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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Advanced Fellowship Program

The Johns Hopkins Advanced IBD Fellowship is designed to provide specialized training in the clinical care of IBD patients as well as clinical, translational or basic science research training in order to promote the field of IBD.

Program Director

Joanna Melia, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate program director

Additional IBD Faculty

Theodore M. Bayless, MD
Professor of Medicine

Reezwana Chowdhury, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine 

Sharon Dudley-Brown, PhD, CRNP
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Mark G. Lazarev, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Florin Selaru, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of IBD 

Brindusa Truta, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine 


Program Prerequisites

Applicants should have completed training in an internal medicine residency and a gastroenterology fellowship at an ACGME accredited institution (or equivalent if non-US trained). A medical license to practice in the state of Maryland is required.Program Prerequisites


60% clinical time

  • 3 half days of outpatient IBD clinic
  • 1 half day of IBD endoscopy
  • Inpatient IBD service
  • Multidisciplinary education
    • Surgical education: Attend IBD-related surgeries (total colectomy, J-pouch formation, ileocecal resection, seton placement)
    • Radiology education with GI trained radiologists to learn to expertly read barium studies, CT scans, MRI scan
    • Pathology education with expert GI pathologists to better understand the histopathology of IBD and the resulting dysplasia that accompanies it
    • Dermatology clinic to better understand the skin manifestations of IBD
    • Rheumatology clinic to better understand the rheumatologic manifestations of IBD

40% research time with matched mentor(s)

  • Clinical, Translational, or Basic Science based on fellow’s preference and will be matched to primary mentor prior to starting
  • Main project will be determined prior to the start of the fellowship in order to make the most out of the 1 year fellowship

Program Description:

The advanced IBD fellowship at Johns Hopkins is a one year post-gastroenterology fellowship training year to further hone the skills and knowledge to care for complex IBD patients and prepare for an independent academic career in clinical investigation. Johns Hopkins Hospital provides an excellent setting for IBD training with world renowned pathologists, radiologists, surgeons and gastroenterologists. Collaboration with rheumatology, dermatology, nutrition, and psychiatry allow us to provide multidisciplinary care for the patients, improved understanding of the disease and the opportunity for wider research investigations. The breadth of clinical investigation is unparalleled with multiple basic scientists, translational researchers, and clinical researchers all available to serve as mentors based. With only one fellow accepted per year, the training can be personalized to the fellow’s interests.

The management of IBD patients will be taught through outpatient clinic, outpatient endoscopy and inpatient IBD rounds. The fellow will also receive didactics during the weekly IBD meeting including the landmark trials and guidelines within the field of IBD. Radiology scans for complex IBD patients will be reviewed with GI-trained radiologists to improve the fellow’s skills in reading X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. Pathology slides will be reviewed with expert GI pathologists to confirm and review the histology of IBD, dysplasia, and CMV. As a quaternary referral center, the fellow would be exposed to complex and refractory IBD cases and learn to manage IBD during pregnancy, IBD in post-transplant recipients, and IBD in the HIV population.

The fellow would be expected to attend the weekly IBD clinical meeting, grand rounds, and journal club. The fellow would be expected to present interesting clinical cases seen in clinic or endoscopy, present relevant journal club articles, and give a research presentation.

Educational Goals and Objectives

  • To learn how to appropriate diagnose Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and differentiate from other diseases
  • To learn appropriate treatment of inpatient and outpatient Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • To learn preventative care in inflammatory bowel disease patients
  • To learn endoscopic technologies for inflammatory bowel disease dysplasia surveillance including high definition endoscopy, chromoendoscopy, confocal endomicroscopy
  • To learn basic endoscopic treatment of IBD including stricture dilation, enteroscopy, difficult polyp/dysplasia resection
  • To learn the basics of clinical investigation within the IBD field

Program Length

One year

Salary and Benefits

The position is funded for one year as an instructor of medicine. Benefits can be found on the human resources benefits page

How to Apply

Please email this applicationto Alyssa Parian, M.D., at and Linda Welch at

In addition to the completed application above, please provide:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Personal statement outlining your future career plans and how an IBD fellowship can help attain these goals
  3. Three letters of recommendation

Selected applicants will be offered interviews sometime between November and February.