UCI/CHOC Fetal Research Fellowship Program

We are pleased to offer a two-year research fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and University of California – Irvine, ideal for a general surgery resident who has completed their third clinical year and is interested in pursuing a career in pediatric surgery.  The fellowship is funded through a grant bestowed upon the Fetal Care Center of Southern California and will focus on fetal diagnosis, fetal therapy, and improving the care of maternal-fetal dyads confronting complex anomalies.

For the motivated research fellow, there will be additional research opportunities within the division of pediatric general & thoracic surgery in areas of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, CPAM and other congenital lung lesions, ECMO, pediatric trauma, pediatric health disparities, and more.  The fellow will have access to numerous resources, including research coordinators, statisticians, and medical writers.  There are funds to cover the cost of travel for national/international presentations.  There will be an opportunity for the fellow to pursue a master’s degree through the University of California – Irvine.

The research fellow will be expected to take call approximately 4 times per month (including one weekend per month) on the pediatric surgery service and will be the clinical fellow in-house who evaluates patients and operates with CHOC/UCI pediatric surgery faculty. Additional information can be found at the UCI/CHOC Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program and the Fetal Care Center.

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      Orange, CA 92868

About the Program

Duration: 2 years
Clinical Call Required?: Yes
Clinical Call Requirements: Approximately 4 calls per month
There are additional research opportunities available within the division of pediatric general & thoracic surgery in areas of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, CPAM and other congenital lung lesions, ECMO, pediatric trauma, pediatric health disparities, and more. There is strong institutional support for research with provision of administrative assistants, research coordinators and biostatisticians.
CHOC is a tertiary care, freestanding children’s hospital serving a diverse population in the sixth most populous county in the nation. Ranked as a top children’s hospital by U.S. News and World Report, CHOC’s main hospital is a 334-bed facility that boasts a 92-bed level IV NICU, 30-bed PICU and 12-bed cardiovascular ICU. CHOC’s ECMO program is designated as a Gold Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization. CHOC’s Emergency Department is a 22,000-square foot, full-service, 24/7 ED and an ACS-verified level 1 pediatric trauma center. As a partnership between UCI Health and CHOC, The Fetal Care Center of Southern California brings together experts in maternal-fetal medicine and pediatrics. CHOC has seven main operating theaters, four minor procedure rooms, a dedicated cardiac surgery operating room, a cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology suite, and is presently adding two more operating rooms. Each of the main operating rooms are equipped with state-of-the art equipment for minimally invasive surgery. We provide robust training in oncology, minimally invasive surgery, and fetal diagnosis and management. We offer the full complement of regularly scheduled educational conferences, such as grand rounds, M&M, Maternal Fetal Care Conference, GI-Surgery conference, ECMO conference, trauma M&M and more. Learn more about CHOC’s division of pediatric general and thoracic surgery.

University of California, Irvine
UCI is the only academic health system in Orange County and has been recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report for 20 consecutive years. It is dedicated to the discovery of new medical frontiers, teaching future healers and the delivery of the finest evidence-based care. The UCI Department of Pediatrics boasts numerous nationally renowned divisions and a 45-bed, state-of-the-art, level III NICU that provides excellent medical and surgical care to a wide-range of neonatal conditions. In addition, high-risk perinatal deliveries occur at UCI Medical Center; newborns with complex surgical needs may be treated at UCI or transferred to CHOC. Learn more about the UCI Department of Surgery.
Interested parties should email Program Director Dr. Peter T. Yu at yup@choc.org.


Yu, Peter T. MD

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Appointments: 714-364-4050

Dr. Peter Yu is a board-certified pediatric surgeon at CHOC, performing all types of general surgery and specializing in neonatal surgery, perinatal counseling, pediatric laparoscopic surgery and hernia surgery.

Guner, Yigit S. MD

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Appointments: 714-364-4050
Office: 714-364-4050

Dr. Yigit Guner is a board-certified pediatric surgeon who performs general and thoracic surgeries on infants, kids and teens at CHOC.

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