Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

MIS Fellowship

Houston Methodist Hospital Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship


     Applicants must be:
        -Eligible to obtain a full license in the state of Texas

Under the direction of Dr. Patrick Reardon, Houston Methodist Hospital Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship program emphasizes technical knowledge and skills. Our fellows gain excellent training in a broad range of laparoscopic abdominal procedures. While clinical research is a requirement, fellows will spend the majority of their time performing surgeries and perfecting clinical skills. Also, fellows will take call on this service and perform teaching activities such as assisting residents in the on-site dry laboratory. All fellows attend the national SAGES and ACS meetings, as well as other scientific meetings to present their work.

Technology and Training

For additional training, the minimally invasive surgery fellows will have access to the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIESM). MITIE boasts state-of-the-art training and research facilities for surgeons in training and in practice. It offers innovative operating suites, virtual environments, simulators, technical trainers, robotics, image-guidance devices, and conferencing and debriefing capabilities on the cutting edge of advanced medical technology.

To stay up-to-date on technological trends, fellows are required to learn nonlinear video editing, the use of computers for research and education, and Web site creation techniques. A complete studio, including digital still and video cameras, digital and analog recorders, lighting equipment, a sound booth, and computers and software for all video and audio editing purposes are provided.

Surgeries Performed

All areas of laparoscopic surgery are performed, including esophagus, foregut, small bowel and large bowel, with extensive use of 2-mm instrumentation. These surgeries include:

  • Resections for benign and malignant conditions
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Laparoscopic solid organ surgery, including liver, pancreas, adrenal and spleen
  • Thoracic endoscopic procedures, including endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, esophageal surgery and lung resections

Specific laparoscopic surgeries include: adrenalectomy, appendectomy, bariatric surgery, cholecystectomy, common bile duct exploration, colon resection, esophagectomy, esophageal myotomy, esophageal tumor resection, fundoplications, gastrectomy, inguinal and ventral hernia repair, liver biopsy, liver resection, lysis of adhesions, lung resections, nephrectomy, pancreas resections, pancreatic pseudocyst drainage, small bowel resection and splenectomy.