Esophageal Research Fellowship

About the Program

The University of Washington's Esophageal Research Fellowship is an integral component of the Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery. This research fellowship is a one-to-two-year program focused on outcomes of esophageal, gastric, bariatric, and hernia surgery. It provides surgeons with extensive experience in research methodology, writing, and outcomes research. The program is designed for the surgeon who is interested in foregut surgery and provides a strong foundation to become a leader in academic surgery.

During this fellowship, fellows:

  • Run weekly research meetings with the Fellowship Director, other key CVES faculty, and clinical fellows
  • Receive training in esophageal function testing and interpretation (manometry, pH monitoring, and impedance)
  • Review and interpret 15-20 esophageal function studies per week in the Esophageal Diagnostic laboratory
  • Participate in grant writing, hypothesis generation and testing, data collection and study management, statistical analysis, and scientific writing and presentation.
  • Attend national surgical meetings to present research papers

Fellows will leave this fellowship with the skills to run an active esophageal physiology lab and perform outcomes research in surgery. This position does not participate in patient care.


Program Leadership

Dr. Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright, MD
Program Director
Center for Video Endoscopic Surgery Endowed Professor
Director, UW Medicine Hernia Clinic

Dr. Saurabh Khandelwal

Saurabh Khandelwal, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Associate Program Director
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, UW Medicine Bariatric Program
Co-Director, UW Medicine Center for Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery