Our mission is to train surgeons in all facets of colorectal surgery, including the most current skills and provide the professional leadership training they will need throughout their careers. 


ASCRS 2019 UofL Colorectal Fellowship Dinner

Clinical Fellowships

The next Clinical Fellow will begin August 1, 2019

Each year the Section of Colon & Rectal Surgery selects one talented clinical fellow, who shares our dedication to caring for patients with all varieties of colorectal disease. Our special interests include inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. Because we offer extensive hands-on clinical experience, fellows become integral members of our surgical and research teams.  List of previous fellows



The aim of our program is to produce well-rounded, skilled operating surgeons who are committed to life-long learning. Fellows are taught by faculty on a one-to-one basis and perform surgery under faculty supervision. The majority of graduates are expected to go on to careers in academic surgery.

The strongest asset of our training program is the breadth of exposure to colon and rectal surgery. Residents complete the program with experience in complex tertiary referral surgery, anorectal surgery,endoscopy, laparoscopy, and physiology. Anorectal manometry, EMG with determination of pudendal nerve terminal motor latency, and endoanal and endo-rectal ultrasound are routinely available and performed by residents. Defecating proctography and transit studies are performed by radiologists, but interpreted by colon and rectal surgery residents. The operative experience of our 2018-19 Clinical Fellow, is available for review.  Our fellows receive a significant experience in robotic surgery.

Because we maintain a strong research program, trainees also participate in clinical trials and gain cutting-edge knowledge of new drugs and procedures.

In addition to our ACGME accredited training position, we also offer one fellowship opportunity to non-US trained surgeons wishing to pursue a career in colon and rectal surgery. All applicants for this position must have ECFMG certification.

The aim of our program is to produce well-rounded, skilled operating surgeons who are committed to life-long learning. We provide generous stipends and benefits.

If you are interested in becoming a clinical fellow, please go to the ERAS® Fellowships Documents Office Website to fill out an application. Our Clinical Fellowship program begins on August 1. 

 If you have any questions, please see our FAQs page  or contact us.

American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery


The Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery is part of the Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Louisville. It is affiliated with four teaching hospitals, including:

These hospitals are all located within a three-block area. Most are connected by skyways. Together, the hospitals represent a resource of more than a thousand beds, with the most up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic facilities. Both the UofL J. Brown Cancer Center and Norton Cancer Center are located in the downtown Medical Center campus.

The Section of Colon & Rectal Surgery has garnered an outstanding reputation. One of its main strengths is the balance between complex abdominal surgery, anorectal pathology and endoscopy.

The section is the referral center for inflammatory bowel disease patients in Kentucky and southern Indiana. It also treats a large number of patients with both primary and recurrent colorectal cancer, as well as patients with simple and complex anorectal diseases.

Research Opportunities

The Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine offers outstanding research opportunities in the field of colon and rectal surgery, including clinical outcomes research and phase II and III clinical trials of new drugs and devices. An additional year of basic science research is optional.

Currently, our laboratory, the Digestive Surgery Research Laboratory, is focusing on molecular biologic aspects of inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. We utilize a library tissue, plasma, RNA and DNA samples from patients with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, indeterminate colitis, familial adenomatous polyposis and colorectal cancer. The Digestive Surgery Research Laboratory is a member of the Price Institute for Surgical Research, which is part of the University of Louisville Department of Surgery.

Other areas of basic research are varied and include immune tolerance,  alterations in microcirculation and cytokine production in the presence of infection and tissue injury. Some of these projects are supervised in part by general and oncological surgeons. However, participation in any of the above is available to the colon and rectal surgery resident who wishes to pursue an additional laboratory research year. Advanced degrees (MBA, MPH and PhD) are also available, but, in most cases, are contingent on an additional 24- to 36-month commitment.  To learn more about our current research, please view our publications. 

National meeting attendance

Each completing resident must submit one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and at least one abstract for presentation at a national surgery meeting. Residents also must attend the meeting of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons. Expenses are paid for by the Section. Other national meeting attendance is contingent upon having a paper on the program. 

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