We offer advanced training opportunities for outstanding graduates of General Surgery programs.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
The Minimally Invasive Surgeons of Texas (MIST) Fellowship Consortium is a designated group of surgeons who promote the advancement of minimally invasive, laparoscopic, and endoscopic surgical techniques. All MIST members have academic affiliations with The UTHealth Department of Surgery, specializing in minimally invasive surgery or advanced gastrointestinal surgery. By offering the opportunity to rotate with several of the busiest MIS practices in Houston and San Antonio, we offer one of the widest training experiences for fellows in the country. We are accredited by the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Council.
The MIST Fellowship Consortium, directed by Dr. Erik Wilson, is composed of four unique fellowship programs. Fellows of each practice will spend a majority of time with their accepted faculty but all fellows will have the opportunity rotate through the practices of other groups to obtain their unique operative, clinical and academic experiences.
The strength of the University of Texas Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Consortium is the power it brings through the depth and concentrated knowledge of the faculty, all of whom bring a wealth of advanced, broad-based laparoscopic experience.
University of Texas Medical School at Houston & Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center
Program Director: Erik B. Wilson, MD
Two one year positions are offered annually encompassing a comprehensive fellowship program including both clinical and research opportunities. We offer diverse experiences in all aspects of advanced laparoscopic surgery including foregut surgery including primary and revisional bariatrics and Nissen fundoplication, laparoscopic colectomy, solid organ resection, laparoscopic hernia repair and flexible endoscopy. There is a heavy emphasis of robotic surgery and a comprehensive experience in advanced endoscopy and endoluminal surgery, including endoscopic suturing and endoscopic fundoplication. Fellows also gain educational experience in managing our laparoscopic training lab and laparoscopic training courses. Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center is home to the Surgical Innovation and Robotics Institute, one of the largest programs for robotic surgery training in the world.
Program Director: Frank Duperier, MD
One position is offered annually encompassing a comprehensive bariatric and minimally invasive surgery fellowship. This is a high volume fellowship emphasizing all aspects of bariatric surgery, including revisional bariatrics and bariatric endoscopy, as well as a diverse array of advanced laparoscopic cases, including colectomy, anti-reflux surgery, and solid organ surgery. There is a unique opportunity for training in endocrine surgery as the fellow desires. There is the opportunity for DaVinci robotic surgery training and certification. The surgical group performs 700 laparoscopic bariatric procedures, 400 non-bariatric laparoscopic procedures and 300 flexible endoscopies each year.
Colorectal Surgical Associates
Program Director: Eric Haas, MD
Two fellows are accepted annually for positions in minimally invasive colorectal surgery. The fellow in this position will useminimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat colon & rectal problems and colon cancer and receive exposure to a large volume of colorectal surgery with flexible endoscopes. There is the opportunity for DaVinci robotic surgery training and certification.
Houston Northwest Medical Center
Program Director: Phillip Leggett, MD
The contribution of Dr. Leggett who is a pioneer of laparoscopy in Houston, Texas brings forth added strength to the fellowship consortium. Dr. Leggett is well-recognized and has published extensively in medical journals detailing his innovative surgical techniques. This aspect of the fellowship is very busy with a well-rounded experience in all types of laparoscopic cases and flexible endoscopy. There is the opportunity for DaVinci robotic surgery training and certification. Two fellows are accepted annually.
Plastics and Burns
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Plastic Surgery Program is a 3 year program using the independent model, designed to prepare the trainee to meet all requirements needed for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Memorial Hermann – TMC is the primary teaching hospital for the Program and is a Level 1 Trauma Center and general care not-for-profit hospital. The curriculum is designed to fulfill the requirements of the American Board of Plastic Surgery for training programs. Extensive training in general reconstructive plastic surgery with an emphasis on post-traumatic reconstruction, microvascular surgery including replantation and free flap transfer, general burn reconstruction, maxillofacial, cranio-facial surgery and aesthetic surgery are offered to the resident staff. Currently two months of the Plastic Surgery rotation are carried out at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center emphasizing head and neck, breast and trunk oncological reconstruction. Additional experience in aesthetic, congenital and general Plastic Surgery is obtained in a two-month junior resident exchange with the Plastic Surgery Program at the St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Effective July 1, 2011 mandatory rotations in Oculoplastic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Dermatology, Anesthesiology and Oral-Maxillo-Facial Surgery will be incorporated into the curriculum.
Two Plastic Surgery residents per year are admitted into the Program and retain responsibilities for all phases of patient management to include diagnosis and treatment, particularly in the preoperative, operative and postoperative phases of care. All surgery, elective, urgent and emergent, is directly supervised by Attending Staff. When possible, a training mission to a foreign country, in which management of cleft lip and palate is emphasized, is available to the senior residents. This unique experience is arranged in conjunction with various philanthropic plastic surgical organizations.
Formal rounds are conducted twice a week in which didactic presentations of current topics in Plastic Surgery with discussion are featured. Other regular teaching conferences include a monthly Morbidity and Mortality Conference, combined ENT/OMF/Plastic Surgery Rounds, Mock Oral Examinations, Research and Burn Grand Rounds, Journal Club and a Service Meeting addressing QA/PI issues. Teaching sessions in conjunction with other services are available to the resident staff.
Research projects can be carried out in conjunction with the many other disciplines available in the Medical School and all residents must carry out a research project during the residency. Basic microvascular training is a mandatory component of the program.
The training program provides equitable wage and benefits package of life, health and disability, and professional liability insurances for the resident trainees. This information is available by contacting us directly. The On-Call schedule is designed to allow adequate off-duty time for the residents and to allow for outside reading and recreation in accordance with ACGME duty hour restrictions. The Medical School facility provides a readily accessible library of texts and journals, both in the academic offices of the Division of Plastic Surgery and the Jesse Jones Library. Computer facilities are provided specifically for the resident staff in the Division along with a library of current DVD’s and other teaching materials.
The UTHealth Program participates in the Plastic Surgery Match, sponsored by the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery. Information is available at www.sfmatch.org. All applicants applying to the program must have pre-requisite training approval from the American Board of Plastic Surgery as outlined in the American Board of Plastic Surgery Inc BOOKLET of information. This information is available at www.abplsurg.org.
Surgical Critical Care and Trauma
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSCH) is one of only two ACS-verified level 1-trauma centers serving Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the United States. The trauma center and main teaching institution is located at Memorial Hermann Hospital, an 800-bed facility within Texas Medical City. It is home of Life Flight aero-medical services and the John S. Dunn Helistop, the busiest heliport in the United States for its size. UTHSC admits well over 5,000 trauma patients annually with the most severely injured cared for in the 25-bed Shock-Trauma ICU (STICU).
The fellowship was initiated in 1994 and currently supports three (3) Surgical Critical Care Fellows (with a request to ACGME to expand to six), three (3) research fellows, and one to two Clinical Trauma Fellows. The Acute Care Surgery Division has eleven (11) faculty members. We offer multiple fellowship opportunities ranging from purely clinical to those with a research emphasis. One-year fellowship positions in (1) Surgical Critical Care, (2) Clinical Trauma or (2) Trauma Research are available. In addition, two-year positions are available in (1) Surgical Critical Care and Clinical Trauma, (2) Surgical Critical Care and Trauma Research, and (3) Two-year Trauma Research (T32).
The majority of the Surgical Critical Care year is spent in the STICU, allowing exposure to a wide variety of severely injured patients, often with multiple co-morbid conditions. Additionally, the STICU serves as the highest level of care for critically ill patients from general surgery services, head and neck surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology. The STICU has approximately 975 admissions annually. Other rotations such as the medical ICU, cardiovascular ICU, Neuro-trauma ICU, Burn ICU and Pediatric ICU enhance exposure to a wide variety of patient populations and ICU practices. The Clinical Trauma Fellowship is individualized to each applicant and is focused on developing their future practice whether it will be in academics or a private setting. The year is also customized to address specific deficits that the candidate feels that he/she might have with respect to operative, non-operative, and interventional management.
Critical reviews of research and the medical literature form an integral part of the daily ICU bedside teaching rounds and didactic conferences. Each Monday both administrative and research issues are addressed at the Trauma/Critical Care Faculty Meeting. In addition, changes in practice and proposed research topics are discussed in detail at the monthly Practice Management Guidelines meeting. Recently implemented Surgical Critical Care Conference and the Trauma Operative Conference deliver Grand Rounds-quality lectures by the institution’s (and visiting) Faculty that are aimed specifically at “fellow-level” education (PGY-6 and above). The SCC resident is expected to deliver at least one Grand Rounds lecture throughout the year. The SCC resident is also encouraged to participate in ongoing projects and to develop their own research interests. Research time is made available on an individual basis to those residents who wish to further their own scientific investigations.
For further information please contact our Program Director, Dr. Bryan Cotton.