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Advanced GI MIS, Bariatric, Flexible Endoscopy Fellowship Program

The Advanced GI MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery), Bariatric, Flexible Endoscopy Fellowship Program at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is a robust one-year experience of intensive post-residency training and education. The fellowship is designed to produce academic surgical leaders who will further the understanding of gastrointestinal diseases while contributing to exceptional patient outcomes.

Our fellowship is accredited by the Fellowship Council and runs from August 1 to July 31.

By the completion of this NorthShore fellowship program, the Fellow will:

Achieve proficiency in minimally invasive surgical techniques and clinical skills in the pre-and post-operative management of laparoscopic, robotic and endoscopic procedures.

  • Bariatrics: endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, roux-en-y gastric bypass, single anastomosis duodenal switch, sleeve gastrectomy and bariatric revisions/conversions.
  • Advanced GI/foregut: esophageal/gastric/small bowel resections for benign and malignant conditions, treatment of MALS, anti-reflux and achalasia, management of splenic and biliary pathology including bile duct exploration, and the full spectrum of hernia management from simple open primary ventral hernias to complex robotic component separation.
  • Flexible endoscopy: POEM, endoscopic pyloromyotomy, Zenker's diverticulostomy, anti-reflux mucosectomy, endoscopic mucosal resection, endoscopic submucosal dissection, balloon/Savary dilation, endoscopic stenting, endoscopic suturing, radiofrequency ablation, enteral access, BRAVO pH probe placement/interpretation and polypectomy.

Develop and implement research projects related to the content areas of the fellowship. The Fellow participates in both basic science and clinical research with the goal of publication and presentation at local, regional and national symposia. Attendance includes the weekly MIS Research Meeting, monthly Minimally Invasive Journal Club, weekly GI Oncology Multidisciplinary Board, weekly Morbidity and Mortality Conference, weekly Grand Rounds and monthly Multidisciplinary Esophageal Conference. The Fellow also takes part in the bimonthly Bariatric Team Meeting’s information sessions and support groups.

Attain competence related to interpersonal and communications skills, demonstrating effective communication with patients and family members in a manner that creates and sustains a professional and therapeutic relationship across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Participate in active learning about practice management and other administrative aspects related to the future practice of their specialty, surgical research and surgical education of residents and medical students. The Fellow also manages the general surgery section of NorthShore’s Community Health Center, which provides care for underserved populations in the northern Chicago suburbs.

The Fellow’s supervisory and patient care responsibilities include: involvement in the operating room, attending clinic, supervising junior house staff in the operating room and clinic, and teaching residents and medical students in the surgical simulation laboratory.

The Fellow has unlimited, on-demand access to the NorthShore Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation (GCSI) to hone and practice fundamental and advanced technical skills. The Fellow is expected to co-direct continuing education courses for medical students, residents and practicing surgeons. The Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation is a state-of-the-art simulation and training facility housed on the campus of NorthShore Evanston Hospital. At 16,000 square feet, GCSI houses one of the largest surgical laboratories in the Midwest. The simulation lab features 15 wet lab stations and a dry lab that consists of seven specialty patient rooms.

Located in Evanston, Illinois, NorthShore University HealthSystem is easily accessible to the excitement of downtown Chicago. Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, Evanston offers sandy beaches, coffee houses, world-class dining and a diverse arts and theater community…all within minutes to O’Hare Airport.

Program Director: Michael B. Ujiki, MD, FACS
Fellowship Coordinator: Ieshia Cox
Phone: 847.570.4993
Email: icox@northshore.org