Cleveland Clinic's Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Fellowship offers a 1-year Fellowship Council and Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA) accredited fellowship following the completion of a general surgery residency in the United States or Canada. We accept graduates of other foreign medical schools only if ECFMG certified. Non US citizens may apply for planned H-1B or O-1 Visa during their fellowship. Appointments to the fellowship are made on a competitive basis and can be initiated via the fellowship council.

Our educational goal is to improve the knowledge and skills of our trainees in the full spectrum of liver, pancreatic and biliary surgery. The operative experience includes open, minimally invasive and robotic surgery.

Clinical role: The fellowship consists of 80% clinical activities, including patient evaluation, operative experience, post-operative management, and patient follow-up. The fellow will assume a junior staff role for HPB consults. Operative experience includes a variety of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary procedures including acute and chronic pancreatitis, minimally invasive and robotic procedures, intraoperative ultrasound and microwave ablation, and other surgical oncology cases. The fellow will also participate selectively in the liver transplant program performing conventional liver cases, principally in donor procedures and living donor transplants.

Teaching role: Teaching responsibilities include involvement in HPB multi-disciplinary conference and formal HPB teaching rounds, in addition to resident and medical student teaching in the outpatient area, ward and operating room. The fellow will also organize and conduct the HPB Journal club.

Research role: Responsibilities include creation and management of new and existing clinical research protocols and retrospective chart reviews and clinical trials. The fellow is expected to prepare several papers, posters and abstracts for publication and presentation at national and local meetings.

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Staff Physicians

Staff Physicians

Our surgical staff includes 10 surgeons with diverse clinical, research, and administrative expertise and interests. Many are well-known leaders in the field.

Alumni Career Pathways

Alumni Career Pathways


    Amit Khithan, MD
    Current Fellow


    Robert Simon, MD
    Cleveland Clinic Health System


    Nelson Royall, MD
    St. John Medical Center


    Toms Augustin, MD
    Cleveland Clinic Health System - Fairview


    Anthony Stafford, MD
    United Kingdom


    Noaman Ali, MD
    Cleveland Clinic Health System - Akron


    Kevin El-Hayek, MD
    Cleveland Clinic Health System


    Au Bui, MD
    Kaiser Permanente Medical Center


    Juan Aguilar Saavedra, MD


    Gareth Morris-Stiff, MD
    Cleveland Clinic Health System


    Michael Johnson, MD
    Kettering Medical Center


    Kenzo Hirose, MD
    Johns Hopkins


    Richard Mackey, MD
    St. Joseph Medical Center


    Conrad Simpfendorfer, MD
    Cleveland Clinic Health System - Florida


    Yolanda Yang, MD
    Redwood City, CA


    Andrew Smith, MD
    United Kingdom


    Marc Connelly, MD
    Alaska Native Med. Ctr.


    Justin Wu, MD
    Kaiser Permanente Med. Ctr., San Diego


    Connie Campbell, MD
    Catholic Medical Center, NH


    John Li, MD
    Duke University, Asheville VAMC


    Peter Evans, MD
    Alfred Hospital, Prahan


    David Iannitti, MD
    Carolina's Heath Care


    Diederick Jalink, MD
    Queen's University, Ontario



Training environment

Our fellows develop a rich clinical experience across the spectrum of surgical practice, a quaternary care research hospital, and high volume community hospitals. All of our locations have excellent nursing, case managers, ancillary staff levels (with physician assistant on each service and physician assistant and general surgery junior support on the high volume services) allowing fellows to concentrate on their role as surgeons.

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by George Crile Sr., a general and endocrine surgeon; Frank Bunts, a neurosurgeon; William Lower, an urologist; and John Phillips, an internist. It was a new kind of medical center: a physician-lead, not-for-profit, integrated hospital and group practice, equally dedicated to patient care, research, and education. Cleveland Clinic quickly became a world renowned training hospital, medical school and research institute, known for offering the most advanced medical care. Cleveland Clinic's main campus consists of 41 buildings and more than 85 operating rooms, with constant expansion and renovation. Cleveland Clinic’s subspecialty surgeons are at the forefront of surgical care and are behind its reputation as a top-ranked, quaternary care hospital with an international referral base, and high volume critical care transfer service that cares for the most complex patients.

Cleveland Clinic is immediately adjacent to the University Circle Neighborhood, home of the Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland Clinic is centrally located and accessible from the downtown, east, and west side residential neighborhoods.

Fairview Hospital

Fairview Hospital is a 488-bed hospital located at the western edge of Cleveland, overlooking the Cleveland Metroparks. Fairview Hospital has served the community for more than 110 years, offering a full range of services and physicians skilled in providing that care.

Akron General 

Founded in 1914 as Peoples Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General is a not-for-profit healthcare organization that serves as the hub for Cleveland Clinic's Southern Region.

Contact Us

Contact Us

HPB Clinical Training Program (Fellowship)
Janine Keough
Program Administrator

Graduate Medical Education
Main Office

Center for International Medical Education
(International Visiting Physician Programs)