The UCSF Fresno/ALSA Minimal Invasive Surgery Fellowship is primarily based at Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Fresno, California. The fully accredited parent program, UCSF Fresno Surgery Residency Program, is also based at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.


Our mission is to educate and train medical professionals and foster research and
product development in laparoscopic and minimal invasive procedures.

The goal of this fellowship is to provide a focused and concentrated training experience under the direction of highly experienced surgeons.

Upon completion, the fellow will be able to perform minimally invasive laparoscopic operations safely and have a basic understanding of preoperative and postoperative management concepts. 

This fellowship involves three areas of interest:

The fellow will have responsibilities in each.



Fredrick Che, MD
Medical School: UC Irvine

Ashraf Haddad,  MD
Medical School: Jordan University

Keith B. Boone, MD, FACS, Program Director
Kelvin Higa, MD, FACS
Saber Ghiassi, MD


Applicant contacts:
Kelley Medico Montgomery                      Keith B. Boone, MD, FACS
Surgery Fellowship Coordinator               Program Director (ALSA office)
(559) 459-3722                                         (559) 261-4500        





The UCSF Fresno Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowhsip Program accepts application through The Fellowship Council.

Program Director- Keith Boone, MD
For information about our application requirements please see below.  For answers to specific questions, please contact:
Kelley Medico Montgomery, Surgery Fellowship Coordinator

Community Regional
Medical Center
2823 North Fresno St.
Dept. Surgery 1st Floor
Fresno, California 93721
Telephone:  (559) 459-3722
FAX:  FAX: (559) 459-3719
Web address:
UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program web address:
Application Requirements:  ( Program Specific Information)

Minimum Employment Requirements
To be eligible for an appointment contract for residency training with “The University of California” all current or expected trainees must possess one of the following for the duration of all anticipated years of training:


  • be a United States citizen
  • be in possession of a green card
  • be in possession of an EAD (work permit)
  • possess an ECFMG –sponsored J-1 visa


The University does not sponsor H-1B visas. Please contact individual programs regarding their policy on sponsoring H-1B visas.

California Medical License
The State of California requires housestaff who meet the following criteria to have a license in order to continue training:


  • US Graduate- must possess a license by the 1st day of the 25th month of (all) US ACGME Accredited Post Graduate Training
  • Foreign/International Graduate- must possess a license by the 1st day of the 37th month of (all) US ACGME Accredited Post Graduate Training


Background Checks
UCSF Fresno is committed to selecting and hiring the most capable housestaff in order to pursue its strategic goals of excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activity and service to the community.   All offers of appointment to UCSF Fresno sponsored GME programs are specifically conditioned upon a criminal background investigation. Background checks will be carried out by an agency on behalf of UCSF Fresno Graduate Medical Education Office. By signing the background check release form, prospective trainees are consenting to a background investigation


Additional Information for Foreign Medical Graduates
The State of California requires that graduates of schools outside the U.S. or Canada obtain a “Postgraduate Training Authorization” letter authorizing residency training in California. The letter is valid for entry into a training program for one year. The expected start date for residency training must be before the letter expires (one year from issue date).

You must be in possession of an ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate in order to commence residency training in the United States.  Please visit the ECFMG website at  for additional information on how to obtain certification.


Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.