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Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship

The Duke Department of Surgery is pleased to support three clinical laparoscopic fellowship positions providing clinical and academic training in advanced laparoscopic/Robotic surgery, bariatric surgery, and advanced endoluminal surgery. 
The Duke Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship is a one-year program (August 1 to July 31) designed to expand the skills and knowledge of participants--both clinically and scientifically-- and to empower them to become leaders in this evolving and exciting field of surgery. 
Although the primary focus of the fellowship is general (foregut, hernia, colon, solid organ, etc...) and bariatric laparoscopic surgery, the fellow also has the opportunity to be involved in other areas of endosurgical application, including Thoracic, Urological, and Pediatric surgery. The involvement in these various fields is based on the Fellow's interest and desire to seek participation with the faculty in these areas. 
A key component of the training program is bariatric surgery, which provides an endosurgical training opportunity with a high-volume focus on the minimally invasive approach to bariatrics as well as endoscopy. The fellow works closely with several bariatric surgeons who perform up to 25 bariatric cases per week, with a dedicated, multidisciplinary bariatric clinic for workup and support. The fellow spends at least half of the training period working within this high-volume service, gaining a tremendous experience with techniques for laparoscopic intestinal anastomosis (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, robotic duodenal switch) as well as sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, and revisional weight loss surgery, which have application to a wide variety of laparoscopic procedures. 

Program Special Features

Clinical research activity is encouraged and enhanced with access to extensive clinical database records. There are many clinical research projects that involve our fellows which focus on outcome and techniques for minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.  

Over 20 Years of Educating Leaders in Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery

Founded in 1993, the Duke Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship has trained many individuals whose accomplishments and continuing contributions to the field of endosurgery are globally recognized and have served to further build the reputation of this program. 
Among our former trainees, over 40% have pursued academic positions with many teaching in and leading some of the nation's top surgical training programs. Several alumni also hold academic leadership positions as Department Chairs and Division Chiefs. We have had over 40% of our fellows enter private practice and less than 10% work in either industry or are currently serving in the U.S. Military.  
The opportunity for fellows of the Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship are limited only by the motivation and ingenuity of the fellow. Though one-year is a short period of time, it is our hope that those individuals who train at Duke will establish a base on which to build their future and become leaders in the field of minimally invasive surgery. 

Dana D. Portenier, MD
Co-Director, Fellowship Training Program

Chan W. Park, MD, FACS
Co-Director, Fellowship Training Program