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Endocrine Surgery Fellowship

Why UT Southwestern?

Endocrine surgery has a longstanding, rich tradition in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. William H. Snyder, III, started the endocrine surgery practice at UTSW in 1971, building a legacy of high-quality care until his death in 2010. Twenty years later, the practice has its own division and employs 7 out of the 10 fellowship-trained endocrine surgeons in North Texas, representing fellowship training from the University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan, Mayo Clinic, UCSF, Harvard/Brigham & Women’s, MD Anderson, and Johns Hopkins.

The objective of the William H. Snyder Endocrine Surgery Fellowship is to train highly skilled surgeons in the field of endocrine surgery who can confidently manage the breadth, depth, and nuance of simple and complex diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. These principles will be taught in a multidisciplinary university setting.

The Fellowship at a Glance

Clinical

The Division of Endocrine Surgery employs 7 full-time endocrine surgeons (Dr. Shelby Holt, Dr. Fiemu Nwariaku, Dr. Jennifer Rabaglia, Dr. Sarah Oltmann, Dr. Alan Dackiw, Dr. Ana Islam, and Dr. Courtney Balentine) and performs over 1,000 endocrine operations annually and growing. The fellows will be exposed to the full scope of endocrine surgical diseases across our 4 clinical sites, which provide exposure to complex referrals and re-operations (Clements University Hospital), county hospital population (Parkland Memorial Hospital), veterans (Dallas VA Hospital), and community-based practice (UT Southwestern Frisco).

Previous fellows have graduated with 350-400 cases, broken down as follows:

  • 200 thyroidectomies
  • 30 lateral neck dissections
  • 150 parathyroidectomies
  • 35 adrenalectomies (including laparoscopic, robotic, and open approach)

Educational

The fellow helps to lead the campus-wide bi-monthly thyroid cancer conference alternating with an adrenal tumor conference. The monthly divisional morbidity and mortality conference also includes a lecture series featuring invited speakers from radiology, pathology, mineral metabolism, thyroidology, endocrine oncology,     laryngology, and urology to expand our understanding of the complex, multidisciplinary perspectives needed to optimize the care of endocrine surgery patients.

The Bartolucci visiting professor lecture in endocrine surgery takes place every fall, with the fellow inviting a leader in the field of endocrine surgery of his/her choice. Previous speakers have included Dr. Thomas Fahey (NYU), Dr. Tobias Carling (Yale), Dr. Rebecca Sippel (UW), and Dr. Electron Kebebew (Stanford).

Research/Academic

The fellow is expected to submit an abstract to AAES and produce at least one manuscript during the year. Access to a robust clinical database, statisticians, and data collection assistance will be provided.

The fellowship sponsors formal ultrasound certification through AACE and ATA.

International Medical Graduates:

International medical graduates may apply, but they must be eligible to obtain a full Texas medical license, and their medical school must be in the substantial equivalence list listed on the Texas Medical Board website.

Special Considerations

The candidate must be eligible for and obtain a Texas medical license and DEA license prior to beginning the fellowship. The fellow will be required to apply for privileges at the Clements University Hospital and Parkland Memorial Hospital, and, if desired, the VA and Texas Health Resources Frisco.

Fellows will be required to take general surgery call at Clements University Hospital at least 1 weekend every 3 months, and more if desired. Reimbursement for general surgery call helps to fund the fellowship.