Thoracoesophageal Research Fellowship

Thoracoesophageal Research 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 Research Fellowship opportunity to provide opportunities in clinical and endoscopic research focusing on upper gastrointestinal disease.

The Ryan Hill Research Foundation is 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. Recipients also receive financial support to present at national meetings and have the opportunity to observe patient procedures and outpatient follow-up as well as active participation in Thoracic Tumor Board and Morbidity and Mortality conferences. The Thoracic Surgical Service maintains eight prospective databases for the study of Barrett's esophagus, esophagectomy, esophagectomy quality of life and cost data, as well as paraesophageal hernia, achalasia and esophageal perforation. The Fellowship currently has six active IRB protocols.

Fellowship Director Donald Low, MD is 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 a part of the Esophageal Center of Excellence and have extensive expertise in advanced endoscopic and surgical techniques.

The Ryan Hill Fellowship provides a salary and benefits which are comparable to ACGME fellowships. It also provides an unparalleled opportunity for research involving thoracic and upper gastrointestinal surgery and interventional endoscopy. It also provides the opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the United States.


Physicians who have completed a formal surgical residency in the United States as approved by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education are eligible. International applications are also eligible, with candidate acceptance dependent in part on level of training and visa eligibility.

How To Apply:

Please email a copy of your CV to: Bonnie Marston at [email protected]

Contact Information:

Donald E Low FACS FRCS(C) FRCSI(Hon) FRCSE(Hon) FRCSEdin(Hon)
Head, Thoracic Oncology and Thoracic Surgery
Director, Digestive Disease Institute Esophageal Center of Excellence
President, Ryan Hill Research Foundation
Virginia Mason Medical Center
1100 Ninth Ave
Seattle WA USA 98111
Off 206.223.6164
Fax 206.625.7245

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    Jan 10, 2020

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