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Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

This one-year ACGME accredited program prepares physicians for certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS). Our program is enhanced through collaboration with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.

As a tertiary care referral center, we offer broad and significant program experience balanced with high case volume including:

  • Surgical treatment of colon, rectal and anal cancer (The program is enhanced through collaboration with Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center
  • Extensive experience in the surgical treatment of patients with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis
  • Care and treatment of complex diverticular disease  
  • Training in colonoscopy and anorectal surgery
  • Collaboration with physicians in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

In addition, the resident rotates one session per week (half day) in the outpatient clinic and approximately one session per week performing endoscopies. Pelvic Floor experience occurs at the Massachusetts General Hospital once a month.  At the conclusion of the year, the resident will have had exposure to all colorectal disease problems and a rich operative experience in minimally invasive and open surgical techniques.

Nelya Melnitchouk, MD, MSc

Nelya Melnitchouk, MD, MSc

Program Director, Colorectal Fellowship; Director, Program in Peritoneal Surface Malignancy, HIPEC

Assistant Professor if Surgery, Harvard Medical School

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Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Topics

Quick Facts
  • The program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year via ERAS.
  • One fellow is appointed annually to the one-year colorectal fellowship
  • All faculty hold full-time teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School
  • Most fellows complete 400-500 procedures by the completion of the fellowship
  • 20-25 candidates interviewed each year
Program Objectives
  • To offer an exposure to a broad range of colorectal disease problems
  • To provide a rich operative experience in minimally invasive and open surgical techniques
  • To learn state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques
  • To undertake a clinical research project
  • Chapter Review: Weekly to biweekly with colorectal faculty. This conference is case based.
  • Journal Club: Review of current and "classic" manuscripts on a quarterly basis.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Conference: Biweekly case presentations by residents in conjunction with Gastroenterology Department.
  • GI cancer conference: Biweekly in conjunction with the medical and radiation oncologists at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.
  • Surgery morbidity and mortality conference: Weekly, sponsored by the Department of Surgery for all sections and divisions. Selected complications are presented by the residents and fellows. Radiology is reviewed and there is a literature review.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds: Coordinated by general surgery faculty. Colorectal or topics of significant interest are presented 1-2 times per month.
  • Fellows retreat: One full-day per year sponsored by the Partners HealthCare Graduate Medical Education Office. Specialized lectures relating specifically to post-residency fellows are reviewed. Networking is encouraged.
Research Opportunities

All residents are required to submit an abstract for presentation at the annual meeting of the ABCRS. All residents are encouraged to write one manuscript and one book chapter. Collaboration is an essential part of the experience at BWH.

Residents are also supported to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons and the meeting of the Colon & Rectal Surgery Society of New England, both in the spring. Other courses for specialized training are offered on a case-by-case basis.


Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is a scientific, clinical and academic institution with a long history of firsts. We foster a shared commitment to predict, prevent, and treat the world’s toughest diseases. Our collaborations are changing the future of medicine, in Boston and beyond.

Our culture in providing excellence in patient care, teaching and research affords an exceptional environment for clinical training and participation in exciting advances in basic and clinical research.

Committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of surgeons and leaders in medicine, our faculty is comprised of experienced clinicians who impart a breadth of knowledge and expertise during clinical rounds and in clinics. In addition, basic and clinical research mentors provide many research opportunities for residents and fellows.

Our faculty:

Ronald Bleday, MD, Division Chief and Program Director
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Jennifer Lynn Irani, MD, Gastrointestinal and General Surgery
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Joel Edward Goldberg, MD, Gastrointestinal and General Surgery
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Nelya Melnitchouk, MD, Gastrointestinal and General Surgery
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Teaching Facilities

Brigham and Women's Hospital is located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area in Boston, Massachusetts. It is Harvard Medical School's second largest teaching affiliate. With Massachusetts General Hospital, it is one of the two founding members of Partners HealthCare, the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts.

Brigham and Women's Hospital is an international leader in virtually every area of medicine and has been the site of pioneering breakthroughs that have improved lives around the world.


We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year via ERAS. We will begin the recruitment season in July 2019 for the fellowship position to begin on August 1, 2020. All resident applicants must register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) in addition to requesting an application from the AAMC ERAS electronic residency application system. Programs participating in ERAS may only accept those application materials sent electronically through ERAS. We will not accept any additional supporting documents by mail.

Requirements and Deadline

The program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. We require the following documents to be available for download through ERAS for a complete application to be reviewed:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcript
  • ABS in-training exam scores
Interview Information

Interview Candidates

Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character.

We interview approximately 20-25 candidates for the colorectal program each year. All invitations are sent through email via ERAS after our deadline. We contact all candidates with an invitation or decline.

Interview Dates

This year's interview dates will be held on:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Please contact Brigham and Women's Hospital Surgery Education Office with any further questions at 617-732-6861 or via email at

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

Please see our hotel accommodations page for more information.


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