Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Program Details
Program Director: Savanna Thor, DO, MPH
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: 4-5 per year
Number of faculty: 18 Clinical and 1 Research (MD & PhD)

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 Information
Director of Research: Laura Martello-Rooney, PhD
Telephone: (718) 270-1290

Research interests of the division:

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

Colon Cancer / Microbiome Analysis

  • miRNA profiling of colon cancer in African Americans
  • Analysis of bacteria in patients with C. difficile infection

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

Educational aspects and advantage of the program

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

In addition to the ERAS Common Application Form, we require the following materials to be submitted through ERAS:

  • Complete curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • The Dean's Letter (MSPE)
  • Three letters of recommendation (including a letter from the Program Director of applicant's residency program)
  • USMLE scores (Step I, Step II and Step III)
  • Valid ECFMG certificate (foreign medical school graduates)


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