Minimally Invasive Surgery

The Fellowship program has been active at Oregon Health & Science University since 1998 as a fellowship in advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) and has graduated more than 20 fellows, half of whom are in currently in academic practice. Going forward, our fellowship experience will be focused on Advanced GI/MIS and open surgery for complex problems in UGI and HP B surgery. Application to the fellowship is available to any candidate who has completed an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program. Candidates completing a general surgical residency must be eligible to take the Qualifying Exam of the American Board of Surgery, and provide letters of recommendation regarding their performance and good standing in their residency program. Please find the link to the Fellowship Council below. Anyone interested in applying for our program will have to do so through this website.

The Advanced GI/MIS Fellowship focuses on attainment of proficiency in all areas of UGI surgery felt to be beyond the scope of a general surgery residency, as defined by the SCORE curriculum of the American Board of Surgery (ABS). These areas include complex esophagogastric, bariatric and HPB surgery, whether performed with minimally invasive or maximally invasive (open) access. Examples of procedures emphasized include liver resection, bile duct reconstruction, pancreaticoduodenectomy, esophagectomy and complex procedures for benign upper GI conditions.

As the fellowship director, I want to also recognize the responsibility of mentoring Fellows to become surgical educators. For this reason, Fellows are provided graded responsibility to participate in the educational mission of the Department of Surgery. Oregon Health & Science University, in conjunction with affiliate hospitals in Portland, offer surgical simulation programs for college and medical students, as well as skills training programs for general surgery and specialty surgery residency programs. The Fellow is expected to serve as an instructor in these and other skills programs taught through VirtuOHSU, our ACS accredited comprehensive education institute.

Surgery faculty for the "green service" includes Clifford Deveney, M.D., Professor of Surgery; Robert O'Rourke, M.D., associate professor of Surgery and two additional specialists in bariatrics and nutrition: Robert Martindale, M.D., professor and chief of General Surgery and Director of Surgical Nutrition; and Bruce Wolfe, M.D., professor of Surgery and co-chair NIH LABS Bariatric Surgery Consortium.

Faculty members of the "blue" service include John G. Hunter, M.D., Mackenzie professor and chair of Surgery;Brett C. Sheppard, M.D., William E. Colson chair of Pancreatic Disease Research, program director and clinical vice-chairman of Surgery;James Dolan, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery; and Erin Gilbert, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery.

Finally, Drs. Hunter and Sheppard are founding members of the Fellowship Council. This council was created to provide oversight for the blossoming numbers of the laparoscopic surgical fellowships and to ensure that quality education was provided. In the last year, and in accordance with the ABS, the designation of laparoscopic fellowship experiences was dropped in favor of fellowship programs in complex areas of surgery not adequately mastered during a general surgery residency. As part of its ongoing commitment the Fellowship Council has "mandated" the first and subsequent rounds of site verifications which will be posted on the Council website. It is the intent of Drs. Hunter and Sheppard that the Complex UGI and HPB Surgery Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University abides by all guidelines of the Fellowship Council.