Residency and Training Programs

Welcome to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) Department of Surgery. The history of the Department is rich and continues to promote the missions of Rutgers University, namely excellence in patient care, education, research and community service.

The department was founded by James W. Mackenzie, M.D. who was Chair from 1969 through 1996. Following his retirement, the department flourished under the guidance of Stephen F. Lowry, M.D. from 1997 until his untimely death in June of 2011. I am most humbled to carry on the rich traditions of these two great surgeons.

The Department consists of 9 specialized divisions offering complex and innovative care. Our faculty includes surgeons who are nationally and in many cases, internationally renowned for their skill and expertise.

High quality patient care is reflected in the large number of referring physicians and favorable patient surveys. We are constantly striving to enhance the friendliness and professionalism of our environment.

Our research programs provide competitive and comprehensive training for surgical residents and students. NIH funded faculty support basic science and translational research which provides unique and highly competitive opportunities for the next generation of surgeons.

Please visit our website to learn about the advanced and unparalleled educational experience available through our General Surgery Residency Program and subspecialty fellowship programs and to obtain additional details about our clinical, research and training opportunities.

Leonard Y. Lee, MD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Surgery

 

Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Program

NRMP# 2918442F0

This unique opportunity within the Division of Acute Care Surgery is designed to train board-eligible or board-certified surgeons who are seeking training in Trauma, Emergency General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. The fellowship will provide advanced training in the initial resuscitation, operation and ongoing care of patients with life-threatening surgical diseases. This training prepares the Fellow to function with advanced skills suited for either an academic or clinical career in Acute Care Surgery. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, a 610-bed facility located in New Brunswick, NJ, is the core teaching hospital of RWJMS and one of only three state designated, ACS verified Level 1 Trauma Centers in New Jersey. RWJUH is a tertiary referral center for cardiac, vascular and neuroscience services as well as home to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Bristol-Meyers Squib Children’s Hospital. The Trauma service sees over 2600 trauma patients a year with 15% suffering penetrating injuries. The critical care service cares for over 1100 critically ill patients per year. The Emergency Surgery Service performed over 450 cases in 2011. The Faculty consists of seven fulltime academic trauma surgeons and two Surgical Critical Care fellows. Robert Wood Johnson has a simulation based training center, provides educational courses such as ATLS, Disaster Life Support, ATOM, and ASSET for the region and is nationally recognized as a leader in disaster preparedness.

In 2014, an International Fellowship component was established in partnership with the Universitario de Valle in Cali, Colombia. It presents a unique month-long, advanced penetrating operative trauma, advanced burn, and emergent general surgery experience to all second year fellows in our ACS fellowship. We have developed international relationships that will also offer administrative, research, and trauma system development opportunities that will afford fellows personal and academic growth in Global Health roles.

The ACS fellowship positions include a distinct one-year ACGME approved fellowship in Surgical Critical Care as well as an additional year comprised of six months on the Acute Care Surgery service (Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care) and six months in rotations for additional training in thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, interventional radiology, and neurosurgery. The applicant must have completed an ACGME approved residency in General Surgery and received fellowship training in Surgical Critical Care by the start date. Candidate must be dedicated to the teaching of medical students, residents and nurse practitioners. There is strong support for both clinical and basic science research.

New Brunswick is the home of Rutgers University and is located approximately midway between New York and Philadelphia. Central NJ is a desirable place to live with good schools, professional sports, cultural attractions, recreational opportunities and is one half hour from the Jersey shore.

Interested applicants should forward their current curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to:

Gregory Peck, DO
Program Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
89 French Street
3rd floor, Room 3270
New Brunswick NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 235-7766
Fax: (732) 235-2964
Email: peckgr@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Crystal Camarena, CPC
Program Coordinator, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
89 French Street
3rd floor, Room 3268
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 235-5114
Fax: (732) 235-2964
Email: camarecr@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Breast Surgery Fellowship

2019-2020 Breast Surgery Fellowship

The Division of Surgical Oncology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey has four full-time, SSO-fellowship trained surgeons within the Section of Breast Surgery. The Breast Surgery Section also includes an APN and an RN. The Division of Medical Oncology has five dedicated breast medical oncologists and the Department of Radiation Oncology has three radiation oncologists focusing on breast cancer. 604 new individual patients with breast cancer were seen as new patients at the New Brunswick location in FY 2015. The principal teaching hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The Cancer Hospital of New Jersey at RWJUH has 93 oncology specific beds with 31 reserved for Surgical Oncology. One fellowship position is available for 2019 - 2020. The fellowship has been continuously approved since 2007 by the SSO. Graduating fellows have entered community as well as academic positions. All fellows obtained post fellowship positions prior to graduation.

Clinical Rotations:
One month is spent on Surgical Pathology for the examination of breast specimens. One month is spent in the Women's Imaging Center where the fellow reviews over 1,000 breast images, including breast MRI.  Eight months are spent on the Breast Surgery Service. Six months occur at the New Brunswick campus at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ, the states only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.  The emphasis at this site is on the multidisciplinary management of the breast cancer patient. In the outpatient office, emphasis is given to new patient evaluation with a variety of minimally invasive techniques such as fine needle aspiration with immediate on-site assessment, diagnostic US and US guided core and vacuum assisted biopsies. The US guided biopsy procedures are performed completely by the surgical faculty. Two dedicated US machines are available in the breast center as is a vacuum assisted core biopsy system. In the OR, the fellow will be the operating surgeon for complex cases such as skin-sparing and nipple-areola sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, axillary dissection, ultrasound guided partial mastectomy for non-palpable cancer and the placement of brachytherapy devices. The fellow will instruct junior residents for simple procedures such as sentinel node mapping and excisional biopsy. The fellow will spend 4 weeks on Breast Medical Oncology, including a formal Genetic Risk Assessment Clinic. Four weeks are spent on Radiation Oncology. The fellow spends two months on a community breast surgery rotation with an SSO-fellowship trained breast surgeon at University Medical Center at Princeton, RWJUH at Hamilton and RWJUH at Somerset. Together, these locations provide exposure to over 450 new breast cancer patients per year. At the Hamilton location, the fellow will obtain hands on experience with stereotactic biopsy under the direction of full time Rutgers breast surgery faculty. Activities that span the entire year include one to two weekdays per month while on Breast Surgery at Plastic Surgery Arts of NJ, evaluating breast cancer patients at various stages of breast reconstruction procedures.

Clinical Research and Academic Activities:
One to two weekdays per month are devoted to textbook reading and a clinical research project. The fellow will prepare a clinical research project for presentation at an appropriate regional or national meeting with subsequent publication in a peer reviewed journal. The fellow will attend the annual SSO Fellows Conference. A variety of lectures and speakers are scheduled throughout the year. The fellow will lead case based teaching sessions for medical students, surgical residents, medical oncology fellows, gynecology residents and family practice residents. The fellow will always attend the weekly Breast Tumor Study Group Meeting where all new patients are discussed by a multidisciplinary team. The fellow is responsible for one formal didactic presentation per month at that meeting. As of April 2016, the center has 18 actively accruing clinical trials in the Breast Tumor Study Group. A current list is available at http://cinj.org/clinical-trials/index.

Eligibility, Salary and Benefits:
The fellowship is available to fully trained surgeons eligible or certified by the American Board of Surgery. The fellow salary is the current PG-6 level at Rutgers RWJMS. Health benefits and four weeks of vacation are included. The fellow is assigned a personal desk and work area with a PC in the CINJ fellow's office. Vacation is taken during the New Brunswick Breast Surgery rotations in one to two week increments.

Application:
We participate in the SSO Breast Fellowship Matching Program. Interviews will be held August 7 & September 25, 2018. Applicants can contact Christine Hamby the Fellowship Interview Coordinator via email: wigginch@cinj.rutgers.edu. A personal statement and three letters of reference (one from your surgery program director) should be sent to the SSO along with other supporting documents as required.

Contact Information:
Shicha Kumar, MD
Program Director, Breast Fellowship
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street, Room 2040
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-235-8524
Fax: 732-235-6797
Email: kumarsh@cinj.rutgers.edu

Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

The Thoracic Surgery Residency Program here at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School was established in 1988. The program consists of three residents, one per year, thus permitting the highest level of individualized attention and training. We offer a full range of cardiothoracic surgical services, provided by highly qualified, board certified surgeons. The surgeons in the division are not only experts in their surgical specialty, they are researchers exploring new and better ways to provide care.

During the first two years, the residents are able to meet the minimum requirement for board certification. The last year affords residents the opportunity to get advanced training in adult cardiac surgery and to specialize in one field of thoracic surgery, such as pediatric cardiac surgery, adult cardiac surgery or general thoracic surgery during a three month elective.

The members of our teaching staff bring to the program a wealth of practical and scholarly credentials. The presence of ongoing laboratory research activity provides an invigorating academic milieu.

Each resident is sponsored by the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery to attend one national conference a year, such as meetings conducted by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The American Association of Thoracic Surgery or the American College of Surgeons.

In short, we feel that our Thoracic Surgery Residency Program here at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School provides among the best clinical experiences in the country. Our objective is to exceed the minimum requirements by offering our residents a demanding but rewarding clinical and didactic experience. After completion of this three-year residency, the candidates are truly able to perform as independent practitioners of our specialty.

Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Program

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General Surgery

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Department of Surgery is proud to have a growing and ever improving residency in general surgery. Our mission is to train future academic leaders in general surgery and its associated fields. To that end, we have a vigorously active and broad reaching true general surgical experience. All of our six-year categorical residents spend at least 12 months (in between the second and third clinical year) in dedicated basic laboratory research. It is possible for a resident to spend a second year in research.

In conjunction with the enormous improvement in the overall research funding and activity of our department, our residency has also become one of the strongest academic surgical programs in the country. Many if not most of our graduates continue further training in the field of their choice at many other premier institutions throughout the land. Our full-time and community faculty are deeply committed to the education of our surgical trainees. I invite you to look over the many sections of this residency web and discover what we have to offer. Please do not hesitate to contact me if further information is required.

Nell Maloney Patel, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Program Director, General Surgery
Email: rwjp-residency-gensurg@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Kim E. Molteg, C-TAGME, General Surgery Redency
P.O. Box 19, MEB 596
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0019
Email: moltegke@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Phone: (732) 235-7674

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Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program

NRMP# 2918442F0

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship within the Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery, is designed to train board-eligible or board-certified surgeons in all phases of the care of the severely injured and critically ill surgical patient. It prepares the Fellow to function with advanced skills suited for either an academic or clinical career.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, a 610-bed facility located in New Brunswick, NJ, is the core teaching hospital of RWJMS and one of only three state designated, ACS verified Level 1 Trauma Centers in New Jersey. RWJUH is a tertiary referral center for cardiac, vascular and neuroscience services as well as home to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The Trauma service sees more than 2600 level one trauma alerts a year with 15-20% suffering penetrating injuries. The critical care service cares for over 1100 critically ill patients per year. The Faculty consists of seven fulltime, fellowship trained, trauma surgeons. Robert Wood Johnson has a human simulation training center, provides educational courses such as ATLS, ACLS, ASSET and ATOM for the region and is nationally recognized as a leader in disaster preparedness.

The position includes clinical responsibilities on the Surgical Critical Care Service with significant components of trauma, non-trauma, and neurosurgical critical care, Cardiac surgery critical care as well as a rotation in the MICU. The applicant must have completed an ACGME approved residency in General Surgery by start date. Candidate must be dedicated to the teaching of medical students, residents and nurse practitioners. There is strong support for both clinical and basic science research

Interested applicants should forward their current curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to:

Matthew Lissauer, MD, FACS
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Associate Professor of Surgery
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
89 French Street
3rd floor, Room 3271
New Brunswick NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 235-7766
Fax: (732) 235-2964
Email: ml1141@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Crystal Camarena, CPC
Program Coordinator, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
89 French Street
3rd floor, Room 3268
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 235-5114
Fax: (732) 235-2964
Email: camarecr@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Rutgers is an equal opportunity employer.

Urologic Surgery Residency Program

The Division of Urology Residency Training Program aims to provide residents with a wide breadth of experience managing medical and surgical disease of the genitourinary tract as well as an in-depth understanding of basic and clinical research in all domains of urology.

We are a high volume, tertiary care center that specializing in minimally-invasive, laparoscopic and robotic cases as well as complex oncologic and reconstructive surgery. We perform a high volume of radical cystectomies both robotic and open, robotic radical prostatectomies, retroperitoneal lymph node dissections, and percutaneous nephrolithotomies. We also perform a high volume of partial and radical nephrectomies in a variety of surgical approaches including robotic, laparoscopic, or open. We provide a graded increase in patient care responsibility and operative autonomy. By providing two years of chief resident level training (PGY-4 and PGY-5), our residents graduate with excellent experience, confidence and exceptional clinical and operative acumen.

We accept two residents per year into a five-year program. Our main goal is to provide a nurturing environment in which residents can acquire the surgical, medical, research, and decision making skills to become outstanding urologists.

By the chief year residents have mastered the ACGME competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice) and have acquired the surgical and mental skills necessary for pursuit of either an academic or private career in urology.

Vascular Surgery Residency Program

Our Fellowship has been accredited since 1984 without reservations by the Residency Review Committee and the ACGME. The fellowship has just been fully reviewed by the RRC and has been approved again without citations through 2021. Currently, all clinical services are performed with faculty and attending staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In addition, fellows will also see patients and perform procedures in several outpatient offices in the surrounding communities.

Our Fellowship and Residency in Vascular Surgery is designed to provide a comprehensive experience in the care of patients with vascular disorders. The breadth and depth of training available at our institution will allow our graduating fellows to pursue either an academic or private practice career pathway. The fellow will experience intense specialty training designed to provide a comprehensive experience in the management and treatment of all forms of vascular disease. Our goal is to create competent vascular specialists that can independently provide medical and surgical management for all vascular disease processes. Upon completion of training our fellows should be able to effectively address even the most complex vascular disorders.

The Vascular Integrated Residency Program and the Traditional Vascular Fellowship are both under the direction of Randy Shafritz, MD, FACS. Dr. Shafritz has been a full-time faculty member of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for 16 years.

Academic Training

The ACGME, RRC, and the ABVS have outlined a core vascular curriculum for fellowship trainees. These core areas are addressed through a weekly didactic lecture series. Weekly conferences include case presentation conferences, morbidity and mortality conferences, journal clubs, vascular lab conferences, basic science lectures, and endovascular conferences.

In addition, the residents and fellows will learn how to perform and interpret all non-invasive vascular laboratory tests. The volume of testing is quite extensive and upon completion of the program the fellows will have enough experience to easily obtain the required RPVI certificate required by the American Board of Vascular Surgery.

Clinical Training

Both open surgical and endovascular skills are acquired during the fellowship. All procedures are performed under the direct supervision of our faculty members, and almost all are performed in the operating room environment. No training is outsourced to interventional radiologists or surgeons at other facilities. Diagnostic and therapeutic minimally invasive interventional procedures including dialysis access revisions, carotid, renal and peripheral angioplasty, and endovascular aneurysm repairs are all performed in our state-of-the-art hybrid interventional suite at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. There is also an excellent balance of traditional open vascular reconstructions, including aortic, carotid and lower extremity reconstructions. Our large volume center allows our trainees to gain more clinical and operative experience than most fellows at other training centers.

Our residents and fellows are trained to treat both medically and surgically all aspects of vascular disease; including carotid, aortic, thoracic outlet, renal, visceral, infra-inguinal, venous, lymphatic, dialysis access pathology and vascular trauma. Endovascular interventions include angioplasty and stenting of arterial, venous and dialysis access beds, deployment of fenestrated and complex endografts, mechanical and pharmacological thrombolysis, inferior vena cava filter placement and retrieval through fluoroscopic imaging or use of intravascular ultrasound, duplex guided thrombin injection, and office based interventions, (e.g., vein ablation, sclerotherapy, and even some hemodialysis access procedures). Our volume of open procedures remains one of the highest in the country and includes complex redo open procedures.

There are currently 2 training tracks that candidates can pursue, the 0+5 track and the 5+2 track

0+5 Track - Integrated Vascular Residency Training

The integrated residency in vascular surgery is a five-year (0+5) training program leading to eligibility for certification by the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery. The program accepts one resident per year. Applicants must participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), applying in their final year of medical school. This five-year vascular surgery residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and leads to board certification in vascular surgery.
Three years are devoted to core surgical training, with some additional rotations on the vascular service and the final two years devoted solely to vascular surgery training. Core surgery rotations may occur throughout the first four years of training. Candidates will be eligible for board certification in vascular surgery upon successful completion of training. Training will include proficiency in the non-invasive vascular lab, as well as full endovascular interventions. Candidates desiring to train in the 0+5 track will not be eligible for board certification in general surgery.

Several factors have made integrated residencies in vascular surgery a desired option, including the shortened training timeline compared to completion of a fellowship after general surgery residency. Advances in technology and changes in clinical care have increased the distinction between general and vascular surgery. The integrated residency allows trainees to learn advanced imaging and interventional skills earlier and with a great deal of in-depth appreciation for the newest technology.

5+2 Track – Traditional Vascular Fellowship Track

Please note that we currently maintain an active Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program (5+2). This traditional fellowship path is a two-year clinical fellowship fully accredited by the ACGME and RRC, and requires completion of an accredited general surgery residency. Upon completion of the program, the fellow will be eligible to take the Vascular Surgery Qualifying Exam to obtain Board Certification of Vascular Surgery, and you will have enough experience to be proficient in the non-invasive vascular laboratory to satisfy the RPVI requirement. The American Board of Surgery no longer requires that you have board certification in General Surgery prior to sitting for the Vascular Surgery Board examinations, however, all of our fellows have obtained their General Surgery Board Certification during the fellowship. The program accepts one fellow per year. Both years are devoted strictly to vascular surgery training.