Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery


The fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) at the Univeristy of Louisville was first established in 2001 under the direction of Drs. Ronald Levine and Resad Pasic. The Division of MIGS has a rich history of pioneering gynecologic laparoscopy: The first laparoscopic bilateral oophorectomy in the U.S. was performed at the University of Louisville by Dr. Ronald Levine in 1984. The first endoscopic course in the U.S. was conducted by Drs. Levine and Pasic in 2001. The division later partnered with AAGL in 2001 to establish the first endoscopic cadaver course in the U.S. This cadaver course has served many physicians both nationally and internationally in honing their knowledge and skills in gynecologic anatomy and laparoscopic techniques.

The MIGS program is a two year program which utilizes academic and private clinical settings to train fellows in gynecologic operative laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, endoscopy, and robotics. Since its inception, the program has graduated 12 fellows who now hold positions in both academic and private practice settings. Past graduates have won prestigious awards such as the AAGL 2008 and 2010 Jay M. Cooper Endowed Award; the 2010, 2011 and 2012 IRCAD, and AAGL Excellence in Suturing awards. Our faculty and fellows have also authored or coauthored 75 peer-reviewed publications in major journals and books.

Fellows are designated departmental “instructors” who serve as attendings with periodic service and call responsibilities. Fellows have unrestricted access to the fresh tissue human cadaver laboratory, learning and teaching pelvic anatomy and various surgical techniques to residents and medical students. In addition, each fellow participates in post-graduate courses in anatomy and advanced endoscopy held at the University of Louisville.

The fellows have the opportunity to learn robotic surgery on a dual console Intuitive daVinci Si unit that offers practice in refining clinical robotic endoscopic procedures. Upon completion of the program, the fellow will be able to confidently perform most advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures and be eminently qualified to continue as an academic clinician in a supervisory position.


The division maintains its major outpatient care facility at the University of Louisville HealthCare Outpatient Center (HCOC) where the MIGS attending and fellows see their private patients as part of the University of Louisville Physicians (ULP) group. This facility also provides access to a self-contained outpatient operating room.

A resident and faculty clinic is also housed within the Department of Ob-Gyn-Women’s Health office suite in the UofL Ambulatory Care Building (ACB).


The practice has a wide referral base, accepting patients from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia. In the immediate Louisville metropolitan area, the division draws from a geographical area of 1.3 million people within a 50-mile radius.

The division has clinical patient care hour’s five days per week with laboratory and ultrasound services on site.


The division receives consults from members of the gynecology generalist division within the department and from physicians throughout the region.


Basic science research is conducted with departmental faculty members and Zhenmin Lei, MD, PhD. The following techniques are available in these investigator’s laboratories: Northern, Southern, Western and ligand blotting, covalent receptor cross linking, nested RT-PCR, cell transfections, antisense gene expression, gel mobility shift, cloning cDNAs, light and transmission electron microscopy, immunocytochemistry, immunoassays, cell and tissue culture, and in situ hybridization.


The fellow’s time during the first year is spent with the division’s faculty attendings in direct preceptorship with an emphasis on learning anatomy, surgical instruments, preoperative preparation and postoperative management for outpatient surgery, diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy and laparoscopy, allowing for increased responsibility as the fellow’s skill level increases. Fellows also participate in a bi monthly cadaveric dissection in the laboratory.

Through guided experience by attendings, fellows learn diagnoses and treatments for patients with conditions that can be successfully managed with minimally invasive surgical techniques.

A portion of time is devoted to the development of a clinical, basic science, or video research project.

Time is devoted to mastering the skills of myomectomy, hysterectomy, appendectomy, endometriosis, pelvic sidewall dissection, enterolysis, bowel repair, herniorrhaphy.

Fellows learn gynecologic urinary tract procedures and tubal reconstructive surgery. Procedural skills learned during the first year are honed during the second year, when the fellow assumes increased responsibility for the patient’s management care plan.

Each fellow is expected to have completed a research or video project by the end of the second year, which culminates in the annual research day presentation.


The fellowship is a cornerstone of the gynecology division, which is committed to a strong teaching curriculum for members of the department and school of medicine, including faculty, residents, and medical students. As part of our educational mission, the division conducts:

  • weekly patient care conference to review previous / upcoming surgeries, including video review of previous surgeries
  • weekly seminar/didactic courses where fellows present assigned textbook chapters and preselected articles under the direction of a faculty mentor, as per the core reading assignments set forth by the AAGL
  • weekly pre-operative conference regarding all upcoming resident surgeries
  • laparoscopic surgery and dissection on minimally embalmed cadavers performed every other month with a second and third year resident

Fellows attend the department’s weekly Grand Rounds presentations, pertinent weekly Continuous Quality Improvement, preoperative gynecology conferences, morbidity and mortality conference, and Journal Club, all held within protected educational time.

Fellows present a Grand Rounds topic during the final year and conduct several resident didactics during each year of training.


Shan Biscette, MD, assistant professor, Division Director, General Gynecologic Surgery

Resad Paya Pasic, MD, PhD, Professor and Director of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Fellowship

Jonathan Reinstine, MD, Fellowship Co-Director, private practitioner with Associates in OB/GYN

Lori Warren, MD, Fellowship Co-Director, private practitioner, Women First of Louisville.


Zhenmin Lei, MD, PhD, Professor and Interim Director of Research

Jeremy Gaskins, PhD, Biostatistician

Female Pelvic Medicine

Sean Francis, MD

Kate Meriwether, MD


Nkiruka Chuba, MD, PGY 7

Megan Cesta, MD, PGY 6

How to Apply

2020-2022 Fellow Application

Applications for the 2020-2022 Fellowship year will be available in February 2019.  For more information, please send an email to


  • Applicants must have completed a residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology within the United States.

Important Dates

The FMIGS match is conducted through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). You will be required to register for the match on the NRMP website (  Below, please see important NRMP dates:

  • February 2019:  Applications Open
  • June 15, 2019:  Deadline to Submit Fellow Applications
  • October 10, 2019: Match Day

Supporting Documents

The following documents must be included to complete your application:

  1. Digital photo.
  2. Curriculum Vitae which includes your educational pedigree, all abstracts, presentations at regional and national meetings, publications, honors, awards and achievements.
  3. Three letters of reference. One letter should be from your residency director.
  4. Your residency ACGME case list brief summary (1 page).
  5. Personal statement discussing your interest in pursuing MIGS training (1 page max).
  6. ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  7. TOEFL IBT certificate (if applicable)
  8. Official copy of USMLE or LMCC transcript
  9. If you are currently not a resident in training, provide the following:
    1. A description of your current practice.
    2. A list of all hospital staff and teaching appointments currently held, including types of privileges.
    3. A copy of your malpractice policy.


Dana Lamon, Fellowship Administrator

Phone: 502-561-7260

Fax:  502-561-8684



If you have further questions, fell free to contact the Fellowship Coordinator Dana Lamon at 502-561-7260 or via email at