Sebastian de La Fuente, MD

About the Program

It is the goal of the Fellowship Council-Accredited Advanced Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgery Fellowship at AdventHealth Orlando to train future leaders in surgery whose focus is on GI and HPB. The main purpose of fellowship training is to provide the structured educational and training experience necessary to achieve expertise in these types of complex surgical procedures and patient care. The fellowship duration is 12 months. This fellowship focuses strongly on minimally invasive techniques, as well as robotic approaches for the management of complex gastrointestinal and HPB disease processes within the context of advanced GI surgery training.

The fellow will spend equal time performing minimally invasive and open surgeries. This is facilitated by a core faculty that includes surgical oncology fellowship-trained surgeons, whose practice is mainly dedicated to HPB and Surgical Oncology in general. This faculty is complemented by the presence of faculty from other backgrounds (minimally invasive fellowship trained surgeons, GI surgeons and endoscopists), who are leaders in their fields.

Clinical research is an integral component of the fellowship, and funded basic science labs are available for those who may be interested in pursuing research during the fellowship year. Submission of abstracts to national meetings is encouraged. The fellow will be also required to prepare manuscripts for publication at peer-reviewed journals.

A new, state-of-the-art skills training center is available for the training of residents and fellows, offering opportunities to participate in educational training activities with the house staff.

Sabastian G. de la Fuente, MD

Program Director

Faculty of AdventHealth Medical Education

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Georg Wiese, MD

Georg Wiese, MD

Associate Program Director

Steve Eubanks, MD, FACS

Chair of Academic Surgery

L. Thomas Chin, MD

Preceptor – Specializing in Transplant Surgeon

Jeffrey Chiu, MD

Preceptor - Specializing in General Surgery 

Francisco Couto, MD

Preceptor - Specializing in General Surgery 

Alexandos Coutsoumpos, MD

Preceptor - Specializing in General Surgery 

Nicholas Feranec, MD

Preceptor – Specializing in Radiology

Timothy McElveen, MD

Preceptor - Specializing in General Surgery 

Bernadette Profeta, MD

Preceptor - Specializing in General Surgery 

Collin Tully, MD

Preceptor - Specializing in General Surgery 

Daniel Barrera, DO

2020-2021 Fellow

Daniel Barrera, DO


  • Centura Health St. Anthony Hospital General Surgery Residency Program, Lakewood, CO
  • Categorical General Surgery Resident


  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D .O.)


  • National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
  • Post-baccalaureate Research Fellowship


  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology/Microbiology Minor in Sociology



Rotations Blocks
Surgical Oncology 8 Months
Minimally Invasive and Upper GI Surgery 1 Month
Transplant 2 Months
Electives 1 Month

The fellow will be exposed to a wide variety of conditions during the duration of the fellowship. This will allow acquisition of advanced technical and clinical skills essential for the professional clinical care of patients. This is due to the referral nature of our facility, as well as attraction of complex cases by the nationally and internationally renowned faculty. The fellow's time will be spent between core surgical oncology rotations, as well as minimally invasive. Rotations are typically shared with a junior general surgery resident with equal responsibility in the care of patients. Fellows are not required to take in-house calls but are responsible for the management of patients at all time with faculty supervision.

Expected Case Load:

The curriculum of this Fellowship includes the following goals and objectives, as detailed by the The Fellowship Council/ACGME core competencies.

  1. Patient care, including laparoscopic and robotic minimally invasive techniques
  2. Medical knowledge with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary oncology patient care
  3. Practice-based learning and improvement
  4. Interpersonal and communication skills
  5. Professionalism
  6. Systems-based practice

For more information please contact Maria Cepero, Advanced Upper GI/HPB Fellowship Coordinator


Program Information

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The Importance of Research

  • Helps to fulfill the ACGME competency requirement of "practice-based learning"
  • Helps our quality assessment
  • Helps us to serve our patients better and with more treatment options
  • Teaches Residents how to achieve these goals in their future practices

Residents and faculty involved in required GME scholarly activities receive guidance from the Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) through the Clinical Academic Research team, comprised of an Academic Research Mentor, a Project Coordinator, and a Regulatory Coordinator. In addition, the center includes a group of biostatisticians, a health economist, and a medical editor.

CCR assists residents and faculty with all types of scholarly activities (case studies, QI projects and research studies), from study design and protocol development, to data analysis and poster, presentation or manuscript preparation.


The Department of GME at AdventHealth is pleased to offer a one-year Fellowship Council accredited fellowship in Advanced Upper GI and HPB Surgery.

Candidates must have completed a general surgery residency in the United States, hold an M.D. or equivalent degree and be board eligible or board certified in general surgery. Interested candidates must email the required items below to the HPB Fellowship General Mailbox.


  • Completion of US General Surgery Residency Program
  • M.D. or equivalent degree
  • Board eligible or board certified in surgery
  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendations

Please Contact Us for more information.

Sample Resident Agreement

Eligibility and Selection Policy


We’ll Take Care of You

Program Benefits: $1,500 CME stipend

Salaries (Effective Academic Year 2020-2021):

  • PGY 4 - $60,257.60
  • PGY 5 - $62,316.80
  • PGY 6 - $65,416.00
  • PGY 7 - $68,494.40

Medical Insurance: Family medical insurance is provided free of charge through the AdventHealth insurance plan. Physician medical care co-pay is covered in all Residency offices.

Life Insurance: Life insurance, equivalent to one year's salary, is provided free of charge. Additional life insurance may be purchased for a minimal charge.

Vacation/Personal Time: Residents receive 20 days vacation/personal time each year. Major holidays are also off except when scheduled for holiday call.

Uniforms: Residents receive two white jackets for their year in fellowship. Scrubs are provided in each location's OR locker room if required.

Meals: Residents have access to the physician lounge when on duty.

Parking: Designated physician parking is free.

Physician Wellbeing

For more information on the many benefits offered across all programs, click here.


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  • Georg Wiese, MD

    Georg Wiese, MD


    AdventHealth General Surgery

  • Dan Pinnola, MD

    A. Daniel Pinnola, DO


    Grand Strand Health - Dept of General Surgery, Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Shani Fruchter, DO

    Shani Fruchter, DO


    NYU Langone Health- Dept of Surgery, New York, NY

  • Lusine Mesropyan, DO

    Lusine Mesropyan, DO


    Conemaugh Health System, Johnstown, PA 

  • Daniel Tentori-Figueroa, MD

    Daniel Tentori-Figueroa, MD


    ABC Medical Center,  Cuajimalpa de Morelos, MX

  • Amy Collins, MD

    Amy Collins, MD


    Jackson North Medical Center, Miami, Fl 

  • Neal Agree, MD

    Neal Agee, MD


    Lutheran Health Physicians, Fort Wayne, IN

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Application Process

Join Our Fellow Team

Applications must be e-mailed to our Fellowship Coordinator Maria Cepero.

Deadline for application: February 13th

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Fellowship Coordinator 
Contact Information

Maria Cepero, Advanced Upper GI/HPB Fellowship Coordinator
2501 N. Orange Avenue, Suite 400
Orlando, FL 32804