Colon & Rectal Surgery Fellowship

The Colon and Rectal Surgical Fellowship provides comprehensive education and training in all aspects of colon and rectal surgery.

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The Colon and Rectal Surgical Fellowship provides comprehensive education and training in all aspects of colon and rectal surgery. The fellowship, based at Albany Medical Center, is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center and a 766-bed tertiary care hospital. The fellowship is an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved program that prepares the fellow for certification by The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. The one-year fellowship encompasses the full breadth of colon and rectal surgery, including inpatient care, outpatient evaluation and management, endoscopy, and surgical management.

In addition to clinical responsibilities, the fellow is expected to participate in educating general surgery residents, medical students and other health care professionals. The fellow also participates in ongoing clinical research projects within the division of colon and rectal surgery. We welcome any questions you have about our program and encourage you to read about our curriculum, faculty and fellows to learn more.


Brian T. Valerian, MD
Professor of Surgery
Program Director, Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

Learn more about Colon and Rectal Surgery in the Albany Med Health System.

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About the Albany Med Health System
Albany Medical Center, the anchor of the Albany Med Health System, is one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York State offering a wide range of outstanding clinical care – from routine preventative care to sophisticated cancer and surgical care to life-saving emergency medicine – while teaching the next generation of medical providers and advancing critical biomedical research.

Living in the Capital Region
Albany is a great place to live, learn and work. It is the center of a region known for its robust economy, arts and culture, colleges and universities and recreational opportunities.

As a resident or fellow of Albany Medical Center, there are many resources available to you to help manage the demands of being a physician. Our goal is to promote work-life balance and overall wellness by advocating for you and providing you with the tools to reduce burnout, depression, and other stressors you may encounter during your training.

Distinction in Quality and Leadership
This program promotes professional success for physicians through a deeper understanding of Health Systems Science.

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David Palange, DO quote
Albany Medical Center provides a large variety of colon and rectal cases as well as research, teaching and educational opportunities. The large volume and team approach are what brought me here. This is a program I know will help me become a highly skilled and well-rounded surgeon and allow me to reach my personal and professional aspirations.”
David Palange, DOClass of 2021