Cornell Medicine is at the forefront of integrated and multidisciplinary care for digestive diseases. As part of this effort, it houses other digestive disease programs such as the Center for Advanced Digestive Care (CADC), the Jill Roberts Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health.

Columbia University

The Columbia campus is located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Together with Weill Cornell Medicine as part of the NewYork-Presbyterian hospital system, it remains one of the top institutions for medical and surgical care both nationally and internationally.

At Columbia, the entire breadth of colon and rectal surgery is encountered, with emphasis on minimally invasive techniques including robotic surgery, reoperative abdominal and pelvic surgery (including the continent ileostomy), treatment of bread-and butter as well as complex anorectal diseases, and endoscopy.

Columbia University, under the leadership of its new division chief, was integrated back into the colon and rectal surgery fellowship in 2015. We are proud of this partnership, which will undoubtedly have a strong positive impact on fellowship training.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, close in proximity to Weill Cornell Medicine's campus.

MSKCC’s Colorectal Surgery Service provides a tremendous opportunity to become expertly trained in the multimodality management of the colorectal cancer patient as well as in the latest techniques in colorectal surgery, such as minimally invasive surgery (including colonoscopy, laparoscopy, transanal endoscopic microsurgery, and robotics), endorectal ultrasound, peritoneal tumor debulking, and en-bloc exenterative resections for recurrent pelvic disease incorporating intraoperative radiation therapy.

The clinical training is organized into one-month rotations in the model of a one-on-one mentorship. MSKCC also provides a robust didactic experience that includes weekly Grand Rounds, a core course in surgical oncology, surgical oncology conference, and a weekly Colorectal Disease Management Team conference (which includes a journal club meeting each month).

There is also a weekly lecture series on topics related to surgical oncology, weekly service discussions, research conferences, and a fellow-run conference dedicated to fellowship education.

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