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Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

The aim of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program is to advance the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary systems. Upon completion of the training experience, trainees will have the clinical, investigative and teaching skills necessary to take a leading role in academic and clinical gastroenterology.

Program Director

Associate Program Directors

Curriculum

Fellowship Tracks

There are three fellowship tracks within the program.

The first year of each track is identical and composed of inpatient clinical rotations on the gastroenterology consult services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, inpatient endoscopy and the inpatient hepatology service.

Clinical Scholar: This three-year track is geared toward fellows who wish to become academic clinicians and educators. Years two and three consist of limited inpatient rotations, outpatient endoscopy, continuity clinic and subspecialty clinics. The fellow will have the opportunity to focus on a particular clinical area such as inflammatory bowel disease, therapeutic endoscopy, neurogastroenterology, nutrition, gastrointestinal neoplasia or liver disease. The fellow will engage in a clinical research project within that area of interest, and will be asked to identify a clinical mentor.

Physician Scientist: This three-year track is aimed at training fellows for independent investigative careers in laboratory investigation in gastroenterology or hepatology.

After the first year of clinical rotations, the fellow will select a research mentor and focus on a specific area of investigation. The research section provides information on the division’s current research. The fellow will continue to have limited inpatient rotations, as well as outpatient endoscopy, subspecialty and continuity clinic during years two and three.

Clinical Investigator: This four-year track culminates in either a Master of Health Science (MHS) in Clinical Investigation or a Ph.D. in clinical investigation from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After the first year of clinical rotations, the fellow will spend the second year dedicated to classroom training and clinical research at the School of Public Health; clinical responsibilities are suspended during this year. Years three and four consist of continued research time, as well as limited inpatient rotations, outpatient endoscopy, subspecialty and continuity clinic.

Clinical Rotations

The clinical rotations include inpatient rotations, outpatient rotations and endoscopy.

Inpatient rotations:

In all tracks, the fellow will rotate on the four clinical services during the first year:

  • GI Consult Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • GI Consult Service at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Liver Inpatient and Consult Service
  • Endoscopy Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Outpatient rotations:

All fellows spend one half-day per week in Continuity Clinic with a GI faculty preceptor.

Upper level fellows will also rotate through various subspecialty clinics to allow exposure to a variety of GI subspecialty areas.

Endoscopic training:

Fellows will be trained in the ACGME-required procedures for gastroenterology. First-year fellows primarily learn endoscopy in the inpatient setting. During second and third year, upper level fellows will rotate through various endoscopy blocks in hospital-based endoscopy settings and ambulatory surgical centers.

Conferences

Fellows are expected to attend several weekly conferences, including Fellow Didactics, GI Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Hepatology Conference and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Conference.

How to Apply

The Gastroenterology Fellowship Program participates in the Match (NRMP) and also accepts applications through the ERAS Universal Application process.

Applicants must also fill out a Hopkins-specific supplementary application. Email your name and address to Linda Welch at lwelch@jhmi.edu to request a supplemental application.

Please send all fellowship application materials to:

Linda M. Welch, Fellowship Coordinator
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1830 E Monument St.
Suite 431
Baltimore, MD 21205

Phone: 410-955-2635

Current Gastroenterology Fellows

First Year Fellows

  • Kavin Kanthasamy, M.D.

    Residency: Johns Hopkins Osler Residency
    Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
    Undergrad: Rice University
    Hometown: Ames, Iowa
    Why Johns Hopkins: I wanted to continue the strong mentorship I experienced in the department during residency into fellowship and the depth of clinical exposure at JHH was unrivaled.
    Hobbies: Basketball, trying new restaurants (especially Asian food!), taking care of a new puppy
    Interest in GI: Therapeutic endoscopy, pancreatology, quality improvement
    Kavin Kanthasamy
  • Sameer Khan, M.D.

    Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital
    Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Undergrad: Macaulay Honors College at Hunter
    Hometown: New York, NY
    Why Johns Hopkins: I came from training in New Haven and wanted to work in a place where caring for the underserved was embedded in the hospital's mission. Also, I have a strong interest in public health and at Hopkins I know I have the mentors who can help me take the next step in the study and advocacy around NAFLD.
    Hobbies: Reading, all sports (but regularly play basketball and tennis), cooking, hanging out with family and friends.
    Interest in GI: NAFLD prevention and tackling Obesity, General GI, and IBD outcomes
    Sameer Khan
  • Cynthia Tsay, M.D.

    Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital
    Medical School: Yale School of Medicine
    Undergrad: Yale College
    Hometown: Sacramento, CA
    Why Johns Hopkins: Dr. Giardiello's history of Johns Hopkins Hospital lecture, incredible research opportunities, and wonderful faculty and co-fellows
    Hobbies: Ice cream, face masking, swimming, balcony gardening, collecting orchids, hiking and exploring the Baltimore food scene
    Interest in GI: GI bleeding, microbiome and NASH/NAFLD, GI malignancies, quality improvement, clinical risk stratification using AI/ML, outcomes research
    Cynthia Tsay
 

Second Year Fellows

  • Jose Antonio Almario, M.D.

    Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center
    Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
    Undergrad: University of Maryland, College Park
    Hometown: Clarksville, MD
    Why Johns Hopkins: I wanted to learn from the best and serve the community that gave so much to my family.
    Hobbies: Distance and trail running (NCR trail, Patapsco state park), golfing, cycling. Basically anything outdoors with my wife and two dogs!
    Interest in GI: Pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, gut microbiome, medical education
    Jose Antonio Almario
  • Danse Bi, M.D.

    Residency: Mayo Clinic
    Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
    Undergrad: University of Kansas
    Hometown: Overland Park, KS
    Why Johns Hopkins: I like the diverse population and disease processes that fellows get to be exposed to. There is strong clinical training in inpatient and outpatient GI. The program offers diverse and unique research opportunities. The faulty and fellows are all very friendly and down to earth.
    Hobbies: Cooking, baking, hiking, trying new food, traveling, art
    Interest in GI: Motility, general GI, advanced endoscopy
    Danse Bi
  • Kristi Briggs, M.D., Ph.D.

    Residency: Johns Hopkins
    Medical School: University of Maryland
    Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
    Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
    Why Johns Hopkins: I really valued the training environment at Hopkins as a resident, and therefore, wanted to continue at Hopkins for fellowship due to its commitment to teaching and research.
    Hobbies: I live in the suburbs with my husband. We enjoy trying the many breweries around us, and I also enjoy watching Marvel movies, baking, Orange Theory fitness classes, and spending time with our little doggy.
    Interest in GI: Immune therapy in GI malignancies, especially in patients with hereditary GI cancers.
    Kristi Briggs
  • David A. Muñiz Pedrogo, M.D., M.S.

    Residency: Johns Hopkins
    Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
    Undergrad: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
    Hometown: Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
    Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Hopkins because of its longstanding history as one of the top academic medical institutions in the country. I was fortunate to learn from outstanding faculty within a culture that fosters learning, comradery, clinical rigor, and scientific thinking during my residency here. Johns Hopkins also offered the unique experience of working in a dedicated impatient gastroenterology and transplant hepatology service, in addition to learning from outstanding clinicians and researchers in the field.
    Hobbies: Playing the piano, reading about history, and travelling.
    Things I like to do in Baltimore: During my free time, I enjoy running along the waterfront and Patterson Park. I also like going out for dinner and drinks with friends in the Fells Point, Canton, Harbor East, and Hampden neighborhoods.
    Interests in GI: Translational research focusing on the role of gut microbiota in the pathophysiology and clinical outcomes of inflammatory bowel disease.
    David A. Muñiz Pedrogo
  • Steven N. Steinway, M.D., Ph.D.

    Residency: Johns Hopkins
    Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine
    Undergrad: The College of New Jersey
    Hometown: Florham Park, NJ
    Why Johns Hopkins: The excellent research and clinical environments, the innovative and collaborative atmosphere, and the culturally diverse community, which make this a uniquely enriching environment for physician scientists.
    Hobbies: Avid tennis player and golfer, love spending time on the Baltimore waterfront, and being a dog dad to my new puppy Penny.
    Interests in GI: Gut microbiome, drug & device development, therapeutic interventions, systems biology/data driven science to individualize patient treatment
    Steven N. Steinway
 

Third Year Fellows

  • Chris Fan, M.D.

    Residency: Johns Hopkins – Osler Medical Service
    Medical School: Duke University
    Undergrad: Rice University, Bioengineering
    Hometown: Houston, TX
    Why Johns Hopkins: We have the depth and breadth of clinical GI training and direct access to world experts in many different fields of research.
    Hobbies: I enjoy going outdoors and hiking on the trails in Baltimore County. We have easy access to the Chesapeake Bay, beaches on the eastern shore and Annapolis which is fun for day trips.
    Interests in GI: I'm on the Basic Science track and am interested in acute pancreatitis and checkpoint colitis.
    Chris Fan
  • Zach Foda, M.D., Ph.D.

    Residency: Osler Medicine Residency
    Medical School: Stony Brook School of Medicine
    Undergrad: Dartmouth College
    Hometown: Stony Brook, New York
    Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Hopkins for my residency for their great learning environment. I enjoyed my time so much while here I decided to stay for fellowship. Hopkins is a very unique place with access to all of the resources of academic medicine while being in the middle of an underserved area. The environment is very relaxed and all faculty here are very responsive to trainees.
    Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter on our small farm northeast of the city. Baltimore is a fantastic city with wonderful restaurants. My favorite places in town include the waterfront and Camden Yards.
    Interests in GI: Clinically, IBD interests me especially of the UC PSC overlap. My research interests include early diagnostics for precancerous lesions in the GI tract.
    Zach Foda, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Sun Jung Oh, M.D.

    Residency: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
    Undergrad: Carnegie Mellon University
    Hometown: Atlanta, GA
    Why Johns Hopkins: There’s an expert for almost every organ and organ-specific diseases here, creating the opportunity for exposure and training in a wide breadth and depth of diseases. Also during fellowship, you can experience treating diseases ranging from bread and butter/common GI to very rare cases, which makes for really strong clinical training.
    Hobbies: Going to Patterson Park, running along the water, fitness classes, exploring restaurants and bars for good happy hours, taking day trips to DC.
    Interests in GI: Gut microbiome, motility, health services research, medical education.
    Sun Jung Oh
 
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