Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

The Pediatric Surgery fellowship program at the University of Chicago Medicine is a two-year ACGME-accredited program that consists of extensive clinical and surgical training in pediatric surgery, including trauma, ECMO, oncology, congenital abnormalities, minimally invasive surgery, subspecialty, and critical care services.


Grace Z. Mak, MD

Professor of Surgery, Program Director

Applicants must have completed training in general surgery and be eligible to take the qualifying examination in general surgery given by the American Board of Surgery or the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Interested applicants should apply to the program via the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). One fellow is selected every other year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The program start date is August 1 of every other year, and the end date is July 31 of the second year.

The Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program will participate in the 2023 Match for Appointment Year 2024. 

    During the first year, pediatric surgery fellows not only work closely with attending staff in all aspects of general pediatric surgery, but also gain exposure to a number of pediatric specialists during electives, including neonatology, pediatric critical care, urology, otolaryngology, cardiac surgery, and burn surgery.

    The second-year fellow serves as the chief of the pediatric surgical service with full clinical responsibility, as well as administrative responsibilities coordinating and conducting conferences, including Morbidity and Mortality, Multidisciplinary conferences (ECMO, NICU, PICU, Trauma, Maternal Fetal Medicine, ER), Surgery/Pathology/Radiology rounds, and Journal Club.

    Each fellow will have the opportunity to attend the following courses/conferences:

    • American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA)
    • Pediatric Colorectal Course
    • Course for Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery (Northwestern)
    • Elective conference, chosen by the fellow

    Current Pediatric Surgery Fellows:

    2023     Saunders Lin
    Residency: Oregon Health & Science University

    Past Pediatric Surgery Fellows:

    2022     Frances Okolo
    Residency: University of Pittsburgh
    Current Position: Maynard Children's Hospital at ECU Health Medical Center

    2021     Marielena Bachier-Rodriguez
    Residency: University of Puerto Rico
    Current Position: University of Chicago

    2020     Minna Wieck
    Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
    Current Position: UC Davis Health

    2018     Lindsay Talbot
    Residency: Duke University
    Current Position: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    2017     Manish Raiji
    Residency: Georgetown University Hospital
    Current Position: University of Chicago

    2016     Erica Carlisle
    Residency: University of Chicago
    Current Position: University of Iowa

    2015    Jonathan E. Kohler
    Residency: University of Washington
    Current Position: UC Davis Health

    2014    Juan Carlos Pelayo
    Residency: University of California San Francisco
    Current Position: Cedars Sinai Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center

    2013    Anthony Hogan
    Residency: University of Miami
    Current Position: University of Miami

    2012    Sara Chang
    Residency: Baylor College of Medicine
    Current Position: Children's Hospital of Central California

    2010    Erika Newman 
    Residency: University of Michigan
    Current Position: University of Michigan

    2009    Grace Z. Mak 
    Residency: University of Cincinnati 
    Current Position: University of Chicago