University of Chicago



University of Chicago

Duration of Fellowship:

A non-ACGME approved one year clinical fellowship in endocrine surgery with the possibility of a second year for research

Number of Available Fellowship Positions:


Program Director:
Program Director Email:

Xavier Keutgen, MD
[email protected]

Secondary Contact Name:
Secondary Contact Title:
Secondary Contact Email:

Susan Chamber
Administrative Assistant
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University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 4052
Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-702-7125
Fax: 773-834-5295

Objectives of the Program:

To train future leaders in the field of endocrine surgery by providing advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of endocrine surgical diseases.

The fellow will participate in all phases of endocrine surgical care including initial evaluation, preoperative preparation, operative management, and postoperative follow up.

The fellow will spend dedicated time gaining expertise in ultrasound, pathology/cytopathology, nuclear medicine, medical endocrinology, and endocrine genetics.

The fellow will be expected to participate in clinical research during the clinical fellowship year.

For those fellows who are particularly interested in an academic career, the option of an additional year spent in research is available. This research year may be spent in basic science, outcomes research, surgical ethics research, or education research.

Highlights of the Fellowship:

Opportunity to train with experienced endocrine surgery faculty: Peter Angelos, MD, PhD; Xavier Keutgen, MD and Megan Applewhite MD, MA.

Average Annual Case Volumes:

  • 300+ thyroid operations
  • 250+ parathyroidectomies
  • 50+ Adrenalectomies
  • 50+ Neuroendocrine Tumor operations, including primary tumor resections (small bowel, pancreas, colon, gastric duodenum) and liver debulkings (ablations and resections)

Additional experience in:

  • Ultrasound for examination of the thyroid, parathyroids, lymph nodes, and guidance of FNA
  • Exposure to minimally invasive techniques including minimally invasive video-assisted para-/thyroidectomy and robotic abdominal procedures
  • Exposure to transabdominal and retroperitoneal laparoscopic/robotic adrenalectomies
  • We offer our endocrine surgery fellows a unique opportunity to learn how to manage complex patients with NETs, both medically and surgically
  • Participation in the Endocrine Surgery Research Program
  • Participation in combined endocrine/endocrine surgery conferences and endocrine tumor board.

Neuroendocrine Tumor (NET)

Number of evaluation and management of NET (enteric and pancreatic only) cases per year: 250
Number of operative NET (enteric and pancreatic only) cases per year: 50

Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary NET Tumor Board monthly.

If the fellow desires, there is an internal opportunity to engage in more robust NET experience. Our multidisciplinary NET program welcomes a large volume of patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) referred to us from all across the Midwest and the United States. We offer our endocrine surgery fellows a unique opportunity to learn how to manage complex patients with NETs, both medically and surgically, and aim to make them independent neuroendocrine surgeons by the time they graduate. We have a high number of operative NET cases including complex liver debulking cases as well as a multidisciplinary NET tumor clinic in which the fellows will assist our NET surgeon and our NET medical oncologist.

International Medical Graduates:

Our program cannot accept any international candidates.

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Previous Fellows:

2011-12 Karen M. Devon, MD,MSc
2012-14 Sapna Nagar, MD
2013-15 Benjamin C. James, MD
2014-16 Megan Applewhite, MD
2015-16 Frederic Mercier, MD
2016-17 Scott Grant, MD
2017-19 Salman Alsafran, MD
2018-19 Tanaz Vaghaiwalla, MS, MD
2019-20 Kelvin Memeh, MD
2020-21 Lee Straton, MD
2021-22 Frances Lee, MD
2022-23 Sara Abou Azar, MD
2023-24 Joseph Tobias, MD