Training Programs

Residencies

General Surgery Residency

The General Surgery Residency has a long history of preparing its graduates for careers in academic surgery, dating to 1919. The program provides broad clinical training in general surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the VA St. Louis Health Care System and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and offers opportunities for early specialization. Research opportunities span basic, translational, clinical and public health sciences research. The program is ranked sixth among general surgery residencies by Doximity.

Program director: Paul Wise, MD

Plastic Surgery Residency

Vilray Blair, MD — one of the founders of the plastic surgery specialty — initially developed the training program at Washington University School of Medicine in the early 20th century. The residency is a six-year integrated program, including 4½ years of plastic surgery training in breast, craniofacial, pediatrics, head/neck trauma, hand, microsurgery, cosmetic and peripheral nerve surgery. Residents also complete rotations in all the general surgery experiences required by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and subspecialty rotations in oculoplastics, surgical dermatology, orthopedic trauma and anesthesia. Training takes place at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Program director: Marissa Tenenbaum, MD

Urology Residency

The Urology Residency has a long and distinguished history in preparing graduates for careers in urologic surgery, dating to 1910. Today, urology residents are exposed to a volume and diversity of surgical cases that is among the highest for urologic residency programs. The program places major emphasis on technological innovation. Residents complete four years, as well as an intern year, performing rotations at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the VA St. Louis Health Care System and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.

Program director: Erica Traxel, MD

Vascular Surgery Residency

The Vascular Surgery Residency is a five- year program for medical school graduates who decide to focus exclusively on vascular surgery, endovascular surgery and the management of patients with vascular disease. The program, which recently received full accreditation, will graduate its first resident in 2017. The Section of Vascular Surgery also offers a vascular surgery fellowship for postgraduate trainees who decide to specialize in vascular surgery during their general surgery residency.

Program director: Jeffrey Jim, MD, MPHS

Fellowships

Breast Disease Fellowship

The one-year Breast Disease Fellowship trains recent graduates from surgical residency programs to become experts in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients with breast disease and cancer.

Program director: Julie Margenthaler, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship

The two-year Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship provides the clinical educational experience needed to prepare for successful certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the foundation for a lifetime of self-education and improvement in the fellow’s chosen field. The fellowship has three tracks: general thoracic, cardiothoracic and early specialization (four years of general surgery/three years of thoracic surgery).

Program director: Marc Moon, MD

Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

The one-year Colorectal Surgery Fellowship provides fellows with in-depth exposure to all aspects of colorectal disease and surgery. Fellows reach a proficiency level by the end of their clinical training enabling them to become credentialed in any future faculty position.

Program director: Steven Hunt, MD

Hand Fellowship

The one-year Hand Fellowship trains fellows in all aspects of hand surgery from the distal forearm to the fingertip, and from the infant to aged adult. The fellowship also has a strong focus on brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery.

Program director: Amy Moore, MD

Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Surgery Fellowship

The one-year Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic (HPB) Surgery Fellowship provides training in surgical treatment of patients with complex conditions of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. The fellowship also has a research component. An arrangement between the HPB and Transplant Surgery fellowships allows trainees to spend a two-month rotation cross training on the other service.

Program director: William Hawkins, MD

Advanced Gastrointestinal/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

The one-year clinical fellowship provides experience in minimally invasive foregut, bariatric and abdominal wall/hernia surgery and has a clinical research component.

Program director: L. Michael Brunt, MD

Minimally Invasive Urology Fellowship

The Division of Urology offers both one-year and two-year fellowships in minimally invasive urology. The fellowships are sponsored by Midwest Stone Institute. The fellows have the opportunity to concentrate in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, or in endourology and stone management. The fellows benefit from a large volume of cases and are exposed to a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures. The fellows are involved in clinical research and are expected to present their research at national or international meetings and publish their work in peer-reviewed journals.

Clinical fellowship director: R. Sherburne Figenshau, MD
Research fellowship director: Ramakrishna Venkatesh, MD

Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

The Division of Pediatric Surgery offers a two-year fellowship with training in surgery related to infants and children. This includes open and minimally invasive surgery for congenital conditions of the chest, lungs, abdomen and gastrointestinal tract as well as treatment for pediatric cancer, burns and trauma.

Program director: Patrick Dillon, MD

Pediatric Urology Fellowship

The two-year Pediatric Urology Fellowship focuses on clinical care in the first year: surgery, outpatient clinical experience and inpatient service. The second year is a research year, with emphasis on basic science or clinically based research. During the second year, fellows also have the opportunity to clinically participate in specialized pediatric urology.

Program director: Douglas Coplen, MD

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Trainees in the one-year Surgical Critical Care Fellowship perform about half of their clinical training in the Surgery Intensive Care Unit (SICU). Other ICU experiences are available for the required ICU time. The remaining elective time is spent on the Trauma and Emergency Surgery Service and other electives. The section has a robust clinical research program in which fellows can participate. In addition, a second clinical year is an option for those interested.

Program director: Douglas Schuerer, MD

Transplant Surgery Fellowship

The two-year combined Transplant and HPB Surgery Fellowship prepares fellows for careers in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation and HPB surgery in both adult and pediatric care, in an academic setting. The fellowship also offers a one-month swap with the Memorial Sloan Kettering HPB fellowship. The fellows finish with American Society of Transplant Surgeons HP and B and transplantation certification as well as Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association certification.

Program director: M.B. Majella Doyle, MD, MBA

Vascular Surgery Fellowship

The two-year Vascular Surgery Fellowship teaches diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for vascular disease, including the strategies and timing for treatment and how to decide between open and endovascular repair. The Section of Vascular Surgery also offers a vascular surgery residency for medical students who decide early on a vascular career.

Program director: Jeffrey Jim, MD, MPHS