The Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program
The Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health is a one-year intensive clinical and academic experience in the total diagnostic, non-operative, operative, and postoperative treatment of morbid obesity and its related diseases. The cornerstone of the program is a singularly rich clinical experience. The fellow has the opportunity to learn the full range of bariatric procedures, including gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, revisional bariatric operations, and a wide range of endoscopic diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Most important, the full spectrum of surgical techniques (laparoscopy, open surgery and robotic surgery) is available for our fellow to learn. The fellow has abundant support from surgery interns, nurse practitioners, and two dedicated bariatric physician assistants. There is no requirement for the fellow to stay for in-house call, but home call is shared with the attending bariatric surgeons.
The Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (IMBS) at Abington Hospital (AH) has established comprehensive preoperative and postoperative care guidelines for all bariatric patients in the program. The bariatric fellow becomes a part of the team with all attending surgeon responsibilities to ensure the safe, effective, and compassionate preoperative, operative and postoperative care of bariatric patients. The fellow spends at least one full day per week in our outpatient setting: to evaluate preoperative patients, follow up with postoperative patients, perform gastric band adjustments, and provide presentations to prospective patients.
The fellow is an integral member of the teaching staff of the Department of Surgery and instructs general surgery residents and medical students on rotation. The fellow is expected to present at a minimum of one national meeting, and to publish the results of studies in the literature. Administrative and editorial support is provided.
The program is sponsored by AH with full accreditation by the Fellowship Council. The program currently accepts one fellow per year.
Our aim is to train our fellow to be compassionate, effective, and safe in bariatric patient care. Our program is designed to instill a high level technical skill in the operating room to help the fellow become a competent and confident surgeon ready to practice laparoscopic bariatric surgery.
Program Manager – Surgical Education