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Albany Medical Center

Albany Medical Center | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Brian Valerian, MD
Albany Medical Center
47 New Scotland Avenue
MC 61
Albany, NY 12208
United States
(518) 262-4880
(518) 262-5999

Number of Residents (per year): 1

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 4

Salary/Year: $64,430

Case Mix/Number of Cases: The colon and rectal surgery resident will have exposure to the full spectrum of cases encompassing colon and rectal surgery. The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery performed approximately 600 anorectal procedures, 925 abdominal cases and 525 colonoscopies last year. Laparoscopic and robotic cases are performed regularly, as well as transanal endoscopic resections and sacral nerve stimulator placement.

Strengths of Program: The fellowship is based at Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center and a 734-bed, tertiary care hospital. The one-year fellowship encompasses the full breadth of colon and rectal surgery, including inpatient care, outpatient evaluation and management, endoscopy and surgical management. 

Clinic and/or Office Experience: Clinic experience occurs with each of the attending surgeons. The resident will have the opportunity to evaluate patients preoperatively, plan for their care, and see them post-operatively within these clinics.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: The colon and rectal surgery resident will interact with general surgery residents rotating on the colon and rectal surgical service, as well as at combined conferences.   

Conferences: Weekly morbidity and mortality conference as well as grand rounds take place through the Department of Surgery. There is a weekly Gastrointestinal Tumor Board (with radiology, pathology, medical and radiation oncology), as well as a weekly colorectal surgery core educational conference.   

Outside Rotations: Not Available.

Research Year: Not Available.

Requirement for Paper: The resident is expected to submit an abstract for presentation to the ASCRS Annual Meeting, as well as submit the associated manuscript for publication. 

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery will provide funds to attend the annual ASCRS meeting. Further, the department will fund travel to meetings for presentations.