Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Application Deadline The application deadline for the 2019 hiring cycle has passed. ​Dates will be announced for the 2020 hiring cycle in Spring 2019.
Number of Positions Available 1
Length of Program 3 years


Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

This is a comprehensive fellowship program in which trainees are exposed to the breadth and depth of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. It is the only three-year program in the country which dedicates the first year solely to research. The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship incorporates clinical and research responsibilities at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and the Nicholson Center in Celebration, Florida.

Fellows graduate with the skills needed to be proficient in advanced gynecologic surgery, particularly minimally invasive surgical techniques. The program also provides the foundation for developing strong investigative and research skills for fellows in order to advance the surgical field. Through a combination of evidence-based medicine and surgical innovation, trainees will be able to pursue and succeed as leaders in either an academic or community-based career.

The program bears dual affiliations with both CUIMC and the Nicholson Center, which carries a relationship with the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. During 2 clinical years, trainees are exposed to a large volume of simple and advanced surgical cases in benign gynecology, reproductive infertility and urogynecology under close faculty supervision. The program provides a balanced experience in hysteroscopy, vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic procedures.

Patients are evaluated at one of four office locations: Herbert Irving Pavilion, ColumbiaDoctors Ob/Gyn Columbus Circle, ColumbiaDoctors Ob/Gyn Midtown, and the Audubon Primary Care Practice. These sites are equipped to not only provide surgical consultation, but also office-based diagnostic and treatment procedures. The ambulatory and inpatient-based surgical experience will be concentrated at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where the state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical infrastructure (including robotics and advanced endoscopy) are located.

Fellows have significant involvement in the Endometriosis Treatment & Research Program in order to gain skills in the management of complex gynecologic conditions, such as advanced endometriosis, pelvic adhesive disease, and ovarian remnant syndromes.

The office experience also includes the Menstrual Disorders Program, which is spearheaded by Timothy Ryntz, MD, and is the anchor for the office-based surgery program, which includes diagnostic as well as operative hysteroscopic capability (global endometrial ablation, sterilization, and minor operative hysteroscopy).

A unique feature of this program is fellow involvement with the Simulation Center at CUIMC, which serves as a full access site for fellows to hone their surgical skills outside of the operative theater.

Fellows have teaching responsibilities as they relate to the training of PGY1-4 residents (24 total), in addition to attending level physicians both in the academic and community settings. Post-graduate trainees will serve as assistant faculty in the many minimally invasive surgical programs conducted by the Division of Gynecologic Specialty Surgery. Fellows are also exposed to international travel in order to assist with both teaching and live surgical demonstrations, and therefore must have a current passport.

Upon completion of fellowship, our graduates have superb clinical and research skills and are prepared for a variety of career options.