Applying for Hernia Fellowships

The Columbia Hernia Center is excited to announce that we have begun our search for the 2023-2024 Advanced Abdominal Wall Surgery Fellow at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City.

About the Abdominal Wall Fellowship

This fully funded training opportunity will encompass exposure to a wide range of Abdominal Wall surgery, including extensive experience with both routine and complex inguinal and ventral repairs, abdominal wall reconstructions, management of mesh complications and groin pain. The applicant will also have significant exposure to all aspects of modern robotic hernia and abdominal wall surgery.

How to Apply

We are looking for a driven individual with a track record of clinical excellence who is interested in a career in Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery.

Interested applicants should submit their CV, 2-3 letters of recommendation and a brief personal statement detailing their interest in the Fellowship and the Hernia field overall to:

Deadline for applications is March 15th, 2022 and we hope to complete our selection process by May 1st, 2022 (prior to the MIS match)

Unfortunately, we will not be able to consider H-1 or J-1 visa holders/applicants.

Fellowship Graduates

Below is a list of past fellows and their current clinical roles:


Dina Podolsky
Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, New York, NY


Vagahn Nikolian
Assistant Professor of Surgery at Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, OR


Kelly Tunder
Abdominal Wall Surgeon at Advocate Aurora Health, Milwaukee, WI