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Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery Fellowship

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to RUSH. 

The fellowship program is designed to provide a well-rounded clinical training in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery utilizing advanced laparoscopic, robotic-assisted, and flexible endoscopic techniques. The fellow gains a wealth of experience in the comprehensive evaluation and minimally invasive surgical management of morbid obesity, hernia, and benign diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract. A comprehensive curriculum guides and focuses the academic program. One fellow is accepted each academic year.

The mission of the fellowship program is to train future leaders in academic or community surgical practice with a renewing commitment to education and innovation in surgical clinical care. In keeping with this mission, ample opportunity is provided for the fellow to engage in academic pursuits, including dedicated time to research. Fellows are encouraged to submit at least two abstracts to national meetings during the fellowship year. Faculty provide mentorship, but an expectation is that at least one research project is fellow self-directed. As an instructor in the Department of Surgery, the fellow will be expected to model excellence in professionalism and to teach general surgery residents and students. To facilitate transition to independent practice, the fellow will be assigned acute care surgery call on an infrequent basis, with backup by fellowship faculty.

Future Fellow

Abigail Doelger, MD (2024-2025)
UConn School of Medicine, Class of 2019


Alumni Placement

  • John Lewandowski, MD (2021-2022)
    Private Practice – Kansas City, MO
  • Marc Sarran, MD, FACS (2020-2021)
    RUSH University Medical Center

Requirements for consideration 

  • Completion of a General Surgery residency at an ACGME accredited surgery residency program
  • Meets criteria for medical licensure in the State of Illinois
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