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. Brett Sheppard

Brett C. Sheppard, M.D., is the Clinical Vice-Chair for the Department of Surgery, as well as the Advanced GI/MIS fellowship Program Director. Dr. Sheppard focuses on surgery for diseases of the pancreas. He has a special interest in caring for patients with pancreatic cancer. In addition, Dr. Sheppard does surgery for other diseases of the pancreas and adrenal gland, and for stomach and esophagus disorders. Whenever possible, Dr. Sheppard uses his skill and knowledge in minimally invasive surgery to help patients recover more quickly and with less discomfort after surgery.

Program co-director

James P. Dolan, M.D., M.C.R., FACS

James P. Dolan, M.D., M.C.R., F.A.C.S., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, as well as the Advanced GI/MIS fellowship program Co-Director. Dr. Dolan's clinical interests include minimally invasive and open surgery of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas and biliary system as well as minimally invasive adrenal and splenic surgery. He also has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of primary and recurrent herniae. His research interests are in the areas of gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal disorders, minimally invasive surgery and biliary system injury and outcomes. He is committed to patient communication and to the advancement of surgical treatments through research and education.