Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

Program Director: J. Daniel Stanley M.D.

Associate Program Director: Richard Moore, M.D.

Residency Coordinator: Maggie Hamblen

Phone: (800) 947-7823, EXT. 7695  or (423) 778-7695 





 Program Highlights:
The Colon and Rectal fellowship is the first ACGME-approved fellowship of it type within the UT system as well as in the state of Tennessee. This one-year comprehensive clinical and research program is based primarily at Erlanger Medical Center. The goal of this program is to teach competent general surgeons to become well versed in the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. The program prepares the fellow to apply for and successfully obtain certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. The program is managed under the leadership of Dr. Daniel Stanley, Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program Director. The primary teaching responsibilities are shared by Dr. Stanley, Dr. Richard Moore, Dr. Shauna Lorenzo, and Dr. Eric Nelson, all of whom are board-certified colorectal surgeons actively involved with surgical education and research. All rotations will be performed at three hospitals: Erlanger Medical Center, Memorial Hospital, and Parkridge Hospital. All of the hospitals are located within a three-mile radius in the heart of downtown Chattanooga.

The Colon and Rectal resident will obtain a well balanced experience with anorectal surgery, minimally invasive techniques, pelvic floor center, surgical skill/simulation lab in a hybrid academic/private practice setting. Our colon and rectal program provides superb training with a board range of clinical experience and abundant research opportunities under the direct supervision of a multidisciplinary colon and rectal faculty. Emphasis is placed upon the personal instruction of the resident in the outpatient office, affiliated with University Surgical Associates, the Southeast region's largest general surgery and general surgery subspecialty practice.

There are didactic weekly/biweekly multidisciplinary tumor board conferences, weekly grand rounds, weekly/monthly colorectal conferences and journal club meetings. Weekly institutional basic science and morbidity and mortality correlation conferences also provide additional instruction. Attendance at departmental conferences is expected.

Dedicated research year is not required; however, the fellow is expected to be involved in a project that can be submitted for presentation to a regional or national meeting, with the underlining goal to be accepted in a peer-reviewed publication. Internal funding is available for original work.


Each trainee is given the opportunity to attend one meeting. Suggestions: ASCRS, American College of Surgeons and Southeastern Surgical Congress Meetings. Funding for other meetings is available if the resident is on the program.


UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Colon and Rectal Fellowship
Overall Educational Goals & Objectives
The UT College of Medicine Colon and Rectal Fellowship Program aims to provide the highest quality training to fellows in order to prepare them to become safe, effective, and successful Colon and Rectal surgeons skilled in care of colon and rectal care with patients with these types of issues. Specific aims are outlined below:

1. Educate the fellow to provide competent, comprehensive and quality medical care.


2. Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes required for fellows to demonstrate competency in patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.


3. Foster high quality care in a medical environment that recognized limitations in duty hours, which will continue to decline, and at the same time minimize fellow stress and fatigue in order to maximize fellow education and patient safety.


4. Provide an environment for the fellow that recognizes, encourages, and facilitates multidiscipline collaboration, confidentiality, cultural sensitivity, and ethical responsibility as critical components to professional development and clinical excellence.


5. Coordinate and maintain an academic curriculum in a learning environment that prepares the fellow for certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS).


Strengths of the program: Well balanced experience with anorectal surgery, minimally invasive techniques, pelvic floor center, surgical skills/simulation lab in a hybrid academic /private practice setting. Our colon and rectal program provides superb training with a board range of clinical experience and abundant research opportunities under the supervision of a multidisciplinary colon and rectal faculty.


Clinical or office experience: Approximately 4000 patients visit per year, with approximately 1000 new patients. The resident will participate in preoperative patient evaluations, operative procedures and postoperative care.


Interaction with general surgery residents: The colon and rectal surgery fellow is expected to participate in the supervision and training of the general surgery residents and medical students at various levels.


The following hospitals have been designated as participating sites for the fellowship -- all within a three mile radius:

Erlanger Health System, Level One Trauma Center, 975 East Third Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403

Memorial Health Care System, 2525 DeSales Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404


Parkridge Medical Center, 2333 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404




Prior to entering the Colon and Rectal fellowship the applicant must have completed an approved ACGME or RCPSC five year General Surgery Residency Program and be board eligible in general surgery.


The Colon and Rectal Fellowship program does not require the applicant to have a current Tennessee  valid license during the fellowship training process.  However, to be eligible for certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery the Colon and Rectal applicant must have a current valid registered full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state, territory, or possession of the United States or by a Canadian province, and must continue to be licensed throughout the certification process.

Application Procedure:

Applications to the Fellowship Program in Colon and Rectal Surgery will be processed through theElectronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  Applicants will go through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the matching process.  Our deadline for receiving applications through ERAS is September 15.  Interviews are conducted from August through mid October. 

 All applications must be submitted via ERAS and must include: 

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of medical diploma
  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • USMLE and ABSITE Scores
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement

We are now accepting application through ERAS for 2016-2017. 


Interviews are by invitation only and dates and times are limited.  Qualified applicants will be invited to interviews on a rolling basis. Interview dates are August 21, 2015 and September 4, 2015.




J. Daniel Stanley, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Fellowship Program Director

Associate Professor of Surgery


Richard A. Moore, PhD, MD, FACS. FASCRS
Fellowship Associate Program Director

Professor of Surgery



Shauna Lorenzo - Rivero, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Fellowship Assistant Program Director

Associate Professor of Surgery


Eric Nelson, MD

Colon and Rectal Faculty

Assistant Professor of Surgery







Dr. Elizabeth Norman McKeown

Colon and Rectal Fellow
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016

Medical School: 
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Charleston, SC

Swedish Medical Center / First Hill Program

Seattle, WA







Steven Porbunderwala, MD

Colon and Rectal Fellow

07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014


Medical School:

Temple University School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA


Morristown Medical Center

Morristown, NJ



Summit Medical Group

Colon and Rectal Practice

Florham Park, NJ




Kristin Turza, MD

Colon and Rectal Fellow

07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015


Medical School:

George Washington University School of Medicine

Washington, DC


University of Virginia Health System

Charlottesville, VA










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