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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Division Chief: Shivakumar Vignesh, MD,
Professor of Medicine and Chief
Address: 450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 1196
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Telephone: (718) 270-4772
E-mail: Nancy Ruiz-Torchon@Downstate.ed
Number of first year fellows: by PGY year: 5-6 per year. Total 15-18
Number of faculty (M.D. & Ph.D.): 18 Clinical and 2 Research
Hospitals fellows rotate to Kings County Hospital
University Hospital Brooklyn
Brooklyn VA Medical Center
Brookdale Hospital
Staten Island University Hospital
Saint John's Hospital
Sample Schedule of Assignment

PGY 4 : 12 months of Clinical Gastroenterology

PGY5 : 4 months of Research, 8 months Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

PGY 6: Electives 5 months. Clinical Gastroenterology 3 months. Clinical Hepatology 4 months.

Research interests of the division

BarrettÕs Esophagus, and Ablation Therapy for early esophageal cancer including Barrx, and PDT, cryotherapy, and endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR).

Clinical studies in Acute pancreatitis and Chronic pancreatitis

Clinical studies involving the application of Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

Endoscopy training simulators

New endoscopic technology and developmental endoscopy

Participation in Cancer Chemotherapy Clinical trials

Conference schedule

Weekly clinical grand rounds. Weekly didactic Hematology/Oncology Conferences (2 hours) Weekly multidisciplinary tumor boards and Radiation oncology conference.
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 and Digestive Disease center that recently opened at the State University Hospital.

Description of the educational aspects and advantage of the program

This clinical program is augmented with weekly case conferences in gastroenterology and hepatology, GI grand Rounds, multidiscipline conferences with radiology, surgery, oncology and pathology. Histology reviews of all cases are held regularly with a member of the Department of Pathology.

The fellows are encouraged to participate in on going clinical studies with a faculty mentor.

Because of the large number of patients seen at the program's institutions several clinical studies can be completed within the three year period of fellowship.

The program is also designed to provide an opportunity to work in the laboratory with a member of the faculty (M.D. or Ph.D.) to learn fundamental techniques and develop an interest in biomedical research.

Application information



Time frame for interviews - February of year preceeding start of fellowship

Contact : Ms. Arma Hagood
Address : SUNY HSCB (Box 20)
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn N.Y. 11203
Telephone : 718 270-1112
E-mail : Arma