The University of Arizona
Department of Surgery

ACES Advanced GI / Minimally Invasive Surgery Clinical Fellowship



The ACES Clinical Fellowship has been accredited through the Fellowship Council since 2012 as an Advanced GI MIS Fellowship.



As part of a major academic medical center, the Arizona Center for Endoscopic Surgery (ACES) excels in training, research and clinical programs.  Our dual purpose is to train those who will provide top quality patient care and be academic leaders in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Our fellows in turn will train many physicians for practice in communities across the country. This emphasis makes our fellowship one of the most unique programs in the United States. Applicants must have an interest in developing advanced skills in minimally invasive, robotic and bariatric surgical techniques, as well as acquire experience in the medical management of morbid obesity. The fellow is appointed as a Clinical Instructor at The University of Arizona.

The overall purpose of this program is to train surgeons interested in an academic career in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. This fellowship program has three main objectives: 1) To develop advanced operative skills in the area of laparoscopic surgery, 2) To learn the principles of adult learning and how to teach laparoscopic operative skills to surgical residents and 3) To develop fundamental research skills in clinical, experimental, and educational surgery in the area of laparoscopic surgery. Graduates of this program are expected to be able to carry out advanced laparoscopic operations independently, to develop and manage a center of minimally invasive surgery, and to be able to teach the fundamental skills of laparoscopic surgery.

The curriculum is designed to provide the fellow with the opportunity to attain proficiency in patient selection, pre and postoperative care, operative skills, and perioperative care of patients undergoing minimally invasive procedures. The fellow’s training experience will be spent primarily in general surgery and bariatric surgery procedures such as hiatal hernia repair and fundoplication, primary bariatric procedures and revisional procedures, inguinal hernia, complex ventral hernia, solid organ surgery, robotic surgery, and upper endoscopy.

The fellow will be given the opportunity to be involved in clinical and investigational research and will receive mentoring on study design and analysis, manuscript preparation, and research presentation. The fellow will also be involved with the education of residents and medical students at The University of Arizona.



ACES currently offers one Fellowship position, which is matched through the Fellowship Council Match System.  For current Match Application Dates or to apply, please visit the Fellowship Council website at


Fellows must be eligible and receive an Arizona unrestricted medical license prior to the intended start date.  For more information about the Arizona Medical Board, please visit their website at

Pre-requisites for Employment

-Application for a Full Arizona Medical License (Attain a full medical license from the AZ Medical Board; Banner University Medical Center privileges are not granted if AZ Medical license is incomplete or pending).

-Attain Banner – University Medical Center privileges

-Application for DEA

-Employment starts August 1st and ends July 31st .



Melissa Carton

Residency Program Manager
Section of Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery
Department of Surgery
University of Arizona College of Medicine
1501 N. Campbell Avenue, P.O. Box 245066
Tucson, AZ  85724-5066
Phone:  520-626-2635 / Fax:  520-626-1411 /


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