Pediatric Colorectal Research Fellowship

Pediatric Colorectal Research Fellowship

The Pediatric Colorectal Research Fellowship is a one- or two-year program focusing on the treatment and long-term outcomes of patients with pediatric colorectal problems.

The Pediatric Colorectal Research Fellowship is a one- or two-year program. The fellow will conduct research on the treatment and long-term outcomes of patients with pediatric colorectal problems and may also possess surgical assistant responsibilities. Based on fellow interest, collaboration with our basic science colleagues in the area of tissue engineering will be encouraged and fostered.

In April 2014, Nationwide Children’s Hospital formed The Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction: one of the first centers in the world to formally integrate all specialties involved in providing complete care of the colon and rectum in kids. This environment provides a unique experience for pediatric colorectal fellows.

What You Need to Know

Clinical and Research Components

The fellow’s experience will be in advanced colorectal surgery and collaborating specialties, including GI Motility and pelvic reconstruction. The Colorectal Research fellow will participate in data collection and QI projects focused on colorectal surgery in pediatric patients, as well as the study of optimal curriculum development for pediatric surgical education in the area of colorectal surgery. Tissue engineering experience is also available through collaboration with the basic science labs of Christopher Breuer, MD and Gail Besner, MD. The fellow is expected to submit at least two papers for publication.

Supervisory and Patient Care Responsibilities

The fellow will participate as a teaching assistant for junior residents. In addition to research responsibilities, the fellow will review colorectal, GI motility and urologic/gynecologic reconstruction cases.

Didactic Sessions and Teaching Methods

The fellow will participate in the robust teaching conferences offered by the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction Surgery, as well as pediatric surgery, pediatric urology, pediatric gynecology and/or pediatric GI. The fellow will participate in weekly meetings with the reconstructive and motility/fecal incontinence teams, in which case presentations and discussions will demonstrate case selection, operative planning, medical management, and identification of complications and pitfalls in order to identify optimal approaches to solving colorectal problems.

Fellow Supervision and Evaluation

The pediatric colorectal research fellow will participate in research under the mentorship of the program director and designated research mentors.

The program director will meet with the fellow quarterly to review overall performance. A final summative evaluation will be provided at the conclusion of the program.

Education & Training

Objective: To conduct research on the treatment and long term outcomes of patients with pediatric colorectal problems, including but not limited to:

  • Newborn assessment of anorectal malformations: Urologic, Spinal, Sacral, Gastrointestinal, Gynecologic
  • Different types of anorectal malformations: Rectoperineal fistula, Rectourethral fistula, Rectovestibular fistula, No fistula, Cloacal malformation
  • Proper newborn radiologic evaluation for anorectal malformations: AP Spine, Sacral X-rays, Abdominal ultrasound, Renal ultrasound, Spinal ultrasound, Cross-table lateral X-Ray
  • Correct newborn surgical intervention in anorectal malformations: Anoplasty, Colostomy, Hydrocolpos drainage
  • Newborn assessment and treatment of Hirschsprung’s disease: Radiologic evaluation, Irrigations, Primary pull-through, Colostomy
  • Surgical management of index colorectal conditions
  • Medical management for variety of colorectal problems: idiopathic constipation, constipation in anorectal malformation, constipation in Hirschsprung disease, hypermotility in anorectal malformations, hypermotility in Hirschsprung disease, entercolitis
  • Medical management and surgical interventions of fecal incontinence: Sigmoid resection, Malone procedure
  • Assessment of complex Hirschsprung disease in postoperative soiling or obstructive symptoms - medical management, rectal biopsy, indications for re-operation
  • Medical and surgical management of intractable idiopathic constipation: laxative trial, colonic resection therapies, motility evaluation


Research education and training are vital to the mission of Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. As a top-ten free-standing pediatric research center and an academic affiliate of The Ohio State University, The Research Institute has an outstanding faculty, dedicated to training and mentoring the next generation of scientists in pediatric research.

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Eligible candidates should have completed at least 2 years of general surgery training at an ACGME-approved (or international equivalent) general surgical residency. 


Interested applicants should send the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Two letters of recommendation from pediatric surgeons with whom you have worked

Submit above by mail or email attachments to Program Coordinator Vickie Leonhardt at or

Mail to:

Amy Rouse
Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction
Department of Pediatric Surgery
700 Children’s Drive, ED377
Columbus, Ohio 43205

(614) 355-9952


For more information regarding the Pediatric Colorectal Research Fellowship, please contact:

Richard J. Wood, MD
Program Director

Amy Rouse
Program Coordinator 
(614) 355-9952