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Fellowships

In all fellowships at the University of Louisville's Department of Surgery, the fellow and the general surgical residents closely collaborate, so the primary management of patients falls under either the chief resident or the fellow. The general surgical resident is always given priority as the primary surgeon, depending on the complexity of the case and experience of the surgical resident. In fact, our fellowships have helped general surgical residents by allowing almost all cases to be covered on our busy surgical services. The operative experience of the surgical residents actually has increased since these fellowships have been instituted. Fellows always assume primary responsibility in the post-operative management of patients they have operated upon in conjunction with junior surgical residents. The Department of Surgery offers the following Fellowship Programs.

Critical Care/Trauma

This one-year fellowship in Surgical Critical Care is an ACGME-approved fellowship with an optional second year available for either an additional clinical fellowship or basic science research. Fellows have combined their year in Critical Care with Trauma Surgery (functioning as a junior faculty attending and taking trauma call with attending back-up for both years of the fellowship) or other surgical subspecialties and have the opportunity to pursue an MPH, MBA or PhD, as well.

Additional information about Critical Care fellowship can be found at www.louisville.trauma.com.

For more information about the fellowship, or for assistance with applications please contact:
Machenize Sprenger, Critical Care Fellowship Coordinator
University of Louisville
Department of Surgery
550 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202 502-852-1895
mabroo03@louisville.edu

Or fellowship program director:
Dr. Glen Franklin
University of Louisville
Department of Surgery
550 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202 502-852-1895
gafran01@louisville.edu

Colon and Rectal Surgery

The one-year fellowship in colon and rectal surgery is ACGME approved. Residents complete the program with experience in complex tertiary referral re-operative surgery, endoscopy, laparoscopy, anorectal surgery and physiology. There is opportunity for basic science research in addition to the clinical year. Additional information about the fellowship can be found at www.colidoscope.com.

For additional information or for assistance with applications please contact:
Julie Watkins, Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Coordinator
University of Louisville Department of Surgery
550 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502-852-4568
Jawatk01@louisville.edu

Or faculty coordinator:
Dr. Susan Galandiuk
University of Louisville Department of Surgery
550 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502-852-4568
Susan.galandiuk@louisville.edu

Surgical Oncology

The Division of Surgical Oncology offers a two-year fellowship consisting of six months of basic science research and 18 months of clinical rotations. Generally, the fellow rotates with specific faculty members rather than at certain hospitals, so that the fellow performs all complex procedures with the designated faculty and then provides post-operative care for those patients with the assistance of the junior residents on service at each hospital. The diverse clinical interests and expertise of the faculty members allows the fellow to gain surgical experience in all aspects of surgical oncology. The fellow will gain extensive experience in upper gastrointestinal, hepato-pancreatico-biliary, endocrine, melanoma, and breast. The fellow also has the opportunity to pursue additional basic science or clinical research and may combine the fellowship with an MPH program.

For additional information or for assistance with applications please contact:
Cathy Buckley, Surgical Oncology Fellowship Coordinator
University of Louisville Department of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
315 East Broadway, Suite 312
Louisville, KY 40202
502-629-6950
cathy.buckley@louisville.edu

Or faculty coordinators:
Dr. Robert C.G. Martin, III
University of Louisville Department of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
315 East Broadway, Suite 312
Louisville, KY 40202
502-629-3355
Robert.martin@louisville.edu

Dr. Charles Scoggins
University of Louisville Department of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
315 East Broadway, Suite 303
Louisville, KY 40202
502-629-3355
Charles.scoggins@louisville.edu

Interventional Endoscopy and Therapeutic ERCP Fellowship

This one-year fellowship allows the fellow to gain extensive experience in ERCP-related procedures involving both the biliary and pancreatic ductal systems. Flexible endoscopy including EGD and colonoscopy is included in the fellowship. Fellows also gain experience in complex pancreatic and biliary tract surgery under the direction of the surgical faculty. Research related to the clinical activities is ongoing, and the fellow is expected to participate.

For additional information or for assistance with applications please contact:

Judy Slaughter, Interventional Endoscopy and Therapeutic ERCP Fellowship Coordinator
University of Louisville Department of Surgery
550 S. Jackson St.
Louisville, KY 40202 502-629-2278
Judy.Slaughter@nortonhealthcare. org

Or faculty coordinator:
Dr. Gary Vitale
University of Louisville Department of Surgery
550 S. Jackson St.
Louisville, KY 40202
502-629-2278

Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

This is a two-year fellowship. The fellowship is centered at Norton Children's Hospital, where the fellow works closely with the general surgical team in the overall management of pediatric surgical patients including a busy trauma service and care of patients with surgically repaired congenital anomalies.

For additional information or for assistance with applications please contact:

Cynthia D. Downard, M.D.
University of Louisville Department of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery
234 East Gray Street, Suite 766
Louisville, KY
40202 502-629-8638
c0down01@louisville.edu

Fellowship in Surgery of the Hand

The fellowship was initiated in 1960 by Harold Kleinert. More than 900 physicians from 49 countries have received training in hand surgery as clinical fellows, research fellows or residents. In addition to refining their understanding of hand surgery, many of these individuals have contributed immeasurably to the fellowship, bringing new ideas and techniques from around the world. Fellows receive clinical training through one- or two-month rotations on separate services. Initial patient evaluation is performed by the fellows, whether in the office or the ER. The fellow outlines his treatment plan for the patient and then consults with the attending who makes modifications as necessary. Fellows also perform pre-operative and post-operative evaluations in clinic two days per week. The fellow scrubs as first assistant with the attending and then follows the patient's progress. Surgery is scheduled two to three days per week for each attending staff. Call occurs every third or fourth night. Fellows usually take first call with the attending with whom they are rotating.

Additional information can be found at: http://christinemkleinertinstitute.org/fellowships.

For additional information or for assistance with applications please contact:

Lisa Thompson, Fellowship Coordinator
Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery
225Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 850
Louisville, KY 40202
502-562-0312 Office
502-562-0326 Fax
lthompson@cmki.org