The MIS Fellowship is a one-year training program aimed at providing advanced training to surgeons in minimally invasive (laparoscopic) GI/abdominal surgery, robotic surgery, and interventional endoscopy.
With the advent of minimally invasive surgery over the last 2 decades, a need has arisen for training programs dedicated exclusively to these techniques, since surgery residents graduating from general surgery training programs do not get adequate experience in advanced laparoscopic/robotic/endoscopic techniques. Approximately 130 MIS training programs have been initiated in the U.S. over the past 15 years. Most programs are heavily weighted in basic laparoscopic procedures (cholecystectomy, hernia repair, some colectomy), with very few offering experience in complex procedures (pancreas, stomach, adrenal, etc.). A recent published survey completed by fellows in training confirmed that doctors are interested in more complex procedures (Tichansky, et al, Surg Endosc 2007).
What Valley has to offer:
Valley clearly has a niche in complex laparoscopic techniques, including robotic techniques. At Valley, trainees would receive significant experience with pancreas/stomach/biliary tree and complex pelvic surgery using robotic techniques. In addition, with the Barrett’s esophagus program, trainees would learn interventional endoscopy (radiofrequency ablation, endoscopic mucosal resection, endoscopic ultrasound). Finally, the more common techniques such as antireflux surgery, hiatal hernia repair, cholecystectomy, inguinal hernia repair, and most significantly, bariatrics, would not be sacrificed.
Robert J. Korst, M.D., and Anusak Yiengpruksawan, M.D.
Robert J. Korst, M.D., FACS, FCCP
Dr. Korst is the medical director of the Valley’s Blumenthal Cancer Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed a general surgery internship at Hartford Hospital, Connecticut. Following general surgery training at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Korst completed thoracic surgery training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell Medical Center. He is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.
Anusak Yiengpruksawan, M.D., FACS
Dr. Yieng is the director of minimally invasive and robotic surgery at Valley’s Robotics Institute. He received most of his undergraduate, medical education and post-graduate medical training in Japan under Japanese Government Sponsorship. Dr. Yieng was trained in gastrointestinal cancer surgery under Professor Hiroshi Akiyama, an internationally known esophageal surgeon, at Toranomon Hospital in Tokyo, Japan. He came to the United States and completed a residency in surgery at Harlem Hospital Center and a fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer. Dr. Yieng is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.
Thomas N. Ahlborn, M.D.
Dr. Ahlborn is a general and vascular surgeon on staff at The Valley Hospital. He received his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Dr. Ahlborn performed his residency in general surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and completed fellowships in vascular laboratory and vascular surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.
William M. Burke, M.D.
Dr. Burke is a gynecologic oncologist on staff at Valley and a clinical assistant professor of gynecologic oncology at Valley’s affiliate, NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System/Columbia University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Columbia University and performed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Burke is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and gynecologic oncology.
Daniel G. Davis, D.O.
Dr. Davis is a bariatric surgeon on staff at Valley’s Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery. He received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. Dr. Davis performed his internship at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and his residency in general surgery at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut. He also completed a fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Davis is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.
Joseph Licata, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Licata is a general surgeon on staff at The Valley Hospital. He received his medical degree from Universidad Del Noreste in Mexico and performed his residency in general surgery at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in Bronx, New York. Dr. Licata is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.
The MIS Fellowship is a year-long program (July 1-June 30). The Fellow will participate in the operating room for approximately four days each week.
The Fellow will be responsible for one scholarly manuscript during the year (research study or other, to be submitted for publication).
The following educational activities will occur:
- Monthly educational conference during the Department of Surgery meeting.
- Fellow will attend one national meeting (to be funded by industry).
- Journal club: Twice yearly.
For More Information:
For more information about the MIS Fellowship, please contact Robert Korst, M.D., at 201-634-5365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Valley's Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, please call 201-447-8012 or e-mail us at email@example.com.