Program Overview 

The colon and rectal surgery fellowship program at the University of 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.

The fellowship provides dedicated training to one fellow per year. During this time, the colon and rectal surgery fellow works closely with all program faculty and clinical partners within the division. 

UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital is a tertiary medical center associated with an NCI-designated cancer center. This association ensures the fellow has 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. The Surgical Research Core Group provides resources to support trainee research and participation in ACS NSQIP. The colon and rectal surgery division regularly has multiple ongoing projects in which the fellow can participate. The program also encourages the fellow to start a project de novo. Abstract submission to a major surgical meeting such as the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress or American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting and manuscript publication preparation is required for program completion.