Institution: Columbia University
Duration of Fellowship: 1 year
Number of Available Fellowship Positions: 1
Program Director:
Program Director Email:
James A. Lee, MD
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Secondary Contact Email:
Rodelyn Zapanta
Administrative Manager
Address/Phone: Herbert Irving Pavilion 8th floor
161 Ft. Washington Ave
New York, NY 10032

Phone: (212) 305-0444
Fax: (212) 305-0445
Objectives of the Program: Our goal is to help educate the future leaders of endocrine surgery. Fellows will gain a comprehensive understanding of the work-up, operative management, and post-operative care of patients with endocrine surgical disorders. In addition, fellows will conduct novel clinical and/or basic science research in endocrine surgery. For those fellows who are particularly interested in an academic career, the option of an additional year spent in research is possible. This research year may be spent in basic science, outcomes research, or education research.
Highlights of the Fellowship: The Columbia University Endocrine Surgery Fellowship offers a high-volume of experience in thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas surgery. Our annual case volume is as follows: thyroid (>350), parathyroid (>250), adrenal (>40), pancreas (>200), neck dissection (>20). The endocrine surgery fellow will typically perform more than 350 thyroid and parathyroid operations, 20-30 adrenalectomies, 15 neck dissections, and 15 major pancreatic resections during the fellowship.

The curriculum is structured to give the fellow graded independence as they progress through the year, functioning much like a junior attending whose responsibilities include managing the Multidisciplinary Thyroid Neoplasia Clinic, staffing operative cases, resident and student education, and clinical research. Participation with the basic science lab effort is possible depending on the career goals of the fellow. Our fellows will complete the year with all of the skills necessary to become a leader in the field.

Clinical skills highlighted by the program are instruction and proficiency of ultrasound, fine needle thyroid biopsy, intra-operative laryngeal nerve monitoring, flexible laryngoscopy, minimally invasive techniques, local/regional anesthesia, as well as exposure to transabdominal and posterior retroperitoneal approaches to adrenalectomy. Formal ultrasound certification is sponsored by the fellowship.

In addition, the curriculum emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to surgical endocrinopathies with rotations through other teaching faculties including the multiple world-renowned specialists in the Division of Medical Endocrinology who assist in proctoring the Thyroid Neoplasia Clinic and the rotations with the Metabolic Bone Unit, New York Thyroid Center, and Radiologists staffing the endocrine radiology unit. The fellow will attend the multidisciplinary weekly Medical Endocrinology teaching conferences and the weekly Department of Surgery conference.
International Medical Graduates: International Medical Graduates who have completed a general surgery residency in the USA and are board eligible may apply.
Special Considerations: Accepted fellows will be required to have a New York State Medical License and active DEA License paid for by the program.
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Previous Fellows: 2005-6: Alex Shifrin
Surgical Director, Meridian Thyroid, Parathyroid and Adrenal Center
Department of Surgery
Jersey Shore University Medical Center,
1945 State Route 33
Neptune, NJ 07754
Phone: (732) 776-4770
Fax: (732) 776-3763

2006-7: Leaque Ahmed
Center for Advanced Surgery at Lawrence Hospital
55 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, NY 10708
Phone: (914) 787-4000
Fax: (914) 787-4320

2007-8: Shamly Dhiman
Surgical Specialists of the Carolinas
1721-07 Ebenezer Road, Suite 175
Village Oaks Professional Park
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Phone: (803) 324-5256

2008-9: Julie McGill
Gwinnett Medical Center
771 Old Norcross Road
Suite 300
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Phone: (770) 338-8362

2009-10: Beth Ann Reimel
Swedish Surgical Specialists - First Hill
801 Broadway
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 215-3500
Fax: (206) 215-6499

2010-11: Philip Smith
University of Virginia
PO Box 800709
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0679
Phone: (434) 924-0376
Fax: (434) 924-1128

2012-13: Michael Johnston
LCDR, Medical Corps, US Navy
Phone: (757) 537-1835

2013-2014 Jennifer H. Kuo
Columbia University
Phone: 646-783-8648

2014-2015 Latha Pasupuleti
Dean Clinic - East
1821 S Stoughton Rd
Madison, Wisconsin 53716
Main: 608-260-6000

2015-2016 James Lim
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Mail Code: L619
Portland, OR 97239

2016-2017 Mamoona Khokhar
Banner Health- University Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

2017-2018 Denise Lee

2018-2019 Amin Madani