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Acute Care Surgery

Elliott Haut, M.D., Program Director

The Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at Johns Hopkins has evolved to train surgeons to meet the increasingly recognized need for emergency surgical treatment nationwide.  The one-year fellowship is typically completed following completion of the Johns Hopkins multidisciplinary fellowship in surgical critical care (although this is not mandatory), and requires board certification or board eligibility in general surgery.  Fellows function at the level of clinical instructor at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in the role of a junior faculty member with full admitting and surgical privileges.

The Acute Care Surgery fellowship is designed to provide a broad clinical exposure to many aspects of emergency surgery. Fellows take in-house attending trauma call at the Level I adult trauma center.  The trauma population gives an extensive exposure to operative trauma management, as approximately 30% of cases seen are due to a penetrating mechanism.  Additionally, fellows take emergency general surgery call and treat a wide variety of emergent and routine general surgery diseases.  There are numerous opportunities for elective general surgery cases as well as bedside ICU procedures.  Elective rotations are offered based each fellow’s individualized need and may include: thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, transplant surgery, burn surgery, radiology (interventional and/or diagnostic), orthopedics, and/or neurosurgery. 

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Duke Cameron, M.D., Program Co-Director
Stephen Yang, M.D., Program Co-Director

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers a three year training program in cardiothoracic surgery following completion of a surgical residency. The first year as a junior cardiac surgery fellow is evenly divided between Red and Blue cardiac surgery services. During the second year, six months are dedicated to the general thoracic surgery service and six months are spent as an elective experience locally in thoracic, cardac, or endovascular surgery. The third year of the residency is spent as a chief resident in cardiac surgery and is divided between Red and Blue cardiac surgery services.

The thoracic and second year fellows during the elective rotation are included with the two junior cardiac fellows in an in-house call rotation which averages one night in four. These four residents are responsible for all pre- and postoperative care of patients on their night on-call. The chief residents alternate call from home for emergency cases, including transplants. 

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a long history of training academic surgeons, both in general and cardiothoracic surgery. Hopkins cardiac surgery has been directed by leaders in the field, including Alfred Blalock, Vincent Gott, Bruce Reitz, William Baumgartner, and now Duke Cameron. The Division strives to maintain this heritage by fostering clinical expertise, scientific inquiry, and intellectual development, the essence of an academic surgeon. To accomplish this goal, the training program in cardiothoracic surgery provides a wealth of clinical and operative experience in a collegial atmosphere, a diverse house staff and faculty interested in teaching, and a wide variety of clinical and basic research experiences.

Critical Care Surgery

Pamela Lipsett, M.D., Program Director

The Surgical Critical Care Residency Training Program is a one-year fellowship open to surgeons who have completed the Johns Hopkins or another approved General Surgery Training Program. Fellows completing this program are eligible for a Certificate of Special Qualification in Surgical Critical Care.

Pediatric Surgery

Paul Colombani, M.D., Program Director

The Pediatric Surgery Training Program offers intensive and broad exposure to the practice of pediatric surgery over a two-year period. During the first year, the fellow rotates for six months at Johns Hopkins Hospital and for six months at the University of Maryland Hospital to provide experience with clinical populations of two large university services. The second year is spent at Johns Hopkins. An optional third year of research training also is offered. Candidates for the program are selected through the Pediatric Surgery Resident Matching Program.

Plastic Surgery

Paul Manson, M.D., Program Director

The Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program is designed to be a foundation for a career in academic plastic surgery. This two-year program has rotations at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System and the Raymond M. Curtis Hand Rehabilitation Center, Union Memorial Hospital. The program trains three residents per year, two of whom are selected from medical school through the Resident Matching Program and come through the Plastic Surgery track at Johns Hopkins.

Surgical Oncology

Timothy Pawlik, M.D., M.P.H., M.T.S., Ph.D., Program Director
Matthew J. Weiss, M.D., Associate Program Director

The combined Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions represent one of the world’s largest private non-profit medical centers.  The medical institutions consist of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health; all of which are located on the same campus in East Baltimore.  The Johns Hopkins Hospital is a 1,000-bed tertiary/quaternary care facility with 45 operating rooms, 40,000 annual admissions and 26,000 operations per year.  More than 5,000 cancer cases are seen per year at Johns Hopkins, of which more than 70% are treated surgically.  The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center has more than 100 faculty members dedicated to caring for cancer patients. 

The Johns Hopkins Surgical Oncology program is an ACGME approved, two-year, post-residency fellowship.  Two fellows per year are accepted into the program.  Each fellow is designated to one of two tracks, depending on the interest of the applicant; 1) General/Research and 2) Hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB).  Qualified applicants are interviewed, ranked, and accepted through the national match, with applicants able to apply for each track via a distinct match designation. .  The first year for both fellows is composed of core rotations.  Specifically, the trainee rotates clinically on three gastrointestinal/HPB oncology (16 weeks), colorectal (4 weeks), breast (4 weeks), melanoma/sarcoma (4 weeks), head and neck (4 weeks), thoracic (4 weeks), endocrine surgery (4 weeks), medical oncology (4 weeks), and radiation oncology (4 weeks) services.  For the General/Research fellow, the second year is designed as an elective year in order to optimally accommodate the specific research interests of the trainee and provide additional clinical experience in specific surgical areas.  The HPB-designated fellow devotes the second year to a clinical focus in this field.  Both fellows will be offered core training in clinical cancer research and will be expected to participate in, design, and conduct clinical research during their training.  The didactic educational program offers a variety of weekly conferences for the fellows to attend and participate in during their training.  The entire program is designed to generate a highly selected group of surgical oncologists who will provide academic leadership for the 21st century.

Transplantation Surgery

Robert A. Montgomery, M.D., Program Director

The two-year Transplantation Fellowship is open to surgeons who have completed the Johns Hopkins or another approved General Surgery Training Program. Fellows completing this program will have experience in adult renal, pancreatic and hepatic transplantation, as well as pediatric renal and hepatic transplantation.

Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery

The one-year Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Fellowship is open to surgeons who have completed an approved General Surgery Training Program or a Transplant Fellowship.  Fellows completing this program will develop the skills necessary to perform the complex and technically challenging minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures including those performed in transplant surgery.  Specifically, the fellows will gain experience with laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, single port nephrectomy, laparoscopic lymphocele marsupialization, laparoscopic assisted hepatic resections, laparoscopic splenectomy, and robotic variants of each of these aforementioned procedures.  In addition to the surgical procedures themselves the trainee will gain experience in donor and recipient patient evaluation, peri-operative care to include identification and management of possible complications, as well short and long-term outpatient follow-up care.

Vascular Surgery

James Black, M.D., Program Director

The Vascular Surgery Fellowship is one of only 81 approved programs in the United States that qualifies the graduate to sit for the Certifying Examination in Vascular Surgery as administered by the American Board of Surgery. This two-year clinical tract provides a comprehensive experience in the diagnosis and management of the broad spectrum of circulatory disorders, including arterial, venous and lymphatic disease. The Fellow will participate in the outpatient evaluation and follow up of patients, receive comprehensive training in Vascular Noninvasive Laboratory, manage the vascular surgery inpatient service and have the opportunity to participate in clinical research projects, and present findings at regional and national surgical meetings. The Vascular Fellowship is available to individuals who have completed five years of general surgical training.


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