Faculty in the Division of Gastroenterology are committed to
training future leaders in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology
and nutrition. To fulfill this commitment, our division has
sponsored an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program since
2002, accepting two fellows each year.
The first year is devoted almost exclusively to clinical work.
During this time, you will learn how to:
- perform procedures done by pediatric gastroenterologists
- manage simple and complex GI patients who are in the
- consult on GI problems in non-GI patients
An important part of this training is learning how to interact
with patients and their families as well as with other medical
You also will begin a “continuity clinic” that
carries on throughout your entire fellowship. In the continuity
clinic, you will learn the long-term management of GI patients.
The second and third years of the fellowship are devoted to
research, during which time you can elect to conduct basic research
Lixin Zhu in the DDNC Research Laboratory. Alternatively, you
can choose to conduct clinical research under the mentorship of one
of the GI faculty and with the assistance of a clinical research
nurse. You will be expected to complete a substantial research
project, usually culminating in a first-author publication in a
You will continue to manage patients in your continuity clinic
and may participate in some of the more advanced GI procedures. You
also will continue to participate in the DDNC clinical
Second- and third-year fellows can elect to participate in
external clinical rotations in adult GI at the Veterans Affairs
Medical Center in Buffalo and in the pediatric liver transplant
program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical
The fellowship program provides an environment in which you will
have more than adequate opportunity to learn procedures and in
which you will receive support as you study pediatric GI disease
and how to manage patients.
Our program is small enough that you will receive intense,
one-on-one mentoring from each of our superb pediatric GI faculty,
yet large enough to give you exposure to every facet of pediatric
The Department of Pediatrics and the DDNC are located in Women
& Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The hospital, a UB
teaching affiliate, is the regional center for specialized
pediatric and women’s health care. It has achieved national
recognition and is ranked among the top 20 pediatric hospitals in
the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Because our fellowship program is ACGME-approved, fellows who
successfully complete it qualify to take the American Board of
Pediatrics examination in pediatric gastroenterology.
The postdoctoral education prerequisite is three years of
general pediatric residency training. Candidates should apply
and enter the Pediatric Gastroeneterology Match through NRMP.
If you have any questions, please contact: