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Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

Esophageal and Lung Institute at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA, is offering three, one year non-ACGME accredited minimally invasive surgery fellowship positions. It is designed to provide advanced Foregut Surgery training to physicians who are trained in General Surgery and have an interest in diseases of the esophagus, general thoracic surgeons who are seeking to enhance their endoscopic and minimally invasive surgical skills and cardiothoracic surgeons who wish to re-focus their practice on general thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology. The fellowship program will emphasize advanced endoscopic, laparoscopic, and video-assisted techniques used in the management of patients. Our clinical philosophy is to provide individualized care to patients utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach. 

There are three general surgeons staffing the Esophageal and Lung Institute at Allegheny Health network who perform over two thousand procedures each academic year. We use an apprenticeship model whereby each fellow is assigned to a surgeon and spends three months working with each of them primarily. The fellow is the primary resident with the assigned surgeon so that there is no competition for procedures. Since our program is one of the busiest Esophageal Surgery programs in the country, the case volume is more than sufficient to guarantee a good training experience. We have one of the largest practices of esophageal cases with nearly 300 laparoscopic fundoplication per year (including lap nissens, redo nissens, Collis gastroplasty, heller myotomy, giant paraesophageal hernias, diverticular diseases, etc.) and 150 Linx procedures. We also perform over 50 minimally invasive esophagectomy cases a year and our surgeons are pioneers in endoscopic therapies like POEM and TIF. We also perform hundreds of therapeutic and diagnostic endoscopies using EUS, NVLE, RFA, cryoablation and stents. 

Therefore, we are seeking highly motivated clinicians to participate in the delivery of cross-disciplinary disease-based care. Fellows will attend weekly multidisciplinary esophageal diseases conference. Weekly didactic lectures in esophageal surgery and M&M conferences are important educational features at our program. It is expected of each fellow to design, conduct and complete clinical research projects under the guidance of senior faculty members during their fellowship. Access to an onsite, state-of-the-art laboratory will be available to fellows if they wish to pursue bench research. We expect a successful applicant to participate in the full range of esophageal endoscopic and surgical cases, learn the multidisciplinary management of esophageal cancers with a special emphasis on emerging therapies through our robust trial program, and contribute to clinical research. 

To be eligible, the candidates need to be board certified or board eligible in General Surgery or Cardiothoracic Surgery from a U.S. residency program. The candidates must also demonstrate eligibility to obtain a full Pennsylvania medical license. Interested prospective fellows should apply by email to We do require of each candidate a brief cover letter expressing the reasons for interest in the position as well as an up-to-date CV, all available ABSITE scores, USMLE scores, and telephone & email contact information. Three letters of recommendation will be requested from desirable candidates.