Overview

The Advanced Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship is accredited by The Fellowship Council and provides specialized training on the evaluation and management of patients with esophageal, gastric and duodenal diseases; abdominal wall and inguinal hernias; severe obesity and metabolic diseases; and will receive training in diagnostic and therapeutic upper endoscopy, minimally invasive foregut, bariatric and hernia surgery, minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery for hepatobiliary and solid organ pathology and minimally invasive general surgery.

Clinical Experience

Fellows gain proficiency in surgical management of basic and complex foregut diseases, abdominal wall pathology, morbid obesity; and common upper gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and splenic diseases.

Procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass
  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Revision and Conversion for Failed Bariatric and Foregut Procedures
  • Laparoscopic esophagocardiomyotomy
  • Laparoscopic paraesophageal and hiatal hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic partial and complete fundoplication
  • Laparoscopic and open abdominal and inguinal hernia repair
  • Complex abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Upper GI Endoscopy, among others

In addition, fellows have an essential role in weekly surgery clinics, where they work with VCU faculty to evaluate and manage patients.
Fellows are encouraged to augment their clinical education by leading the MIS Conference, attending educational hands-on training courses and participating in simulation-based training of surgical residents and medical students at the VCU Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety.

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Facilities

Operative experience takes place primarily at the VCU Medical Center, the only Virginia institution certified by the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center with Adolescent Qualifications.

In addition, fellows will help teach surgical residents and students in the VCU Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety.

Research

Fellows are expected to conduct at least one clinical research project that leads to at least one abstract; one presentation at a local, regional or national meeting; and submission of one manuscript for publication to a peer-reviewed journal. While the research topics may be dictated by the fellow and participating faculty, a large bariatric database is available and easily accessible. The faculty and full-time statistician will provide assistance and mentorship during this process.

Conferences

Fellows may choose to attend:

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS) Fall Meeting
  • American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic (ASMBS) Fall Meeting
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Spring Meeting
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT-DDW) Spring Meeting

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How to apply

For instructions on how to apply, visit fellowshipcouncil.org.

From the Director

VCUSOM Dir's Message

From the Director

"An important component of the fellowship remains the one-on-one mentorship that extends beyond the operating room."

Guilherme M. Campos, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Fellowship Program Director

Division of Bariatric & Gastrointestinal Surgery

Contact Us

Guilherme M. Campos, MD, FACS, FACMBS
Fellowship Program Director
guilherme.campos@vcuhealth.org

Jennifer Salluzzo, MD, FACS
Fellowship Program Co-Director
jennifer.salluzzo@vcuhealth.org

Rachel Wilson
Fellowship Coordinator
rachel.wilson@vcuhealth.org


Office location:
West Hospital
15th Floor, West Wing
1200 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298

Mailing address:
Box 980519
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0519

Phone: (804) 628-3626
Fax: (804) 827-0285

Current Fellow

Ashley Gerrish, MD
MIS Fellow (PGY-6)