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Basic Research Fellowships

"To produce health, one has to examine disease."
—Plutarch, (46-120) Greek author

The Section of Colon & Rectal Surgery's basic research program attracts fellows from the United States and abroad who are challenged to examine digestive diseases in innovative ways.

Fellows become integral members of our research team and gain invaluable laboratory and research experience that will further their surgical careers.

In Focus
Currently, our laboratory research is focusing on molecular biologic aspects of inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. We utilize a library of more than 1,500 DNA samples from patients with

  • Crohn’s disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • indeterminate colitis
  • sporadic colorectal cancer
  • first-degree relatives of IBD patients
  • healthy controls.

We encourage teamwork—both in the laboratory and in collaboration with investigators at Duke University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Cleveland Clinic. Together, we apply our expertise to statistical analysis, pathological interpretation, and genetics research.

National Presentations
Our fellows have presented their research findings at major conferences sponsored by

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Gastroenenterological Association
  • American Society for Human Genetics
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Western Surgical Association.

Exponential Benefits
Our program is open to surgery residents who have completed their internship (first) year. They may apply for research fellowships of one to three year's duration. Priority will be given to residents applying for two-year fellowships.

Experience has shown that research and publication productivity increase exponentially in the second year of research—benefiting both the individual and laboratory. This is significantly greater than residents who complete just a single year.

Select Options
Research fellows are invited to take advantage of advanced degree options to suit their career interests and needs. Advanced degree programs include doctorates, master's degrees, as well as others.

Those who are interested in obtaining a PhD during their research fellowship must complete a minimum of 2.5 years. In addition to the basic application form, two letters of recommendation are required.

We invite you to experience the exciting research opportunities offered by the Section of Colon & Rectal Surgery. Please click here for an application.

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