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Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program

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ACGME Accredited:  Yes
Fellows per year:  1
Application Deadline:  Dec. 31 (1.5 years ahead of fellowship start date)
Duration:  2 years
Postgraduate Training Required:  Yes
U.S. Citizenship Required:  No

Program Description

Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers a comprehensive two-year residency (fellowship) training program in pediatric surgery.  This fellowship program, designed for residents who have completed their training and are board eligible in general surgery, is accredited by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The Division of Pediatric Surgery participates in the National Intern and Resident Matching Plan and chooses one Chief Resident each year for the program.

In the first year, the Chief Resident gains experience in General Pediatric Surgery, Trauma, Neonatology and Intensive Care of older children, Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Urology. He or she gradually assumes a greater role in patient management and administrative duties in the final two months of the year. In the second year, the Chief Resident participates in virtually all newborn surgery, tumor surgery, and non-cardiac thoracic surgery while on service, and has administrative responsibilities for weekly conferences.

Attendance at outpatient clinics is required, and a monthly clinic devoted to long-term patient care follow-up is mandatory throughout the two-year fellowship.

During the fellowship, the Chief Resident is expected to complete the American Board of Surgery's qualifying and certification exams in General Surgery. Upon completion of the program, the Chief Resident will be eligible to take the Board exam in Pediatric Surgery.

Special Features

Chief Residents in the Pediatric Surgery Training Program can take advantage of several excellent programs.

Trauma Program

Chief Residents have the opportunity to participate in our excellent Trauma Program. The hospital is designated as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and as the Regional Verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons.

Patients with multi-system injuries are admitted to the Division of Pediatric Surgery under the direct supervision of the Chief Residents and attending staff. Multidisciplinary Trauma Teaching and Trauma Morbidity and Mortality Conferences are held monthly, and Chief Residents actively participate in these conferences. 

The Trauma Program is multidisciplinary and includes representatives from departments across the hospital.

ECMO Program

Chief Residents participate in the care of patients in the Extracorporeal Life Support program. Several ECMO research projects are also under way, particularly in patients with diaphragmatic hernia.

Renal Transplantation

There is a formal Renal Transplant program, led by Dr. Brian Hardy, chief of the Division of Pediatric Urology. Chief Residents are actively involved in the pre-, intra- and post-operative care of these patients and are the primary interface with them around the time of transplantation. About 25 percent of these transplants are from living-related donors.

Liver Transplantation

The Liver Transplant Program was established in 1998 and is tightly integrated with the USC Center for Liver Disease. Under the program, a surgical transplant team from USC works with the CHLA Division of Gastroenterology in the care of transplant patients. About 60 percent of the transplants are from living-related donors.

Chief Residents with an interest in liver transplantation are welcome to participate in the program if they choose.

To Apply

Applications are available through ERAS.

Contact Information

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Division of Pediatric Surgery
4650 Sunset Blvd., MS 100           
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Program Coordinator
Natasha Tavakoli
Call: (323) 361-3644
Fax: (323) 361-3534

Program Director
Jeffrey Upperman, MD




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