Brigham and Women’s Hospital


At Brigham and Women’s Hospital our surgery residency and fellowship programs offer the best academic training one can receive due to our strong clinical focus, a tradition of educational excellence, a diverse and exceptional group of residents and faculty, and a superb multi-varied research experience built on several NIH training grants. Our goal is to train the future best in the field of surgery.

Our Colorectal Surgery Fellowship program has offered trainees a well-balanced and high volume of cases since its inception in 2010. Our fellows perform a significant number of laparoscopic, robotic, and open procedures, as well as an ample number of re-operative abdominal and pelvic cases. Additionally, because our institution has a direct affiliation with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, our fellows gain significant experience in all approaches to the surgical treatment of colon, rectal, and anal cancer. At the BWH Crohn's and Colitis Center, we have several GI faculty whose expertise in the care and treatment of patients with inflammatory bowel disease provides our fellows with an extensive clinic and operative experience in the surgical treatment of IBD patients. As a tertiary care referral center, we also attract patients with complex diverticular disease. To round out the training experience, our fellows have sessions for colonoscopy as well as operative days performing outpatient anorectal procedures; they also spend one day each month in a pelvic floor clinic performing anal physiology testing.

Upon graduating from our program, our fellows have had excellent exposure to all facets of colorectal pathophysiology. The rich operative experience in laparoscopic, robotic, and complex re-operative pelvic surgery rounds out the fellow experience.

Faculty Listing

Nelya Melnitchouk, MD, MSc, Program Director
Ronald Bleday, MD
Christian Corwin, MD
Joel Goldberg, MD, MPH
Jennifer Irani, MD
Melissa Murphy, MD, MPH

Recent Fellow Placement

2018 Graduate: colorectal surgeon, non-academic regional hospital
2017 Graduate: colorectal surgeon, non-academic medical center
2016 Graduate: colorectal surgeon, private practice
2015 Graduate: military staff surgeon
2014 Graduate: pediatric surgery fellowship; pediatric general surgeon, academic hospital

Recent Fellow Publications

Nelya Melnitchouk, MD
Lisa Cannistraro
75 Francis Street
Department of Surgery
Boston, MA 02115

Number of Positions Offered:

  • Clinical: 1
  • Research: none

Accreditation Status

Next Scheduled (Self-Study) Visit

Case Numbers – Past Five Years

Abdominal Procedure 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20
Segmental Colectomy 75 93 111
Laparoscopic Resection 66 83 79
Low Anterior Resection 47 36 56
Abdominoperineal Resection 20 17 23
Proctocolectomy Total 16 17 15
Proctocolectomy w/Ileostomy 8 6 4
Proctocolectomy w/Ileoanal Reservoir 8 11 11
Prolapse Repair Total 7 16 8
Prolapse Repair Abdominal 3 8 5
Prolapse Repair Perineal 4 8 3
Stomas Total 105 100 103
Stomas Complications 9 10 7
Pelvic Dissections 83 72 93
Abdominal Procedure Total 257 288 321
Endoscopy/Pelvic Floor 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20
Proctoscopy/Anoscopy 34 41 33
Colonoscopy Total 145 163 154
Colonoscopy Diagnostic 114 133 113
Colonoscopy w/Intervention 31 30 41
Pelvic Floor Evaluation 21 28 18
Endoscopy/Pelvic Floor Total 234 266 216
Anorectoal Procedure 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20
Hemorrhoidectomy 25 29 23
Fistulotomy 22 22 37
Endorectal Advancement Flap
Fecal Incontinence Procedures 5 2 2
Internal Sphincterotomy 6 6 2
Transanal Excision 13 30 13
Anorectoal Procedure Total 119 124 104