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MI/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship

The Advanced GI Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship, supported by a grant from the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships, provides an immersive didactic extensive experience in advanced laparoscopic procedures. At its conclusion, the fellow will have acquired the requisite expertise to perform all major laparoscopic procedures including: 

  • Adjustable gastric banding
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Colon resection
  • Feeding jejunostomy
  • Gastric bypass procedures
  • Gastrojejunostomy
  • Heller myotomy
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Ventral hernia repair

There are also ample opportunities to participate in laparoscopic urology cases with some minimally invasive operations involving the use of the Da Vinci robot.

All fellows are expected to participate in clinical research projects, and present their results at national meetings. Through monthly courses, the fellows will serve as instructors to academic and community surgeons in advanced laparoscopic and robotic skills. All fellows will play an active role in the education of surgical residents and medical students.

Equipment and Notable Features

There is a well-equipped and staffed animal operating room, which allows the fellows to practice operations, refine skills, plan new operations, and participate in the assessment and development of devices used in laparoscopic surgery. The acquisition of advanced laparoscopic skills is the principal clinical objective of this fellowship. 

We believe that a complete general surgeon should be able to handle both complex laparoscopic and open cases. The Faculty has a high volume of complex open cases, such as esophagectomies, gastrectomies, pancreatectomies, and biliary reconstructions. All fellows are encouraged to participate in these cases. 

Basic Program Information

UCSF MIS/Bariatric Laparoscopic Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco

Campuses and Sites

  • UCSF Moffitt-Long Medical Center
  • UCSF Mt. Zion Medical Center
  • San Francisco VA Medical Center


  • Dry Lab
  • Wet lab

Application Information

Does this Program accept applications from residents outside of the U.S. or Canada?: No

Licensure Requirements and Information

CA Medical License Required

Program Director

Jonathan Carter - 144xJonathan Carter, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Program Director
Advanced GI Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship


Contact Info

Robyn Hughes
[email protected]

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