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Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery

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Advanced hands-on training in laparoscopic surgery is offered by Cleveland Clinic’s Department of General Surgery under the preceptorship of Matthew Kroh, MD. The goal of the program is to help practicing physicians:

  • Improve proficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of patients requiring laparoscopic surgery
  • Learn the appropriate criteria for selecting patients that may benefit from surgical intervention and thus improve surgical outcomes
  • Learn innovative laparoscopic strategies and techniques

The curriculum of the four-week program includes observation, didactic sessions and lab work followed by outpatient experience and hands-on surgical training under the direct supervision of the preceptor.

Learning goals in the outpatient clinic include:

  • Patient evaluation
  • Patient selection

Learning goals in the operating room include hands-on training in techniques of minimal incision laparoscopic surgery including:

  • Foregut and bariatric surgery
  • Enteral access including laparoscopic G- and J-tubes
  • Inguinal and ventral hernia repair
  • Splenectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Liver tumor ablation/laparoscopic ultrasonography
  • Laparoscopic colon surgery
  • Surgical flexible endoscopy
  • Antireflux surgery

Please note: Case volume is estimated and may vary depending on scheduling and staff availability.

Applicants must: 

  • Be board-certified or board-eligible general surgeons who routinely perform basic laparoscopic procedures 
  • Be licensed in the state of Ohio or eligible to apply for a Special Activities Permit from the Ohio State Medical Board 
  • Have practicing privileges in their parent institution 
  • Provide a statement of goals and expectations, along with the application
Two-week program: $10,000
Four-week program: $20,000
The first step is to complete and submit this pre-application form

Our office will contact you shortly thereafter.


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