Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship
The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, its Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Women's Surgery Center for Advanced Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery are proud to provide a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) approved through a formal affiliation agreement with the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL).
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Faculty
J. Stephen Rich, M.D., FACOG, FACS, Program Director
Also Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Robert S. Furr, M.D., Assistant Program Director
C.Y. Liu, M.D., FACOG, Founder of the MIGS Fellowship
Joseph S. Bird, Jr., M.D., FACOG
Donald H. Chamberlain, M.D., FACOG, FACS
Stephen DePasquale, M.D., FACOG
Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, M.D., FACS, FASCRS
Alfredo Nieves, M.D., ACOG, AAPM
John D. Stanley, M.D., FACS, FASCRS
Program Description and Overview
The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga sponsors a two-year AAGL-approved Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS). The MIGS Fellowship in Chattanooga was established by world renowned Dr. C.Y. Liu in 1997, and is the oldest continuous gynecologic endoscopic fellowship program in the United States. The MIGS Fellows are paid faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and are involved in teaching medical students and residents. Our Fellows have gone on to become leaders in the field of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at major academic institutions and in private practice.
The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology propose that, to become a proficient minimally invasive surgeon, a provider must have:
Physicians entering a MIGS Fellowship must have completed an ACGME accredited OB/GYN Residency Program. By participating in multiple, large, community-based referral practices, the MIIGS Fellow will receive broad exposure to medical and surgical managements of complex gynecologic disorders. Interaction with the Graduate Medical Education Programs offered by The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga provides exposure to a rich academic environment, as well. It is an ideal setting in which to provide additional training for post-graduate fellows seeking clinical and academic expertise in these fields.
Our primary goal is to train physicians who will provide top quality patient care and education, and be leaders and innovators in gynecologic minimally invasive surgery and in treatment of advanced gynecologic disorders such as pelvic pain, endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and menopausal care.
For physicians interested in pursuing formal and comprehensive training in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, go to the AAGL website for information about the application process, educational goals and objectives for the two-year fellowship, and surgical procedures available. We encourage residents currently in an accredited OB/GYN Residency Program or physicians already in practice to consider this challenging specialty and the outstanding educational opportunities in Chattanooga as part of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. Access specific information about the approved MIGS Fellowship via the AAGL website links below:
For more information about the Chattanooga MIGS Fellowship, contact the Program Director, Dr. Stephen Rich, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Fellowship Coordinator, Joann Trimble, at email@example.com .