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Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship Program

Program Details
Program Director: Shivakumar Vignesh, MD,
Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Address: 450 Clarkson Avenue
MSC 1196
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Contact : Program Administrator: Selina Adams
Telephone: (718) 270-1113
Fax: (718) 270-7201
Number of fellows: 21, or 7 per year
Number of faculty: 18 Clinical and 1 Research (MD & PhD)
Web Site: Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Participating Institutions
The Gastroenterology Fellowship Program offers clinical training at multiple teaching sites, this results in exposure to a wide range of diseases and a diverse patient population.
Fellows rotate to the following affiliates:
University Hospital Brooklyn
Kings County Hospital Center
VA NY Harbor Healthcare System – Brooklyn Campus
Brookdale University Hospital
Saint John's Episcopal Hospital
(Sample Schedule of Assignment)
First Year: Twelve months of Clinical Gastroenterology: The fellows will rotate through the following services: GI Consults and Endoscopy. In addition to a continuity clinic.
Second Year: Four months of Hepatology and Research, eight months Clinical Gastroenterology: Fellows will have two to three months of protected research time.
Third Year: Nine months divided between Research, Transplant Hepatology and Advanced Endoscopy, three months of Clinical Gastroenterology
Fellows can participate in clinical or laboratory research for three months during their second year of training, and can work with a faculty mentor at the University Hospital Brooklyn or at an affiliated site.
Contact: Director of Research: Laura Martello-Rooney, PhD
Telephone: (718) 270-1290
Research interests of the division: A. Pancreatic Cancer
  • Drug-eluting microparticles for the treatment of pancreatic cancer
  • Molecular analysis of pancreatic and colon cancer in African Americans
  • Cytokine concentration in pancreatic cyst fluid for identification of pancreatic cystic neoplasms
  • Evaluation of a novel anticancer agent in a mouse model of pancreatic cancer
  • Targeting pancreatic cancer stem cells using radiolabeled microparticles
B. Colon Cancer / Microbiome Analysis
  • miRNA profiling of colon cancer in African Americans
  • Analysis of bacteria in patients with C. difficile infection
C. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Gene expression of ulcerative colitis
  • Mechanism of Rifaximin action in mucosal healing
Conference Schedule
Clinical Case Conference
Core Curriculum Conference
GI Grand Rounds
Journal Club
Motility Conference
Pathology Conference
Surgical Radiology Conference
Description of the educational aspects and advantage of the program
The program has both clinical and research strengths. The diversity of the patient population in the program's hospitals provides an additional clinical experience which covers a broad spectrum of diseases encountered in inner city, medically underserved and immigrant populations together with the usual general GI and malignant disorders seen in adult and elderly Americans. Extensive ambulatory care training is provided in the outpatient clinics which include general gastroenterology, general hepatolology, and specialized clinics for pancreaticobiliary disease and IBD. Each institution has a state of the art endoscopy unit staffed by specially trained endoscopy nurses. There is an advanced endoscopy unit at the State University Hospital.
Application Information
Applicants must have successfully completed a 3-year internal medicine residency accredited by the ACGME prior to the anticipated start date of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We only accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service at

Our deadline for receipt of 2015 fellowship applications through ERAS is August 31, 2014. Selected applicants are invited for interviews in the months of September and October.

In addition to the ERAS Common Application Form, we require the following materials to be submitted through ERAS:
  1. Complete curriculum vitae
  2. Medical school transcript
  3. Personal statement
  4. The Dean's Letter (MSPE)
  5. Three letters of recommendation (including a letter from the Program Director of applicant's residency program)
  6. USMLE scores (Step I, Step II and Step III)
  7. Valid ECFMG certificate (foreign medical school graduates)

For more information, contact Selina Adams at (718) 270-1835.