Department of OBGYN

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Fellowship Overview:

This is a 2-year academic fellowship that incorporates clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. The overall goal of the post-graduate training program is to nurture over the course of two years an individual who will graduate with the skills needed to succeed in an academic career.

Surgically, the Minimally Invasive Surgery Program is a high volume practice that covers the gamut of advanced hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery as well as complex abdominal and vaginal surgery. Fellows will also rotate off service and interact with our urogynecology and gynecologic oncology services as well as urology.

A unique feature of this program is the incorporation of training in robotics as it applies to specific gynecologic procedures. The University of Pittsburgh is one of only a few institutions performing robotic procedures in gynecology since 2001. Individuals will spend on average 2-3 days in surgery per week.

Clinically, post-graduate trainees will have significant involvement in the Chronic Pelvic Pain Program and the Endometriosis Center in order to gain skills in the management of complex gynecologic conditions such as advanced endometriosis, pelvic adhesive disease and ovarian remnant syndromes all the way to musculoskeletal and neuropathic disorders. Fellows will also have the responsibility of seeing patients in a half-day clinic of their own each week. Individuals can expect to be in the office an average of 1.5 days per week.

Fellows will have teaching responsibilities as they relate to the training of not only 20 housestaff in the obstetrics & gynecology residency program but also other fellows and attending level physicians both in the academic and community settings.

Post-graduate trainees will serve in more of a role as a junior attending with intermittent service and call responsibilities. Post-graduate trainees will have the advantage of being exposed to a wide variety of resources available at the University of Pittsburgh as research requirements in the areas of complex gynecologic pathology and minimally invasive surgery are pursued.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is also one of only a few institutions with a state-of-the-art clinical simulation center. Surgical laboratories with established gynecology protocols are also readily available for both inanimate and animate training and research.

Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in the many ongoing clinical research projects taking place in the minimally invasive surgery program while also formulating new research ideas. The expectation is that these research projects will result in national presentations and peer-reviewed manuscripts. Protected academic research time is incorporated into the post-graduate training program.

Meet our Current Fellows:

Christine Foley, M.D.

Laura Newcomb, M.D.

Shana Miles, M.D

For more information, please contact:

Ted Lee, M.D., Clinical Director
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Division of Gynecologic Specialties
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tel:  (412) 641-8769
Fax: (412) 641-1133

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