Advanced GI/MIS

The Advanced GI/MIS Fellowship program has been active at Oregon Health & Science University since 1998 as a fellowship in advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) and has graduated more than 20 fellows, half of whom are currently in academic practice. Our fellowship experience currently focuses on advanced GI/MIS and open surgery for complex problems in UGI and HPB surgery. Application to the fellowship is available to any candidate who has completed an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program. Candidates completing a general surgical residency must be eligible to take the Qualifying Exam of the American Board of Surgery, and provide letters of recommendation regarding their performance and good standing in their residency program. Applications to the fellowship program are only accepted through The Fellowship Council website

Fellowship Information

Program Director

Brett C. Sheppard, M.D.

Program Co-Director

James P. Dolan, M.D., M.C.R., F.A.C.S.


Karin Harrel


Division of General Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Mailcode: L223A
Portland, OR 97239

503 494-1502

503 494-8884


Number of Fellows (per year; July 1 to June 30)


Application process

Applications are accepted through The Fellowship Council website.

Teaching Faculty

Brett C. Sheppard, M.D., Program Director
James P. Dolan, M.D., M.C.R., F.A.C.S., Program Co-Director
Clifford Deveney, M.D.
Erin W. Gilbert, M.D., M.C.R.
John G. Hunter, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S. (Edin.)
Robert Martindale, M.D., Ph.D.
Donn Spight, M.D.


Based upon PGY level coming into the program

Case mix/number of cases

See Fellowship Council.

Strengths of program

The Advanced GI/MIS Fellowship focuses on attainment of proficiency in all areas of UGI surgery beyond the scope of a general surgery residency, as defined by the SCORE curriculum of the American Board of Surgery (ABS). These areas include complex esophagogastric, bariatric and HPB surgery, whether performed with minimally invasive or maximally invasive (open) access, with training offered in robotic-assisted surgery. Examples of procedures emphasized include liver resection, bile duct reconstruction, pancreaticoduodenectomy, minimally invasive esophagectomy and gastrectomy for malignant and benign conditions of the stomach and esophagus as well as laparoscopic repair of complex paraesophageal hernia. Our group also has considerable expertise in multiple laparoscopic approaches for both groin and ventral hernia repair. We are also extremely fortunate to have a strong collaboration with our complex abdominal wall reconstruction surgeons. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to perform endoscopic suture repair procedures using Apollo Endosurgery's OverStitch endoscopic suturing platform.

Clinic or office experience

The GI/MIS fellow is required to attend clinic according to faculty schedules and will assume primary responsibility for diagnostic work-up and treatment plans.

Interaction with general surgery residents

The GI/MIS fellow will be part of the surgical team and thus will interact with general surgery residents and medical students. The fellow will be expected to participate in teaching opportunities related to the daily care of surgical patients.


Includes weekly Grand Rounds, Morbidity & Mortality Conference and GI/Oncology Conference, as well as biweekly Periampullary and Pancreatic Oncology Conference.  The foregut service also sponsors a bi-weekly Esophageal Care Conference and a monthly High-Risk Bariatric Conference.

Outside rotations


Research year