Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program

  • Leadership
  • Overview
  • Applications and Interviews
  • Leadership

    Dr. Shahnaz Sultan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Program Director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Minnesota. She is a Core Investigator at the Center for Chronic Disease Research at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Her clinical research is focused on reducing colorectal cancer morbidity and mortality by improving adherence and quality of colonoscopy. She is also actively involved with evidence synthesis and guideline development. Dr. Sultan has a longstanding interest in medical education and assumed the role of Program Director in December 2016.

    Dr. Kimberly Viskocil is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Associate Program Director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Viskocil's clinical areas of interest include treating functional bowel disorders and gastrointestinal motility disorders. In her capacity as the Associate Program Director for the training program, and Director of the Gut Course for the medical students, she has a keen interest in educating future gastroenterologists.

  • Overview

    GI fellows receive a minimum of 18 months of clinical training and six months of research training during the three year program. For most GI fellows, the program consists of two clinical years (first and third) and one research year (second year).

    Clinical training consists of two-month rotations at each of the five teaching hospitals. Fellows coordinate the GI consult service (in conjunction with an attending staff gastroenterologist, advanced practice providers, rotating internal medicine residents, and medical students) and perform endoscopic procedures. New consultations, follow-up hospital encounters, and participation in endoscopic procedure clinics are supervised by staff gastroenterologists. Night and weekend call responsibilities are more heavily weighted in the first year with decreasing call as fellows progress through the training program. Call is taken at home. Fellows are fully supervised by staff gastroenterologists during on-call time.

    Continuity Clinic
    Each fellow is assigned a Continuity Clinic at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and at one of the other teaching hospitals. These clinics are maintained throughout the entire three years in the program. Fellows continue to participate in these supervised clinics during their research training.

    Research training begins during the first year with selection of a faculty mentor and development of a focused research project. Research opportunities range from basic science projects to clinical research and to outcomes/epidemiologic studies. Mentors are usually GI faculty members, but University faculty outside of the GI section are also available for specific projects. During the research period, fellows continue to take night call, including emergency endoscopies.

    Teaching Conferences
    Teaching conferences include a weekly three-hour citywide GI conference, consisting of journal club discussions, fellow case presentations, didactic lectures, radiology, basic science and research presentations, and guest lecturers. Additional conferences on GI histopathology are held once each month at Regions Hospital. Each teaching hospital also has its own conference schedules, including internal medicine grand rounds, core curriculum lectures, and M&M conferences (which include GI topics), as well as GI section pathology and surgical conferences, journal review, etc.

    Training Facilities
    The training rotations are completed at University of Minnesota- Fairview, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Hennepin County Medical Center, Regions Hospital, and Abbott Northwestern Hospital. There are over 50 teaching faculty among the five hospitals.

  • Applications and Interviews

    Applications for the Gastroenterology Fellowship are accepted through ERAS.

    Interviews are generally conducted between September and October each year. No interview will be granted without a completed application.

Required Conferences

All GI fellows are required to attend the following weekly conferences:

  1. Pathology Conference at Regions Hospital (2nd Wednesday: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.)
  2. UMN GI Journal Club, PWB 1-200A (every Wednesday except the 2nd: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.)
  3. UMN GI Citywide Conference in PWB 1-200A (Thursdays: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.). GI fellows present cases during the first hour. Special topics by faculty and invited speakers are presented during the second hour. Please remember to sign into the citywide conference by clicking on the following link.

Note: If you would like to join one of our conferences and are not an invitee, faculty, fellow, or staff, please contact the division administration. 


Training Sites

Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Minneapolis Health Care System

The Minneapolis VA Medical Center is one of the few high-complexity VAs in the country and the flagship hospital for specialty care in the Midwest region serving veterans from Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas. The GI Section, led by Aasma Shaukat, MD, employees 9 full-time faculty member and 4 NPs with specific areas of clinical and research expertise that include inflammatory bowel disease, advanced liver disease, colon cancer, and pancreaticobiliary diseases. Fellows rotate on the VA inpatient consult service, participate in both inpatient and outpatient endoscopy (including opportunities for advanced procedures and capsule endoscopy), and maintain their own continuity clinic every other week. Our faculty and staff enjoy working with fellows and consider fellow education a key part of the VA's mission.

Division Director
Aasma Shakaut

Our Faculty
Jeff Albrecht
Yan Bakman
Michael Levitt
Ashish Malhotra
Andrew Reinink
Paola Ricci
Shahnaz Sultan

Site Directors
Brian Hanson
Aasma Shaukat




Hennepin Healthcare

Hennepin Healthcare 

Hennepin Healthcare is a nationally-recognized Adult and Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center located in downtown Minneapolis. This site is a safety net hospital serving all of Minneapolis including our underserved populations. While at HCMC fellows help oversee the inpatient consult team (which consists of a PA, medicine residents, and medical students) and are involved in inpatient and outpatient procedures.

Division Director
Jake Matlock

Our Faculty
Aaron Brosam
Jose Debes
Hernando Gonzalez
Maria Moscandrew
Craig Peine

Site Director
Khalil Farah




Regions Hospital

Regions Hospital

Regions Hospital is located in St Paul, Minnesota and part of the Health Partners medical system. It is an ACS-verified Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma where patients benefit from an expert team of medical professionals and top-level specialty care. Medical education is an important focus for Regions Hospital which has several residency and fellowship programs and is a training site for the University of Minnesota Medical School. Regions has been recognized as one of Healthgrades® America's 50 Best Hospitals™ in 2018. Fellows rotate through the inpatient GI consult service each year seeing a variety of both rare and common GI illnesses.

Division Director
Irshad Jafri

Our Faculty
Ahmad Abdulkarim
Sandeep Bahadur
Nadeem Chaudhary
Ivo Ditah
Emelie Helou
Rebecca Li
Sachin Mohan
Hashim Nemat
Anupama Nookala
Gregory Weber

Site Director
Karin Hagen





Abbott - Northwestern Hospital/Minnesota Gastroenterology

Abbott - Northwestern Hospital/Minnesota Gastroenterology

Minnesota Gastroenterology is Twin Cities-based practice of over 70 physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of adults and children with GI and liver disorders. Minnesota Gastroenterology has several outpatient subspecialty centers with expertise in inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal disorders, and chronic liver disease. Our staffs cover Abbott Northwestern Hospital, a 627-bed teaching hospital based in Minneapolis. Fellows rotate with Minnesota Gastroenterology at least once during their fellowship spending several weeks on a tailored outpatient subspecialty clinic experience as well as some time on GI consults at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital.

Division Director
Robert Ganz
Our Faculty
David Feldshon
Esther Connor
Benjamin Mitlyng
Donald Zogg
Robert McCabe
Erica Roberson
Site Director
Ibrahim Hanouneh