The University of Arizona
Department of Surgery

ACES Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery


SPONSORING DEPARTMENT: Department of Surgery, Section of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, University of Arizona, Tucson

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Carlos Galvani, MD, Associate Professor and Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Program

DURATION: One year, July 1st to June 30th

LOCATION: The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

DEADLINE: The applications process opens on September 1st and closes on December 31st. All applications must be submitted by December 31st of the year preceding the start of the fellowship. 

The Department of Surgery and the Arizona Center for Endoscopic Surgery (ACES) recognize the importance of mentored research in the training of general surgery residents. Although such an experience can be obtained during clinical training, residents would benefit from and should consider one year of dedicated research. A postdoctoral scholar is a trainee in residence pursuing to carry out advanced studies supervised by the principal investigator utilizing knowledge of equipment, methodology, and current developments in the field of minimally invasive surgery. Postdoctoral Scholars are appointed for a limited period of time and may participate on the Department’s research projects.

The Arizona Center for Endoscopic Surgery (ACES) will engage in comprehensive research to help evolve Endoscopic Surgery. The proposed research will consist of:

-Robotic surgery

-Single-incision Laparoscopic surgery

-Research in surgical education and training

-Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES)

-Metabolic surgery procedures and outcomes

-Benign and malignant esophageal diseases

-Evaluation of novel surgical devices and procedures.


Priority will be given to applicants interested in pursuing postresidency or postdoctoral training in the clinical medical sciences aimed at advancing and expanding minimally invasive surgery. Candidates must also:

-Possess an M.D; selection preference will be given to physician scientists with postdoctoral experience in surgery.

-Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or foreign national.

-Include a copy of their current CV

-Be proficient in written and spoken English.

One fellow will be appointed each year.


The fellow will:

-Be knowledgeable about current developments and research findings in rapidly changing Minimally Invasive Surgery.

-Evaluate potential practical applicability of research findings.

-Perform extensive reading of original scientific literature.

-Accumulate a solid foundation of specialized training and laboratory experience with laparoscopic procedures.

-Be up-to-date with new equipment, materials, procedures, techniques and methodologies in endoscopic surgery.

-Have an approved Animal Care protocol.

-Have a firm understanding and adherence to all university rules and regulations regarding human subjects.


The focus of the research is to provide exposure and experience to the aforementioned research projects with the opportunity for independent investigation over a 1-year period. The fellow is expected to fully participate in the surgical education laboratory teaching residents and medical students. The fellow will also be responsible for collection of data for use in research studies related to minimally invasive surgery and will also be conducting research in surgical education and minimally invasive surgery.


Goals and expectations of this fellowship will be described in detail to the fellow. These criteria will be used as the basis for biweekly evaluations performed by the Program’s Faculty. In addition, the fellow will receive personal feedback weekly as part of the weekly teaching conference.


Salary is commensurate with research experience. Benefits will be included with this position (i.e. health insurance, vacation, etc.) The Department provides funds for travel for the fellow to present the results of his or her research at major national meetings. This is an important component of the Fellowship Program because of the opportunity it provides the Fellows for scientific interchange and exposure in surgical meetings.



ACES currently offers one Fellowship position each year.  Interested applicants should forward a Letter of Interest, current CV, and Letters of Recommendations to Melissa Carton at by December 31st



Melissa Carton

Program Coordinator, Sr.
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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