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State University of New York at Buffalo/Buffalo General Hospital

State University of New York at Buffalo/Buffalo General Hospital | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Bryan Butler, MD
University at Buffalo Colon & Rectal Surgery Fellowship
2157 Main Street
Sisters of Charity Hospital
Buffalo, NY 14214
United States
(716) 862-2380
(716) 862-2381

Number of Residents (per year): 1

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 10

Salary/Year: $53,425

University Affiliation: University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Case Mix/Number of Cases: Anorectal: 150 (wide-variety); Abdominal/colon procedures: 285; Colonoscopy: 270.

Strengths of Program: This Program offers a wide-variety of clinical experience, from simple anorectal pathology to complex inflammatory bowel disease patients. There is extensive exposure to colonoscopy, both diagnostic and therapeutic. The laparoscopic experience is robust, and includes hand-assisted laparoscopy, multiport laparoscopy, single site laparoscopy, and robotic-assisted laparoscopy. There is an active anorectal physiology lab with management of fecal incontinence patients that includes sacral nerve stimulation.  Multiple faculty members expose the fellow to different approaches to anorectal and colonic pathology. The program is oriented toward preparing the fellow to become an outstanding clinical practitioner of colon and rectal surgery.

Clinic and/or Office Experience: This Program offers supervised experience in our Colon and Rectal Clinic, as well as in the private offices of six faculty members. Wide exposure to office proctology is provided during the year, including multiple office-based minor procedures.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: In one of the secondary hospitals junior general surgical residents participate in the colorectal surgery service. 

Conferences: Monthly educational meetings include Colon & Rectal Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference; Didactic Colon-Rectal Surgery Conference presented by the fellow; Journal Club; and Pathology Conference. The fellow meets weekly with the Program Director for Teaching Rounds, an ASCRS Textbook Chapter Review, or a Mock Oral Exam Session. The fellow is encouraged to attend the University at Buffalo General Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference, the General Surgery Grand Rounds and is responsible for presenting one colorectal surgery topic at Grand Rounds..

Anorectal physiology availability: Anorectal physiology laboratory is available, and two colon and rectal surgeons are actively performing anorectal manometry, pudendal nerve conduction studies, anal surface electromyography, anal ultrasound and rectal ultrasound.

Outside Rotations: Not Available.

Research Year: Not Available.

Requirement for Paper: The fellow is required to do one of the following each year: poster presentation at a regional or national meeting, podium presentation at a regional or national meeting or publish a paper in a peer-review journal. 

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The fellow attends the Colon and Rectal Review Course at the University of Minnesota; the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting; and the Annual Colorectal Residents Career Development Course at Case-Western University. The fellow is also required to take a course in endorectal ultrasonography during their year in training.  Registration and travel expenses are covered by the program.