Get to know Kellen Welch, MD, colon and rectal surgery fellow.

Career goal: My career goal is to become a colorectal surgery attending and serve as mentor to students, residents and other trainees in a teaching institution. I hope to continue to learn, serve and advance health care in my community.  

“My training in minimally invasive robotic surgery has been excellent and will stick with me for my career.”

What makes your LVHN training program different from others across the country? 

LVHN offers an academic feel in a busy community setting. This allows vast exposure to a variety of disease processes and surgical pathology. LVHN also offers the newest surgical technology. 

What has been the most unique part of your training experience so far? 

The most unique aspect of my fellowship training has been the relationships formed with my mentors. The attending surgeons care about teaching and allow appropriate autonomy in the operating room. They respect the fellows and treat us as equals. 

What is one memory you have from your training so far that will stick with you for your career? 

My training in minimally invasive robotic surgery this year has been excellent and will stick with me for my career. I am excited and eager to bring the skills that I’ve developed to my future role as an attending surgeon. 

What is one piece of advice you would share with someone as they select a training program? 

Try to find a program with the best ‘fit.’ Picture yourself working with the faculty you meet in a location that you like. Look for programs that teach different techniques and offer the latest advancements. 

What does it mean to be a resident/fellow at LVHN? 

Being a fellow at LVHN means striving to become a leader in your field so that you can better serve your community. 

Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

Learn more about LVHN’s Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship program.

Program overview