University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine



University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Duration of Fellowship:

1 Year - Fully funded clinical training year 

Number of Available Fellowship Positions:


Program Director:
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Associate Director:
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John I. Lew, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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Tanaz Vaghaiwalla
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Joyce Fernandez
Senior Administrative Assistant
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Division of Endocrine Surgery
DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery
University of Miami Health System
Clinical Research Building, Suite 410 (M875)
1120 NW 14th Street
Miami, FL 33136

Phone: (305) 243-1280
Fax: (305) 243-4221

Objectives of the Program:

This program will provide advanced clinical training, teaching and research opportunities within the field of Endocrine Surgery. Fellows will become proficient in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of endocrine diseases. This fellowship offers a flexible and balanced workload with exposure to other disciplines including medical endocrinology, nuclear medicine and endocrine pathology. This program provides an outstanding opportunity for surgeons to develop the expertise to pursue careers in Surgical Endocrinology.

Highlights of the Fellowship:

One of the first Endocrine Surgery fellowships established in the country, the University of Miami/Jackson Medical Center serves a large number of patients with thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreatic endocrine diseases. The annual caseload for fellows consists of 200 thyroid, 85 parathyroid, 20 adrenal and 2-4 neuroendocrine pancreatic and GI tumor cases. Fellows will have an independent staff clinic entirely devoted to endocrine tumor and disease. Fellows become proficient in office and intraoperative ultrasound for thyroid and parathyroid disease, and fine needle aspiration and thyroid cytology. Home of the 'Miami Criterion' pioneered by George L. Irvin III, M.D., fellows also become well-versed using intraoperative parathyroid hormone monitoring for 'targeted' or minimally invasive parathyroidectomy. Fellows will also gain a strong experience in laparoscopic adrenalectomy. Opportunity exists for additional exposure to pancreatic/NET cases with additional University of Miami surgical faculty. Fellows also play an active role in subspecialty conferences, clinical and translational research, and manuscript preparation and publication. The program is designed to give fellows graded independence with the expectation that they will be able to practice independently at the end of the fellowship year.

Average Thyroid Case Volume: 200
Average Parathyroid Case Volume: 85
Average Adrenal Case Volume: 20

Neuroendocrine Tumor (NET)

Number of evaluation and management of NET (enteric and pancreatic only) cases per year: 2-3
Number of operative NET (enteric and pancreatic only) cases per year: 1
Number of NET case discussions per year: 12

The fellow has an opportunity to participate in a Multidisciplinary NET (enteric and pancreatic only) Tumor Board which meets monthly.

If the fellow desires, there is an internal opportunity to engage in a more robust NET experience. They can research and participate withy the NET program through the medical oncology division.

International Medical Graduates:

 We can accept international applicants with EB and HIB Visas

American Board of Surgery:


State License Requirements:

Yes - Florida

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Previous Fellows:

William Mendez, M.D. (2006-2007)
Professor and Chair of Surgery
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Mark Sneider, M.D. (2007-2008)
Attending Surgeon, Allina Hospitals
Minneapolis, MN

Azad A. Jabiev, M.D. (2008-2009)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
UMass/Baystate Medical Center

Jennifer Cannon, M.D. (2009-2010)
Attending Surgeon, Cone Health Medical Group
Burlington, NC

Melanie Goldfarb, M.D. (2010-2011)
Professor of Surgery, Saint John's Cancer Institute
Santa Monica, CA

Maria B. Albuja-Cruz, M.D. (2011-2012)
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Rachel Raphael, M.D. (2012-2013)
Attending Surgeon, AdventHealth Medical Group
DeLand, FL

Ashley Hodes, M.D. (2013-2014)
Attending Surgeon/Medtronic
Durham, NC

Josefina C. Farra, M.D. (2014-2015)
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Melissa LoPinto, M.D. (2015-2016)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
West Virginia University School of Medicine (Morgantown)

Eden Amdemichael, M.D. (2016-2017)
Attending Surgeon, Maryland Surgeons
Baltimore, MD

Melissa Mao, M.D. (2017-2018)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Ki Won Kim , M.D. (2018-2019)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Bryan Whitfield (2019-2020)
Attending Surgeon, Chattahoochee Surgical Group (Northside Hospital)
Cumming, GA

Mohammed W. Jeraq, M.D. (2020-2021)
Attending Surgeon, Doctors Hospital at Renassiance
McAllen, TX

Zahra F. Khan, M.D. (2021-2022)
Attending Surgeon, Palm Beach Health Network Physician Group
Delray Beach, FL

Clinton Ingersol, M.D. (2022-2023)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
SUNY Upstate Medical University