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
Program Director

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Faculty

of Florida Hospital Medical Education

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    Sergio Larach, MD
    Dr. Sergio Larach is the principal founder of the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program at Florida Hospital. Internationally recognized as one of the world's top colorectal surgeons, Dr. Larach is a pioneer in laparoscopic colon surgery, and in the early 1990's, was one of the first to document its benefit for treating colon and rectal cancer. Throughout his career, he has always been on the cutting edge of advancements, such as robotic colorectal surgery, where he performed the first robotic-assisted colon resection in the state of Florida. Furthermore, together with Dr. Sam Atallah and Dr. Matthew Albert, he developed the revolutionary new technique of TransAnal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS). Among the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons (ASCRS), Dr. Larach is extremely well known, having served as Vice President. Dr. Larach founded the CRC, and started the first colorectal surgery fellowship program in Orlando in 1990. He remained program director there for more than ten years. Since that time, he formed an alliance with Florida Hopsital and the Center For Colon & Rectal Surgery, and started this ACGME-accredited fellowship program in 2009. He is recognized by his peers as the best colorectal surgeon in Orlando.
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    Matthew Albert, MD
    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. Dr. Albert is board certfied in general surgery, as well as colon and rectal surgery.
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    Sam B. Atallah, MD
    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
    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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    Eduardo Parra-Davila, MD
    Dr. Eduardo Parra-Davila graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela, serving his Residency at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has received Fellowships from the Texas Endosurgery Institute in San Antonio, Texas and the University of Texas, Houston. He is board certified in general and colorectal surgery, and specializes in robotic surgery and complex hernia surgery. Dr. Parra-Davila is a well-respected expert in abdominal wall reconstruction, having trained more than one thousand surgeons from around the world on the latest techniques. He has considerable experience in minimally invasive colorectal and abdominal surgery and complex hernia repairs. Advanced abdominal wall reconstruction, hernia repair in morbidly obese patients, colorectal cancer and robotic and laparoscopic surgical techniques are among his primary clinical interests.
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      Sergio Larach, MD

      Dr. Sergio Larach is the principal founder of the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program at Florida Hospital. Internationally recognized as one of the world's top colorectal surgeons, Dr. Larach is a pioneer in laparoscopic colon surgery, and in the early 1990's, was one of the first to document its benefit for treating colon and rectal cancer.

      Throughout his career, he has always been on the cutting edge of advancements, such as robotic colorectal surgery, where he performed the first robotic-assisted colon resection in the state of Florida. Furthermore, together with Dr. Sam Atallah and Dr. Matthew Albert, he developed the revolutionary new technique of TransAnal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS).

      Among the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons (ASCRS), Dr. Larach is extremely well known, having served as Vice President. Dr. Larach founded the CRC, and started the first colorectal surgery fellowship program in Orlando in 1990. He remained program director there for more than ten years. Since that time, he formed an alliance with Florida Hopsital and the Center For Colon & Rectal Surgery, and started this ACGME-accredited fellowship program in 2009. He is recognized by his peers as the best colorectal surgeon in Orlando.

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      Matthew Albert, MD
      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.

      Dr. Albert is board certfied in general surgery, as well as colon and rectal surgery.

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      Sam B. Atallah, MD

      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

      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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      Eduardo Parra-Davila, MD

      Dr. Eduardo Parra-Davila graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela, serving his Residency at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has received Fellowships from the Texas Endosurgery Institute in San Antonio, Texas and the University of Texas, Houston. He is board certified in general and colorectal surgery, and specializes in robotic surgery and complex hernia surgery.

      Dr. Parra-Davila is a well-respected expert in abdominal wall reconstruction, having trained more than one thousand surgeons from around the world on the latest techniques. He has considerable experience in minimally invasive colorectal and abdominal surgery and complex hernia repairs. Advanced abdominal wall reconstruction, hernia repair in morbidly obese patients, colorectal cancer and robotic and laparoscopic surgical techniques are among his primary clinical interests.

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      George J. Nassif Jr. , DO

Fellows

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      Francisco Quinteros, MD
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      Henry Schoonyoung, MD
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      Francisco Quinteros, MD
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      Henry Schoonyoung, MD

Curriculum

Rotation Schedule

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

How To Diagnose And Treat Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome Duggan RJ, MacGill AA, Reeves CL, Goldstein SP

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.

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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

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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 September 9, 2013 to be considered for the 2014-2015 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
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 September 9, 2013 to be considered for the 2014-2015 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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Directions

  • From the airport
    Take the North Exit Take 528 West (Toll $1.25) Take 1-4 East to Orlando Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn right on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
  • From the Tampa area:
    Take 1-4 East to Orlando Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn right on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
  • From the Daytona area:
    Take I-4 West to Tampa Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn left on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
Once on Princeton:
Make a left at Orange

For hospital parking garage entrance, turn right at King Street

Jeanine Rule

Residency Coordinator

407-303-2888407-303-2869 2501 N. Orange Ave Suite 301 Orlando, FL 32804