We welcome international participants who wish to engage in one-on-one clinical and surgical observations, shadow staff involved in departmental administrative functions, and discover the best practices and operational strengths of Cleveland Clinic.

Observational opportunities within the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

Breast surgery

Participants will be introduced to procedures such as nipple-sparing mastectomy, lymphaticovenous bypass, fluorescence lymph node mapping and breast reconstruction.

Colorectal surgery

Participants will observe all types of simple and complex colorectal procedures and surgeries, as well as patient histories and physicals. Participants will also attend ward rounds and educational conferences.

Hepatic-pancreatic-biliary surgery

Participants will observe advanced hepatobiliary surgeries, with a particular focus on liver resection and bile duct surgery, and liver transplant surgeries, including living donor surgery. Participants will attend tumor board and multidisciplinary liver transplant committee meetings, where patient candidacy and living donor liver transplant decision-making are conducted.

MIS abdominal wall reconstruction

Participants will learn advanced abdominal wall reconstruction techniques including laparoscopic repairs, complex component separations techniques, parastomal hernia repairs, flank hernia repairs and robotic approaches to hernia repair.

Obesity management

This program focuses on the surgical and clinical case, and the pathophysiological basis of that care, to prepare participants for emerging developments in the field of obesity management.


Participants will observe the care of patients with a broad spectrum of gastroenterologic and liver diseases, with exposure to a wide breadth and depth of expertise in the varying subspecialty fields of gastroenterology and hepatology.

General surgery

Participants will observe all types of simple and complex procedures and surgeries.