Welcome to the Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Medical College of Wisconsin is committed to the training of our fellows as academic pediatric gastroenterologists. The purpose of this fellowship is to train academic pediatric gastroenterologists who can function both as clinicians and scientists. The Fellowship Program will be under the direct supervision of Dr. Praveen Goday, Professor of Pediatrics. In addition, once a research mentor has been identified, that individual will serve as the faculty advisor for the research portion of the program. Each fellow will also develop a scholarship oversight committee to oversee his/her progress through the program.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is associated with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, a free-standing 240 bed children's hospital located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin ranks as one of the top Children's Hospitals in the United States. The department of Pediatrics currently has 240 full time faculty members. Other facilities on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Complex campus include the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital.

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has 16 pediatric Gastroenterologists, 5 Nurse Practitioners, 11 Dieticians, 1 clinical psychologist, and 1 independent lab research PhD. Clinical activities include general pediatric gastroenterology and specialized clinical programs in Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, Obesity (NEW Kids Program), Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, Motility Disorders, Liver Transplant, Celiac Disease, Eosinophilic GI Disorders, Nutrition, Functional GI Disorders, Constipation and Infant Gastroesophageal Reflux. Research programs include Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Genetics and Pharmacogenetics, Mucosal Immunology, Visceral Pain and Developmental Biology. Our large faculty with a large breadth and depth of clinical and research expertise facilitate clinical learning from different styles and a variety of research pursuits.

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  About the Program

During the first year, the Fellow will be exposed to a wide variety of patients with gastrointestinal, hepatic and nutritional diseases. Education will focus on the development of expertise for appropriate work-up, diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. In addition, the Fellow will develop familiarity of the pediatric and adult gastrointestinal literature through literature search and active participation in patient care conferences, departmental conferences and journal clubs. Towards the end of the first year, the Fellow will identify a research mentor and together select a specific project to pursue during the second and third year of the Fellowship under the direction of the mentor. During the second and third years, the Fellow will learn research techniques, develop project for presentation at a national meeting and develop experience in writing a grant proposal.

Effective 2016, we will accept one fellow through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

The 36-month curriculum is divided roughly for 12.5 months of clinical activities and 20 months of research activities as follows:

First year

  • Inpatient service: 42 weeks
  • Research: 4 weeks
  • Vacation: 4 weeks
  • Pathology Rotation: 1 week
  • Radiology Rotation: 1 week

Second and Third years

  • Inpatient service: 5 weeks
  • Research/Clinic: 43 weeks
  • Vacation: 4 weeks

*Fellows will rotate through Hepatology Service during their inpatient weeks/months over the three year program.

*Procedures weekly through all three years.

*Weekend call is shared by all first, second and third year fellows.

  Application Process

Our 3-year fellowship program is ACGME accredited and begins on July 1 each year and effective 2016, we will accept two fellows through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We will start accepting applications from prospective applicants through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) between June 9, 2018 and July 15, 2018. Candidates will be invited for interviews for the 2019 fellowship program during August-October of 2018. Our requirements to enter the program are as follows:

  • Apart from US citizens and permanent residents, we will accept applications from existing J1 and H-1B visa holders.
  • Applications will only be accepted through ERAS.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. We would prefer that at least one of these letters be from a Pediatric Gastroenterologist.
  Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment

The stipend levels are determined by the MCWAH Board of directors. Information about the stipend amounts can be found on the Graduate Medical Education Stipends page.

View MCWAH Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment for information regarding vacations, leaves, insurance, stipends and professional liability.

Current Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellows

Third Year Fellows

Vikram Christian, MDVikram Christian, MD

Prasanna Kapavarapu, MDPrasanna Kapavarapu, MD

Second Year Fellows

Karlo Kovacic, MDKarlo Kovacic, MD

Armonluck (Pang) Krasaelap, MDAmornluck (Pang) Krasaelap, MD

First Year Fellows

Alexis Gumm, MDAlexis Gumm, MD

Jonathan Wong, MDJonathan Wong, MD

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  Fellows Through the Years

Sarah Cole, MD - Graduated June 2018.

Ammar Khayat, MD - Graduated February 2018 and will be returning to Saudi Arabia to practice.

Julia Fritz, MD - Graduate June 2017 and became faculty member of Pediatric GI at Maine Medical Partners in Portland, ME. “Coming to Milwaukee for my pediatric gastroenterology fellowship was the best decision I ever made. Yes, a large part of that is because I met my future husband in Milwaukee, but it also has to do with the training I got at Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The robust clinical experience (made possible by the size of the hospital and the variety of interests of the faculty) meant that I feel prepared to practice in a smaller, more generalized practice because I was able to care for and learn from a wide range of patients during training. In addition, the flexibility of the program allowed me to pursue my interest in quality improvement and receive the necessary training to make this a part of my future career. While traditional clinical or bench research was not my cup of tea, I feel confident that the program provides strong opportunities and support for fellows seeking this path. More than anything, what makes me thankful for my time at MCW is the people I met there. Nurses, administrators, and faculty members became friends who supported me through the tough times and celebrated my joys (in and out of work). Having a supportive network is essential during fellowship regardless of where you train, and I found it at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.”

Rachel Dunn, MD - Graduated June 2017 and became faculty member of Pediatric GI at St. Vincent Medical Group in Indianapolis, IN. “Choosing a fellowship program is never easy. There are so many things to consider! I first heard about the program at Milwaukee back when I was applying for pediatric residency. Since I knew then that I had an interest GI and heard so many great things about the program here, I decided to pursue my residency and hopefully my fellowship at MKE. Life worked as planned and I am very happy to have completed my fellowship with this program. The size of the program and number of faculty provided both a great general and sub-specialty exposure within GI. I feel that I was exposed to so many rare cases here that I would not have seen at a smaller practice. In addition, I was able to receive training in advanced endoscopy techniques as a fellow! Thanks to my program, I feel ready to pursue my career as a pediatric gastroenterologist.”

Catherine Larson-Nath, MD - Graduated in July 2015 and became a faculty member of Pediatric GI at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. "I had an amazing experience training in Milwaukee. I was supported through every step of the fellowship process from clinical care to research mentorship. At the Medical College of Wisconsin you are exposed to all areas of Pediatric Gastroenterology, from general GI and IBD to more specialized areas of motility, nutrition, feeding team, and liver transplant. This is very unique and makes Milwaukee special and an excellent place for training. Coming into fellowship I was worried about research as I had no experience. Once in Milwaukee I felt well supported and now know that research will always be a part of my career and that is due to my experience in fellowship. Most importantly I feel prepared to start my career as an Pediatric Gastroenterologist and have come away from fellowship with countless new friends and mentors."

Sarika Rohatgi, MD - Graduated in July 2015 and her faculty appointment is pending. "MCW is a great place to get a diverse clinical exposure in a wide variety of basic as well as uncommon GI diseases, outstanding endoscopic procedural experience and good research opportunities. It has a great group with helpful, understanding and approachable colleagues and a strong support system of nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists and dietitians. Fellowship here has taught me a lot and groomed me well as a physician and a person."

Katja Kovacic, MD - Graduated in July 2014 and became a faculty member of Pediatric GI at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Alisha Mavis, MD - Graduated in July 2014 and went to Lurie Children's Hospital to complete a 1-year Hepatology Fellowship.

Bhaskar Gurram, MD - Graduated in July 2013 and became a faculty member of Pediatric GI at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He left our practice in June 2015 and went to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas,TX.

Diana Lerner, MD - Graduated in July 2013 and became a faculty member of Pediatric GI at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Khalil El-Chammas, MD - Graduated in July 2012 and became faculty member at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA.

Vi Goh, MD - Graduated in July 2012 and became a faculty member at the University of Boston in Boston, MA.

Thomas Ciecierega, DO - Graduated in July 2011 and became a faculty member at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

Jonathan Ramprasad, MD - Graduated in July 2011 and became a faculty member at Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Mutaz Sultan, MD - Graduated in July of 2011 and became a faculty member at Al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem.

Kyle Jensen, MD - Graduated in July of 2010 and went to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center to complete a 1-year Advanced Hepatology Fellowship. He is currently a faculty member in Salt Lake City, UT.

Tonya Adamiak, MD - Graduated in July 2009 and became a faculty member at Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Muhammad Altaf, MD - Graduated in July 2009 and became a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Clinic in Oklahoma City, OK.

Karen Francolla, MD - Graduated in July 2008 and joined private practice in Hackensack, NJ.

Narayanan Venkatasubramani, MD - Graduated in July of 2008 and became a faculty member of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He left our group in 2012 and went to Duke University in North Carolina.

Vincent Biank, MD - Graduated in July of 2007 and became a faculty member of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He left our group in 2011 and went to Northshore University Healthsystem in Evanston, IL.

Cass Smith, MD - Graduated in July of 2007 and joined a private practice in Idaho.

Joseph Skelton, MD - Graduated in July of 2006 and became a faculty member of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He left our group in 2007 and went to Lake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina.

Dorota Walkiewicz, MD - Graduated in July of 2006 and joined the Pediatric Gastroenterology department at UW-Madison.

Daryl Fish, DO - Graduated in July of 2005 and joined Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin.

Adrian Miranda, MD - Graduated in July of 2005 and became a faculty member of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Fellowship Program Contact

Betsy Flinn
Pediatrics Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Coordinator

(414) 266-3915
bflinn@mcw.edu

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