Present and Future

UTHSC Launches First Colon, Rectal Surgery Fellowship in Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tenn. (January 7, 2011) David C. Seaberg, MD, dean for the UT College of Medicine, Chattanooga, and R. Phillip Burns, MD, chair for the Department of Surgery, are pleased to announce that in October 2010, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and its Residency Review Committee approved accreditation for the first Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship in Tennessee at the UT College of Medicine, Chattanooga. The one-year fellowship program will train one board-certified general surgeon or board-eligible general surgeon each year in the specialty area of colon and rectal surgery. The first fellow is being recruited to begin training in July 2011.

The Department of Surgery is the core sponsor for the program, and the primary affiliated training site will be Erlanger Health System. Funding will be provided from the UT College of Medicine, Chattanooga, and Erlanger.

Three board-certified colon and rectal surgeons -- affiliated with University Surgical Associates, the southeast region's largest general surgery and general surgery subspecialty practice -- will provide teaching and supervision for the program. These physicians hold faculty appointments in the Department of Surgery in Chattanooga: Richard A. Moore, MD, PhD, program director; J. Daniel Stanley, MD, associate program director, and Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, MD.

According to Dr. Moore, "Surgical subspecialization has been shown to improve outcomes in several ways. It has led to increased lymph node harvest in oncologic resection, decreased recurrence of rectal cancer with total mesorectal excision, decreased operative time in both open and laparoscopic cases, and decreased length of stay due to decreased ileus." Dr. Stanley added, "Surgery and surgical training are moving toward subspecialization. An improved academic environment will enhance the development of quality centers, including research and innovation, data bases, improved care in the area of colon and rectal cancer, and incontinence and pelvic floor disorders."

In acknowledging the newly accredited program, Dean Seaberg stated, "The university fully appreciates the efforts of those leading the fellowship and our partner, Erlanger Health System. We are proud to have the first accredited Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship within the UT system as well as in Tennessee."

For more information about the Colon and Rectal Surgery Program, contact Dr. Richard Moore or Dr. J. Daniel Stanley at (423) 778-7695. Also visit www.utcomchatt.org for more information about our residency and fellowship programs.