Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

Mission Statement

The goals of the UMass Memorial Division of Colon and Rectal surgery are encompassed in our four-part mission statement:

  1. Providing exceptional, state-of-the-art care for our patients
  2. Educating medical students, residents, and practicing physicians
  3. Advancing the field of colorectal surgery through research and investigation
  4. Serving as an educational resource and advocate for the Central Massachusetts community

2019 Fellowship Interview Dates at UMass Memorial Medical Center

  • September 9 - 10, 2019 (Dinner on 9/9 and Interviews on 9/10)
  • September 23 - 24, 2019 (Dinner on 9/23 and Interviews on 9/24)



Teresa Paulin

Physician Extenders

Janet McDade, NP
Christine Mikule, FNP
Jennifer Guertin, PA

Current Fellow

C. Tyler Ellis, MD

C. Tyler Ellis is the current Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellow at UMass.  He grew up in Florence, SC and completed a BS at the University of South Carolina.  He continued his education at the Medical University of SC, graduating with duel degrees: MD/MS in Clinical Research.  He went on to complete his general surgery training and a fellowship in health services research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Tyler is a board-eligible general surgeon who came to UMass to obtain preeminent training in colorectal surgery.  He has a strong clinical and research interest in rectal cancer and plans a career in academic colorectal surgery.  

Academic Expectations

  • Research
    • Manuscript ready for submission
    • Expenses will be covered for podium presentation
    • Project will be assigned prior to starting fellowship
    • Submission of abstract from research project to national meeting
  • Minnesota or Cleveland Clinic CRS course (optional) – may use GME funds
  • General Surgery Grand Rounds- topic and time TBD
  • Medtronic Sacral Nerve Stimulator Course (paid)
  • Colorectal Residents Annual Career Course (paid)
  • Program Evaluation Committee - CRS

Clinical Sites

  • UMass Memorial Healthcare
    • University Campus (388 beds)
    • Memorial Campus (385 beds)
    • Hahnemann Campus
  • Outpatient Visits
    • Faculty Clinics
    • ARP lab
    • 67 Belmont:
    • Southborough Medical Group (Alavi and Davids)

Conference Schedule

  • General Surgery M&M: Monday 5 pm
  • Grand Rounds: Wednesday 7 am
  • CRS Teleconference (w/ Lahey/RI/Baystate): 4th Wednesday at 8 am
  • GI/Surgery IBD case conference : 1st Thursday 5 pm
  • GI Pathology: every 8 weeks
  • GI tumor Board: Friday noon
  • Core Curriculum/Clinical Correlation: Thursday 6:30 am
  • Journal Club: every 8 weeks

Team Structure

  • Mentor/Mentee relationship
    • Will be responsible for endoscopy/clinic/surgeries of assigned rotation only
  • 2 teams
    • JAM/JSD
    • KA/PS
    • Teams switch at end of the month
  • Team make-up
    • Discharge summaries, progress notes, orders, drain removal, etc.
    • Fellow/junior
    • Chief/junior
    • PA helps with daily inpatient care/activities for both teams

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Name Current Location
Jennifer S Davids (BWH)  Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center
Erica B Sneider (UMass) Colon and Rectal Surgical: A Division of ProHEALTH Care, Lake Success, NY
Pasithorn (Amy) Suwanabol (UW) Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Michigan
Andrew T. Schlussel, D.O. Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington
Uma Phatak Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

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