Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

The Colon and Rectal Surgery fellowship at the University Kentucky was accredited by the ACGME to train its first fellow in 2020. The fellowship is supported by a mature Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery with years of clinical expertise and excellence in resident education. The division contains a diverse group of board-certified or eligible Colon and Rectal surgeons trained throughout national fellowship programs.

This is a one-year clinical accredited fellowship provides dedicated training to one fellow per year. The Colon and Rectal Surgery fellow will work closely with all program faculty. The fellow will have the opportunity to work in our tertiary medical center which is associated with an NCI-designated cancer center along with our multidisciplinary teams consisting of gastroenterology, pathology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, enterostomal therapy, and surgical oncology.

University of Kentucky HealthCare Chandler Hospital is a tertiary medical center associated with an NCI-designated cancer center. This association ensures access to multidisciplinary teams including gastroenterology, pathology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, enterostomal therapy, and surgical oncology.

This fellowship aims to prepare the fellow to successfully practice within the range of all settings whether it be in a high-volume private practice, as a hospital-employed specialist, or in an academic university program.

Clinical Rotation Structure

Clinical rotations occur at Chandler Hospital in two-month blocks. Each block will provide the fellow experience with select Colon and Rectal faculty. The fellow will alternate faculty groups throughout the year to prevent overlap with the General Surgery senior resident.

Our practice has an extensive operative an inpatient experience. We provide the entire gamut of a colon and rectal practice from basic anal rectal procedures all the way to complex, multidisciplinary oncologic resections, all in the environment of a tertiary care medical center.

Research Experience

Research is a requirement of this fellowship. Established department resources within support research and participation in ACS NSQIP. Our division has multiple ongoing projects in which the fellow can participate. We also encourage the fellow to start a project de novo. Abstract submission to a major surgical meeting such ACS or ASCRS and manuscript publication preparation is required for program completion.


Fellows are competitively chosen through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP Program Code#1848060F0). Applicants must have completed a general surgery residency program in an accredited institution and be eligible to take, or have taken, the written (qualifying) examination offered by the American Board of Surgery.

All applications should be submitted through Electronic Residency Applications Services (ERAS Program ID#0602000049). Completed applications are reviewed by the colorectal faculty, and qualified applicants are given the opportunity to interview. Interview dates for the 2021 season will take place in a virtual format on August 20, September 10, and October 1.  

Program Contact:

Program Director

Jitesh A. Patel, MD, MBA

Program Coordinator
Sara K. Brown, C-TAGME