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Complex Gastrointestinal Fellowship

Continue Your Specialized Medical Training with Methodist Health System

Methodist has one opening per year for a one-year Complex Gastrointestinal Fellowship program that bridges the gap between surgery residency and general surgical practice or a more specialized fellowship. This fellowship is unique in that it offers advanced training in a blend of open, laparoscopic, robotic and endoscopic cases and includes malignant and benign diseases of the abdomen including:

  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Bile duct
  • Spleen
  • Adrenal
  • Small bowel
  • Colorectal
  • Peritoneum/Mesentery
  • Retroperitoneum
  • Abdominal wall

The Complex Gastrointestinal Fellowship program is designed to provide a thorough training in all aspects of the abdomen, including alternative approaches for treatment, such as EGD, Colonoscopy, and percutaneous techniques. This program emphasizes experience and autonomy for the fellow so that he or she will be ready for general surgery practice with the confidence that he or she can handle any abdominal complications that may arise. The fellow will also graduate with a vast working oncological knowledge for malignant diseases, with emphasis on active participation and mastery of knowledge of medical therapies that often accompany oncologic pathologies.

The fellow is expected to assume a teaching role for other visiting residents, staff and medical students rotating through the service. The Complex Gastrointestinal fellow shares clinical duties with the Hepatopancreaticobiliary fellow. With the vast and diverse number of cases that we offer, there is little impact on case load.


Clinical research is required of the Complex Gastrointestinal surgery fellow, mostly focused on outcomes analysis and clinically relevant projects. The fellow is also expected to present at a national meeting. Ample resources are available to help assist the fellow in their scholarly inquiry.


  • 11 months of Foregut/Midgut/Hindgut service
  • 1 months of Scope rotations – EGD/EUS/ERCP and Colonoscopy


  • Bimonthly tumor board conference
  • Monthly mortality and morbidity conference
  • Monthly journal club
  • Monthly didactic session with book chapter review

For more information, please contact Erin Griffin at