University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center



University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center

Duration of Fellowship:

1 year 

Number of Available Fellowship Positions:


Program Director:
Program Director Email:

Masha Livhits, MD
[email protected]

Secondary Contact Name:
Secondary Contact Title:
Secondary Contact Email:

Yazmin Lona
Program Coordinator
[email protected]


10833 Le Conte Ave, 72-250 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Phone: (310) 206-2567
Fax: (310) 206-5535

Objectives of the Program:

To train the next generation of academic endocrine surgeons, who will lead and advance the field as technically outstanding clinical surgeons, skilled scientific investigators, and stewards of high-quality health care delivery.

Highlights of the Fellowship:

UCLA Endocrine Surgery is the leading center for the treatment of endocrine diseases in the Southern California region. The population of our immediate service area is 15 million, and that of our extended service area is 30 million (roughly 1 in 10 Americans). As a referral center for complex and/or reoperative cases, advanced endocrine malignancies, and familial endocrine syndromes, we manage patients from across the United States and abroad.

The fellow will be exposed to a high volume of cases spanning the entire spectrum of complexity. Sample fellow case log:
Thyroid: 125
Parathyroid: 125
Neck dissection: 20
Adrenal: 40
Pancreas/paraganglioma/other: 5

The Endocrine Surgery faculty (Dr. Michael Yeh, Dr. Avital Harari, Dr. Masha Livhits, Dr. Kyle Zanocco, and Dr. James Wu) complete approximately 900 endocrine cases per year, including thyroidectomy, central and modified radical neck dissection, parathyroidectomy, reoperative thyroid and parathyroid cases, and adrenalectomy (retroperitoneal and transabdominal approaches). The fellow is expected to be involved in roughly one-half of these cases. Fellows will become proficient at performing their own ultrasound and will participate in FNA and laryngoscopy procedures. The fellow also has an opportunity to participate in some advanced MIS and general surgery cases as interested. The fellow will take acute care general surgery call twice per month at Santa Monica-UCLA hospital.

Our robust dedicated Endocrine Surgery team includes an MS3, R1, R4, NP, and patient navigator. Flexibility in the schedule allows the fellow to tailor their schedule to maximize their educational and career goals. This is a 75% clinical, 25% research fellowship. The fellow will operate two full days per week and attend clinic one day per week.

The remaining time will be devoted to research, educational conferences, and career development. Our active, extramurally-funded research program regularly produces high-impact original research publications that influence the practice of endocrine surgery. The fellow will be supported by strong mentoring, full-time statistical expertise, and outstanding medical students. The fellow will participate in weekly research lab meetings and will run the monthly Endocrine Pathology and Endocrine Tumor Board conferences.

We invite qualified applicants to join our Endocrine Surgery family here in beautiful West Los Angeles, where we will foster your development into an expert endocrine surgeon in an environment that is rigorous, intellectually robust, fast-paced, nurturing, and fun.

Average Thyroid Case Volume: 125
Average Parathyroid Case Volume: 125
Average Adrenal Case Volume: 40

Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET):

Number of evaluation & management of NET (enteric and pancreatic only) cases per year: 2
Number of operative NET (enteric and pancreatic only) cases per year: 2

International Medical Graduates:

We can accept graduates of international medical schools with H1B visas.

Fellow must be American Board of Surgery eligible or certified:


Fellow must be able to obtain a full state license:

Yes - California

Special Considerations:

Our AAES Endocrine Surgery Fellow is hired as a "Clinical Instructor" and NOT considered part of a GME-sponsored program.

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Previous Fellows:

2022-2023 Fellow:
Na Eun Kim, MD, MSc
Endocrine Surgeon
Kaiser Permanente
Riverside, CA

2021-2022 Fellow
Vivek R. Sant, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

2020-2021 Fellow
Oliver J. Fackelmayer, MD
Endocrine Surgeon
University of Kentucky Healthcare
Lexington, KY

2019-2020 Fellow
Joana Ochoa, MD
Endocrine Surgeon
UW Health At Swedish American Hospital

2018-2019 Fellow
Lauren Orr, MD
Endocrine and general surgeon
The Oregon Clinic

2017-2018 Fellow
Yasmine Assadipour, MD
Associate at Virginia Surgery Associates
[email protected]

2016-17 Fellow
Feibi Zheng, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX
[email protected]

2015-16 Fellow
Kyle Zanocco, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
[email protected]

2014-15 Fellow
Masha Livhits, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
[email protected]

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