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Geisinger's Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship is a one-year clinical program for advanced minimally invasive general and thoracic foregut surgery with a mission of providing fellows with the teaching, experience, and skill set to perform advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures with skill, safety, and good judgment. The program offers a broad clinical experience in general and thoracic minimally invasive surgery with particular emphasis on benign and malignant esophageal surgery.

Our vision is for the fellows to utilize these tools creatively to develop novel applications of these skills, advancing the current practice of surgery, and testing these applications monitoring patient outcomes. While the primary emphases of the program are bariatric and foregut surgery, the fellows are often exposed to a broad range of surgical procedures and also gain extensive experience with upper GI endoscopic procedures including esophageal stenting, balloon and bougie dilations, biopsy and polypectomy.

The fellow will run the minimally invasive surgical service and be expected to participate daily in the education of the surgical house staff and medical students rotating on the minimally invasive surgical service. Fellows are expected to participate in clinical outcomes research and present at least one paper at one national meeting each year.

The fellows are faculty members and have independent operating privileges for non-training cases. They supervise the MIS/bariatrics rotation working with residents from the PGY1 to PGY4 level. The fellows participate in outpatient clinic one day per week and are expected to participate in clinical outcomes research with a requirement to present at least one paper at a national meeting each year and author at least one peer-reviewed publication per year. Education conferences include monthly multidisciplinary bariatric conference and bariatric QA meeting, bi-monthly MIS/GI multidisciplinary foregut conference, bimonthly video case conference with Cleveland Clinic, Weston, Fla., and weekly surgical morbidity and mortality conference.

Special features

  • The program emphasizes benign and malignant esophageal surgery including fundoplication, myotomy, gastroplasty, gastric resection and reconstruction, as well as esophagectomy.
  • The surgical experience includes complex minimally invasive re-operative surgery.
  • The MIS fellows actively participate in a multidisciplinary bariatric program that includes GI bariatric fellows. Geisinger Medical Center is a Bariatric Center of Excellence through ASMBS.
  • Geisinger has one of the most advanced electronic medical record systems in the country.