Advanced Upper GI/HPB Fellowship

Advanced Upper GI/HPB Fellowship

About the Program

It is the goal of the Fellowship Council-Accredited Advanced Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgery Fellowship at Florida Hospital to train future leaders in surgery whose focus is on GI and HPB. The main purpose of fellowship training is to provide the structured educational and training experience necessary to achieve expertise in these types of complex surgical procedures and patient care. The fellowship duration is 12 months. This fellowship focuses strongly on minimally invasive techniques, as well as robotic approaches for the management of complex gastrointestinal and HPB disease processes within the context of advanced GI surgery training.

The fellow will spend equal time performing minimally invasive and open surgeries. This is facilitated by a core faculty that includes surgical oncology fellowship-trained surgeons, whose practice is mainly dedicated to HPB and Surgical Oncology in general. This faculty is complemented by the presence of faculty from other backgrounds (minimally invasive fellowship trained surgeons, GI surgeons and endoscopists), who are leaders in their fields.

Clinical research is an integral component of the fellowship, and funded basic science labs are available for those who may be interested in pursuing research during the fellowship year. Submission of abstracts to national meetings is encouraged. The fellow will be also required to prepare manuscripts for publication at peer-reviewed journals.

A new, state-of-the-art skills training center is available for the training of residents and fellows, offering opportunities to participate in educational training activities with the house staff.

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Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD
Surgical Oncology Program and Research Director

Faculty

of Florida Hospital Medical Education

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    Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD
    Surgical Oncology Program and Research Director
    Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD graduated from the University of Salvador School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his general surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and a surgical oncology fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. Prior to his clinical training, he completed a research fellowship in GI diseases and surgery at Duke University. Dr. de la Fuente has written over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 16 book chapters and continuous to be involve with research activities. He was recently awarded The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award for his work on robotic surgery in patients with esophageal cancer. His primary areas of clinical and research interests include minimally invasive approaches in hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases including pancreatic oncology and gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. de la Fuente was named the Physician Research Coordinator and Director of Research of the general surgery residency program and Florida Hospital Orlando in 2012. He also has dual appointments at the University of Central Florida and Florida State University in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Surgery.
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    Steve Eubanks, MD, FACS
    Director of Academic Surgery/Associate Program Director
    Dr. Eubanks came to Florida Hospital in September of 2010 as the Director of Academic Surgery and the Medical Director of the Institute for Surgical Advancement. Dr. Eubanks is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and was trained in General Surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta. He was the first Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow at Duke University and went on to serve on the Duke faculty for 10 years. Dr. Eubanks was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri prior to coming to Florida Hospital. Dr. Eubanks has served as the President of SAGES, published eight surgical books and approximately ninety peer-reviewed journal articles. His primary areas of clinical and research interest are advanced minimally invasive surgery and upper gastrointestinal diseases.
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    Giridhar Vedula, MD
    Preceptor – Specializing in Transplant Surgery
    Dr. Giridhar Vedula is a highly skilled, board certified surgeon, whose clinical specialties include abdominal transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery and laparoscopic liver surgery. Dr. Vedula came to the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute from Columbia University in New York, where he completed his Transplant Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Vedula performs operations, liver resections, donor nephrectomies and sees patients post-transplant to ensure proper healing is taking place.
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    L. Thomas Chin, MD
    Preceptor – Specializing in Transplant Surgeon
    Dr. L. Thomas Chin is a board certified surgeon, specializing in liver transplantation. He formerly served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. In addition to transplantation, Dr. Chin also performs hepatobiliary surgery, laparoscopic splenectomy and hepatectomy, and general surgery in cirrhotics. Dr. Chin performs operations and sees patients post-transplant to ensure proper healing is taking place
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    Nicholas Feranec, MD
    Preceptor – Specializing in Radiology
    Dr. Feranec earned his medical degree from University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Following his graduation from medical school, Dr. Feranec completed his residency training in Radiology at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. He has completed a fellowship in Abdominal and Cardiac Imaging from Shands at University of Florida. He is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology, and Cardiac CT boarded.
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      Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD
      Surgical Oncology Program and Research Director

      Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD graduated from the University of Salvador School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his general surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and a surgical oncology fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. Prior to his clinical training, he completed a research fellowship in GI diseases and surgery at Duke University. Dr. de la Fuente has written over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 16 book chapters and continuous to be involve with research activities. He was recently awarded The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award for his work on robotic surgery in patients with esophageal cancer. His primary areas of clinical and research interests include minimally invasive approaches in hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases including pancreatic oncology and gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. de la Fuente was named the Physician Research Coordinator and Director of Research of the general surgery residency program and Florida Hospital Orlando in 2012. He also has dual appointments at the University of Central Florida and Florida State University in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Surgery.

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      Steve Eubanks, MD, FACS
      Director of Academic Surgery/Associate Program Director

      Dr. Eubanks came to Florida Hospital in September of 2010 as the Director of Academic Surgery and the Medical Director of the Institute for Surgical Advancement. Dr. Eubanks is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and was trained in General Surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta. He was the first Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow at Duke University and went on to serve on the Duke faculty for 10 years. Dr. Eubanks was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri prior to coming to Florida Hospital. Dr. Eubanks has served as the President of SAGES, published eight surgical books and approximately ninety peer-reviewed journal articles. His primary areas of clinical and research interest are advanced minimally invasive surgery and upper gastrointestinal diseases.

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      Giridhar Vedula, MD
      Preceptor – Specializing in Transplant Surgery

      Dr. Giridhar Vedula is a highly skilled, board certified surgeon, whose clinical specialties include abdominal transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery and laparoscopic liver surgery. Dr. Vedula came to the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute from Columbia University in New York, where he completed his Transplant Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Vedula performs operations, liver resections, donor nephrectomies and sees patients post-transplant to ensure proper healing is taking place.

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      L. Thomas Chin, MD
      Preceptor – Specializing in Transplant Surgeon

      Dr. L. Thomas Chin is a board certified surgeon, specializing in liver transplantation. He formerly served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. In addition to transplantation, Dr. Chin also performs hepatobiliary surgery, laparoscopic splenectomy and hepatectomy, and general surgery in cirrhotics. Dr. Chin performs operations and sees patients post-transplant to ensure proper healing is taking place

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      Nicholas Feranec, MD
      Preceptor – Specializing in Radiology

      Dr. Feranec earned his medical degree from University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Following his graduation from medical school, Dr. Feranec completed his residency training in Radiology at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. He has completed a fellowship in Abdominal and Cardiac Imaging from Shands at University of Florida. He is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology, and Cardiac CT boarded.

Fellows

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      Neal Agree, MD
      2014 Alumni
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      Amy Collins, MD
      2015 Alumni
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      Daniel Figueroa-Tentori, MD, PhD
      2016 Alumni
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      Shani Fruchter, DO
      2018 Fellow
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      Lusine Mesropyan, DO
      2017 Alumni
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      Neal Agree, MD
      2014 Alumni
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      Amy Collins, MD
      2015 Alumni
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      Daniel Figueroa-Tentori, MD, PhD
      2016 Alumni
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      Shani Fruchter, DO
      2018 Fellow
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      Lusine Mesropyan, DO
      2017 Alumni

Curriculum

Rotation Schedule
  • Surgical Oncology 8 months
  • Minimally Invasive and Upper GI Surgery 1 month
  • Transplant 2 month
  • Electives 1 month

The fellow will be exposed to a wide variety of conditions during the duration of the fellowship. This will allow acquisition of advanced technical and clinical skills essential for the professional clinical care of patients. This is due to the referral nature of our facility, as well as attraction of complex cases by the nationally and internationally renowned faculty. The fellow's time will be spent between core surgical oncology rotations, as well as minimally invasive. Rotations are typically shared with a junior general surgery resident with equal responsibility in the care of patients. Fellows are not required to take in-house calls but are responsible for the management of patients at all time with faculty supervision.

Expected Case Load:

100 cases, including 40 pancreatic resections, 20 major liver procedures, 15 major biliary procedures

The curriculum of this Fellowship includes the following goals and objectives, as detailed by the The Fellowship Council/ACGME core competencies.

  • 1. Patient care, including laparoscopic and robotic minimally invasive techniques
  • 2. Medical knowledge with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary oncology patient care
  • 3. Practice-based learning and improvement
  • 4. Interpersonal and communication skills
  • 5. Professionalism
  • 6. Systems-based practice

Fellowship in Advanced GI/HPB Curriculum

Core Currciulum

For more information please contact Maria Cepero, Advanced Upper GI/HPB Fellowship Coordinator

Research

The Importance of Research
  • Helps to fulfill the ACGME competency requirement of "practice-based learning"
  • Helps our quality assessment
  • Helps us to serve our patients better and with more treatment options
  • Teaches Residents how to achieve these goals in their future practices

Eligibility

What You'll Need

The Center for Specialized Surgery and the Department of Graduate Medical Education at Florida Hospital Orlando are pleased to offer a one-year accredited Fellowship in advanced GI and HPB.

Candidates must have completed a general surgery residency in the United States, hold an M.D. or equivalent degree and be board eligible or board certified in general surgery. Interested candidates must email the required items below to the HPB Fellowship General Mailbox.

Requirements:

  • Completion of US General Surgery Residency Program
  • M.D. or equivalent degree
  • Board eligible or board certified in surgery
  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendations

Benefits

We’ll Take Care of You

Program Benefits

$1,500 CME stipend

Salaries (Effective Academic Year 2017-2018):

- First year: $60,000

Medical Insurance:
Family medical insurance is provided free of charge through the Florida Hospital insurance plan. Physician medical care co-pay is covered in all Residency offices.

Life Insurance:
Life insurance, equivalent to one year's salary, is provided free of charge. Additional life insurance may be purchased for a minimal charge.

Vacation/Personal Time:
Residents receive 20 days vacation/personal time each year. Major holidays are also off except when scheduled for holiday call.

Uniforms:
Residents receive two white jackets for their year in fellowship. Scrubs are provided in each location's OR locker room if required.

Meals:
Residents have access to the physician lounge when on duty.

Parking
Designated physician parking is free.

For more information on the many benefits offered across all programs, click here.

Application Process

Join Our Fellow Team

Applications must be e-mailed to our
Fellowship Coordinator Maria Cepero.
Deadline for application: February 13th

Apply Here

Directions

  • From the Airport
    Take FL-417 Toll S Take the Celebration Ave toward US-192 (#2) Turn Right onto Celebration Ave Turn Left onto Celebration Pl Turn Left toward Hospital Rd
  • From the Tampa Area
    Take Hwy 618 Toll E Take the I-4 E Exist (#10) Take US-192 E Exist (#64) Turn Right onto Celebration Pl Turn Right to stay on Celebration Pl Turn Left toward Hospital Rd
  • From the Daytona Area
    Take I-4 West Take US-192 Exist (#64) Turn Right onto Celebration Pl Turn Right to stay on Celebration Pl Turn Left toward Hospital Rd

Maria Cepero

Advanced Upper GI/HPB Fellowship Coordinator

407-303-7203 2501 N. Orange Avenue Suite 400 Orlando, FL 32804