Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship
Cedars-Sinai's Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship is a one-year, comprehensive clinical and research program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. During the fellowship, competent general surgeons become especially well versed in the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. Program Director Phillip Fleshner, MD, and his associates — all of whom are board-certified colorectal surgeons actively involved in surgical education and research — have the primary teaching responsibilities. The program prepares fellows to apply for and successfully obtain certification from the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Training takes place at world-renowned Cedars-Sinai, the largest nonprofit hospital in the western United States.
Training & Curriculum
Fellows gain experience in all facets of colon and rectal surgery, as well as specialized training in current therapeutic modalities.
One fellow is chosen each year for the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship. Qualified applicants must have completed a general surgery residency program at an accredited facility. To apply to the program, please contact the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Applications for each academic year, which begins July 1, should be completed by August of the previous year. If the fellow is considered for an appointment to this competitive program, he or she will be asked to come to Los Angeles for an interview with the program director and faculty members. Interviews are conducted during September and October.
We are proud to name so many esteemed physicians and highly regarded researchers, all representing nearly every major medical discipline, as members of the Colon and Rectal Surgery training program leadership and faculty.
Current and past fellows help shape the future of colon rectal surgery through their commitment to patient care and research.
The Cedars-Sinai colorectal fellowship provides a unique opportunity to train at a world-class hospital, while providing exposure to a wide range of surgical techniques as well as a diverse range of pathology. The best part for me was that I had the flexibility and operative volume to tailor my training for my needs. In a rapidly evolving field, training with surgeons who are both innovators and great teachers is key!
AARON PARRISH, MD
Class of 2019
The year I spent at Cedars-Sinai as the colon and rectal surgery fellow was by far the most significant period in my training. It helped me develop into the surgeon I am today. The fellowship challenged me in a way that simultaneously refined my surgical skills and clinical knowledge. At the end of my fellowship year, I felt much better prepared for my career than I had ever imagined.
STEVE OBNIBENE, MD
Class of 2005
When I was looking for a fellowship program, I wanted a place that would challenge me. The opportunity to be the only fellow working with over 10 attending physicians meant I got to cherry pick all the best techniques and make them my own. The most important aspect of the program, though, is that I have never had as much fun working as hard as I did. The attending physicians are all very enjoyable to work with.
BRIAN TENG, MD
Class of 2013
This fellowship was the most important and rewarding experience in my professional career. I appreciated the faculty's generosity and willingness to teach me colorectal surgery and for the abundant technical, surgical and management skills. You will work your butt off, but there will be plenty of support. Having graduated from the Cedars-Sinai colorectal fellowship, I felt confidently prepared going into the workforce. I am truly grateful to all of the faculty, especially Phil Fleshner, the head of the program and an exceptional mentor, whom I can call anytime day or night for advice.
JAN KAMINSKI, MD
Class of 2016
Have Questions or Need Help?
If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai, please call or send a message to Program Coordinator, Gayane Ovsepyan, MPH.
8737 Beverly Blvd., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90048