Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery

Advanced hands-on training in laparoscopic surgery is offered by the Department of General Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation under the preceptorship of Dr. Alan Siperstein. The goal of the program is to help practicing physicians:

  • Improve proficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of patients requiring laparoscopic surgery and to learn the appropriate criteria for selection of patients that may benefit from surgical intervention thus improving surgical outcomes.
  • Learn innovative laparoscopic strategies and techniques
The curriculum of the 4-week program will include observation, didactic sessions and lab work followed by out patient experience and hands-on surgical training under the direct supervision of the preceptor.

Learning goals in the Outpatient Clinic will include:
  • patient evaluation
  • patient selection
Learning goals in the Operating Room will include hands-on training in techniques of minimal incision laparoscopic surgery including:

Inguinal and Ventral Hernia repair, Spleenectomy, Adrenalectomy, Liver Tumor Ablation/Laparoscopic Ultrasonography, Laparoscopic colon Surgery, Surgical Flexible Endoscopy, Antireflux surgery.

To be accepted into the program, applicant should be a board certified or eligible general surgeon with basic laparoscopic skills who routinely performs such procedures and wants to expand into advanced procedures. Participants should be licensed in the state of Ohio or be eligible to apply for a Special Activities Permit and should have practicing privileges in the parent institution. The participants must also provide a statement on goals and expectations related to the program along with the application.

The advanced hands-on training will be offered over a 4-week period. The registration fee for the program is $10,000. Please review the Participation Agreement (pdf) for other related details.

Application and Instructions (pdf)

Department of General Surgery website
General Surgery staff