Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Duration of Fellowship: Twelve months
Number of Available Fellowship Positions: 1
Program Director:
Program Director Email:
Sally E. Carty MD FACS, Co-Director: Linwah Yip MD FACS
Secondary Contact Name:
Secondary Contact Title:
Secondary Contact Email:
Carol Bykowski
Office Manager
Address/Phone: Division of Endocrine Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Kaufmann 101
3471 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213

Phone: (412) 647-0467
Fax: (412) 864-1050

Applicant inquiries should be directed to Ms. Carol Bykowski.
Objectives of the Program: We aim to provide a rich opportunity for BC/BE surgeons to develop the expertise necessary to pursue a career in endocrine surgery, become proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine tumors, and work productively with colleagues in a multidisciplinary setting. Hypothesis-directed clinical outcomes research is encouraged and specifically taught.
Highlights of the Fellowship: Our goal is to provide comprehensive advanced training in endocrine surgery. Fellows will learn systematic management algorithms, concise operative skills, and care of complex endocrinopathies, and will develop command of the literature including molecular genetics.

The curriculum includes initial and reoperative thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy, videoassisted parathyroidectomy, cervical block anesthesia, laparoscopic retroperitoneal and transperitoneal adrenalectomy, and compartment-oriented neck dissection. Fellows rotate through the voice center, surg-path service, cytopath service, inpatient and outpatient endocrinology services, the Multidisciplinary Thyroid Center, and participate in at least 6 multidisciplinary conferences monthly.

Three fellowship-trained ES faculty currently perform >1000 endocrine operations yearly. Our Research Associate, Meghan Kelley manages multiple prospective clinical databases and ongoing QA/QI protocols. During the past 8 months our current fellow has done 275 endocrine cases of all types, including a month-long rotation on the pancreas service and a month devoted to research. Attendance at the AAES meeting, Endocrine Surgery University, UPMC/UPCI Annual Multidisciplinary Thyroid Cancer Conference, and a national US course is expected and encouraged.
International Medical Graduates: Graduates of international medical schools who have an H1B or O1 visa are eligible to apply for the fellowship.
Special Considerations: The Endocrine Surgery Fellow is required to obtain a Pennsylvania Medical License and DEA. This process must start in the month of January prior to starting fellowship. ES Fellow does not moonlight or take General Surgery call during Fellowship training.
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Previous Fellows: 2004-5 Nancy M. Carroll, Surgical Oncology, Washington Hospital/Georgetown University

2006-7 Kelly L. McCoy, Endocrine Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

2007-8 Linwah Yip, Endocrine & Oncologic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

2008-9 Michael T. Stang, Endocrine Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

2009-10 Adrienne L. Melck, Endocrine Surgery, University of British Columbia

2010-11 Adam S. Kabaker, Endocrine Surgery, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

2011-12 Naomi H. Chen, Endocrine/Breast, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

2012-13 Laura I. Wharry, Endocrine Surgery, Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio

2013-14 Cameron D. Adkisson, Endocrine/General Surgery, Baptist South Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida

2014-15 Jenny Y. Yoo, Endocrine/General Surgery, Centegra Health Systems, IL

2015-16 Snehal G. Patel, Endocrine Surgery, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

2016-17 Mashaal Dhir, Surgical Oncology/Endocrine Surgery, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

2017-18 Janeil M. Mitchell, Upcoming Fellow