SLS Fellowships in Specialized Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery (SMIRS)

SLS Fellowships in Specialized Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery (SMIRS)


Training Opportunities In Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons is committed to provide educational opportunities for Residents and Fellows in Training who are interested in pursuing a career in minimally invasive surgery. Listed below are current fellowship opportunities:

A very small number of highly qualified centers with appropriate surgical volumes have been selected as sites for these fellowships.

These centers are academically sound and respected. Fellows will have the opportunity to grow and expand their skills and understanding in their selected area.


SLS is proud to present with the following programs:

Florida Surgical Specialists Enhanced General Surgery Fellowship: Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Foregut, Hernia and Colorectal Fellowship
Florida Surgical Specialists; Bradenton, Fl
Program Director: Paul Toomey, MD, FACS
Program Co-Director: Riva Das, MD

Carlos Pellegrini and Brant Oelschlager Surgical Simulation Fellowship
University of Washington
Program Director: Robert Sweet, MD

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery in Gynecology and Reproductive Surgery
Center for Special Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
Program Director: Camran Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS
This fellowship is for 12 months.

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery in Gynecologic Benign and Malignant Pathologies
NYU Winthrop Hospital, Clinical Campus of Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Program Director: Farr Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery in Gynecology and Reproductive Surgery
Atlanta Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Reproductive Medicine
Program Director: Ceana Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS


For Preceptees:


For Preceptors and Institutions:


Article I. Eligibility

The Preceptee must have completed a certified residency program in the United States. In addition, the Preceptee must have or be able to obtain a medical license to practice in the State where the fellowship is located.

If the Preceptee is from outside of the United States, the Preceptee must:

  1. Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or;
  2. Have obtained a license and privileges to practice medicine in the State and the hospital to which the preceptee is applying for a Fellowship position.

These requirements are necessary in order to permit the preceptee to scrub in to surgeries and have patient contact, as is governed by the specific State regulations, hospital credentialing policies and location of the fellowship.

If a license is not obtained, there is an option to be accepted as “SLS Research Fellow” for a one year or two-year period without the opportunity to have direct patient contact. Additional specific documentation for the individual Fellowship Program may be required.

Article II. Requirements

The Fellow will work side by side with the Preceptor and other designated members of the Fellowship training team in the office and the operating room. The Fellow will participate in the pre-operative, intraoperative and post-operative care of patients. Call coverage will be required. Academic activities such as research, publications, presentations and teaching junior staff will be required.

Article III. Benefits

A stipend will be available for the Fellowship year for candidates with a license and privileges. The program will provide malpractice insurance. Paid travel and expense to one annual educational meeting or conference will be covered. All benefits will be provided by the individual Fellowship programs. Complete benefits will be discussed with applicants through the individual Fellowship program.

Article IV. Documentation of the Fellowship

Each Fellow will receive a certificate from the Fellowship program director and SLS noting the successful completion of an advanced laparoscopic and/or robotic assisted training Fellowship experience at the successful completion of the Fellowship and its requirements.