Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

The dedicated healthcare professionals within the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) provide world-class care for children with gastrointestinal, hepatic and nutritional disorders. Our Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery Divisions are nationally recognized, ranking 17th in U.S. News and World Report’s 2021-2022 Best Children’s Hospitals, the highest-ranked program in New York State.

Yolanda Rivas, MDDirector, Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

Why our program could be right for you

The Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at CHAM offers trainees the opportunity to work with a respected team of highly qualified physicians who have made contributions in areas including inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal failure and bowel rehabilitation, liver disease and transplantation, therapeutic endoscopy and both basic science and clinical research. Our program is grounded in clinical learning and augmented by didactic sessions, individual teaching and feedback.

Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Located on our Moses Campus, CHAM is a premier academic children’s hospital nationally renowned for its clinical excellence, innovative research and commitment to training the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.

A world-renowned faculty

Yolanda Rivas, MD

Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Director, Pediatric Endoscopy
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Erealda Prendaj, MD

Associate Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

John F. Thompson, MD

Chief, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Professor, Pediatrics

A challenging and innovative curriculum

Clinical Training

The Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at CHAM offers the opportunity to work with a respected team of highly qualified physicians who have made contributions in areas such as inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal failure/bowel rehabilitation, liver disease and transplantation, therapeutic endoscopy and both basic science and clinical research. This program is based on clinical learning and augmented by didactic sessions and individual feedback. Our fellows work as part of multidisciplinary teams to gain clinical experience in pediatric subspecialties including inpatient, outpatient, endoscopy and nutrition divisions

Research Experience

Fellows have expanded access to the highest-quality research opportunities at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine and are expected to engage in hypothesis-driven mentored research projects in areas including basic science, clinical or translational research; quality improvement; bioethics; and education. Fellows also have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods or the Einstein-Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics during their second and third year of training.Many of our fellows have been invited to present their research at acclaimed national and international meetings. In addition, the division is involved in many quality-improvement efforts in areas of inflammatory bowel disease, bowel rehabilitation, central line-associated bacterial infections, endoscopy and hepatology, and fellows actively participate in this team-based approach to medical care.

Teaching Conferences

Supplementing fellows’ clinical and research exposure is a full curriculum of lectures and clinical conferences. Fellows are expected to attend all scheduled clinical conferences, which occur on a weekly, biweekly and monthly basis, including:

  1. Inpatient-multidisciplinary case conference
  2. Topic-research conference
  3. Combined hepatology/surgery/radiology conference
  4. IBD conference
  5. Radiology conference
  6. Pathology conference
  7. Journal Club
  8. Board review session

An unmatched diversity of experience

As a premier academic medical center serving the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Montefiore-Einstein offers its postgraduate trainees comprehensive exposure to a broad diversity of patients and pathologies. The diverse range of experience available prepares our postgraduate trainees for future careers in their chosen field, be it in the research or clinical and/or non-clinical setting.

First-Year Fellows Lily Barash, MD and Helen Mac, MD

Second-Year Fellows Kimberly Campbell, MD and Faria Hasan, MD

Third-Year Fellows Adriana Perez, MD and Nerissa Velazco, MD

Live and work close to the best of everything

The Bronx, New York City’s northernmost borough, is a culturally rich neighborhood placed at the intersection of Manhattan and its surrounding regions. Our postgraduate trainees typically live in hospital housing or off-site in nearby Riverdale, Lower Westchester or Manhattan, and have access to an unmatched diversity of experiences beyond the program itself. 

In the Bronx, with its ample parks and gardens, you’ll learn first-hand why it’s known as “the City’s Greenest Borough.” The neighborhood offers plenty of local food, art, sports and culture, and is just a subway ride away from Manhattan’s famed theaters, museums and attractions. 

As a resident of the Tri-State region, you’ll have unmatched access to the city’s cultural offerings, not to mention the bounty of outdoor excursions that are available just beyond. Day-trips and weekend excursions to the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Long Island or New Jersey provide ample opportunities for swimming, hiking, biking, skiing and other seasonal activities. 

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Fellowship Application Information

We’re seeking fellows who will shape the future of healthcare.

If you would like to apply to become a Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow at Montefiore-Einstein, here’s some information to keep in mind.

Our program is registered with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please submit your application through ERAS and provide the following documentation:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement of one to two pages describing your reasons for pursuing training in pediatric gastroenterology and future career plans
  • At least three letters of recommendation, including one from a residency program director
  • USMLE/ECFMG scores

Our recruitment season opened July 26, 2021. Interviews will be scheduled from September through November of 2021. All interviews will take place virtually this year due to the COVID pandemic. Applicants selected for a personal interview will be contacted through ERAS by the fellowship program coordinator, Janayra Quinones. Please communicate with the program coordinator for all inquiries related to the fellowship application process.

Montefiore-Einstein recognizes that having a diverse and inclusive institution is critical to success, and we reaffirm our fervent commitment to fostering a culture in which diversity is a central tenet.

Have questions? Get in touch.

Janayra Quinones
Coordinator, Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
jaquinon@montefiore.org
718-741-2256 

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