Welcome to Our Advanced GI MIS/Bariatric Fellowship - McLaren Flint Program

  • A Message from the Program Director
    Michael A. Kia DO, FACOS, FACS

    The goal of the Advanced GI MIS/Bariatric Fellowship at McLaren Flint is training fellows to:

    • Gain the knowledge and experience in the inpatient and outpatient evaluation and management of patients for bariatric, gastrointestinal, and advanced minimally invasive surgery procedures;
    • Refine procedural skills commonly required in the care of these patients such as advanced laparoscopic cases i.e. (solid organ, foregut, ventral hernia, inguinal hernia, colectomy and related procedures) in addition to endoscopy. The fellow will perform advanced cases such as bariatric procedures (RNY and Sleeve) and other advanced laparoscopic cases as well as complex acute care surgical cases;
    • Experience and understand the day-to-day function of a complex surgical service; and
    • Develop a “transition to practice” for the care of general surgical patients.


    At the conclusion of the fellowship, the fellow should be able to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical & surgical care to patients with surgical diseases approachable through minimal access techniques. This will include the abilities to investigate, diagnose, recommend appropriate treatment options, perform the operative procedures and provide the pre-, peri-, and post-operative care.

How to Apply

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The Fellowship Council Program ID: 1585.

Primary Training Site

Flint, Michigan



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In addition, our fellow runs a General Surgery Clinic at least once a month providing care to patients while training residents and medical students in the McLaren Flint Family Medicine Residency Clinic.