Advanced GI/Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship


Advanced GI/Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship

The Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery


cves-surgery1Fellowship Description:

The University of Washington Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship is accredited by the Fellowship Council. The clinical fellowship is a long standing and established program. The University of Washington’s Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship has two fellowship positions available each year as one year appointments. These appointments can and have in the past been extended for a second year, particularly for those individuals who would like to take advantage of any number of clinical and research opportunities available in our center that cannot be accomplished in one year.

All fellowship applications must be submitted through the Fellowship Council match system.

Our fellowship provides a rich experience, which focuses on clinical and research endeavors in the field of MIS. The fellows participate in a broad range of procedures for diseases of the:

  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Biliary tract
  • Pancreas
  • Colon
  • Adrenal
  • Spleen
  • Hernias
  • Obesity

cves-surgery2We have a particular focus on esophageal diseases, with over a high volume of antireflux, paraesophageal hernias, Heller myotomy, diverticulectomy, and esophagectomy procedures performed each year.  The Center for Esophageal & Gastric Surgery performs over 1,200 procedures annually.

Within the Center, we have one of the top five Esophageal Motility Laboratories in the United States based upon the number of annual procedures performed, providing the fellows the opportunity to expand their expertise in this area.

  • In addition, we provide experience and training in flexible endoscopy, single access laparoscopy, and research opportunities in endoscopic surgery and NOTES.
  • Our focused areas of research are in minimally invasive techniques, esophageal surgery, and surgical robotics. We have an advanced surgical robot (Da Vinci) used for both research and advanced laparoscopic operations.
  • The year is funded at an R6 level salary with benefits, including vacation time.
  • The career paths of our graduates have been split between academic and larger practices that allow graduates to be leaders in MIS in their community. Many of our previous fellows have gone on to academic positions as specialists in minimally invasive surgery, and many are currently directors of other fellowship programs.
  • Each fellow performs approximately 140 advanced procedures, and produces at least four publications during their year with us.
  • Fellows are encouraged to present at regional and national meetings.