Laparoscopic/Minimally Invasive Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship is a one year non-ACGME clinical and research fellowship designed to provide additional training for surgeons in the field of minimally invasive colorectal surgery.

The fellowship is approximately 60 percent clinical and 40 percent research. 
Clinical responsibilities will include covering operative cases at the three affiliated institutions and one clinic day per week. Research responsibilities will include involvement in projects in the Robotic Lab as well as involvement in ongoing prospective and retrospective studies. 
Submission of an abstract or abstracts for presentation at a national meeting is required. The robotic lab is a unique facility with a da Vinci robotic system that can be used in conjunction with the animal laboratory facilities. There is also a minimally invasive skills lab, which is available for training and research purposes. 
Affiliated Institutions 

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital 
University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital

Mission Statement
The mission of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Division is to provide comprehensive, compassionate and state-of-the-art care for patients suffering from diseases of the colon, rectum, anus, and small bowel and to further the advancements of research and education for these diseases. 
The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery was established by Herand Abcarian, MD at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital). Dr. Abcarian, who trained under the tutelage of Durand Smith, MD, was the first colon and rectal surgeon in the U.S. to hold an endowed academic chair in colon and rectal surgical practice. The Division consists of colon and rectal surgeons who are Board Certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. We also have advanced practical nurses who assist the surgeons in the care of the patients. 
The Division carries out all types of colon and rectal operations including transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) and transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME). Surgeons within our division have extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery of the colon, rectum, anus and small bowel for malignant disease as well as benign conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), complex anorectal surgery, and complex multivisceral operations. 


  • Weekly Didactic Lecture Series 
  • Weekly Clinical Pathology 
  • Review, Preoperative Preparation and Indications Conference 
  • Journal Club (Evidence Based Reviews in Colon and Rectal Surgery) 
  • Monthly Fellowship Colon and Rectal Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference (across institutions) 
  • Weekly Departmental (Rush & Stroger Hospital) Surgical Morbidity and Mortality Conference 
  • Weekly Departmental UIC Surgical Morbidity and Mortality Conference 
  • Bi-weekly Multidisciplinary Colon, Rectal and Anal Cancer Tumor Board Conference 
  • Quarterly Colorectal Jeopardy in a faculty home 
  • Lutheran General Multidisciplinary 
The formal teaching sessions are tailored to meet the Institutional and Program Requirements. The primary education in these issues is integrated into the clinical training. Ethical issues are discussed during Tumor Boards. There is an annual lecture in appropriate and successful coding. As a surgical training program, supervision is primarily during performance of procedures.

Program Contact

Vivek Chaudhry, MD
Program Director
(312) 864-5233

Maire Leahy, MHA
Program Coordinator, Urology Residency and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
(312) 864-0395

Jose R. Cintron, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Division Chairman
(312) 864-0395

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