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Bariatric Surgery Fellowship

Fellowship Description

This is a primarily clinical bariatric and advanced GI surgery fellowship. The fellowship is accredited by the MIS Council (http://www.fellowshipcouncil.org) and the two positions are fully-funded and available to board certified/eligible applicants interested in minimally invasive surgery. The program is a 'Center of Excellence' for bariatric surgery by the ASBS and JCAHO.

This fellowship will provide comprehensive training in the surgical management of obesity and GI disorders with an emphasis on laparoscopic gastric bypass and Lap-Band, revisional bariatric and foregut surgery, as well as full participation in an inter-disciplinary team for the treatment of obesity.

The Fellows will participate in all aspects of in- and out-patient care and the daily running of a clinical practice. In addition, the Fellows are expected to participate in clinical research projects based on our large prospective database and to present their data at national meetings.

We utilize state of the art laparoendoscopic suites and dedicated OR teams in a large university affiliated tertiary referral center and have at our disposal a large wet lab.

Upon completion of training, Fellows will be able to set up and start comprehensive programs for the treatment of obesity and minimally invasive surgery, and will be equipped to become leaders in their field.

Special features of this fellowship highlight our large clinical volume with a mix of laparoscopic and open procedures including re-operative bariatric surgery, gastric bypass, Lap-Band, and foregut surgery.

Rotations on non-bariatric foregut laparoscopic surgery service will be arranged for fellows who are interested in further experience in Lap Nissen, Heller, and colon surgery.

Fellows will be supported by PGY2 and ARNP to minimize distraction from the OR. All bariatric procedures as well as complex laparoscopic operations are assigned to the Fellows; general surgery procedures (such as chole, hernia, etc.) are assigned to surgical residents. The Fellows will supervise all patient care on our surgical service in addition to 'staffing' residents on 'select' general surgery procedures. First call is covered by surgical residents on a rotational basis. The Fellows are on second/senior call for our service only and do not cross-cover other services; the Fellows will take call from home.

The fellows are expected to participate in educating medical students and training residents (first assistants) as part of their scholarly activities.

Another feature of our fellowship is our ability to tailor research opportunities based on the Fellow's interest including basic science research. A two year program is available for those who wish to pursue clinical research and prepare for academic careers.

Program Location: Tampa, Florida
Participating Sites: Tampa General Hospital
University Affliation: University of South Florida
Year Fellowship Began: 2003
Number of MIS Fellows: 2

This program does accept applications from outside the U.S. and Canada.

Contact Information

Michel M. Murr, MD, FACS
Director of Bariatric Surgery
University of South Florida Health Science Center
Tampa General Hospital
PO Box 1289
Tampa, FL 33601
Email: mmurr@health.usf.edu

Contact Information for Questions Only:

Susan Orellana
Email: sorellan@health.usf.edu