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.


This is a two-year fellowship program. The first year, fellows participate in an ACGME-accredited surgical critical care program with a 12-month curriculum that includes rotations in four ICUs, elective rotations and research. Year two is an acute care surgery, AAST accredited program, with traiing in trauma and emergency general surgery, vascular, cardiothoracic, hepatobiliary, and burn urgery. The fellowship program is overseen by seven full-time trauma/critical care surgeons.

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.

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program matches one fellow per year for a two-year fellowship. The two fellows alternate between the cardiac and thoracic surgery services. No other surgical residents or trainees on either service compete for cases. Six midlevel practitioners (ANPs or PAs) support the two services.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowships
In addition to the general surgery residency, the Division of General Surgery currently offers both clinical and research fellowships focused on minimally invasive, robotic and bariatric surgery. Click titles below for more information.

  • Advanced GI MIS Clinical Fellowship at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
    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.
  • 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.