Ph.D in Minimal Access Surgery University Doctorate Course

  • Ph.D in Minimal Access Surgery: Only 5 seats every year. Course starts from 1st of month at World Laparoscopy Hospital, Gurugram, Delhi, India
  • Ph.D in Minimal Access Surgery Duration: Three year Ph.D in Minimal Access Surgery University Doctorate Course
  • Speciality: For General Surgeon, Gynecologist, Urologist and Pediatric Surgeon (Only one admission each month)
  • Course Director and Chief Trainers: Prof. R.K. Mishra, Prof. Steven D Wexner
  • Certification and Accreditation: Ph.D certificate will be issued by a government-approved university that is recognized by the University Grants Commission, a statutory body under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India.
  • Course Fee: Rs 11,95,000 only for Indian Doctors and 25,000 USD for Overseas Doctors (Including Thesis Fee, University Registration Fee, Exam Fee, Study Material, Working Lunch, Lab Expenses, OT Dress and Local Transport). Candidate should pay the registration fee 5000 rupees at the time of application of course remaining fee ot the course on first day at the time of joining the course.
  • Stipend and Accommodation: Three month Free Accommodation at WLH Campus, and 30,000 Rupees / month stipend will be given.
  • Location: World Laparoscopy Hospital, DLF Phase II, Cyber City, Gurgaon, NCR Delhi, India
  • Admission: CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THIS COURSE (For any Course Related Query Please Call Mr. Anand Sinha at 00919811416832)

The Ph.D. program in Minimal Access Surgery at World Laparoscopy Hospital is a pioneering research-based doctoral course, setting a global standard for educating surgeons and gynecologists in both the theoretical and practical aspects of surgical research as it pertains to minimal access techniques. This Ph.D. program offers a unique opportunity for professionals to immerse themselves in the complexities of this ever-evolving field. Through extensive literature review, hypothesis development, and data collection, candidates in this program actively contribute to the advancement of knowledge of laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Their research endeavors result in the discovery of novel minimally invasive techniques, enhancements to existing laparoscopic procedures, and the exploration of cutting-edge technologies that push the boundaries of surgical practice. This focus on research sets our three-year Ph.D. program in laparoscopic surgery apart as one of the most distinctive programs globally.

This Doctor of Philosophy course at World Laparoscopy Hospital represents the pinnacle of highest postgraduate achievement in the field of Minimal Access Surgery. To attain this prestigious highest university degree, candidates must produce significant and original research in the areas of laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Throughout the program of Ph.D. in laparoscopic surgery, you will develop a deep and critical understanding of a specific clinical research area. Additionally, daily exposure to live surgeries in the operating room will provide invaluable experience, helping you overcome the challenges encountered in real surgical settings. This program is intensive and clinical in nature, with candidates actively assisting the course director in all clinical aspects related to patient care. Furthermore, participants will be deeply involved in projects directly related to the advancement of minimal access surgery techniques.

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This research-oriented Ph.D. in laparoscopic surgery program bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. As candidates engage in hands-on clinical practice as well as experimentation and data analysis, they gain a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies and challenges associated with minimal access surgery. This exposure empowers them to translate theoretical concepts into clinical practices that improve patient outcomes and safety. Pursuing a Ph.D. in Minimal Access Surgery nurtures critical thinking and problem-solving skills among aspiring researchers. The process of designing experiments, analyzing results, and interpreting data hones analytical abilities. This skill set is invaluable not only in the realm of research but also in clinical decision-making, where surgeons often face complex scenarios that demand innovative solutions.

Over the past 23 Years, the World Laparoscopy Hospital has gained regional and international recognition for its efforts to provide the best laparoscopic training. As part of a major academic medical center, the institute excels in training, research and clinical programs. Our dual purpose is to train those who will provide top quality patient care and be the academic leaders in minimal access surgery, who in turn will train many consultants for practice in communities across the country. This course is open to qualified professional Surgeons, Gynecologist, Urologist and Pediatric Surgeon. This course offers an exciting insight into technological advances in Minimal Access Surgery as well as a practical multidisciplinary approach to implementing this technology including through exposure and training in da Vinci robotic surgery. Candidates for the degree will be required to have extensive hands on training and they will also undertake a research program and will be required to submit a thesis for examination. The thesis should embody the results of an investigation carried out by the candidate, under supervision, which shows independence of thought and which demonstrates the candidate's ability to carry out research in the discipline of minimal access surgery.

Admission in Ph.D. in Minimal Access Surgery:

Admission to the Ph.D. program in laparoscopic surgery will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While the course commences on the first of each month, only five seats/year are allocated for the Ph.D. in Minimal Access Surgery program. In case the number of applicants exceeds the available seats, an online entrance examination will be conducted to determine admission to the Doctorate in laparoscopic surgery program. This courses is university doctorate course, endorsed by World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons.. Candidates must hold M.B; B.S or equivalent and at least 3 years post-registration experience in General surgery or Gynecology or degree of M.S or M.D, DNB, MRCS, MRCOG or equivalent. This three year course is designed for medical graduates who have postgraduate experience in surgery or gynecology with an interest in minimal access surgery. The World Laparoscopy Hospital is based at New Delhi and Gurugram and is an International training center with expertise in providing practical courses in laparoscopic surgery. The degree is awarded by the government recognized university after successfully completing the course designed by World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons and UGC recognized University. The course follows the post residency programme guidelines of SAGES. The candidates have to take final exam evaluation of thesis at New Delhi under the supervision of the University. After successful completion of the course the candidates attend the convocation of their degree.

Method of Study of Ph.D in Minimal Access Surgery:

During the initial three-month period, participants of Ph.D. in laparoscopic surgery will engage in comprehensive training modules, both theoretical and clinical, at World Laparoscopy Hospital in Gurugram, located in the NCR Delhi region of India. During this time, participants will have the valuable opportunity to collaborate with our expert consultants, actively participating in laparoscopic procedures within the hospital's operating theaters. Furthermore, participants are required to dedicate 100 hours to practical instruction, encompassing the entire spectrum of laparoscopic skills. Subsequently, they will transition to eSTEP, an online platform designed to complement the Surgeons in Training Education Programme (STEP), a program endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. eSTEP has been established to enhance the training experience by facilitating communication and providing a wealth of information resources for trainees worldwide. The primary objective of eSTEP is to foster a dynamic online community for trainees and their mentors, enabling them to exchange experiences and maintain consistent contact with the College. Additionally, eSTEP offers access to the extensive resources available within the College library, as well as links to carefully reviewed surgical websites and educational materials. Trainees will also have the privilege of accessing materials that cannot be found in the STEP manuals, including video and image libraries, as well as online journals. The research project component of the program will be conducted by candidates in their respective home countries, with direct supervision and support through dedicated online modules hosted on the World Laparoscopy Hospital website. The designated Master section of the website will serve as a platform for online discussions among peers and experts, effectively creating an online tutorial environment.

Laparoscopic Course Director:

Prof. R.K. Mishra

Prof. R.K. Mishra

MBBS (Honours); MS; M.MAS; MRCS; Dip.Lap; F.MAS; D.MAS; FICRS

Professor and Head of Minimal Access Surgery, Singhania University, First University Qualified Master Minimal Access Surgeon of India (M.MAS), Editor in Chief World Journal of Laparoscopic Surgery (WJOLS), General Secretary World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeon (WALS), General Secretary International College of Robotic Surgeons (ICRS), Member European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), Member European Association for Transluminal Surgery (EATS), Member Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Member Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), Member Society of Robotic Surgery (SRS), Member Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA), Fellow of International Medical Sciences Academy (IMSA), Member Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endosurgeons (IAGES), Member Association of Surgeons of India (ASI), Member Indian Medical Association (IMA). He is a professor, scientist, and prolific author, who has written six single-authored books on Minimal Access Surgery, and more than twenty chapters in different international coauthored books on Minimal Access Surgery. He has written more than a hundred articles on various topics on Minimal access surgery in different international journals. He is the chief editor of the World Journal of Laparoscopic Surgery for the last 12 years. He is one of the most experienced professors of laparoscopic and robotic surgery who has alone trained more than 11,000 surgeons, urologists, pediatric surgeons, and gynecologists from more than 138 countries. He has vast 25 years experience of teaching laparoscopic and 12 years experience of in da Vinci robotic surgery. He is a Professor of Minimal Access Surgery and his endeavor of starting a unique university program was started in Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, U. K. with Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri. He has completed his surgical residency and Master's degree in Minimal Access Surgery (M.MAS) from Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, United Kingdom. Prof. R K Mishra is the main faculty of this intensive laparoscopic training course and will be physically present throughout the course. He will be taking most of the classes, will remain present during lab sessions, and will take students with him to operation theatre to demonstrate live surgeries.

Prof. Steven D Wexner

Prof. Steven D Wexner

M.D., Ph.D (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCS I (Hon), Hon FRCS (Glasg)

Steven D. Wexner, M.D., Ph.D. (Honorary) FACS, FRCS, FRCS (Ed) currently serves as the Director of the Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida and is also the Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery. He is a distinguished faculty member of World Laparoscopy Hospital and delivers lectures during their courses held in India, Dubai and USA. With his extensive experience, Dr. Wexner previously held several key positions at Cleveland Clinic Florida, including Chief Academic Officer (2007-2012), Chief of Staff (1997-2007), and Chairman of the Division of Research and Education (1996-2007).

Dr. Wexner's remarkable work in the field of colorectal surgery has led to the development of the double-stapling technique as the gold standard in J-Pouches, which has greatly improved the quality of life for patients who would otherwise require a permanent ileostomy. He has also played a vital role in the adoption of the ileal J-Pouch and the colonic J-Pouch for patients with ulcerative colitis or familial adenomatous polyposis, and rectal cancer respectively.

Furthermore, Dr. Wexner has been a driving force behind the establishment of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), which began accepting applications in June 2017. This initiative is the culmination of Dr. Wexner's seven-year campaign to standardize and globalize the practice of colorectal surgery through international collaboration and advocacy. Notably, Dr. Wexner started this approach in 1988, long before global collaboration between physicians and researchers became common.

Prof. Joel Cardenas Goicoechea

Prof. Joel Cardenas Goicoechea

M.D., MBA, Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Dr. Joel Cardenas-Goicoechea is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who holds the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology certification. He is an expert in laparoscopic Gynecologic Oncology, which is also certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Cardenas-Goicoechea practices in Weston, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Cleveland Clinic Weston and UF Health Shands Hospital. As an OB-GYN specialist, he focuses on the reproductive tract of women and provides care for pregnancy and childbirth.

Dr Bhavneet Bhalla

Dr Bhavneet Bhalla


Dr Bhavneet Bhalla is a Consultant Laparoscopic, Bariatric and Robotic Surgeon and GI Endoscopist at World Laparoscopy Hospital, Gurugram. He is the Course Director for FMAS, DMAS and Robotic Surgery fellowship courses and also the Course Director for the GI Endoscopy Fellowship Course. He has conducted many workshops for GI endoscopy, ERCP and Laparoscopic Surgery, and has trained numerous surgeons and gynaecologists in art and science of laparoscopy surgery and GI endoscopy.

Dr. Salomón Corral Macías

Dr. Salomón Corral Macías


Dr. Salomón Corral Macías obtained his medical degree from the Juarez University of the State of Durango, and he completed his postgraduate degree in General Surgery at the General Hospital of Durango. He has also completed an Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery program in the USA. Dr. Corral Macías is a Certified Surgeon by the Mexican Council of General Surgery, and he holds diplomas in GI endoscopy, Diagnostic Ultrasound (UJED), and Advance Bariatric Surgery (ITESM). He is an active member of various associations, including the Mexican Association of General Surgery, the Mexican Hernia Association, the World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons, the International College of Robotic Surgeons, the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA), and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Additionally, he serves as an editorial Board Member of the World Journal of Laparoscopic Surgery (WJOLS). Dr. Salomón will be delivering lectures, and he will be present during lab sessions to assist and guide students, and will also take them to the animal lab to perform live surgeries.

Laparoscopic Ph.D Course Structure:

Ph.D. in laparoscopic surgery is a full-time program spanning three academic years. The initial three months of intensive training take place at World Laparoscopy Hospital in Gurugram, located in the NCR Delhi region. During this period, candidates receive extensive hands-on training at the hospital. Following this rigorous three-month training, the program transitions to an online format. Candidates are required to carefully select a thesis topic, which can either align with their intended specialization or serve as preparation for an MD or MS thesis. Opting for a laboratory-based topic generally provides participants with more control over their research compared to a clinical project. Throughout the program, participants must submit assignments at the conclusion of each module and successfully complete a research project. On a weekly basis, participants also have the opportunity to assist consultants during laparoscopic procedures in the operating theater. Additionally, they are expected to attend three hours of practical instruction, which covers a comprehensive range of laparoscopic skills. To further enhance their teaching skills, participants are encouraged to assist in various laparoscopic courses conducted by World Laparoscopy Hospital.

Surgeon and Urologist should be able to independently perform following advanced surgery after Ph.D in MInimal Access Surgery Course:

Topics Covered in Ph.D in Minimal Access Surgery for Surgeons and Urologist:

wlh Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
wlh Laparoscopic Appendectomy
wlhLaparoscopic Repair of Inguinal Hernia (TAPP and TEP)
wlh Laparoscopic Repair of Para umbilical Hernia
wlh Laparoscopic Repair of Incisional Hernia
wlh Laparoscopic Repair of Duodenal Perforation
wlh Laparoscopic Varicocelectomy
wlh Laparoscopic Nephrectomy
wlh Laparoscopic Orcheopexy
wlh Laparoscopic Splenectomy
wlh Laparoscopic Fundoplication, Hellers Myotomy
wlh Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
wlh Laparoscopic Mini Gastric Bypass and Roux En Y Bypass
wlh Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Plication
wlh Intestinal Anastomosis & Thoracoscopy
wlh Laparoscopic low anterior resection for rectal cancer
wlh Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy For Benign and Malignant Disease
wlh Laparoscopic Repair of Rectal Prolapse
wlh Thoracoscopic Procedures like Sympathectomy, Thoracoscopic Hellers Myotomy etc
wlh Laparoscopic Repair of Hiatus Hernia
wlh Laparoscopic Management of Hydatid Cyst
wlh Laparoscopic Exploration of CBD
wlh Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty
wlh Retroperitoneoscopic Nephrectomy and Ureterolithotomy
wlh Simple Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery
wlh Procedure for Prolapse and Haemorrhoid (Stapled Haemorrhoidectomy)
wlh Laparoscopic Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Repair
wlh Hands On Upper GI Endoscopy
wlh Hands On Simple da Vinci Robotic Surgeries
wlh Laparoscopic Movie Making and Video Editing
wlh Laparoscopic Prescription Writing Software


Gynaecologists should be able to perform following advanced surgery after Ph.D in Minimal Access Surgery Course:

Topics Covered in Ph.D in Minimal Access Surgery for Gynecologist:

wlh Diagnostic Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy
wlhLaparoscopic Sterilization and Recanalization
wlh Laparoscopic Management of Ovarian Cyst
wlh Laparoscopic Salpingo-Oophorectomy
wlh Laparoscopic Management of Tubal Pregnancy
wlh Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy
wlh Laparoscopic Total Hysterectomy
wlh Laparoscopic Cervical Circlage
wlh Supracervical Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
wlh Diagnostic and Operative Hysteroscopy
wlh Laparoscopic Burch Suspension
wlh Laparoscopic Myomectomy
wlh Laparoscopic Intestinal and Tubal Anastomosis
wlh Laparoscopic Sacro-Colpopexy
wlh Laparoscopic Pectopexy Surgery
wlh Radical Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
wlh Laparoscopic Pelvic Floor Repair
wlh TVT and TOT & TVTO for Stress Urinary Incontinence
wlh Laparoscopic Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Repair
wlh Laparoscopic Lymphadenectomy for Gynecological Malignancies
wlh Laparoscopic uterine nerve ablation (LUNA) for chronic pelvic pain
wlh Laparoscopic Tubal Reversal Surgery
wlh Laparoscopic Fimbrioplasty
wlh Laparoscopic Presacral Neurectomy
wlh Laparoscopic Management of severe Endometriosis
wlh Operative Hysteroscopy (Submucous Myomectomy, Metroplasty & TCRE)
wlh Simple Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery
wlh Colposcopy
wlh Hands On Simple da Vinci Robotic Surgery
wlh Laparoscopic Movie Making and Video Editing
wlh Laparoscopic Prescription Writing Software

Course Fee and Accommodation:

The fee for Doctor of Philosophy in Minimal Access Surgery Course is Rs 11,95,000 for Indian Surgeons and Gynecologists 25,000 USD for Overseas Doctors. Fee will be payable at the time of joining the course. Please note that living expenses (Food, Travel, Stationary, and Laundry etc.) are not covered in the course fee. There is no extra charge to utilize hospital resources like internet, laparoscopic instruments, O.T. Dress, Library, Videos; DVDs. Single Occupancy Air-Conditioned Room in Hostel of World Laparoscopy Hospital will be proved free during course and stipend of 30,000 rupees/month will be given to Doctor of Philosophy candidates.

Eligibility for Admission in Doctor of Philosophy in Minimal Access Surgery:

Candidates must hold M.B; B.S or equivalent and at least 3 years post-registration experience in General surgery or Gynecology or degree of M.S or M.D for Indian candidates. Doctors should have valid medical registration. Overseas Doctor should have equivalent qualification.

Aims of the Doctor of Philosophy (Minimal Access Surgery) course:

(A) Provision of a comprehensive fundamental knowledge base, achieved by structured modular teaching

This comprises delivery of lectures and practical, clinical observation, guided individual study, discussion, feedback, assessment and remedial action. It is a prerequisite of the course that a minimum level of knowledge has to be attained.

(B) Acquirement of Laparoscopic surgical training to advanced level

Full understanding of the clinical relevance of the theoretical and practical knowledge gained. This comprises clinical observation at out-patients, theatre and ward rounds, attendance at clinical meetings and use of the theatre link of SILS, Endoscopy and da Vinci robotic surgery.

(C) Laparoscopic Skill acquisition

Skills will be taught formally, to a level where competent students can participate in the teaching process. Skills will also be gained by carrying out the research topic and assisting in operation theatre in both laparoscopy and da Vinci Robotic Surgery.

(D) Competence in information technology, study design, statistics and critical analysis

Tested by the production of a literature review article, that should be of a standard to allow publication. All literature review articles will be posted on the departmental web site. There will be a requirement in future years for students to learn from past students contributions and to update these.

(E) Integration with others

Interdisciplinary collaboration, and co-operation with other hospitals, educational and professional institutions is actively promoted. The student will get attachment in some of the leading hospitals of New Delhi.

(F) Development of teaching skills

Following graduation, the successful student should be able to enthusiastically teach the skills and philosophy of minimal access surgery to others.

(G) To promote enthusiasm for safe minimal access surgery

The application of MAS skills and theory is based on an approach designed to minimize risk as far as possible. Throughout the course patient safety and optimal care are emphasized. Of equal importance is the concept that graduates should act as ambassadors for minimal access surgery and continue to be actively involved in its development and maintain links with the department.

(H) Assessment, feedback, submission of project

World Laparoscopy Hospital will help in publishing the project in leading Journals of the World during the period of training. After periodical assessment of the course and submission of project, the candidate will get Diploma in Minimal Access Surgery and Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery from University.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Minimal Access Surgery course is a full time programme for initial 3 month. Candidate has to spend initial three month at World Laparoscopy Hospital, Gurugram, NCR Delhi. During this three month they will get extensive "Hands On" training at World Laparoscopy Hospital. The course requires submission of an assignment at the end of each module and completion of a research project. In every laparoscopic surgery performed at WLH participants have the opportunity to work with consultants in operation theatre. In addition, three hours of practical instruction must be attended, covering the full range of laparoscopic skills. Teaching skills are developed by assisting in various laparoscopic courses held by the World Laparoscopy Hospital.

CourseCertificateDurationCourse Date and Total Seat
Laparoscopic FellowshipF.MASTwo Week1st of every month / 15 seats
Laparoscopic Fellowship and DiplomaF.MAS + D.MASThree Week1st of every month / 15 seats
Laparoscopic Master DegreeM.S (MAS) One YearEvery third month / 3 seats
Laparoscopic Ph.D Degree Ph.D (MAS) Three Year Every Year / Only 5 seats

The fee for Masters in Minimal Access Surgery Course is 25,000 USD for Overseas and Non Resident-Indian candidate and 11, 95,000 INR for Indian Surgeons and Gynecologists. Please note that living expenses (Food, Travel, Stationary, and Laundry etc.) are not covered in the course fee. There is no extra charge to utilize hospital resources like internet, laparoscopic instruments, O.T. Dress, Library, Videos; DVDs. A stipend 0f 30,000 rupees / month will be given to student and AC room in the hostel of World Laparoscopy Hospital will be provided free of cost

Admission is on first come first serve basis but if the applicant are more for same month candidate has to take Online entrance exam. Candidates must hold M.B; B.S or equivalent and at least 3 years post-registration experience in General surgery or Gynecology or degree of M.S or M.D for Indian candidates.

  1. Doctors should have valid medical registration.
  2. Overseas Doctor should have equivalent qualification.

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