Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship


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 Shanti Mohling, MD and Rayan Elkattah, MD who completed our 2016 MIGS 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 Teaching Physicians                              


 Robert Scott Furr, MD

 Program Director
 Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship


Dr. Robert Scott Furr, Program Director
C.Y. Liu, MD, FACOG, Founder of the MIGS Fellowship  
Joseph S. Bird, Jr., MD, FACOG  
Stephen DePasquale, MD, FACOG  

Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, MD, FACS, FASCRS

J. Daniel Stanley, MD, FACS, FASCRS  
Donald H. Chamberlain, MD, FACOG, FACS  
Alfredo Nieves, MD, ACOG, AAPM  




2018- 2019 MIGS Fellows   

 Camille Ladanyi, MD


 Medical School: University of Colorado 

 OB/GYN Residency: Maine Medical Center


Peter L. Sticco, MD

Medical School: St. George's University Medical 

OB/GYN Residency: NY Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist



Program Description and Overview

da Vinci Surgery by MIGS FellowsThe 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 in order to become a proficient minimally invasive surgeon, a provider must have:

  • a broad understanding of advanced gynecologic disorders, especially ones that often end in a surgical intervention  
  • extensive surgical and clinical expertise that focuses not only on laparoscopic surgery; but also on advanced abdominal and vaginal surgery  
  • an excellent understanding of research methodology and evidence-based practice principles

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 the 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:


We are currently interviewing and reviewing applications for two MIGS fellow/faculty positions to begin training July 1, 2018.  For a list of current AAGL accredited programs, go to


Applications are available via the AAGL website at  


2017 Match

The FMIGS match is conducted through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). You will be required to register for the match on the NRMP website (  Below, please see important NRMP dates:

  • June 21, 2017 - Match Opens
  • August 2, 2017 - Rank Order List Entry Opens
  • September 6, 2017 - Quota Change Deadline
  • September 20, 2017 - Rank Order List Certification Deadline
  • October 4, 2017 - Match Day

Important Dates

  • Deadline to submit application: July 1, 2017
  • Program start date: July 1, 2018
  • Interviews with applicants: To be determined by each site. To be scheduled no later than September 8, 2017.

For more information about the Chattanooga MIGS Fellowship, contact Dr. Furr's Practice Manager and Fellowship Coordinator, Lora Larson:  (email  Phone (423) 899-6511.  Fax (423) 899-1160.)


Revised 9/6/2017

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