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Bariatric Surgery Fellowship

Fellowship Description

Our clinical bariatric and advanced laparoscopy fellowship is accredited by the MIS Fellowship Council since 2006. We offer two fellowship positions to Board certified/eligible applicants who are interested in minimally invasive surgery and bariatrics. The two positions are fully funded.

This fellowship provides comprehensive training in the surgical management of obesity and complex GI disorders with emphasis on laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and revisional bariatric and foregut surgery, as well as full participation in an inter-disciplinary team for the treatment of obesity. The volume of non-bariatric foregut cases has increased steadily in the last 3 years and we anticipate that it will continue to increase to 40% of all case volume

Strong emphasis is placed on evidence-based outcomes and clinical research. The Fellows will participate in all aspects of in- and out-patient care and the daily running of a busy clinical practice and are expected to participate in quality improvement projects and the MBSAQIP. 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.

Special features of this fellowship highlight our large clinical volume and the mix of laparoscopic and open procedures including re-operative bariatric and foregut surgery. Fellows will be supported by a junior resident and two mid-level providers (ARNP and PA) in addition to a full inter-disciplinary team including a bariatrician, dietitian and a psychologist.

All bariatric procedures as well as complex laparoscopic operations are assigned to the Fellows; Fellows will be the 'primary surgeon' on all procedures starting on the first day of training. The Fellows will supervise care of all patients on the service in addition to 'staffing' residents on 'select' general surgery procedures. The Fellows are on HOME call for our service only and do not cross-cover any other services. Night call is covered by residents on the 'night float team'. The Fellows are expected to participate in educating medical students and training residents as part of their scholarly activities. 

We utilize state-of-the-art laparo-endoscopic suites (renovation in Jan 2015) and dedicated OR teams in a large university-affiliated, quaternary referral center. Tampa General Hospital (www.tgh.org) is named #1 hospital in TampaBay by the US News & World Report. USF has built the largest simulation training center in the USA that includes a virtual OR, animate labs, 4 robotic training stations and advanced training facilities (www.camls-us.org). These two outstanding facilities will be the main training grounds for Fellows. Another feature of our fellowship is our ability to tailor research opportunities based on the Fellows' interest and previous experience.

The newly built Bariatric Center is a 6,000 sq ft one-stop care clinic for metabolic surgery and weight management. The Bariatric Center is designed with patients in mind and will house an inter-disciplinary as well the outpatient clinic and research activities. The Center provides an extraordinary patient experiences and enhances training of Fellows and other learners. All providers and Fellows will have offices in the Bariatric Center to promote effective communication and team building.

Upon completion of training, Fellows will be able to establish and build comprehensive programs for the treatment of obesity and minimally invasive surgery. Fellows will learn leadership skills and business development and communication skills so they will become effective leaders in their field. 

Basic Program Information:

  • Location: Tampa, Florida
  • Primary Program Site: University of South Florida-Tampa General Hospital
  • Year Program Established: 2003
  • Number of MIS Fellows: 2
  • % of Program Clinical: 85
  • % of Program Research: 15

Additional Program Information:

  • Is there a curriculum in place for fellowship?: Yes
  • Papers Accepted For Publication where PD was an author: 114
  • Publications that Involved Input from the Fellow: 48

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, MBA
Fax: 813-844-1966
Email: sorellana@tgh.org