Medical Pancreatology Fellowship Program

Pancreatology has become a niche field requiring additional training and experience due to the complexities of pancreatic disorders and the nuances involved in their management. A medical pancreatology fellowship would complement general gastroenterology and/or advanced endoscopy training by providing specialized training in pancreatic disorders from world-renowned experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Program Description and Curriculum

With the learning objective of becoming proficient in the management of pancreatic disorders, the pancreatology fellow will rotate in the outpatient clinics dedicated to pancreatitis, pancreas cyst, and pancreas pre-cancerous conditions. Fellows will also rotate on the inpatient pancreo-biliary service and develop teaching and leadership skills by interacting with fellows and other trainees. Through rotations with abdominal radiology, pancreas pathology, pancreo-biliary surgery, pancreas oncology, and pain management/psychiatry services, the fellow is expected to receive comprehensive training in the management of pancreatic disorders. In addition, the fellow is expected to join the respective case conferences of the pancreatitis center, pancreo-biliary service, multi-disciplinary meetings of the pancreas cancer and pancreas cyst centers.

Being involved in ongoing research and independently initiating new research is a major goal of this fellowship. The fellow will participate in pancreatology related clinical trials that are ongoing to learn the nuances of running clinical trials. The fellow will have an independent project that will be presented at the division grand rounds and will be submitted to a national conference. The curriculum has been predicated upon a variety of clinical, didactic, and research responsibilities designed to aid the fellows in achieving the six core competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, communication skills, patient-based learning, and systems-based practice. Over the course of this one-year training program, the fellow will be expected to function in a near-attending capacity. Optional training in endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) will be considered on a case-to-case basis.


Applicants should have completed training in an internal medicine residency and a gastroenterology fellowship at an ACGME-accredited institution (or equivalent if non-U.S. trained). A medical license to practice in the state of Maryland is required. Physicians with training outside the U.S. should be ECFMG certified.

Program Length

The program length is one year.

How to Apply

Please email this application to [email protected] and Linda Welch at [email protected].

In addition to the completed application above, please provide a personal statement outlining your future career plans and how a medical pancreatology fellowship can help attain these goals.

Program Director

Venkata Sandeep Akshintala, M.B.B.S.

  • Program Director, Medical Pancreatology Fellowship
  • Program Director, Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Expertise: Abdominal Pain, Anal Fistula, Anemias, Barrett's Esophagus, Bile Duct Disease

Other Faculty

Current Pancreatic Fellow

Kunzah A. Syed, D.O.

Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Residency: Maimonides Medical Center
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Why Johns Hopkins: I was first drawn to Johns Hopkins by its phenomenal public health offerings and distinguished history. Later on, during my nutrition training at a cancer center, I also realized that I wanted to learn more about pancreatic pathologies (including cystic lesions, which confer malignant potential) and further cultivate my specialized interests. I knew that Hopkins would provide unparalleled research opportunities and allow me to hone my knowledge with the support of excellent mentors.
Hobbies: Gardening, hiking through national parks, wildlife photography, and cooking.
Interests in GI: Autoimmune pancreatitis, pancreatic cystic lesions, nutrition, malabsorptive syndromes, disorders of the gut-brain axis, obesity

Kunzah Syed