Emory Endosurgery Fellowship

practicing endosurgery techniques in the simulation lab

The Endosurgery Unit offers a Fellowship Council-accredited, one-year clinical fellowship that focuses on advanced foregut operations, bariatric surgery, hernia surgery, robotic surgery, endoscopic and/or endoluminal procedures, and other advanced laparoscopic applications (solid organ, colorectal).

The bulk of the fellows' clinical rotations are spent at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown, and it is anticipated that rotations will expand to Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. Fellows learn to perform as both operating surgeons and teaching assistants and may also receive temporary staff appointments with limited roles as attending surgeons.

Research

Since 2008, the Emory Department of Surgery has consistently placed in the upper ranks of departments of surgery nationwide in annual NIH funding, and several of our researchers have regularly placed in the NIH's surgery PIs listings. According to ranking tables of annual NIH funding posted online by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, Emory Surgery placed 8th in NIH awards in 2016. The ranking was based on a total of $10,481,924 million in awards (direct plus indirect costs were included, R & D contracts were not). Dr. Chris Larsen, Dr. Andrew Adams, Dr. Mandy Ford, Dr. Lily Yang, Dr. Rachel Patzer, and Dr. Craig Coopersmith placed in the top 100 NIH-funded, department of surgery-based PIs. Dr. Luke Brewster and Dr. Shipra Arya were also highly ranked.

Beyond the NIH, the Department's investigators receive grants from such entities as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AVON Foundation, Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust, Georgia Research Alliance, American Heart Association, CDC, FDA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Department of Defense.

Regardless of ultimate career paths, research participation offers yet another valuable avenue for fellows to work closely with our faculty, contributes to developing the investigational dexterity that is vital for a career in academic surgery, and facilitates adept decision making in clinical practice. Past endosurgery fellows have presented their investigations at national meetings and been lead authors for accompanying papers and/or book chapters on foregut physiology, colon disease, endoscopy, liver surgery, resident education, hernia surgery, inflammatory mediators, diabetes, and obesity metabolism.

International/Special Year Fellows

International scholars can be considered on a case by case basis and are most commonly accepted as research appointments. Surgeons who have completed training outside the U.S. and Canada are required to submit requests to Dr. S. Scott Davis, director of the Endosurgery Unit. Final acceptance is also contingent upon documentation of independent funding, completion of ECFMG requirements, fluency in spoken and written English, visa approval, and a temporary training license for the State of Georgia.

Application and Contact

Prospective fellows should apply to the program through the Fellowship Council by September 1st. Interviews are often scheduled at Emory in October and November. To complete the credentialing and privileges process, approved applicants must attain medical licensure in the State of Georgia at least six months in advance of their fellowship.

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Lin, the associate program director of the fellowship, at elin2@emory.edu or 404.712.2196. Dr. Lin oversees the day-to-day aspects of the fellows' clinical, academic, and research activities.

Mailing address:

Emory Endosurgery Fellowship
Emory University School of Medicine
1365 Clifton Road, NE
Bldg. A, 5th Floor, Suite 5040
Atlanta, Georgia 30322