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Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery

The Providence HPB Fellowship position was created in 2008, although it has been integrated with a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) Fellowship in existence for more than 25 years. The Fellowship is intended for physicians who have completed a general surgery residency and have a particular interest in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and research.

The program attendings are fellowship trained in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, surgical oncology, advanced laparoscopic surgery, and surgical ultrasound.

The program's strengths include extensive experience in advanced open and minimally invasive surgical procedures. The practice includes both benign and malignant disease processes. Additional areas of focus include intraoperative ultrasound and surgical tumor ablation.

The fellowship is two years in length.

  • The first year is primarily clinical on the HPB service.
  • The second year is a mixture of clinical, research, and administrative time.

Clinical experiences may be arranged in colorectal, foregut, organ transplant, surgical endoscopy and/or interventional radiology, depending on the fellow’s interests. Fellows are expected to accumulate a clinical experience of 200-250 advanced HPB and GI surgeries. The fellow will interact with surgical residents, but has the first right of refusal on all HPB cases.

Our program is very hands-on for the fellows, with a goal of producing graduates who are capable and comfortable performing major HPB cases independently. Research is a required component of the fellowship. Fellows are expected to initiate clinical research projects with the goal of producing at least 3 presentable/publishable projects.

Fellows have access to a basic science immunology lab, a large clinical database, animate and inanimate labs, and NOTES labs. Fellows are involved in teaching residents, participating in surgical training courses, and participating in HPB Program administration.

The Fellowship offers high volume of cases, academic opportunities and mentorship by leading surgeons in the fields of HPB surgery, MIS, and GI surgical oncology. The setting is Providence Portland Medical Center, a community based, academic health care center located in Portland, Oregon. The fellow will gain the necessary skills and experience required to function as an independent HPB surgeon and develop sufficient clinical, research and administrative skills to develop or build their own HPB program.

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