Emory Endosurgery Fellowship Reaccredited

March 2016

The Emory Endosurgery Unit for Minimally Invasive Surgery was founded in 1992 as one of the first programs of its type in the country, and was committed to advancing minimally invasive surgery through education, research, surgical treatment, and fostering collaboration in endosurgical techniques across specialties. Staffed by faculty surgeons of the Division of General and GI Surgery of the Emory University School of Medicine, the unit quickly initiated one of the nation's first laparoscopic fellowships.

In addition to giving young surgeons the opportunity to learn laparoscopy in a time when most academic centers where wary of the developing discipline, the Emory endosurgery fellowship emphasized the study of patient outcomes with the goal of critically validating minimally invasive techniques. Ultimately, many who completed the fellowship joined other academic institutions and pursued similar research and education efforts.

Since that period, numerous types of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) have become generally accepted and sometimes preferable surgical options, and there are now more than 100 such fellowships in the country. The fact that Emory's program remains one of the top in the U.S. was reaffirmed by its recent three-year reaccreditation by the Fellowship Council with no citations.

The Fellowship Council is a national organization that fosters the development of high quality fellowships in MIS, gastroenterology, flexible endoscopy, bariatric, hepatobiliary/pancreatic, colorectal, and thoracic surgeries, and facilitates the application and match process in these areas.

"The reaccreditation notice informed us that we may apply for additional accreditation as an advanced GI MIS/bariatric fellowship when we’re able to offer fellows adequate numbers of bariatric cases consistently," says Edward Lin, DO, associate program director of the fellowship. "Considering that Emory general surgeons are the surgical providers for the Emory Bariatric Center, an ACS-accredited bariatric surgery center of excellence, and it's one of the leading programs of its type in the southeast, securing that recognition shouldn't be too difficult. In fact, several of our current bariatric surgeons are graduates of the fellowship."