Fellowship Programs

Several fellowships are offered through the Department of Surgery ranging from surgical research to the latest in minimally invasive, robotic and bariatric surgery.


Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
The Division of Trauma, Critcal Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery in the UA Department Surgery and Banner University Medical Center - Tucson offers an approved American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) acute care surgery fellowship. The division is one of only 20 approved sites for this training in the U.S.

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
The Surgical Critical Care fellowship is part of the 2-year acute care surgery fellowship. Fellows participate in trauma/emergency and general surgery at Banner University Medical Center - Tucson which is the only Level 1 trauma center in southern Arizona.

The goals of this program, in addition to research opportunities, include establishment of international relationships and for the fellow to personally observe the acute care surgery system in the United States. This fellowship will allow candidates to bring research and systems experience back to their country.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowships
In addition to the general surgery residency, the Division of General Surgery currently offers both a clinical and research fellowship through the Arizona Center for Endoscopic Surgery (ACES) focused on minimally invasive, robotic and bariatric surgery. Click titles below for more information.

  • ACES Advanced GI/MIS Clinical Fellowship
    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.
  • ACES Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery
    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.

Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Our areas of specific interest include the biology of vascular implants, endografts and stents, mechanisms of graft healing, the study of vein graft stenosis and myointimal hyperplasia in humans, and the possible improvement in prosthetic graft patency conferred by autogenous vein patches and cuffs. We continue to work with Ron Heimark, PhD, a well recognized basic scientist in the areas of vascular biology, including endothelial cell transplantation, smooth muscle cell function and the role of cadherins in vascular biology.