Colon & Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program at Florida Hospital
was founded in 2009 by Drs. Larach, Albert, and Atallah. It
is only one of five ACGME-accredited
fellowships in the subspecialty of colorectal surgery in the
State of Florida, training two fellows per year on a 1-year
fellowship. Our aim is to prepare well-rounded, board-certified
colorectal surgeons who will be able to pursue academic or
private practice positions.
within our program takes place at various locations of Florida
Hospital throughout Central Florida, exposing our fellows
to a broad and diverse patient base. Florida Hospital Medical
Center is a 2,247 bed, acute care medical facility that serves
as a community hospital for Greater Orlando and a major tertiary
referral hospital for Central Florida, the Southeast United
States, the Caribbean and Latin America. Florida Hospital
is home to many nationally recognized Centers for Excellence.
With a successful surgery and sub-specialty surgical training
programs, patients come to Florida Hospital from across the
One of the hallmarks of the colorectal training program at Florida Hospital Orlando is our emphasis on new technology with opportunity for the fellow to have hands-on training in these methods. Giving our fellows the opportunity to perform robotic-assisted colorectal surger provides them with the skill-set necessary to perform these types of advanced operations upon completion of the program. Robotic-assisted colorectal surgery has become a standard practice in our teaching curriculum.
The training program provides a good balance of cases in all areas (colonoscopy, anorectal, abdominal) but there is a strong emphasis on the minimally invasive approach, including robotic, laparoscopic, and TAMIS (TransAnal Minimally Invasive Surgery). The latter is a newer technique developed at Florida Hospital by Drs. Larach, Atallah, and Albert in 2009.
Fellows can expect to perform approximately 200-250 abdominal colon procedures and 150-200 anorectal procedures. Fellows can also expect to perform 300-350 endoscopic procedures, with colonoscopy procedures from 1750200 per fellow.
For application to our fellowship program, we participate in the ERAS process and National Residency Matching Program. Fellowship applicants must have completed a 5-year General Surgery Residency Program in the United States. For more information please visit our Eligibility and Application tabs on the website.
W. Larach, MD, FASCRS, FACS
Colon & Rectal Surgery Fellowship