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Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (AWR) Fellowship Program

Dr. Belyansky HeadshotThe Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (AWR) Fellowship program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center (LHAAMC) is designed for graduates of an accredited general surgery residency who are ready to progress their training in the areas of hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction.

As a fellow in our program, you will gain extensive exposure and experience in hernia surgery from robotic interventions as well as minimally invasive laparoscopic solutions to open abdominal wall reconstruction for more complex hernia cases.  This experience will include unique opportunity to master the latest minimally invasive reconstructive techniques, laparoscopically and robotically, in a center with the highest MIS reconstructive series in the world to-date. In addition, you will also get extensive experience with open reconstructive techniques.

Our fellowship opportunity will prepare you for a life-long career in abdominal wall reconstruction. Our curriculum provides ongoing educational and research activities to ensure you the experience, resources and mentorship needed to meet your individual advancement goals. Our dedicated faculty are committed to your education. All training activities are appropriately supervised to ensure your competency and progressive autonomy throughout the program. One of the key quality features of our program is the Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center that is located onsite at LHAAMC. SAIL is a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that offers dynamic simulation, research and educational opportunities. As the third busiest hospital in Maryland, fellows will be exposed to a breath of experience in a welcoming, modern environment.

Over the years, our fellow alumni have gone on to establish successful clinical careers and many have ascended to clinical, academic and surgical societal leadership roles.

Please explore our website to get more details on the fellowship opportunities that are available to you at LHAAMC. I wish you success in your career and hope to meet you in Annapolis.

Igor Belyansky, MD
Fellowship Program Director, Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
 

Mission

The goals of the Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (AWR) Fellowship program are to:

  • Promote patient centered care and develop individualized treatment plans for every patient to determine the best surgical option
  • Provide the latest in advanced medical and surgical care for patients with diseases through minimal access techniques
  • Provide comprehensive understanding of the robotic platform
  • Perform a wide variety of hernia surgeries and abdominal wall reconstructions
  • Provide continuity of care to include pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative care
  • Complete a research project to be presented at a major meeting and written into a manuscript.
  • Participate in the planning and production of educational activities to enhance self-learning, scholarly activity and the education of the general surgery residents and medical students.

As a fellow in our Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (AWR) Fellowship program you will:

  • Provide the latest in advanced medical and surgical care for patients with diseases through minimal access techniques
  • Investigate, diagnose and recommend appropriate treatment options to patients and their families
  • Perform minimally invasive operative procedures
  • Provide pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative care
     

Faculty

Igor Belyansky

Igor Belyansky, MD  
Fellowship Program Director, Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Paul Kim, MD

Paul Kim, MD 
Attending Surgeon, Surgical Specialists

You will spend the majority of your Fellowship training onsite at LHAAMC and in our outpatient clinic.

As a fellow in the Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (AWR) Fellowship program, you will participate in the following conferences:

  • Innovations in Surgery – a monthly, multi-site, international live video conference co-directed by LHAAMC and the Cleveland Clinic
  • Monthly Grand Rounds as part of Surgical Services Quality Forum
  • Weekly Morbidity and Mortality
  • Research meetings with other fellows, residents and students, conducted by Faculty

Applicants interested in applying must meet the following requirements:

  • PGY4 or higher from accredited general surgery residency
  • Must be US citizen or resident, (J1 and H1 visas are not sponsored) 
  • Must be interested in career in AWR

The following documentation should be submitted to the Fellowship Coordinator, Melissa Keener via email [email protected] for review/consideration:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal Statement
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (must be emailed directly to the Fellowship Coordinator from the letter writers)