Harvard Combined Endocrine Surgery Fellowship

The Harvard Combined Endocrine Surgery Program is an integrated fellowship between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. It offers intensive clinical training with a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal diseases. Together, we perform more than 2,000 endocrine operations per year, of which fellows typically perform more than 300 cases (thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, neck dissection and adrenalectomy).

In addition to working with 11 different endocrine surgeons, fellows receive training from radiologists, pathologists and endocrinologists. We provide broad experience in complex endocrine surgical cases, including reoperative parathyroid surgery, minimally invasive adrenalectomy, locally advanced thyroid carcinomas 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 an August 1 start date
  • All faculty hold full-time teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School
  • Fellows typically perform more than 300 endocrine cases per year
  • Opportunity to work with multiple endocrine surgeons
  • Opportunities for collaborative clinical and basic science research
  • Fellows are encouraged to pursue independent research during fellowship to present at national surgical meetings
  • Fellows spend six months at the Brigham and six months at MGH in three-month blocks
Program Objectives
  • To offer an exposure to a broad range of endocrine surgical procedures, including the most complex and advanced tumors
  • To teach fellows about the comprehensive care of the endocrine surgical patient, including the work up, management and postoperative care
  • To lay a foundation for a transition to clinical practice with specific mentoring about how to start and run an endocrine surgery practice
  • To train and mentor the future leaders of endocrine surgery

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital are scientific, clinical and academic powerhouses, 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.

We are 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. 

Meet the endocrine team.

Research Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities for collaborative clinical, health services and basic science research. Protected time for dedicated research is available and can be discussed with the program director in advance of starting the fellowship.

Teaching Facilities

Brigham and Women's Hospital is located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area in Boston, Massachusetts. Massachusetts General Hospital is located on the edge of Beacon Hill in downtown Boston. The two hospitals are part of Mass General Brigham, the largest health care provider in Massachusetts.

Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital are international leaders in virtually every area of medicine and have been sites of pioneering breakthroughs that have improved lives around the world.


Applications to the Harvard Combined Endocrine Surgery Program must be completed through the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons website.

Requirements and Deadline

The following items are required to complete the online application:

  • $125 (USD) application fee
  • Citizenship/Visa information (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • ABSITE scores (for applicants in U.S. residency programs)
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Personal statement 
  • Head shot (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 allows the letters 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 application varies slightly from year to year. You should check the AAES website for specific details and deadlines.

Selection of Interview Candidates

Each application is reviewed in its entirety with a focus 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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