Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

About the Program

The 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 one-year fellowship. Our aim is to prepare well-rounded, board-certified colorectal surgeons who will be able to pursue academic or private practice positions.

Teaching 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 an acute care medical facility with 2,247 beds, serving 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 successful surgery and sub-specialty surgical training programs, patients come to Florida Hospital from across the globe.

One of the hallmarks of the colorectal training program at Florida Hospital Orlando is our emphasis on new technology with opportunities for the fellows to have hands-on training in these methods. Giving our fellows the chance 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.

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 sections on the website.

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Matthew Albert, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Program Director

Faculty

of Florida Hospital Medical Education

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    Matthew Albert, MD, FACS, FASCRS
    Program Director
    Dr. Matthew Albert earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Following his graduation from medical school, Dr. Albert completed his residency training in general surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Albert, along with Drs. Larach and Atallah, founded the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program at Florida Hospital in 2009. He serves as assistant director and faculty member for the program. As a premier colorectal surgeon in Orlando and a daVinci® Certified Robotic Surgeon, Dr. Albert is arguably one of the busiest physicians in the area. He continually receives complex cases from around the region while attentively meeting the needs of local-area patients. Dr. Albert is a well published and highly regarded expert, having presented scientific work and research at many national and international surgical society meetings. His clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery and TransAnal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS). TAMIS is a revolutionary technique to remove polyps and some cancers from the rectum. Working closely with a 3-surgeon team, Dr. Albert helped pioneer this innovative procedure in 2009. With regard to pelvic floor disorders, Dr. Albert has become an expert on laparoscopic and robotic repair of rectal prolapse (e.g., robotic rectopexy). He is sited as a Top Doc in Orlando Magazine.
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    Sam B. Atallah, MD, FACS, FASCRS
    Dr. Sam B. Atalah attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and completed his general surgery residency, as well as his colon and rectal surgery fellowship at University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He cofounded the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at Florida Hospital in 2009 with Drs. Larach and Albert. Dr. Atallah serves as assistant program director and faculty member for this program. Dr. Atallah is a board-certified laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgeon, and was voted one of America's Top Surgeons 2012 by Consumers' Research Council of America. He was also given the Patients' Choice Award and the Compassionate Doctor Award.
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    Teresa H. deBeche-Adams, MD, FACS, FASCRS
    Dr. Teresa H. deBeche-Adams is the first graduate of the Florida Hospital Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship. During her one-year training, she completed more than 200 laparoscopic colorectal cases and 30 robotic cases as primary surgeon, while still finding time to actively pursue research, including a podium presentation at SAGES 2011 (San Antonio, TX) on surgical drainoscopy. She is a board certified diplomate by the American Board of Surgery.
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    George J. Nassif Jr. , DO, FACS
    Dr. Nassif is a board certified colon and rectal surgeon who completed his general surgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Upon completing his fellowship training at Center for Colon & Rectal Surgery, Dr. Nassif joins Dr. Matthew Albert in the Altamonte Springs location.   As the newest member of the team that provided his advanced training, Dr. Nassif is amply awarded, well presented and is exceptionally equipped to provide comprehensive treatments and minimally-invasive surgery for a multitude of colorectal disorders, conditions and cancers, including pelvic 3D endorectal ultrasound, TAMIS (transanal minimally invasive surgery) and SILS (single incision laparoscopic surgery). Additional specialties include robotic surgery of the colon and rectum, screening and therapeutic colonoscopy, surgery for colon and rectal cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic floor disorders, stomas and hernia issue and treatment of anorectal disease.
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    Paul Mancuso, MD, FACS, FASCRS
    Paul A. Mancuso, MD, FACS, FASCRS is board certified in colon and rectal surgery and general surgery. He specializes in robotic and minimally invasive surgical interventions for colorectal and anal cancer as well as benign conditions involving the lower gastrointestinal tract. With more than a decade of clinical experience, he joins the Center for Colon & Rectal Surgery from Dr. Phillips Hospital in Orlando, where he was director of minimally invasive surgery and chairman of the robotics steering committee. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Florida State University’s College of Medicine (Orlando campus) and Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Central Florida.   Dr. Mancuso attended St. George’s University, where he earned a Master of Science degree followed by his medical degree. He completed his residency training in general surgery at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and went on to complete his specialty fellowship training in colon and rectal surgery at Thomas Jefferson University’s, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA.   Over the course of his career thus far, Dr. Mancuso has developed considerable skills and conducted extensive research in the fields of robotic surgery, general colorectal surgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques. He has numerous published articles in peer-reviewed journals and is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and of the American College of Surgeons.
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    John R.T. Monson, MD, FRCS (Ire, Eng, Ed (Hon), Glas (Hon)), FASCRS, FACS
    Executive Director for Colorectal Surgery
    Dr. Monson, fellowship trained in colon and rectal surgery, surgical oncology, and vascular surgery joins the Orlando colorectal medical team at the Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery. His areas of expertise include the use of minimally invasive technologies in colorectal cancer treatment, including Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS) laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Dr. Monson is credited with leading the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in the United Kingdom. He is a former Chair of the U.K.'s National Training Program. His research encompasses a broad range of cancer-related areas including the development of national standards and qualitative assessments of decision-making in cancer care.   An internationally recognized lecturer and award-winning author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and more than 100 book chapters, he is a former Vice President of the British Association of Surgical Oncology, served on the Executive Council of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and currently serves on their Executive Council and Chairman of the Research Committee and Vice-President of the OSTRiCh Consortium on Rectal Cancer Care. He is a Fellow of all four Royal Colleges of Surgeons – Ireland, England, Edinburgh and Glasgow. He is a current member of the Commission on Cancer and Steering Committee for the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC).
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      Matthew Albert, MD, FACS, FASCRS
      Program Director

      Dr. Matthew Albert earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Following his graduation from medical school, Dr. Albert completed his residency training in general surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Albert, along with Drs. Larach and Atallah, founded the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program at Florida Hospital in 2009. He serves as assistant director and faculty member for the program.

      As a premier colorectal surgeon in Orlando and a daVinci® Certified Robotic Surgeon, Dr. Albert is arguably one of the busiest physicians in the area. He continually receives complex cases from around the region while attentively meeting the needs of local-area patients. Dr. Albert is a well published and highly regarded expert, having presented scientific work and research at many national and international surgical society meetings. His clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery and TransAnal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS). TAMIS is a revolutionary technique to remove polyps and some cancers from the rectum. Working closely with a 3-surgeon team, Dr. Albert helped pioneer this innovative procedure in 2009. With regard to pelvic floor disorders, Dr. Albert has become an expert on laparoscopic and robotic repair of rectal prolapse (e.g., robotic rectopexy). He is sited as a Top Doc in Orlando Magazine.

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      Sam B. Atallah, MD, FACS, FASCRS

      Dr. Sam B. Atalah attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and completed his general surgery residency, as well as his colon and rectal surgery fellowship at University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

      He cofounded the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at Florida Hospital in 2009 with Drs. Larach and Albert. Dr. Atallah serves as assistant program director and faculty member for this program. Dr. Atallah is a board-certified laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgeon, and was voted one of America's Top Surgeons 2012 by Consumers' Research Council of America. He was also given the Patients' Choice Award and the Compassionate Doctor Award.

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      Teresa H. deBeche-Adams, MD, FACS, FASCRS

      Dr. Teresa H. deBeche-Adams is the first graduate of the Florida Hospital Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship. During her one-year training, she completed more than 200 laparoscopic colorectal cases and 30 robotic cases as primary surgeon, while still finding time to actively pursue research, including a podium presentation at SAGES 2011 (San Antonio, TX) on surgical drainoscopy.

      She is a board certified diplomate by the American Board of Surgery.

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      George J. Nassif Jr. , DO, FACS

      Dr. Nassif is a board certified colon and rectal surgeon who completed his general surgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Upon completing his fellowship training at Center for Colon & Rectal Surgery, Dr. Nassif joins Dr. Matthew Albert in the Altamonte Springs location.
       
      As the newest member of the team that provided his advanced training, Dr. Nassif is amply awarded, well presented and is exceptionally equipped to provide comprehensive treatments and minimally-invasive surgery for a multitude of colorectal disorders, conditions and cancers, including pelvic 3D endorectal ultrasound, TAMIS (transanal minimally invasive surgery) and SILS (single incision laparoscopic surgery). Additional specialties include robotic surgery of the colon and rectum, screening and therapeutic colonoscopy, surgery for colon and rectal cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic floor disorders, stomas and hernia issue and treatment of anorectal disease.

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      Paul Mancuso, MD, FACS, FASCRS

      Paul A. Mancuso, MD, FACS, FASCRS is board certified in colon and rectal surgery and general surgery. He specializes in robotic and minimally invasive surgical interventions for colorectal and anal cancer as well as benign conditions involving the lower gastrointestinal tract. With more than a decade of clinical experience, he joins the Center for Colon & Rectal Surgery from Dr. Phillips Hospital in Orlando, where he was director of minimally invasive surgery and chairman of the robotics steering committee. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Florida State University’s College of Medicine (Orlando campus) and Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Central Florida.
       
      Dr. Mancuso attended St. George’s University, where he earned a Master of Science degree followed by his medical degree. He completed his residency training in general surgery at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and went on to complete his specialty fellowship training in colon and rectal surgery at Thomas Jefferson University’s, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA.
       
      Over the course of his career thus far, Dr. Mancuso has developed considerable skills and conducted extensive research in the fields of robotic surgery, general colorectal surgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques. He has numerous published articles in peer-reviewed journals and is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and of the American College of Surgeons.

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      John R.T. Monson, MD, FRCS (Ire, Eng, Ed (Hon), Glas (Hon)), FASCRS, FACS
      Executive Director for Colorectal Surgery

      Dr. Monson, fellowship trained in colon and rectal surgery, surgical oncology, and vascular surgery joins the Orlando colorectal medical team at the Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery. His areas of expertise include the use of minimally invasive technologies in colorectal cancer treatment, including Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS) laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Dr. Monson is credited with leading the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in the United Kingdom. He is a former Chair of the U.K.'s National Training Program. His research encompasses a broad range of cancer-related areas including the development of national standards and qualitative assessments of decision-making in cancer care.
       
      An internationally recognized lecturer and award-winning author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and more than 100 book chapters, he is a former Vice President of the British Association of Surgical Oncology, served on the Executive Council of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and currently serves on their Executive Council and Chairman of the Research Committee and Vice-President of the OSTRiCh Consortium on Rectal Cancer Care. He is a Fellow of all four Royal Colleges of Surgeons – Ireland, England, Edinburgh and Glasgow. He is a current member of the Commission on Cancer and Steering Committee for the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC).

Fellows

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      Justin Kelly, MD
      PGY-6
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      Lawrence Lee, MD, PhD
      PGY-6
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      Allan Mabardy, MD
      PGY-6
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      Justin Kelly, MD
      PGY-6
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      Lawrence Lee, MD, PhD
      PGY-6
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      Allan Mabardy, MD
      PGY-6

Curriculum

Rotation Schedule
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery Services 12 Blocks

The curriculum is structured around the six ACGME Core Competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice Based Learning, Interpersonal Communication Skills, Professionalism and System Based Practice.

Fellow educational experience is at one of the Orlando-area Florida Hospital campuses, with a two-month rotation and one faculty as primary mentor. Each rotation is monitored by the program director to ensure compliance with ACGME competency regulations and completion of goals and learning objectives.

The fellows will learn the comprehensive educational curriculum, covering the components of colon and rectal surgery through clinical exposure, operative experience, didactic teaching and conference. Regular conferences will include didactic review of colorectal curriculum, M&M (including pathology and radiology discussions and pelvic floor), and journal club.

Outpatient experience is provided to each resident through the Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery. Each fellow spends a minimum of three one-half days in the office each week, rotating between the four offices of our full-time faculty throughout the year-long fellowship. This provides each fellow with first hand experience in an outpatient facility, so they may develop skills in patient evaluation, examination, office treatment, and care after surgery.

The training program provides a good balance of cases in all areas (colonoscopy, anorectal and 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 new technique developed at Florida Hospital by Drs. Larach, Atallah and Albert in 2009.

The volume of cases our fellows experience should allow board certification with the participation in evaluation and treatment of anorectal and colon disorders. Great experience will be achieved in laparoscopic, robotic surgery and transanal minimally invasive surgery. Each fellow 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 and 175-200 colonoscopy procedures.

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 surgery 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.

Each fellow is expected to complete a clinical research project to be presented at national conferences and for publication. Past fellows have had participation in many research projects with abstracts, video submissions, and papers submitted to national meetings including S.A.G.E.S. and A.S.C.R.S.

Research

Publications

Residency

Surgeon's Guide to Postsurgical Pain Management: Colorectal and Abdominal Surgery Raymond S. Sinatra, MD, PhD, Sergio Larach, MD, and Sonia Ramamoorthy, MD.

Faculty

Excision of a Rectal Neoplasm Using Robotic Transanal Surgery (RTS): A Description of the Technique Atallah S, Parra-Davila E, deBeche-Adams T, Albert M, Larach, S.

Presentations

Residency

The Cutaneous Advancement Flap is an Excellent Option for Complicated Anal Fistula Closure S. Atallah, M. Snyder, H. Bailey.

Faculty

Minimally invasive hemorrhoidectomy: Results of Doppler-guided homorrhoidal arterial ligation with rectoanal repair in 175 patients M. Albert, S. Atallah, S. Larach. Podium Presentation – ASCRS Minneapolis, Minnesota

Awards

Residency

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Eligibility

What You'll Need

Applications for the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Please visit ERAS to complete the application. Applications must be accepted by August 19, 2016 to be considered for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Applicants should have successfully completed an ACGME or AOA-accredited General Surgery Residency Program, and be board eligible in general surgery. Applicants should be in their final year of training OR have completed training within the past two years OR currently be in practice.

  • Certificate or letter of completion with dates of training
  • ABSITE transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from Program Director
  • Minimum of two other letters of recommendation from program faculty or from surgical colleagues (if currently in practice)
  • Curriculum Vitae describing education, research, and other life experiences
  • A personal statement reflecting on career goals and reasons for applying to the fellowship program
  • Sample Resident Agreement

    Eligibility & Selection Policy

LCME graduates:
  • Doctor of Medicine diploma (or equivalent) without reservation
  • Dean's letter
  • Successful passed USMLE I, USMLE II, and USMLE III (United States Medical Licensing Examination) on first attempts with a minimum score of 200 (80)
  • Transcript directly from the FSMB (Federation of State Medical Boards)
  • Acceptable explanation of any break in education (if applicable)
  • Demonstrated written and spoken fluency in English language
  • Proof of US citizenship or appropriate visa status (Florida Hospital HR requirement)
International Medical Graduates (IMG's):
  • Doctor of Medicine diploma (or its equivalent) without reservations
  • Successfully passed USMLE at first attempt
  • Current and valid ECFMG (Education Council of Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate
  • Letter from residency program director (if applicable)
  • Acceptable explanation of any break in education (if applicable)
  • Demonstrated written and spoken fluency in English language
  • Proof of citizenship or resident alien status as required by Florida Hospital Human Resources

The Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program is ACGME accredited.

Benefits

We’ll Take Care of You

Education Allowance

PGY-6 residents receive a five-day leave to attend conferences and expenses reimbursed up to $1,500.

Professional Fees

Florida State Medical License and DEA license fees. The cost of certification classes, such as ACLS, are covered as necessary for meeting program requirements. For more information on the many benefits offered across all programs, click here.

Application Process

Join Our Fellow Team

Applications for the Colon and Rectal Residency Program are coordinated through the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Please visit ERAS to complete application. Applications must be accepted by August 19, 2016 to be considered for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants should have successfully completed an ACGME or AOA-accredited General Surgery Residency Program, and be board eligible in general surgery. Applicants should be in their final year of training OR have completed training within the past two years OR currently be in practice.

The Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program is ACGME accredited.

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July Jurado

Residency Coordinator

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