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Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

The division of Pediatric Surgery offers a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Surgery. One new resident is chosen each year through the National Resident Matching Program. To date, over 50 Pediatric Surgery Residents have been trained in the division. The Pediatric Surgery Residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is one of the more renowned programs in the United States.

During the training period, the resident assumes graded responsibility and is exposed to the entire spectrum of pediatric surgery, including trauma, neonatal surgery, transplantation, bariatric surgery, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, fetal intervention, and advanced anorectal reconstruction.

The Division of Pediatric Surgery includes 19 full-time pediatric surgeons, 6 PhD researchers, 16 nurse practitioners, general surgery residents from three different programs in Cincinnati, and medical students. The operating room is one of the busiest in the country with over 35,000 cases performed annually. The emergency department evaluates over 100,000 patients each year. Each resident completes approximately 1,100 pediatric surgery cases during their residency. In addition to training the accredited pediatric surgery fellows, the division offers year-long advanced training experiences in Trauma/Critical Care, Fetal Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Vascular Malformations/ Oncology, and Basic Science Research.

We have expanded our Subspecialty Fellowship Program by adding the option to obtain a Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati. This optional educational offering will coincide with fellowship. This option requires a two-year commitment which would include clinical and Master’s degree work.

The Master’s degree programs that we offer are:

  • Master of Science in Clinical Research, including two optional focus areas:
  1. Clinical Epidemiology/Clinical Effectiveness
  2. Clinical Trials
  • Master of Education for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals
  • Master of Public Health

We also offer a two-year experience for an International Fellow as well as a one or two-year training experience in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO).


  • Morbidity/Mortality (weekly) Tumor Board (weekly)
  • Pediatric Surgical Grand Rounds (weekly)
  • Radiology/Surgery Conferences (weekly) Trauma M&M (monthly)
  • Transplant M&M (quarterly) Fetal M&M (quarterly)
  • Trauma Case Review (monthly)

Program Administration

Aaron P. Garrison, MD, Program Director
Gregory M. Tiao, MD, Associate Program Director
Meghan Wiesner, Program Coordinator

How to Apply

You can apply for our ACGME-accredited residency / fellowship in pediatric surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) website.

The completed application must be received no later than Dec. 31. All applications are reviewed by our training committee, and select applicants are asked to visit for a personal interview.

In addition, three letters of recommendation are required: one from the director of your current training program, one from a surgeon with whom you have worked and one from another professional with whom you are personally acquainted, preferably a pediatric surgeon.

For more information about the Pediatric Surgery Department at Cincinnati Children’s, contact Meghan Wiesner at or 513-803-9226.

Visit the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Website

Aaron P. Garrison, MD
Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Director

Meghan Wiesner
Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 513-803-9226

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