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Chattanooga Colon and Rectal Fellowship

Program Highlights

The Colon and Rectal fellowship is the first ACGME-approved fellowship of its type within the UT system as well as in the state of Tennessee. This one-year comprehensive clinical and research program is based primarily at Erlanger Medical Center. The goal of this program is to teach competent general surgeons to become well versed in the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. The program prepares the fellow to apply for and successfully obtain certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

The program is managed under the leadership of Dr. Daniel Stanley, Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program Director. The primary teaching responsibilities are shared by Dr. Stanley, Dr. Richard Moore, Dr. Shauna Lorenzo, and Dr. Eric Nelson, all of whom are board-certified colorectal surgeons actively involved with surgical education and research. 

The Colon and Rectal resident will obtain a well-balanced experience with anorectal surgery, minimally invasive techniques, pelvic floor center, and surgical skill/simulation lab in a hybrid academic/private practice setting. Our colon and rectal program provides superb training with a board range of clinical experience and abundant research opportunities under the direct supervision of a multidisciplinary colon and rectal faculty. Emphasis is placed upon the personal instruction of the resident in the outpatient office, affiliated with University Surgical Associates, the Southeast region's largest general surgery and general surgery subspecialty practice. 


There are didactic weekly/biweekly multidisciplinary tumor board conferences, weekly grand rounds, weekly/monthly colorectal conferences and journal club meetings. Weekly institutional basic science and morbidity and mortality correlation conferences also provide additional instruction. Attendance at departmental conferences is expected.


Dedicated research year is not required; however, the fellow is expected to be involved in a project that can be submitted for presentation to a regional or national meeting, with the underlining goal to be accepted in a peer-reviewed publication. Internal funding is available for original work. 


Each trainee is given the opportunity to attend one meeting. Suggestions: ASCRS, American College of Surgeons and Southeastern Surgical Congress Meetings. Funding for other meetings is available if the resident is on the program. 


All rotations will be performed at three hospitals that are located within a three-mile radius in the heart of downtown Chattanooga:

Sep 16, 2022