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Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship - Grant Medical Center


Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship - Grant Medical Center

Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship - Grant Medical Center

The Fellowship Program at Grant Medical Center was established in 1975.  As of 2012, 66 fellows have successfully completed the program.  The Colorectal Program at Grant Medical Center provides a well-rounded experience in all aspects of this specialty with particular emphasis on the practical, day to day side of the colorectal office practice.  Fellows are given the opportunity to work in several different settings including an Academic Institution allowing the fellows an opportunity to achieve their own personal goals.

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Program Director

Bruce Kerner, MD

Program Objectives

To achieve an educational experience that will result in a resident to practice competently and independently without supervision.

  1. The evaluation by clinical history and physical examination and the prescription of treatment for patients with disorders of the lower gastrointestinal tract and anus.
  2. Evaluation and interpretation of imaging studies of the bowel, including plain and contrast x-rays, CT and MRI scans, ultrasound studies, angiography and radionucleotide scintigraphy.
  3. Recognition of common colorectal conditions by the studying of gross anatomy and hystology studies.
  4. Performance of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies, including anoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and polypectomy, and laparoscopy.
  5. Planning, patient preparation, performance and follow-up care of operative procedures of the colon, rectum and anus.
  6. Recognition and management of complications of colon and rectal diseases and operations.
  7. Performance of common anorectal office procedures such as banding of hemorrhoids, drainage of abscesses, excision of thrombosed hemorrhoids, etc.
  8. Performance and/or evaluation of defecography, intestinal transit studies as well as anorectal manometry and transrectal ultrasound studies.
  9. Actively participate and meet expected goals with respect to colon and rectal research project using clinical, animal, and bench information or through investigation.


During the fellowship, you will be under the supervision of Senior Attending Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Your responsibilities will include:

Rotation schedule

  • Participating in preoperative patient evaluations, operative procedures and postoperative care.
  • Attending office and clinic hours.
  • Participating in rounds with the attending physician.
  • Documenting consults and operative notes in a timely manner.


Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the residency. The didactic program includes:

  • Weekly Colon and Rectal Surgery Conferences
  • Weekly M&M
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery Grand Rounds (held whenever there are 5 Wednesdays in a given month)

You will be expected to participate in clinical research leading to the publication and/or presentation of at least one manuscript. Fellows can choose or be assigned a topic and develop their own pland an design. A research nurse is available as well as the attending surgeons for the purpose of completing the project.

Hospital training takes place at Grant Medical Center, Riverside Methodist Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Surgical experience
The combined overall number of cases performed annually by all fourteen colon and rectal surgeons are as follows:

  • Colonoscopy Procedures: 3,400
  • Major Abdominal Operations: 200
  • Anorectal Procedures: 350


See eligibility criteria for all programs.

Additional eligibility criteria:

  • Training certificate from the State Medical Board of Ohio
  • Board Eligible General Surgeon
  • Graduate of an ACGME approved general surgery residency

There are two positions available each year. Selection of residents is made through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). To apply please submit the following:

  • Four letters of recommendation (one from your current Program Director)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement
  • A valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the United States)—


For more information please contact

Bruce Kerner, MD
Medical Education
285 E. State Street, Suite 670
Columbus, OH 43215

JoAnn Rodehaver
Team Leader, Grant Medical Center
285 E. State Street, Suite 670
Columbus, OH 43215
Fax: 614-566-8073


  • Pedro Aguilar, MD
  • Scott Brill, MD
  • Joshua Braveman, MD
  • Melinda Jack, MD
  • Bruce Kerner, MD
  • Peter Lee, MD
  • William Wise, MD