The University of Michigan Pediatric Surgery fellowship program provides a broad education in surgical treatment of pediatric patients. Our goal is to train pediatric surgeons who are excellent practitioners and who excel and become leaders in their field and communities.
Our faculty are leaders in various fields of pediatric surgical care and have been training pediatric surgeons for over 20 years. Dr. Ronald Hirschl is the section-head of pediatric surgery. Dr. Daniel Teitelbaum is the program director for Pediatric Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Samir Gadepalli is the associate program director for Pediatric Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. Dr. George Mychaliska, director of the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center, is the program director for the Fetal Fellowship. Dr. James Geiger is the director of the Medical Innovation Fellowship.
Our primary surgical team comprises of fellows (pediatric surgery and surgical critical care), general surgery and subspecialty residents, medical students, pharmacists and pharmacy students, dieticians (neonatal, pediatric, and surgical), physician assistants and PA students, and a social worker. Fellows from the adjunct pediatric surgical fellowships (Fetal and MIC) are integrate into the clinical team through educational conferences, night-time and weekend call coverage, and rounds early in the year. The general surgery residents at University of Michigan rotate through the pediatric surgery department during their first and third years. There are also senior level general surgery residents (PGY 4) rotating from external programs (St. Joseph, MacLaren). Anesthesia, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, and Neonatology fellows also rotate through our service during the year in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.
We have structured conferences multiple times each week in core pediatric surgical and critical care topics. These conferences include core lectures, grand rounds, journal clubs, patient management conferences, death & complications or morbidity & mortality conferences, and surgical radiology/pathology conferences. Additional multi-disciplinary conferences in trauma, tumor board, fetal management, vascular malformations, hepatobiliary, and critical care are also well-attended, collegial, and educational for the fellows.
Research facilities are available for members of the house staff (internal and external) who are interested in pursuing research interest in the areas of bacterial translocation, intestinal immunology, parenteral nutrition, respiratory physiology, fetal interventions, tumor immunology, and health care services. House officers are encouraged to participate in the publication of both clinical and research manuscripts. During their research commitment, arrangements to participate in the clinical care as an adjunct research fellow are created.