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Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship - Grant Medical Center

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Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship - Grant Medical Center

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Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship - Grant Medical Center

Mission Statement

Our mission for the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program is to safely train physicians to become experts in the field of colorectal surgery and remain committed to ongoing learning through study and assessment of their outcomes. Graduates of the program are capable of making significant contributions to the field of colorectal teaching, leadership, and scholarship.

About Program

Our program was established in 1975. As of 2018, 74 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 with an opportunity for outside rotations at the Cleveland Clinic and MD Anderson allowing the fellows an opportunity to achieve their own personal goals. 

This OhioHealth program is based at Grant Medical Center. The Colorectal Service is very active with 6 Board certified faculty who provide training in all facets of colorectal surgery, including all types of abdominal surgery, anorectal surgery, colonoscopies, about one-half of which are with polypectomy. Fellows also have the opportunity of performing endorectal ultrasound, laser surgery, transrectal endoscopic, sacral nerve stimulator, microsurgery, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. 

Fellows spend two or more half-day sessions per week seeing patients in the office with the attending on their service. They participate in decision making and office procedures, including flexible sigmoidoscopy. In addition, fellows staff a charity Colorectal Clinic held three times a month. 

Program Director

Bruce Kerner, MD

Program Objectives

To achieve an educational experience that results in a resident practicing 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

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 plan and design. A research nurse is available, as well as the attending surgeons for the purpose of completing the project.

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


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
323 E. Town Street, Suite 100 
Columbus, OH 43215

JoAnn Rodehaver
Residency Program Specialist Lead
323 E. Town Street, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43215
Fax: 614-566-8073