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Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford's pediatric surgery training fellowship is an ACGME-accredited two-year clinical training program. The program, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, offers comprehensive clinical care and research opportunities in a quaternary care hospital that is rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top children's hospitals.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford's Division of Pediatric Surgery participates in the National Resident Matching Program (Program Code 1820445F0) every other. We will participate in the 2017-2018 Match, to find our newest fellow, to begin August 1, 2019.

Our fellowship program pairs diverse clinical experiences with in-depth research and state-of-the-art learning opportunities.

Clinical services include: 

• Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery Clinic

• Advanced laparoscopic, thoracoscopic, cervicoscopic and subcutaneous endoscopic techniques

• Aerodigestive Clinic

• Chest Wall Deformities

• Colorectal and Bowel Management Program

• Endocrine Surgery

• Esophageal Disorders and Dysmotility Clinic

• Fetal Diagnosis and Counseling

• Hispanic Clinic

• Intestinal Failure and Short Gut Program 

• Intestinal Rehabilitation

• Minimally Invasive Surgery 

• Single port laparoscopy

• Surgical Oncology

• Surgical Stimulation

• Thoracic surgery

• Vascular anomalies, multidisciplinary collaboration

Interview Process

We extend interviews to approximately 10-15 fellowship applicants after an extensive screening process. We acknowledge that this relatively small number is a variation on the traditional interview process. Our selection process is approached much like hiring a practice partner. In addition, we are cognizant of the expense and time involved in the interview process and also wish to minimize the potential negative impact on your present professional colleagues who are supporting you through this process.

Program Details

Contact Us

For more information about the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Training Program, please contact:

Mara Guarin
Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Coordinator
(650) 723-6439

Program Director

Matias Bruzoni, M.D.

Matias Bruzoni, M.D. was the first Fellow to graduate from the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program in 2011 under Dr. Craig Albanese, M.D., and has been the Program Director since June 2016.

Dr. Bruzoni is an Associate Professor of Surgery, and is also the Director of the Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery Program, Director of the Outpatient Pediatric Surgery Clinics, Site Director of the Pediatric Surgery Rotation-General Surgery Residents and Medical Students, and the Director Hispanic Center for Pediatric Surgery. 

Current Fellow

Rachel Landisch

Dr. Rachel Landisch, M.D., is a Milwaukee, WI native who completed her medical education and general surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  During this time, she completed a Pediatric Surgery research fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin under the mentorship of Dr. David Gourlay and Dr. Amy Wagner. She also served as a resident representative in the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium, with contributions to several multi-institutional clinical studies.

Rachel’s scholarly interests include enhancing current understanding of complex neonatal problems and pediatric trauma with high-quality clinical studies using multimodal research. She has been a physician advocate on a state and national level, and aspires to improve the patient hospital experience and recovery through her advocacy efforts.

Program Graduates

Enrico Danzer, M.D.

Dr. Enrico Danzer, M.D., is a German native who completed his medical education at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena Germany in 2001. Enrico spent the next several years as a research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Alan W. Flake at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2008, he started his general surgery residency training at the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, and completed his training at the general surgery program of the Inova Fairfax Hospital Falls Church in 2015. For the past 2 years he trained as Pediatric Surgery Oncology Fellow with Dr. Michael P. LaQuaglia at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Enrico’s scholarly interests are in fetal surgical intervention, particularly in fetal myelomeningocele surgery, neurodevelopmental outcomes in children born with congenital malformations such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia and giant omphalocele; and oncological surgery for congenital malignancies including neuroblastoma, hepatoblastoma, and pancreatoblastoma.

He is the recipient of multiple research awards including the Vandenberghe-Storz Young Investigator Award from the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society as well as the Owen Wangensteen Excellence in Research Award from the American College of Surgeons. In addition he has been the principal or co-investigator on multiple research grants including the Gerber Foundation Novice Research Award and Ethel Brown Foerderer Award. Moreover he has been working as a reviewer for journals like Surgery, Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Prenatal Diagnosis, Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, and others.

Chad Thorson, M.D.

Dr. Chad Thorson is the most recent graduate from the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship. He completed the program in July 2017 and joined the Faculty at the University of Miami.

Dr. Thorson's research interests are in trauma outcomes, endpoints of resuscitation, cost containment and overall improvements in delivery of surgical care. His clinical areas of interest are in minimal access surgery, neonatal surgery, and tumors.

Stephanie Chao

Stephanie Chao M.D. was the fourth graduate of the Fellowship Program at Stanford Children's. Dr. Chao is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Stanford and is the Director of the Chest Wall Program, and the Trauma Medical Director.

Dr. Chao's research focuses on the eradication of hepatitis B, the leading cause of liver cancer and liver disease globally. Dr. Chao works with the Asian Liver Center at Stanford and helped launch the Jade Ribbon Campaign in 2001 to improve public and physician awareness about hepatitis B. Her work has been supported by the US Centers for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society. The Asian Liver Center also works in collaboration with the World Health Organization to improve screening and immunization strategies in Asia.

James Wall, M.D.

Dr. James Wall, M.D., is the second graduate of the Fellowship Program and is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Stanford. He is an alumnus of the Stanford Biodesign program and holds a Master's degree in Bioengineering.

Dr. Wall's current research interest is in the design, development and analysis of health technology as well as the emerging field of surgical endoscopy. Dr. Wall currently leads the surgical endoscopy program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and is the Assistant Director of the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship for Stanford Biodesign. Lucile Packard is one of the only Children's Hospitals in the world to offer advanced surgical endoscopic procedures including the Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) for Achalasia.

Matias Bruzoni

Matias Bruzoni, M.D. was the first Fellow to graduate from the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program in 2011 under Dr. Craig Albanese, M.D., and has been the Program Director since June 2016.

Dr. Bruzoni is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, and is also the Director of the Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery Program, Director of the Outpatient Pediatric Surgery Clinics, Site Director of the Pediatric Surgery Rotation-General Surgery Residents and Medical Students, and the Director Hispanic Center for Pediatric Surgery. 

Contact Us

Phone: (650) 723-6439

Fax: (650) 725-5577 

pedsurg@stanfordchildrens.org