Institution: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Duration of Fellowship: 1 Year - Fully funded clinical training year
Number of Available Fellowship Positions: 1
Program Director:
Program Director Email:
John I. Lew, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Secondary Contact Name:
Secondary Contact Title:
Secondary Contact Email:
Evelyn Gotera
Administrative Assistant
Address/Phone: Division of Endocrine Surgery
DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery
University of Miami Health System
Clinical Research Building, Suite 410 (M875)
1120 NW 14th Street
Miami, FL 33136

Phone: (305) 243-4211 ext 3.
Fax: (305) 243-4221
Objectives of the Program: This program will provide advanced clinical training, teaching and research opportunities within the field of Endocrine Surgery. Fellows will become proficient in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of endocrine diseases. This fellowship offers a flexible and balanced workload with exposure to other disciplines including medical endocrinology, nuclear medicine and endocrine pathology. This program provides an outstanding opportunity for surgeons to develop the expertise to pursue careers in Surgical Endocrinology.
Highlights of the Fellowship: One of the first Endocrine Surgery fellowships established in the country, the University of Miami/Jackson Medical Center serves a large number of patients with thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreatic endocrine diseases. The fellow will primarily train with 3 experienced Endocrine Surgeons (John I. Lew, M.D., Josefina Farra, M.D., and Steven Rodgers, M.D., Ph.D.). The annual caseload for fellows consists of 200 thyroid, 85 parathyroid, 20 adrenal and 2-4 neuroendocrine pancreatic and GI tumor cases. Fellows will have an independent staff clinic entirely devoted to endocrine tumor and disease. Fellows become proficient in office and intraoperative ultrasound for thyroid and parathyroid disease, and fine needle aspiration and thyroid cytology. Home of the 'Miami Criterion', fellows also become well-versed using intraoperative parathyroid hormone monitoring for 'targeted' or minimally invasive parathyroidectomy. Fellows will also gain a strong experience in laparoscopic anterior and retroperitoneal adrenalectomy. Opportunity exists for additional exposure to pancreatic exocrine cases with additional University of Miami surgical faculty. Fellows also play an active role in subspecialty conferences, clinical and translational research, and manuscript preparation and publication. The program is designed to give fellows graded independence with the expectation that they will be able to practice independently at the end of the fellowship year.
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Previous Fellows: Denise M. Carneiro, M.D. (2001-2003)
Associate Professor of Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina

Theresa Lee, M.D. (2003-2004)
Private Practice
Chicago, IL

John I. Lew, M.D. (2004-2005)
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

William Mendez, M.D. (2006-2007)
Professor of Surgery
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Mark Sneider, M.D. (2007-2008)
Attending Surgeon, Allina Hospitals
Minneapolis, MN

Azad A. Jabiev, M.D. (2008-2009)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Tufts/Baystate Medical Center

Jennifer Cannon, M.D. (2009-2010)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Melanie Goldfarb, M.D. (2010-2011)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Univ. of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Maria B. Albuja-Cruz, M.D. (2011-2012)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Rachel Raphael, M.D. (2012-2013)
Attending Surgeon, Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT

Ashley Hodes, M.D. (2013-2014)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of South Florida College of Medicine

Josefina C. Farra, M.D. (2014-2015)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Melissa Lopinto, M.D. (2015-2016)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
West Virginia University School of Medicine