Visiting IBD Fellow Program

Our Visiting IBD Fellow program accepts qualified gastroenterology 2nd & 3rd year  fellows for a one-month, all-expenses-paid observation at a leading IBD center. This highly competitive fellow program offers you exposure in treating and managing IBD patients.

By participating, you will:

  • Improve your IBD skills by following a standard curriculum designed by expert faculty with real-world experience.
  • Be exposed to clinical practices employed at IBD Centers of Excellence.
  • Share evidence-based and expert opinion-based approaches to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of IBD.

Programs are held at these leading IBD Centers* throughout the country:

*Host centers subject to change.

Program Details

The Visiting IBD Fellow program is designed for 2nd and 3rd year gastrointestinal (GI) fellows who express an interest in learning more about IBD—irrespective of their plans to be in private practice or stay in academics. Ideally, the program targets GI fellows who are at centers that do not have IBD-specific curricula or a sufficient volume of patients for training. 

This highly-competitive program has limited space and is open to GI Fellows interested in either adult or pediatric IBD. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America will pay for all of your program-related expenses, including travel, accommodations, and meals. The 2014-2015 program is supported by an educational grant from AbbVie Inc. and  Janssen Services, LLC.

Participant selection criteria include the following:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited fellowship training program within the U.S. at the time of application and at the time of scheduled rotation.
  • Candidates employed by a participating host institution may apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but candidates from other programs will receive priority.
  • Candidates should express a specific interest in IBD education for a future career (not necessarily IBD specialty or academics).
  • Candidates should have the full support of their program director for time away from the candidate's home institution for the duration of the program.

The Visiting IBD Fellows represent the best and brightest applicants from the gastroenterology fellow community.
Congratulations to the selected physicians  and their home institutions for the:

2014-2015  Visiting IBD Fellowship Program


Visiting IBD Fellow Home Institution Hosting Physician Host IBD Institution
Dr. Aamir Dam Albany Medical Center Dr. David Rubin University of Chicago
Dr. Akriti Dewanwala University at Buffalo, SUNY Dr. Bo Shen Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Dr. Animesh Jain John Hopkins University Dr. Kim Issacs University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Brent Lacey Naval Medical Center San Diego Dr. Miguel Regueiro University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Borko Nojkov William Beaumont Hospital Dr. David Rubin University of Chicago
Dr. Jennifer Katz Montefiore Medical Center Dr. Thomas Ullman Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Johnathan Wysocki Tulane University-School of Medicine Dr. Darrell Pardi Mayo Clinic
Dr. Jonathan Mazurek Beth Israel Medical Center Dr. Thomas Ullman Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Khadija Chaudrey University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Dr. Vijay Yanik Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Maisa Abdalla University of Rochester Dr. Kim Issacs University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Martin Wolff NYU-School of Medicine Dr. Thomas Ullman Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Minesh Patel University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Dr. Sherwin Rabizadeh 
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Navya Kanuri Washington University-Barnes Jewish Hospital Dr. David Rubin University of Chicago
Dr. Neal Patel Georgia Regents University Dr. Bo Shen Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Dr. Olanma Okoji St. Lukes- Roosevelt Dr. Uma Mahadevan University of California at San Francisco
Dr. Patricio Valencia Lucille Packard Children's Hospital Dr. Marla Dubinsky Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr.  Renee Beery-Marchioni University of Connecticut Dr. Vijay Yanik Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Sara Keihanian University of Florida Dr. Thomas Ullman Mount Sinai Medical Center


Comments :

"This experience was invaluable in helping me observe practice styles and management algorithms outside my own institution. Many of the "pearls" I learned in the approach to the IBD patient will be incorporated in how I practice medicine."

"This fellowship increased my fund of knowledge about IBD, gave me more confidence in treating difficult to manage IBD patients, and taught me how to manage treatment failures. The CCFA rotation is honestly one of my favorite experiences that I have ever had in my medical career so far. I came away with so many lessons about IBD, research, and how to manage a great IBD practice with an excellent collaborative team approach."

"The experience at the University of Chicago will prove invaluable to my future practice. I feel much more comfortable with managing difficult patients with efractory IBD and I now  have experience with newer medications and managing techniques."

"I had a very positive experience and learned a lot about both new therapies for IBD, new techniques in endoscopy, and surgical management of patient's with IBD. I was able to witness chromoendoscopy which I found to be a beneficial technique I'd like to bring to Duke. I also was able to use therapies such as Tysabri, tacrolimus, and cyclosporine which I had not used previously for IBD."


The application period for the 2014-2015 program year

is CLOSED! *


If you have any questions, please email Ebony Brown at ebrown@ccfa.org or call 646-943-7412.

*Applications are no longer being accepted.  NO EXCEPTIONS !

Advanced Fellowship Opportunities: Want to learn more about other advanced fellowship training opportunities?  Download the attached listing of programs in the United States: Advanced Fellowship Opportunities