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
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
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 www.summahealth.org/weightloss.
Prospective applicants can apply through the following website: http://www.fellowshipcouncil.org