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HepatoPancreatoBiliary Surgical Fellowship

The Digestive Disease Institute, in partnership with the Surgery and Gastroenterology Departments at Virginia Mason, offers a two-year advanced fellowship opportunity for concentrated experience in hepatopancreatobiliary surgery.

Accredited by The Fellowship Council, the HepatoPancreatoBiliary (HPB) Surgical Fellowship program provides concentrated exposure to patients with benign and malignant pancreatic, biliary and liver diseases. The fellowship exceeds Fellowship Council and AHPBA requirements for certification in HPB surgery by providing a minimum of 100 total major operative HPB cases, including 25 major liver, 15 complex biliary, and 25 major pancreas cases. The fellow will act in the primary surgeon role for at least 70 of these major cases.

The program provides in-depth experience in the pre- and post-operative management of patients with simple and complex HPB pathology, as well as the acquisition of technical skills for performing complex HPB operations. Beyond the technical aspects of HPB surgery, a rigorous curriculum covers cognitive, system-based, and multidisciplinary care of patients with HPB disease, incorporating the use of the team's Pancreatic Head Mass Care Pathway and Pancreatic Cyst Care Pathway, and the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer Staging System. Pre-operative workup, postoperative management, multi-disciplinary team approach, and HPB clinical research are included.

Fellowship faculty consists of three HPB surgeons on the Digestive Disease Institute care team who are a part of the Liver, Pancreas, and Biliary Surgery Center of Excellence and have extensive expertise in the treatment and research of digestive disease. The fellow will work directly with Scott Helton, MD, FACS, Program Director, Thomas Biehl, MD, FACS, Associate Program Director, and Lauren Wancata, MD.


Virginia Mason’s HPB Surgical Fellowship supports U.S. and Canadian fellows in their clinical training. All U.S. applicants must be board eligible/board certified and qualify for independent medical licensing in the state of Washington. Canadian applicants must be eligible for an H1-B Visa and show proof of completion of the USMLE 1, 2 and 3. Currently, we are unable to sponsor graduates of residency programs outside the U.S. or Canada.

If you have questions, please contact:
Program Director
Scott Helton, MD, FACS
[email protected]

Fellowship Coordinator
Mindy Vu
[email protected]