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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Phillip R. Fleshner, MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8737 Beverly Boulevard, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90048
United States
(310) 289-9224
(310) 289-8995

Number of Residents (per year):

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified):

Salary/Year: $68,039.71

Case Mix/Number of Cases: Our ten active teaching staff members perform a wide variety of abdominal and anorectal surgery. The fellow will be personally involved in roughly 200 abdominal colon procedures, 350 anorectal procedures and 500 colonoscopies. 

Strengths of Program: This is a very active, academically oriented program which not only will teach the fellow advanced colorectal procedures (such as IBD surgery, robotics, TaTME and anal sphincter salvage surgery), but also provide a solid foundation for office-based and operative management of common anorectal disease. 

Clinic and/or Office Experience: Approximately 250 patients are seen in the office each week. During clinic and office hours, there will be a one-to-one teaching ratio with an experienced colorectal surgeon. New and established patients will be assessed with the attending surgeon. Since he/she also participates in inpatient care, this gives the fellow the opportunity to follow patients before, during and after surgery. Anoscopy, rigid and flexible sigmoidoscopy, sclerotherapy, infrared photocoagulation and rubber band ligation of hemorrhoids, and minor office-based anorectal procedures will be performed. The resident has a supervised teaching clinic at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center one afternoon each week. 

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: There is a fully-accredited residency in general surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. General surgery residents (R4 and R1) rotate on the colon and rectal service continually. The colon and rectal surgery fellow is expected to participate in the education and training of general surgical residents at various levels. There is no in-house call for the colorectal fellow. 

Conferences: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Conference (weekly), Colorectal Surgery Clinical Case Conference (weekly), Core Textbook Review Conference (weekly), CARSEP® Conference (weekly), Colorectal Morbidity and Mortality Conference (monthly), Pathology Review Conference (monthly), Journal Club (quarterly), General Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference and Grand Rounds (weekly). 

Anorectal Physiology Availability: The fellow will learn and personally perform anorectal manometry, pudendal nerve studies, anorectal biofeedback and anorectal ultrasound.

Outside Rotations: Surgical training in Singapore has been integrated into the Cedars-Sinai Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship. This unique experience enables a global exchange of the art and science of modern colorectal surgery. Fellows, along with the program director, participate in a weeklong, all-expense-paid academic, research and clinical interchange with colorectal surgeons at National University Hospital.

Research Year: Not Available. 

Requirement for Paper: The fellow will be encouraged to pursue a number of research projects and publish at least two research papers during the year. 

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The fellow will be sponsored to attend the yearly national American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons meeting and all meetings of the Southern California Chapter of Colorectal Surgeons. Other national or regional meetings will be sponsored if a paper has been accepted for presentation.