Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

Welcome to the University of Florida Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Training Program! 

UF Health Children's Hospital

We were honored to be the first ACGME-accredited, University-based pediatric surgery training program in Florida. We are in the match every other year as a single fellow program allowing maximal exposure to index cases. The intensive two-year training program includes all aspects of pediatric surgery. In the first year, fellows spend up to 2 months on electives which include neonatology and pediatric critical care. The second year is spent entirely on the pediatric surgery service. Further opportunities in pediatric congenital heart surgery and pediatric urology may be made available as desired by the fellow.

The Division of Pediatric Surgery at UF was established in 1967 under the leadership of Dr. James L. Talbert after his arrival from Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Our division has three full-time, board-certified pediatric surgeons, excellent clinical outcomes and basic science research programs, and a significant educational focus.  The graduates of our fellowship program have gone on to pursue academic surgical careers.

In addition to the traditional realms in pediatric surgery, highlights of our program include special expertise in minimally invasive techniques, neonatal surgery, ECMO, burn and trauma care, and oncologic surgery.  The operative experience is rigorous and rewarding.  We have productive clinical research programs in which fellows are encouraged to participate.  Fellows are present in faculty clinic once a week, to establish a solid outpatient care and work-up perspective.

The organized didactic component of the fellowship includes a weekly case conference and a subject conference, based on the required contents from the American Board of Surgery, and the SCORE curriculum.

Additionally, there is a twice-monthly divisional morbidity and mortality conference. Multi-disciplinary conferences that pediatric surgery fellows attend are pathology, tumor board, ECMO M&M, and PICU case conferences.   

Applications are accepted through ERAS; unless specified, we participate in the match through the NRMP.  Applicants must have completed training in an ACGME-accredited residency in general surgery, or scheduled to have done so when starting the fellowship.

Gainesville is a terrific place to live, with wonderful opportunities for you and your family. Beaches and world-renowned amusement parks are easy weekend getaways, within a two hours drive.  The Gainesville public school system is excellent, and the college environment is stimulating and fun. We welcome queries and would be delighted to answer any questions.

For more information regarding the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Training Program, please contact me at 352.273.8825 or

Janice Taylor, MD, MEd
Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery
Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program

Program Mission

Patient care: To provide timely, high-quality, cutting-edge care to children requiring surgery.

Education: To teach and train all levels of learners in pediatric surgery, from medical students through fellows, and provide a safe and pleasant environment to learn and to be mentored.

Research: To engage in educational, quality, basic science/translational, outcomes-based clinical (local, national, and global) research with the aim to improve care for the pediatric patient requiring surgery.

Program Aims

Prepare all trainees for successful completion of ABS certification in pediatric surgery on the first attempt. Graduate fellows who are safe and technically competent in a broad spectrum of pediatric surgery disease processes as evidenced by all fellows achieving level four or higher on all patient care milestones by graduation.

Division of Pediatric Surgery. Front: Wanda Frazier, clinical coordinator; Rachel Nettle, APRN; Brandi Defio, APRN; Janice Taylor, MD, MeD; Erin Murray, APRN; Brenda Stewart, clinical coordinator. Back: Russell Hawkins, MD; Robin Petroze, MD, MPH; Shawn Larson, MD; Lauren Indelicato, APRN; Jim Mullins, division administrator.


Shawn D. Larson, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Pediatric Surgery
Interim Chief, Pediatric Surgery

Steven L. Raymond, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Surgery

Janice A. Taylor, MD, MeD
Associate Professor, Pediatric Surgery
Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship


Program Coordinator

Cameron M. Ghalayini
Program Coordinator, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

Program Alumni

Listen to some of our graduates as they recount their time here and how it’s shaped their careers.

Fellowship Graduates

Year Name General Surgery Residency Training Last Known position
2024 Russell Hawkins, MD, MS University of Florida, Gainesville, FL UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
2022 Faidah Badru, MD St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO West Virginia University/Charleston Area Medical Center Charleston, WV
2020 Kevin Johnson, MD Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ University of Chicago Chicago, IL
2018 Faraz Khan, MBBS Wayne State University, Detroit, MI Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA
2016 Daniel Solomon, MD Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT Yale University, New Haven, CT
2015 Constance Lee, MD University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Kaiser Permanente Southern California Los Angeles, CA
2014 Ana Ruzic, MD University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY international humanitarian work
2013 Anne Kim, MD University of California – Davis, Sacramento, CA Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Cleveland, OH
2012 Ami Shah, MD University of Illinois, Chicago, IL Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL
2011 Belinda Dickie, MD, PhD University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada Boston Children’s Hospital Boston, MA
2010 Scott Anderson, MD University of Florida, Gainesville, FL University of Alabama – Birmingham Birmingham, AL
2009 Heather Paddock, MD University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL eConsultant, RubiconMD