Visiting IBD Fellow Program


Applications for the 2017-2018 program year is now closed.*

The 2017-2018 program year will run from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. This activity is supported by educational grants from Abbvie and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.  If you have any questions, please email Anzee Sherap at asherap@ccfa.org.

Our Visiting IBD Fellow program accepts qualified gastroenterology 2nd & 3rd year** fellows for a one-month, (most) 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 leading IBD Centers.
  • Share evidence-based and expert opinion-based approaches to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of IBD.

Download the current curriculum by clicking link - CCFA Visiting IBD Fellowsip Curriculum

Download the current reading list by clicking link - CCFA Professional Education Reading List 2016

Programs are held at these CCFA IBD Visiting Fellow Centers * throughout the country:

*CCFA IBD VIsiting Fellow Centers are subject to change.

**Are you an advanced fellow and want to learn more about other advanced fellowship training opportunities?  Download the attached listing of programs in the United States: Advanced Fellowship Opportunities

Interested in becoming a CCFA IBD Visiting Fellow Center?  We welcome interested IBD centers to apply to become a host institution for the Visiting IBD Fellowship  program. Please note that we have already secured for the 2016-2017 cycle and are not currently anticipating  expanding the program due to the limited number of fellows supported through the program, but we welcome your institution to apply and your application will be kept on file for future consideration.

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 some of your program-related expenses, including travel and accommodations. The 2016-2017 program is supported by an educational grant from AbbVie Inc., Janssen Services, LLC, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.  

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:

2016-2017  Visiting IBD Fellowship Program


Visiting IBD Fellow Home Institution Hosting Physician CCFA IBD Visiting Fellow Centers
Dr. Abbas Rupawala University of Massachusetts Medical Center Dr. Miguel Regueiro University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Alexander Levy Tufts Medical Center Dr. Leonard Baidoo Northwestern University
Dr. Andrew Chao University of California at Davis Dr. Darrell Pardi Mayo Clinic
Dr. Arieda Gjikopulli Nemours/Al Dupont Hospital for Children Dr. Marla Dubinsky Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Avantika Singh The Children's Hospital at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center  Dr. Shervin Rabizadeh Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Christine Boumitri University of Missouri-Columbia Dr. Vijay Yajnik Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Edward Stickle Naval Medical Center San Diego Dr. Kim Isaacs University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Dr. Erin Forster University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Dr. Bo Shen Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Dr. Fazia Mir University of Missouri-Columbia Dr. Darrell Pardi Mayo Clinic
Dr. Helen Lee Allegheny Health  Dr. Bo Shen  Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Dr. Jagrati Mathur University of California, San Francisco (Fresno) Dr. Thomas Ullman Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Kayci Huff-Hardy UT Southwestern Dr. Thomas Ullman
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Kelly Cushing Washington University Dr. Thomas Ullman Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Kunjal Gandhi Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Dr. Vijay Yajnik Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Laura Frado University of Rochester Medical Center Dr. Vijay Yajnik Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Lauren Mullinax Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Dr. Marla Dubinsky Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Maithili Chitnavis University of Virginia Dr. Uma Mahadevan University of California San Francisco
Dr. Mark Salem Baylor College of Medicine Dr. Uma Mahadevan University of California San Francisco
Dr. Meghan Gilroy University of Utah Health Care Dr. Kim Isaacs University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Dr. Nikiya Asamoah Loyola University Medical Center  Dr. David Rubin University of Chicago
Dr. Oforbuike Ewelukwa University of Florida Dr. David Rubin University of Chicago
Dr. Parth Parekh Tulane University School of Medicine Dr. Thomas Ullman Mounti Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Robert Frankel Yale University School of Medicine Dr. Miguel Regueiro University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Stephen Berger Emory University School of Medicine Dr. Leonard Baidoo Northwestern University
Dr. Vu Nguyen Virginia Tech Carillion Clinic Dr. Darrell Pardi Mayo Clinic


Comments :

"This experience was invaluable to my practice. I learned how to better manage challenging IBD patients including those who failed anti-TNF therapy, had pouch problems, associated PSC, or recent malignancy in the setting of immunosuppressants.  More importantly, my interaction with the faculty and advanced IBD fellow allowed me to have a better understanding of the challenges and/or opportunities in academic IBD and confirmed my desire to pursue this field."

"This experience has allowed experience and training in nuanced management of both common and rare challenges of outpatient IBD. Furthermore, it has underscored the value and positioning/benefits of referral to an IBD center and how to more effectively utilize these referral networks."

"This was an extremely valuable experience to me as a fellow and gastroenterologist. It was inspiring to follow some of the top physicians in the field and witness first hand their practice style and how they work through any clinical dilemma. It has inspired me to pursue IBD care as a primary career focus and has shaped a different thought process in approaching the complicated patient with IBD. "