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Innovations in Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program

The Division of Pediatric Surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford would like to offer a non ACGME accredited fully funded 1-2 year fellowship.  This program is designed for highly motivated mid- or post-general surgery residency candidates interested in becoming successful, independent basic or clinical investigators, and future leaders in academics. The main objective for the fellowship is to graduate individuals who will advance the field of pediatric surgery. Fellows will develop and conduct high-quality research protocols under the guidance of experienced faculty with advanced degrees in basic science and clinical investigation. At the completion of the fellowship, participants will have gained hands-on experience in local, regional and national research, presentation of research results at high-profile professional meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Our diverse faculty allows for the development of a variety of clinical and basic science research interests, reflecting the general nature of our specialty. More specifically, minimal access surgery and endoscopy, bariatric surgery, fetal therapy, short bowel syndrome, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, necrotizing enterocolitis, surgical oncology, vascular anomalies, and large databases analyses such as NSQIP-Pediatrics. The Fellowship is intended to include 70% of research time and 30% of clinical time, and the fellow should work less than 80 hours a week. The Program Coordinator and the Program Director (Mara Guarin and Matias Bruzoni, MD) will be in charge of monitoring works hours.

Examples of clinical time include:

  • Scrubbing in the operating room for selected cases related to research projects.
  • Participating in selected outpatient specialty clinics.
  • Enrolling patients for clinical trials and participating in the clinical care associated with them.
  • Call schedule participation: Many of the studies we perform include patients that come in after hours, in a more unpredictable fashion, i.e. gastroschisis management, operative versus non operative management of appendicitis, research in trauma, fetal therapy, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, necrotizing enterocolitis, etc.
  • The fellow will also participate in our weekly division meeting that includes our Core Course didactic session, Journal Club, Morbidity and Mortality conference, and different subspecialty conferences with Radiology, Pathology and the Gastrointestinal service.



Applicants should have completed at least the PGY-3 year with a minimum of 3 years in an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program by the start of the fellowship. A current curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, and one letter of recommendation from the candidate's current program director or chair are required. Prior experience with statistical software (i.e. SAS/SPSS) is preferred. 


During the fellowship, the graduate should:

  • present his/her work in national/international meetings
  • publish their results in the pediatric surgery literature
  • gain clinical experience in the field of pediatric surgery
  • advance the field of pediatric surgery


Matias Bruzoni, M.D.

Dr. Bruzoni is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Stanford, and is also the Director of the Pediatric General Surgery Fellowship Program, 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 for the Hispanic Center for Pediatric Surgery. 

Contact Us

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

Russelle Anne McDermott 

Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Coordinator

(650) 723-6439