Pediatric Bariatric Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program

Welcome to the Pediatric Bariatric Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Colorado. Our program is a one-year fellowship which was established in 2018 with the mission to provide a comprehensive approach to the management of pediatric bariatric surgery patients and opportunities to engage in clinical research. After completion of the fellowship, surgeons will have tools that enable them to step into their careers confident to perform laparoscopic procedures on challenging, severely obese patients and will be considerably more competitive in the academic job market due by having demonstrated scholarly achievement as well.

During the one-year curriculum, fellows divide their time between the clinical management of bariatric surgery patients and outcomes research projects. The year is designed to provide exposure to the medical and surgical complexities of bariatric surgery as well as a robust research component. Through collaboration with the Research in Outcomes for Children’s Surgery Center (ROCS) team, the fellow will have opportunities to participate in and develop several clinical projects. This research component will permit the fellow to focus on areas relevant to their ultimate career goals. Writing projects, based on surgical outcome data already collected in a large cohort of adolescent patients who underwent bariatric surgery (Teen-LABS study), will be available.

The graduates will be prepared to establish a career in either an academic medical center or private practice. After completion, the graduated fellow will have the capability to participate in or establish an adolescent bariatric surgery program if that aligns with their ultimate career path.

Thank you for your interest in our program.



Thomas Inge

Thomas Inge, M.D., PhD
Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics and Akers Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery
Associate Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Hospital Colorado
Director, Division of Pediatric Surgery, University of Colorado, Denver
Director, Adolescent Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The global objective of the bariatric minimally invasive surgery fellowship program is to teach fellows the skills necessary to become well-rounded pediatric bariatric surgeon and provide additional experience with complex minimally invasive surgery. In addition, the fellowship provides a unique opportunity with resources necessary to develop a foundation for the graduate’s future research endeavors. The rotation schedule for the residency is designed to achieve these objectives, while at the same time permitting flexibility within the program to accommodate the desire of the fellow to focus on particular areas of interest. Throughout the one-year curriculum, the fellow is given graded responsibility both in and out of the operating room.

The fellow’s time will be solely on the Pediatric Bariatric Minimally Invasive Surgery service with pediatric surgery call coverage typically on a weekly basis.

The bariatric minimally invasive surgery fellowship will teach the fellow the work-up involved for bariatric surgery candidates as well as the pre-, intra-, and post-operative management of adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery. The fellow will be responsible for the preoperative evaluation of patients and will learn the ethical and medical nuances of this population of children. Laparoscopic and endoscopic skills will be refined, and the fellow will acquire graded responsibilities as the primary surgeon throughout the year. A number of resources are available, including a multi-disciplinary team composed of an administrator, dedicated surgical advanced practitioner, endocrinologist, dietician, electrophysiologist, and social worker.

By the end of the year, it is the expected that the fellow is fully capable of performing sleeve gastrectomies as the pediatric surgeon with minimal assistance. Virtually all cases are performed by the fellow with faculty assistance.

Length of Program: 1 Year

Number of Positions: 1 per year

It is our ultimate goal to prepare our fellows not only to satisfactorily pass the ABS certification examination, but to excel beyond that to a level of expertise that will allow the fellow to become a future leader in their area of specialty. To assist in this endeavor, we have many educational activities which include:

  • Pediatric Surgery Grand Rounds Conference
  • Pediatric Surgery SCORE Curriculum Conference
  • Surgical Gastrointestinal Conference
  • Subspecialty Conference
  • Surgical Critical Care Conference
  • Surgery Pathology Radiology Conference
  • Journal Club Conference
  • Case Presentation Conference
  • Research Conference
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
  • Multidisciplinary Trauma Lecture Series
  • Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
  • Neonatal Grand Rounds Conference
  • Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
  • General Surgery Residency Core Curriculum Conference
  • Department of Surgery Biology Dialogues
  • Research opportunities allowing residents exposure to national meetings

Applications should be made through e-mail to the Program Coordinator by completing the appropriate forms and submitting the required supporting material. After review of this material, candidates are selected for phone interview. Our interview season runs for two weeks after the Pediatric Surgery match in May. Candidates will be contacted by e-mail regarding their application status. Pediatric Colorectal Surgery then sends a letter of offer to one fellow candidate each May, who will begin a one-year fellowship rotation the following August.

Candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited General Surgery Residency. We have no minimum USMLE Step I score requirement; however, scores above the 220 level are advantageous. We require three letters of recommendation and accept no more than four.

Fellows in our program must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident to train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Questions about the fellowship program can be directed to Kathleen Tuthill:

Kathleen Tuthill

Kathleen Tuthill
Director of Education
Department of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine