Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Fellowships are competitive, and are fast becoming the most coveted post-residency training position among surgical residents. For a surgical resident, career opportunities are increasingly tied to the ability to procure post-residency MIS training.

We are proud of our MIS program at UK and are serious about our commitment to be among the top Minimally Invasive Surgery programs in the country. The MIS Fellowship is a one year fellowship. The clinical fellowship includes flexible endoscopy (10%), basic laparoscopy (20%) and advanced laparoscopy (70%). Clinical Fellows gain experience with a broad range of advanced laparoscopic skills, including procedures spanning the GI tract, solid organ surgery, inguinal and ventral herniorrhaphy, foregut procedures, and colon resection.

We participate in the Fellowship Council Application and Match process. Applications must be entered through the Fellowship Council Web site. The application process opens in December. Applications will be reviewed in early March with interviews being granted in April. Match Day is in June.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Scott Roth, MD
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery


Acute Care Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

This is a one or two year fellowship in Acute Care Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, depending on the needs and interests of the applicants. Two years is recommended but not required. The fellowship comprises 12 or 24 months of clinical rotations (Trauma/Surgery ICU, Trauma/Emergency Surgery Service, Neuro ICU, Ped ICU, CT ICU, Burn Unit). These are divided into one-, two-, or three-month blocks, depending again on the needs and interests of the applicant. Call is from home but the fellow may be asked to provide occasional in-house coverage for the trauma service. Call conforms to the ACGME 80-hour work week requirements. Within the ACGME Surgical Critical Care requirements, maintenance of general surgical skills is strongly encouraged and supported. Clinical and/or basic science (two year fellowship only) research is strongly encouraged but not mandated. There are clinical projects available or the fellow may choose one of his/her own projects. For those interested, arrangements can be made for basic science research in the Section’s laboratory under the direction of Andrew Bernard, MD.

The Section of Acute Care Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care has four full time academic faculty members. The Section directs the Trauma/Emergency Surgery Service, the Surgical Critical Care Service, and the Nutrition Support Service. The Section also provides medical directorship for the Trauma and Surgical ICU and the Nutrition Support Service. The Trauma/Emergency Surgery Service evaluates about 2600 trauma patients per year of which 1900 are admitted to the service. Almost ninety percent of the trauma admissions are for blunt trauma. In addition to trauma, there are 300-500 general surgical emergencies and a busy elective practice that includes laparoscopy and endoscopy. Nine surgical residents are assigned to the service. The residents are divided into three- person teams which take every third day call. These teams are usually supplemented by residents from other services (Plastic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care, and OB/GYN). The Surgical Critical Care Service serves as a consultative service for critically ill patients from the Division of General Surgery and the Department of Surgery. There are three residents (General Surgery PGY1, Anesthesia PGY 1 or 2, EM PGY2) assigned to the Surgical Critical Care Service. Faculty coverage is shared with the Anesthesia Critical Care faculty. The Nutrition Support Service functions in a similar manner but encompasses the Division of Digestive Diseases as well.

Selection to the fellowship is accomplished through the National Resident Matching Program. Interested candidates should contact Surgical Critical Care Coordinator, Pam Creech, at pamela.creech@uky.edu regarding the application process:

Click here for our Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Page

Start date: July 1.
End date: June 30.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Interviews will be held in August and September.

Cynthia Talley, MD
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care
Assistant Professor of Surgery



Vascular Surgery Fellowship

We offer a two-year vascular surgery fellowship. The first year is a clinical year divided between UK Hospital and the VA Medical Center. This year provides a broad exposure to the treatment of complex aortic, carotid, and upper and lower extremity peripheral vascular disease. This training period will focus on traditional open surgical techniques, but will also include an initial exposure to catheter-based intervention.

In the second year, the fellow functions as a junior attending. The prime focus of this year is for advanced training in endovascular angioplasty; and peripheral thrombolysis. In addition, the year provides an opportunity for clinical or basic science research and in-depth exposure to vascular laboratory interpretation. It is expected that upon completion of the fellowship, trainees will be able to achieve Board Certification in Vascular Surgery and have full credentials in both the open and endovascular treatment of peripheral vascular diseases.

Selection to the fellowship is accomplished through the National Resident Matching Program. Interested candidates are asked to submit their applications through ERAS. Only applications entered electronically will be accepted. Qualified applicants will be invited for interviews.

Start date: July 1.
End date: June 30.
Applications are reviewed in January.


David Minion, MD
Professor of Surgery
Section of Vascular Surgery