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Minimally Invasive Fellowship

A one year fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery is available at Summa Health System – Summa Akron City Hospital. In collaboration with the Department of Surgery, and with support from the Summa Health System Foundation’s Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery (CMIT), the fellowship is geared towards advanced minimally invasive and robotic surgical applications in general and bariatric surgery. Match information can be found at

The program director is John G. Zografakis, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board certified general surgeon.  He completed his fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in 2004.  He started and developed the Bariatric Care Center at Summa Health System - Summa Akron City Hospital beginning in 2004 and obtained ASMBS certification as a bariatric Center of Excellence (COE) in September 2007. 

Additional surgeons involved in the fellowship training include Adrian G. Dan, M.D., F.A.C.S., who completed his fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2006, and Mark Pozsgay, D.O., who completed his fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

This is a unique fellowship and learning opportunity.  In the age of individual specialization with regards to minimally invasive general surgery, there are no other general surgery fellowships at this facility and the incoming fellow will have the opportunity to do both bariatric surgery as well as advanced minimally invasive surgery on the abdomen.  Because there are no other general surgery fellowships (especially colorectal fellowship), there will be a unique opportunity to be proficient in minimally invasive weight reductive surgery, including laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, as well as revisional surgery, as well as a full complement of minimally invasive surgical procedures on the abdomen, including colon, solid organ, endocrine, hernia, and anti-reflux surgery. The recent addition of robotic general and bariatric surgery will certainly make the fellowship complete with learning opportunities.

This is a high volume, minimally invasive surgery program.  The emphasis is clearly on bariatric surgery; however, there is a substantial portion of which is minimally invasive abdominal general surgery. This includes solid organ surgery (including laparoscopic pancreatic resections), foregut surgery with antireflux as well as revisional antireflux surgery, abdominal wall hernia as well as inguinal hernia reconstructions, midgut and hindgut surgery including laparoscopic small bowel and colon resections for both benign and malignant disease. 

The position of the fellow would require a valid Ohio medical state license, as he/she will be clinical staff at this institution and will be part of the call system for the above three mentioned surgeons, taking general surgery and bariatric call, at a ratio of one and four.  There is no mandatory trauma call requirement. There will be monies allowed for CME/travel and research will be heavily emphasized, with the requirement of an annual submission/presentation at a national meeting. 

At Summa Health System – Summa Akron City Hospital, there is a categorical general surgery residency program; however, the fellow will serve as an attending, working exclusively with Drs. Zografakis, Dan, and Pozsgay; however, the fellow will certainly be involved within the clinical management of patients, including educational opportunities instructing residents. 

Summa Health System - Summa Akron City Hospital is a level I trauma facility in Akron, Ohio, more information is available with regards to the facility, as well as the ASMBS COE certified Bariatric Care Center at

Prospective applicants can apply through the following website: