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2-Year FMIGS AAGL Fellowship

Two Year Post-Graduate Fellowship

Nestled in the one of the nation’s most dynamic cities, the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) Fellowship Program at Las Vegas Minimally Invasive Surgery (LVMIS) is attracting international attention.  Our program specializes in the latest minimally invasive surgical and non-surgical treatments for gynecologic and uro-gynecologic issues.  Each faculty member of LVMIS has specialized skills that contribute to the overall fellowship learning experience, including vaginal surgery, traditional laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, pelvic reconstruction, and robotics, as well as minimally invasive office-based procedures.  Through strategic collaboration with WellHealth Women’s Specialty Care, residency programs including Harbor-UCLA and University of Nevada School of Medicine and local hospitals, our fellows are also able to operate with local expert surgeons in multiple disciplines, with the latest and greatest technology, in the most cutting edge surgical suites.  Additionally, through referrals to the Women’s Pelvic Health Center, which generates an average of 5,000 surgeries on an annual basis, the LVMIS fellowship program is able to offer fellows a high volume and variety of cases. 

Warren Volker, MD, PhD, FACOG, is the director of the LVMIS fellowship. He currently serves as managing partner of Women’s Specialty Care, CEO of Wellhealth, assistant professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) and Harbor-UCLA, president and medical director of Volker Medical Research Foundation, chief of staff at Centennial Hills Hospital, and the Director of the Minimally-Invasive Surgery Program at Southern Hills Medical Center. Dr. Volker is internationally recognized for his contributions to minimally invasive surgery in women’s health and has a proven record of professional surgical education for post-graduate GYN surgeons for over 12 years.

Dr. Joy Brotherton, MD, FACOG, is Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harbor-UCLA Medical center in Torrance, CA.  She completed a MIGS Fellowship under Steve McCarus in Orlando, and completed residency at Stamford Hospital/Columbia University in Connecticut.  She serves as faculty during our fellows’ off-site rotation at Harbor-UCLA, and has a special interest in clinical research for underserved populations.

Dr. Melissa Gutierrez, MD, FACOG, is the Assistant Fellowship Director, as well as the Assistant Clinical Director of LVMIS Women’s Pelvic Health Center, and a former MIGS fellow at LVMIS. Dr. Gutierrez received her medical degree from Boston University, and then completed her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.  Dr. Gutierrez is an expert in traditional laparoscopy and robotic surgery, as well as pelvic reconstructive surgery. She is passionate about improving women’s health care through advanced MIS training of fellows and residents. She has a special interest in international health, and has been involved in various medical mission trips in Guatemala and Peru.

Dr. Jasmine Pedroso, MD MPH, FACOG, serves as Assistant Fellowship Director and is a recent graduate of the LVMIS Fellowship program.  After completing her masters degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, she attended medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, then completed her residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  Dr. Pedroso has a special interest in minimally-invasive, cosmetic, and fertility-preserving approaches to chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, female sexual dysfunction, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. She is also especially passionate about increasing access to minimally invasive surgery for the underserved, patient and fellow education, both nationally and internationally.

Graduates from the LVMIS program will have the confidence and skills to perform advanced pelvic surgery, as well as the knowledge and preparation for the ever-changing business side of medicine.  As a physician in the WellHealth Quality Care Medical Group, the state’s largest Accountable Care Network, our fellows learn about the nuances of running a private practice, hospital administration, entrepreneurship and furthermore become involved in community outreach and patient advocacy.  Interested fellows even have the opportunity to pursue an MBA through a special executive program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, during their fellowship.  Whether our fellows choose to practice in an academic, hospital-based, large private group, or start his/her own MIS practice, LVMIS will provide the tools necessary to become not only a highly skilled surgeon, but also a genuine trailblazer in the field of women’s health.

To apply for the LVMIS Fellowship, candidates must have completed a four-year residency program and be in good standing from an accredited facility to apply.