Faculty in Houston Methodist Hospital Department of Surgery perform a high volume of laparoscopic surgeries, and technical knowledge and skills are stressed. So far, Dr. Reardon has trained six "Top Gun" shootout winners. Fellows are expected to present abstracts, posters, papers and videos at local, regional, and national meetings. Publication based on these presentations, where applicable, is also required.
Our fellows usually attend the SAGES and ACS meetings as well as meetings with an accepted presentation. Materials, including SESAP, are provided for your board exam preparation. Fellows take call on the service and 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.
All areas of laparoscopic surgery are performed, including esophagus, foregut, small bowel, large bowel and bariatric surgery. In addition, resections for benign and malignant conditions and laparoscopic solid organ surgery (including liver, pancreas, adrenal, and spleen) are performed.
Thoracic endoscopic procedures are performed, including endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, esophageal surgery, and lung resections. Extensive use is made of 2-mm instrumentation. 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.
Fellowship Duration: 1 year
Starts: July 1st
Ends: June 30
Percentage of Time Spent in Clinical Activity: 70%
Percentage of Time Spent in Research Activity: 20 %