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.
Nelya Melnitchouk, MD, MSc, Program Director
Recent Fellow Placement
2018 Graduate: colorectal surgeon, non-academic regional hospital
Recent Fellow Publications
Nelya Melnitchouk, MD
Number of Positions Offered:
Next Scheduled (Self-Study) Visit
Case Numbers – Past Five Years
|Low Anterior Resection||47||36||56|
|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|
|Abdominal Procedure Total||257||288||321|
|Pelvic Floor Evaluation||21||28||18|
|Endoscopy/Pelvic Floor Total||234||266||216|
|Endorectal Advancement Flap|
|Fecal Incontinence Procedures||5||2||2|
|Anorectoal Procedure Total||119||124||104|