Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

The Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at the Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery is a one-year program that provides comprehensive surgical training in addition to extensive research and professional development resources.

Program Overview

The Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) fellowship program at the University of Michigan is committed to training the next generation of leaders in the field of academic surgery. The fellowship focuses on honing clinical skills, academic productivity, educational opportunities, and leadership development.

  • Clinical Skills: Fellows will gain experience with a high volume and variety of cases across a tertiary care hospital, community hospital, and outpatient center.
  • Academic Productivity: We aim to train the next generation of academic surgeons with a wide range of academic and research interests. We offer extensive mentorship, infrastructure, and resources to support academic success, including our research centers.
  • Educational Opportunities: Fellow will attend and instruct at MIS teaching conferences, in addition to mentoring residents and medical students through presentations and in clinical settings.
  • Leadership Development: We are committed to developing our next generation of leaders in minimally invasive surgery. There is a Leadership Development Program that will be available for the fellow, as well as additional mentorship, support and sponsorship resources.

Fellows will have a robust clinical experience across our clinic locations at Michigan Medicine and partner institutions with a variety of cases, ranging from routine to unique. Cases will include:

  • Primary and revisional bariatrics
  • Advanced flexible endoscopy
  • Complex abdominal wall hernia repair
  • Foregut
  • General surgery

Fellows will have the opportunity to work with multiple surgeons within the division to enhance their fellowship experience. In addition, they will have opportunity for independent practice and operative supervision of mid-level residents towards the latter half of the year.

The MIS/Bariatric service will cover ten months of the fellowship (including University Hospital and Chelsea Hospital). During this time, the fellow will attend clinic when not in the operating room, on average one day per week. Time in the clinics will include new patient evaluations, return visits and post-operative follow up visits. The advanced endoscopy, GI motility, and outpatient experience rotations will span two months, where the fellow will gain exposure and expertise in interventional and bariatric endoscopy, foregut testing, and comprehensive ambulatory care of the bariatric and complex abdominal wall patient.

The fellow will also participate in biweekly MIS teaching conferences, in addition to monthly multi-disciplinary meetings dedicated to patients with complex hernia, bariatric, and foregut conditions.

The fellow will have access to Michigan Medicine's extensive research and scholarship resources during their training experience. The Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy (CHOP) offers resources, collaborators, and support for outcomes research. The Center for Basic and Translational Science (CBATS) is a repository of basic and translational research support, and the Center for Surgical Training and Research (CSTAR) supports surgical education research. Additionally, the Department of Surgery includes the only two R01 basic science researchers in bariatric surgery, Dr. Randy Seeley and Dr. Robert O’Rourke, both of whom will provide mentorship, lab space and resources.


Applicants must be US Citizens or US Permanent Residents (Green Card) who are graduates of U.S., Canadian, or foreign medical schools. Additionally, applicants must have passed the USMLE/COMLEX Step 1, 2, & 3 exams and have had at least 2 years of prior training in an ACGME accredited residency or fellowship (or Canadian equivalent).

Please visit the Fellowship Council website for more information on how to apply.

Contact Us

Aaron Brown

Program Coordinator