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Program Structure

The Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Research is a one-year program in which the fellow is responsible for the design and follow through of several research programs within the division. Fellows are strongly encouraged to pursue their own projects/ideas. Examples of current/past research activities include:

  • Outcomes analysis: Duke University is an accredited member of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), as well as the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®). Both represent national databases for short term safety outcomes analysis.
  • Translational sciences: Duke University is a large research organization and has a plethora of investigators studying not only metabolic disease processes and organ systems but rather common disease pathways. Many opportunities present when different disciplines begin to collaborate on a shared goal. The Fellow is encouraged to pursue investigations that may not be yet housed within metabolic surgery but may lead to new developments in the field due to the mutual benefit of group efforts. Collaborative work has been undertaken between metabolic and general surgery, radiology, immunotherapy, and animal services, but to name a few.
  • Tissue Bank and Biorepository: Duke also has an extensive serum and tissue bank that can be utilized for discovery.
  • Vivarium studies: Duke University has a fully staffed vivarium that can be utilized for various basic science, preclinical, and translational projects. 
  • Clinical trials: We have a large infrastructure that supports clinical trials for surgical outcomes, surgical innovation/devices, malignant disease, and industry sponsored studies.
  • Surgical education: The Surgical Education and Activities Lab is a state-of-the-art surgical simulation center, accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). It contains several simulation tools that help develop skills in the fields of laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, endoscopy, and bronchoscopy, among others.

The Fellow is encouraged to:

  • Apply for grant support/funding of their projects.
  • Attend and participate in the weekly Research Education seminars throughout the year.
  • Develop a portfolio of publications representing work during the research year.
  • Present their research findings at national and international academic meetings.
  • Initiate and bring to fruition a Quality Improvement project.
  • Learn how to develop and edit surgical videos for surgical education.
  • Actively participate in the Simulation Laboratory to enhance surgical education.