Surgery Fellowship

The Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery offers: pediatric surgical residency training in an ACGME accredited program.

Since 1964, the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery has offered residency training in a two year ACGME approved program. There are two residents in any given year; a first year pediatric surgical resident and chief pediatric surgical resident (2nd year in the program). After program completion, individuals are eligible to sit for the American Board of Surgery Specialty examination in Pediatric Surgery. Training includes- neonatal surgery, oncology, minimally invasive surgery, non-cardiac thoracic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, trauma & emergency surgery, endocrine surgery, robotic surgery, head & neck surgery, and bariatric surgery. Our mission is to train surgeons in the practice of pediatric surgery who will be competent in every aspect of the pediatric surgical care of infants and children. The graduates will provide high quality surgical care to children as well as serve as future leaders and mentors in responsible practice, in education, in research and in advocacy.

Responsibilities for providing excellence in all aspects of pediatric surgical care patient are encompassed in the following areas: timely and compassionate patient care; maintenance of strong and effective working relationships; continuing medical education and scholarly activity for individual learning; clear communication on all matters that are of importance within the training program and hospital practice; participation in divisional education and governance activities.

52 fellows have successfully graduated from this program. The Division performs 3,000 procedures per year utilizing some of the most advanced techniques and equipment in the nation. There are 17 operating rooms in the main hospital with the majority being recently renovated and outfitted with advanced minimally invasive surgical and imaging capability. There are 2 same-day surgical centers in the surrounding DC area where pediatric surgeons perform outpatient procedures. The Division has 8x board certified pediatric surgeons many of whom are national and international authorities in their areas of interest.

Research

Research

The Division of Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery and the Sheikh Zayed Institute For Pediatric Surgical Innovation combine for a robust offering of research opportunities within the program. Although primarily a clinical training experience, pediatric surgical residents are encouraged and have the opportunity to participate in the numerous ongoing clinical and basic scientific projects under the mentorship of one of the faculty.

  1. Tumor Immunobiology
  2. Bioengineering
  3. Pathogenesis of Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  4. Advanced Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery
  5. Robotic surgery
Education

Education

The program director meets with the residents at the beginning of each academic year, individually and as a pair. Goals and objectives are set and determined for the individual as well as for the program. Goals are set around optimal training and education with accomplishment of skill acquisition in the operating room, patient diagnosis and management, and effective leadership in running the inpatient service. A core curriculum is designed around a 2-year cycle in which all of the main didactic information in pediatric surgical training will be covered. There is a moderate amount of flexibility in the core curriculum and can be modified to fit the needs of individual trainees based upon prior experience and core knowledge. The second year trainee typically takes on a more active role and responsibility for organizing and coordinating educational activities within the curriculum. The trainees have daily interactions with multiple faculty mentors, co-residents and pediatric surgical sub-specialists which leads to the most optimal progress in career development, educational progress, and academic achievement.

The training program lasts for a period of two-years. The period is spent at the Children’s National Health System, Main Campus on the Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgical Service. Rotations on other services such as Neonatal ICU and Urology are built into the training program and are flexible in terms of timing and duration. The call schedule is determined by the residents but must comply with the ACGME rules for work hour regulations.

Once a week, there is a didactic session are held for 2 hours that include case review; morbidity & mortality conference; and core lectures in pediatric surgery. Additional didactic sessions may also include guest lecturers, grand round presentations, journal club or combined conferences with other pediatric specialists (pathology; radiology; pulmonology; gastroenterology; neonatology; ICU, etc.). Multidisciplinary tumor board is held each week for one hour and the residents are encouraged to attend.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Application to the Pediatric Surgical Fellowship at Children’s National Health System is conducted through ERAS and the NRMP. Details of application should be available on their website.

Program Coordinator
Ms. Yvette Dill
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-476-2151
Fax: 202-476-4174
Email: YDill@childrensnational.org

Program Director
Timothy D. Kane, MD
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-476-2151
Fax: 202-476-4174
Email: TKane@childrensnational.org

Associate Program Director
Cynthia A. Gingalewski, MD
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-476-2151
Fax: 202-476-4174
Email: CGingale@childrensnational.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the benefits?

  • Health, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Annual & Sick Leave
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Backup Child and Elder Care

A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in our Benefits Guide.

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