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Endocrine Surgery Fellowship

The endocrine surgery fellowship program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) offers intensive clinical training with a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreatic disease. We perform more than 800 operations per year of which fellows typically perform more than 300 cases (thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, neck dissection and adrenalectomy).

In addition to working with 10 different endocrine surgeons, fellows receive training from radiologists, pathologists, and endocrinologists. We provide a broad experience in complex endocrine surgical cases, including re-operative parathyroid surgery, minimally invasive adrenalectomy and neck dissections.

Fellows participate in weekly conferences devoted to endocrine surgery and in a monthly multidisciplinary conference. In addition to clinical responsibilities, fellows will participate in research initiatives in endocrine surgery.

Matthew A. Nehs, MD

Matthew A. Nehs, MD

Program Director

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Quick Facts
  • One-year fellowship with a 8/1 start date.
  • All faculty hold full-time teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School
  • Fellows typically perform more than 300 endocrine cases per year
  • da Vinci® Surgical System experience
  • Opportunity to work with multiple endocrine surgeons
  • Opportunities for collaborative clinical and basic science research
  • Fellows have two-three months of protected time for independent research
  • Fellows will experience a one month rotation at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Application deadline is June 30
Program Objectives
  • To offer an exposure to a broad range of endocrine surgical procedures
  • To learn state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques including the da Vinci® Surgical System
  • To undertake a clinical research project

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a scientific, clinical and academic powerhouse 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. 

Research Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities for collaborative clinical and basic science research. Fellows are given two-three months of protected time for independent research.

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.


Brigham and Women’s Hospital currently offers one fellowship position. Fellowship applications are reviewed and downloaded only through

Requirements and Deadline

The following items are required to complete the Online Application and Match System:

  • A credit card (Visa/MC/AMEX) to pay the $100 (USD) application fee.
  • Citizenship/Visa information (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • ABSITE scores (for applicants in U.S. residency programs)
  • Curriculum Vitae (Word or PDF)
  • Personal statement (Word or PDF)
  • Portrait photo (.jpg only)
  • Reference names and contact information. Three letters of recommendation are required. The system will automatically generate an email that will be sent to each letter writer. The email will contain a code which allow the letter of recommendation to be uploaded directly to the application site. Applicants will be able to see that a letter has been uploaded, but will not be able to see the actual letter.

The deadline for completing your online application and for all letters of recommendation is June 30. You may save your information and log in and out of the system during the application process.

Clinical and research opportunities are also available on a limited basis.  Please see our Department of Surgery Research section for more information.

Selection of 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.

Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, it is not possible to interview all who apply. Those who are invited will be notified approximately one month prior to the date of the scheduled interview.

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

Please see our hotel accommodations page for more information.


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