Advanced GI/MIS Fellowship (non-ACGME) | Department of Surgery

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Division of General Surgery
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park
Mailcode: L223A
Portland, OR 97239

Phone: 503 494-1502

Fax: 503 494-8884

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About the fellowship

The Advanced GI/MIS 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 currently in academic practice. Our fellowship experience currently focuses on advanced GI/MIS and open surgery for complex problems in UGI and HPB 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.

The Advanced GI/MIS Fellowship focuses on attainment of proficiency in all areas of UGI surgery 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, with training offered in robotic-assisted surgery. Examples of procedures emphasized include liver resection, bile duct reconstruction, pancreaticoduodenectomy, minimally invasive esophagectomy and gastrectomy for malignant and benign conditions of the stomach and esophagus as well as laparoscopic repair of complex paraesophageal hernia. Our group also has considerable expertise in multiple laparoscopic approaches for both groin and ventral hernia repair. We are also extremely fortunate to have a strong collaboration with our complex abdominal wall reconstruction surgeons. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to perform endoscopic suture repair procedures using Apollo Endosurgery's OverStitch endoscopic suturing platform.

The GI/MIS fellow is required to attend clinic according to faculty schedules and will assume primary responsibility for diagnostic work-up and treatment plans.

The GI/MIS fellow will be part of the surgical team and thus will interact with general surgery residents and medical students. The fellow will be expected to participate in teaching opportunities related to the daily care of surgical patients.

Conferences include weekly Grand Rounds, Morbidity & Mortality Conference and GI/Oncology Conference, as well as biweekly Periampullary and Pancreatic Oncology Conference. The foregut service also sponsors a bi-weekly Esophageal Care Conference and a monthly High-Risk Bariatric Conference.

Applications to the fellowship program are only accepted through The Fellowship Council website

Salary is based upon PGY level coming into the program.

There are no outside rotations or research year in this program.

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Program director

Dr. Farah Husain talking with a patient

Farah Husain, M.D., associate professor of surgery and bariatric surgery division head, is the advanced GI/MIS fellowship program director. Dr. Husain trained and served in the U.S. Army as an Active Duty surgeon from 2001-2010.  After completing her training, she had two tours overseas in support of OIF.  After completing her time with the Army, Dr. Husain joined Emory University for fellowship training.  She then travelled to Denver, CO and helped Colorado's Kaiser Permanente group start the first Metabolic-Surgical Weight Management Department.  During her time with KP-Colorado, she was named the Outstanding Teacher by the General Surgery residency program at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, and was nominated for Provider of the Year.   She served as the Area Service Chief for Metabolic-Surgical Weight Management and was a member of the Clinical Competency Committee.  She served as the Vice-President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).  She also is a member of the Bariatric Surgery Committee of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.

Associate program director

Erin Gilbert, M.D., Department of Surgery

Erin Gilbert, M.D., M.C.R., associate professor of surgery, is the advanced GI/MIS fellowship associate program director. Dr. Gilbert specializes in minimally invasive solid organ surgery with a particular focus on the surgical management of pancreatic disease including cancer. She is an active collaborator in the Brendan-Colson Center for Pancreatic Health and has received funding to investigate the use of Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI in both pancreatic cancer screening and the assessment of response to treatment of pancreatic cancer following systemic therapy. She is also a specialist in cytoreductive surgery and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for the management of intraperitoneal carcinomatosis in certain types of cancer like appendiceal mucinous carcinoma or isolated colorectal cancer. Additionally, she has a strong interest in surgical outcomes research and the integration of the electronic health record seamlessly into clinical research.