Hepatopancreatobiliary International Surgery Fellowship

This program is one-year in length and is offered to fully-trained surgeons from outside the United States and Canada who desire further expertise in hepatopancreatobiliary surgery. This will provide the fellow the opportunity to become well-trained in the field of HPB surgery, as well as to become a leader in the multidisciplinary care of the cancer patient. The program also offers a very unique opportunity to learn the surgical techniques for pancreatectomies associated with vascular resection and reconstruction for locally advanced pancreatic cancer and minimally invasive HPB procedures (both robotic and laparoscopic).

Clinical Training Program

The clinical training throughout the year is divided into one-month rotations on our liver and pancreas teams as well as a month on transplant and 3 months of research. Fellows are responsible for preoperative and postoperative patient care for both benign and malignant diseases and they will perform surgical procedures under the direction of an attending surgeon. The fellow will also participate in the multi-disciplinary clinics, patient rounds, lectures, seminars, journal clubs, and research conferences. The fellow will also be responsible for helping to supervise and teach residents and medical students.


There are department-wide and service-specific conferences that enhance both clinical and research activities. There is a weekly departmental Grand Rounds. The Division of Surgical Oncology also has regular case conference, research conference, and monthly M&M meetings. Fellows have access to all conferences within the University.


Research interests will be discussed with the fellow prior to the beginning of the fellowship with the hope that the fellow will be prepared to begin their research project soon after they start the program. It is expected that the fellow will complete at least one research project and submit it for publication during the program.


Completed applications should be returned by March 15, 2021. Selected candidates are encouraged to come to Colorado to interview, however, Skype interviews are also offered if travel is not possible.


Candidates must be graduates of a recognized foreign medical school and have completed a general surgery residency training program in their country. The candidate must also be interested and committed to expanding his/her expertise in Hepatopancreatobiliary surgery.

The candidate must have passed all of the USMLE examinations and hold a valid ECFMG certificate. Selected candidates must qualify for, and obtain, a training license to practice medicine from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, in accordance with its requirements.

How to Apply

Applications must include the following items:

  • Fellowship Application Form, which will require the following information/documents:
    • ECFMG Certificate
    • Current CV
    • Personal Statement – this should include a description of the candidate’s qualifications and motivation for applying to the program, as well as a detailed plan to return to his or her home country upon completion of training
    • Copy of medical diploma
    • Two letters of recommendation; one must be from the department chairman
    • Photograph

Program Director

Marco Del Chiaro, MD, PhD, FACS


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