Cleveland Clinic

Advanced hands-on training in laparoscopic surgery is offered by Cleveland Clinic’s Department of General Surgery under the preceptorship of Matthew Kroh, MD. The goal of the program is to help practicing physicians:

Improve proficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of patients requiring laparoscopic surgery
Learn the appropriate criteria for selecting patients that may benefit from surgical intervention and thus improve surgical outcomes
Learn innovative laparoscopic strategies and techniques
The curriculum of the four-week program includes observation, didactic sessions and lab work followed by outpatient experience and hands-on surgical training under the direct supervision of the preceptor.

Learning goals in the outpatient clinic include:

Patient evaluation
Patient selection
Learning goals in the operating room include hands-on training in techniques of minimal incision laparoscopic surgery including:

Foregut and bariatric surgery
Enteral access including laparoscopic G- and J-tubes
Inguinal and ventral hernia repair
Liver tumor ablation/laparoscopic ultrasonography
Laparoscopic colon surgery
Surgical flexible endoscopy
Antireflux surgery
Please note: Case volume is estimated and may vary depending on scheduling and staff availability.
Applicants must: 
  • Be board-certified or board-eligible general surgeons who routinely perform basic laparoscopic procedures
  • Be licensed in the state of Ohio or eligible to apply for a Special Activities Permit from the Ohio State Medical Board
  • Have practicing privileges in their parent institution
  • Provide a statement of goals and expectations, along with the application
Two weeks: $10,000
Four weeks: $20,000
The first step is to complete and submit this pre-application form

Our office will contact you shortly thereafter.