Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

The Department of Pediatric Surgery offers a two-year ACGME-Accredited fellowship training program in pediatric surgery to Board Eligible or Certified general surgeons who are looking to gain experience in the surgical care of children.The mission of the program is to provide comprehensive training in an environment that emphasizes diverse clinical experience and excellence.

The Department of Pediatric Surgery responds to the surgical needs of a very busy emergency department with 100,000 visits a year. The surgical team is an integral part of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital solid tumor program which is a Children's Oncology Group (COG) affiliate. We serve a busy neonatal intensive care unit and treat a broad spectrum of tertiary cases and a full array of common surgical problems in children ranging from the newborn period to age 21.


The training program includes integration of didactic, clinical and operative instruction. Clinical education encompasses both inpatient and outpatient bedside teaching. The Training Program follows the ACGME guidelines for Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery and includes conferences in Radiology, Surgical Pathology, Trauma, Tumor Board, GI, Endocrinology, as well as Vascular Malformations Multidisciplinary Rounds, Core Curriculum, Journal Club and a bi-monthly Mortality and Morbidity Conference. The pediatric surgical fellow has the opportunity to become proficient in a broad range of surgical skills during the training program.

How to Apply

Applications are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

About Our Staff

Fuad Alkhoury, MD Cathy Burnweit, MD
Juan Calisto, MD Leopoldo Malvezzi, MD

In accordance with the ACGME requirements, each training program is expected to form a Clinical Competency Committee (CCC). The program director appoints the CCC. The CCC must have at least three program core faculty (excluding the program director) who have the opportunity to observe and evaluate the residents. The CCC meets at least semi-annually to review and discuss each individual residents' performance data and make a consensus decision on the progress of each resident by applying assessment data to the milestones. The CCC serves as an early warning system/early identification if a resident fails to progress in the educational program and make recommendations to the program director for resident progress including promotion, remediation, and dismissal. The program director meets with each resident semi-annually to review the CCC report and design an individualized learning plan for the resident. To learn more about the CCC, click here.

Below are the faculty members who serve on the CCC committee (in addition to the Program Director) for the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program:

  • Juan Calisto, MD
  • Leopoldo Malvezzi, MD
  • Shahab Shaffiey, MD