Thoracoesophageal Fellowship

Thoracoesophageal Fellowship

The Digestive Disease Institute, in partnership with the Ryan Hill Research Foundation and the Sections of General Thoracic Surgery and Gastroenterology at Virginia Mason Medical Center, offers a one-year advanced thoracoesophageal fellowship opportunity for extensive experience in clinical and endoscopic research focusing on upper gastrointestinal disease.

A non-profit foundation established in 1979 by the famed surgeon Lucius D. Hill, MD, the Ryan Hill Research Foundation is dedicated to basic science as well as endoscopic and surgical research of a broad spectrum of esophageal disorders. The fellowship provides the opportunity to actively engage in research on digestive disease, both clinically and in the laboratory; to be funded to present at national meetings; and to participate in patient care during procedures and outpatient follow-up. Data on many of these patients is maintained in multiple ongoing prospective databases for the study of Barrett's esophagus, esophagectomy, esophagectomy quality of life and cost data, and paraesophageal hernia.

Fellowship Director Donald E. Low, MD, is Emeritus Head of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology at Virginia Mason Medical Center. In addition to Dr. Low, fellowship faculty consists of multiple providers on the Digestive Disease Institute care team who are part of the Esophageal Center of Excellence and have extensive expertise in the treatment and research of digestive disease.


Physicians who have completed a formal surgical residency in the United States as approved by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) before the application deadline are eligible.

International applications are also eligible, with candidate acceptance dependent in part on level of training and visa eligibility.

How To Apply:

Applicants must send their CV and, preferably, letters of recommendation to:

Donald Low, MD, Fellowship Director

Ryan Hill Research Foundation

Virginia Mason Medical Center

1100 Ninth Ave.

Seattle, WA 98111

(206) 223-6164

Bonnie Marston, Admin Assistant

[email protected]

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    Nov 29, 2022

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    Seattle, Washington

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