Columbia University



Columbia University

Duration of Fellowship:

1 year

Number of Available Fellowship Positions:


Program Director:
Program Director Email:

Jennifer H. Kuo, MD
[email protected]

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

Krystal Pantoja
Fellowship Program Coordinator
[email protected]


Herbert Irving Pavilion 8th floor
161 Ft. Washington Ave
New York, NY 10032

Phone: (212) 305-6969
Fax: (212) 305-3881

Objectives of the Program:

Our goal is to help educate the future leaders of endocrine surgery. Fellows will gain a comprehensive understanding of the work-up, operative management, and post-operative care of patients with endocrine surgical disorders. In addition, fellows will conduct novel clinical and/or basic science research in endocrine surgery. For those fellows who are particularly interested in an academic career, the option of an additional year spent in research is possible. This research year may be spent in basic science, outcomes research, or education research.

Highlights of the Fellowship:

The Columbia University Endocrine Surgery Fellowship offers a high-volume of experience in thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas surgery. Our annual case volume is as follows: thyroid (>350), parathyroid (>250), adrenal (>40), pancreas (>200), neck dissection (>20). The endocrine surgery fellow will typically perform more than 350 thyroid and parathyroid operations, 20-30 adrenalectomies, 15 neck dissections, and 15 major pancreatic resections during the fellowship. The curriculum is structured to give the fellow graded independence as they progress through the year, functioning much like a junior attending whose responsibilities include managing the Multidisciplinary Thyroid Neoplasia Clinic, staffing operative cases, resident and student education, and clinical research. Participation with the basic science lab effort is possible depending on the career goals of the fellow. Our fellows will complete the year with all of the skills necessary to become a leader in the field. Clinical skills highlighted by the program are instruction and proficiency of ultrasound, fine needle thyroid biopsy, intra-operative laryngeal nerve monitoring, flexible laryngoscopy, minimally invasive techniques, local/regional anesthesia, as well as exposure to transabdominal and posterior retroperitoneal approaches to adrenalectomy. Formal ultrasound certification is sponsored by the fellowship. In addition, the curriculum emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to surgical endocrinopathies with rotations through other teaching faculties including the multiple world-renowned specialists in the Division of Medical Endocrinology who assist in proctoring the Thyroid Neoplasia Clinic and the rotations with the Metabolic Bone Unit, New York Thyroid Center, and Radiologists staffing the endocrine radiology unit. The fellow will attend the multidisciplinary weekly Medical Endocrinology teaching conferences and the weekly Department of Surgery conference.

Average Thyroid Case Volume: 200
Average Parathyroid Case Volume: 200
Average Adrenal Case Volume: 35

Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET)

Number of evaluation and management of NET (enteric and pancreatic only) cases per year: 10
Number of operative NET (enteric and pancreatic only) cases per year: 5
Number of NET case discussions each year: 15

The fellow has the opportunity to participate in a Multidisciplinary NET Tumor Board, which meets weekly.

If the fellows desire, there is an internal opportunity to engage in a more robust NET experience by participating in the programs HPB Service.

International Medical Graduates -  our program is able to accept a fellow who:

holds an immigrant visa, H1-B visa

Fellow must be American Board of Surgery eligible or certified:


Fellow must obtain a full (unrestricted) state license:

Yes - New York

Special Considerations:

Accepted fellows will be required to have a New York State Medical License and active DEA License paid for by the program.

Our AAES Endocrine Surgery Fellow is hired as a "Clinical Instructor" and NOT considered part of a GME-Sponsored program.

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Previous Fellows:

2005-6: Alex Shifrin
Surgical Director, Meridian Thyroid, Parathyroid and Adrenal Center
Department of Surgery
Jersey Shore University Medical Center,
1945 State Route 33
Neptune, NJ 07754
Phone: (732) 776-4770
Fax: (732) 776-3763
Email: [email protected]

2006-7: Leaque Ahmed
Center for Advanced Surgery at Lawrence Hospital
55 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, NY 10708
Phone: (914) 787-4000
Fax: (914) 787-4320

2007-8: Shamly Dhiman
Surgical Specialists of the Carolinas
1721-07 Ebenezer Road, Suite 175
Village Oaks Professional Park
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Phone: (803) 324-5256

2008-9: Julie McGill
Gwinnett Medical Center
771 Old Norcross Road
Suite 300
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Phone: (770) 338-8362
Email: [email protected]

2009-10: Beth Ann Reimel
Swedish Surgical Specialists - First Hill
801 Broadway
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 215-3500
Fax: (206) 215-6499

2010-11: Philip Smith
University of Virginia
PO Box 800709
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0679
Phone: (434) 924-0376
Fax: (434) 924-1128
Email: [email protected]

2012-13: Michael Johnston
LCDR, Medical Corps, US Navy
Phone: (757) 537-1835
Email: [email protected]

2013-2014 Jennifer H. Kuo
Columbia University
Phone: 646-783-8648
Email: [email protected]

2014-2015 Latha Pasupuleti
Dean Clinic - East
1821 S Stoughton Rd
Madison, Wisconsin 53716
Main: 608-260-6000
Email: [email protected]

2015-2016 James Lim
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Mail Code: L619
Portland, OR 97239
Email: [email protected]

2016-2017 Mamoona Khokhar
Banner Health- University Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ
Email: [email protected]

2017-2018 Denise Lee
Cayuga Health Associates
Ithaca, NY
[email protected]

2018-2019 Amin Madani
University of Toronto
[email protected]

2019-2020 Catherine McManus
Columbia University
[email protected]