Welcome to the Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Fellowship Program Overview
Our Fellows Discuss our Program
As a fellow, you will...
- Receive training in gastroenterological consultation, diagnostic and therapeutic GI procedures and direct patient care in the only fellowship program for the entire state for Wisconsin with a catchment area of over 9 million patients.
- Begin pediatric endoscopy training early in your fellowship with dedicated endoscopy time during all three years of training.
- Maintain outpatient “Fellows Only” continuity clinics throughout all three years of your training. These clinics will be supported by a consistent faculty, nursing, and dietician team.
- Participate in interdisciplinary collaboration with our Radiology, Surgery, and Pathology teams.
- Develop habits of critical inquiry necessary for continuing intellectual growth.
- Gain the knowledge and skills to formulate hypotheses.
- Design a self-driven scholarly activity with the support of faculty mentors.
- Present your scholarly activity at local and international meetings.
- Foster skills as an educator by collaborating and teaching a diverse group of learners (medical students, residents, nurse practitioner students) in a world class medical school.
In my role as fellowship director, I am honored to support a team of fellows who are truly exceptional and motivate us to continuously improve our program. We have the sustained support of amazing fellowship coordinators and division leaders who are dedicated to maintaining a culture of innovation, congeniality, respect, and excellence. Our entire division is committed to fostering comprehensive and individualized training for our fellows to succeed as autonomous clinicians, educators and life-long learners.
While I am humbled by the responsibility of continuing a tradition of success for our current and past fellows, I look forward to guiding our program into an exciting future.
José Cabrera, MD
We will accept two fellows through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
Towards the end of the first year, fellows will identify a research mentor/s and together select a specific project to pursue during the second and third year of the Fellowship under the direction of their mentors.
During the second and third years, fellows will learn research techniques, develop projects for presentation at a national meeting and gain experience in writing manuscripts for publication.
The 36-month curriculum is divided roughly for 12.5 months of clinical activities and 20 months of research activities as follows:
- Inpatient service: 42 weeks
- Research: 4 weeks
- Vacation: 4 weeks
- Pathology Rotation: 1 week
- Radiology Rotation: 1 week
Second and Third years
- Inpatient service: 6 weeks
- Research/Clinic: 42 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.
At MCW and within the Department of Pediatrics, we have several programs and resources focused on fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. Our departmental and institutional focus is confronting negative perceptions and welcoming our community. Below is just a sampling of the efforts across our institutions to embed the principles of diversity and inclusion into our culture.
- DOP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council | Our Diversity Council, led by Dr. Mike Levas, the DOP Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, and comprised of faculty, staff, administration, and trainees, is focused on connecting with partners across our system and within the community to ensure the DOP is a diverse, equitable and inclusive employer.
- DOP Fellowship and Residency Diversity and Inclusion Committees | In a city filled with its own diversity and rich cultural history, our fellows and residents recognize the importance of addressing diversity, health equity, and inclusion within our programs. As such, the program is proud to recognize the presence and work of its Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
- DOP Unconscious Bias Training | The AAMC has partnered with Cook Ross, Inc., a leading consulting firm, to create training focused on the science behind unconscious bias to help academic medical staff and faculty mitigate disparities. Seven members of our team have earned a certification as unconscious bias trainers through Cook Ross. These trainers have translated what they’ve learned into a two-hour training for our faculty and staff. By learning how to identify and confront unconscious bias, it is possible to mitigate the impact and promote respect for all groups.
- Trauma-Informed Workplace Training | This committee has undertaken actions including a department-wide survey and the creation of four online training modules sharing the principles of trauma-informed approach and how to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in ourselves and others. This group started as part of Fostering Futures, a state-wide initiative aimed at infusing a trauma-informed approach into all the systems and organizations that touch the lives of Wisconsin citizens with the goal of expanding across the state to make Wisconsin the first trauma-informed state in the nation.
- Office of Diversity and Inclusion | Established in March 2016, the MCW Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) partners within MCW and with community partners to foster and drive inclusion excellence as an effective, empowering enabler of MCW mission and strategic goals.
- Spring Festival of Cultures | The annual Spring Festival of Cultures encourages an increased awareness and celebration of the visible and non-visible identities among our MCW community. This three-day event is an opportunity to promote the fostering of diversity, inclusion and unity at MCW.
- President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award | MCW’s President's Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, residents, trainees, and community members in contributing to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership.
- Institute of Health and Equity | The Institute for Health & Equity is focused on researching the root causes of health disparities in our communities, and advancing the best ideas to foster health equity throughout the world. We target populations with abnormally high rates of disease and injury – urban and rural alike – and then we find out why. Partnering with community health collaborators who live and work closest to the most vulnerable populations, we are making an impact on reducing those disparities, one community at a time.
- GMF-MCW Partnership | Through their overall partnership, MCW and GMF will bring complementary expertise on a range of strategies to invest in the health, equity and economic well-being of people across Milwaukee, beginning with the neighborhoods adjacent to the new development. Guided by community priorities and data, the GMF-MCW Partnership will be a catalyst for additional investment and community impact. Together, the partners will:
- Engage resident and community partnerships
- Improve social determinants of health
- Catalyze change that leverages resources and investment
Geetanjali Bora, MD – Graduated June 2022 and became a faculty member at Children’s National Health Center in Washington D.C.
Andrea Gosalvez Tejada, MD – Graduated June 2022 became a faculty member at Marshfield Medical Center. “Reflecting on these past three years, I can only be thankful and feel blessed for all the direct and indirect mentorship I’ve received from the division that has helped me grow as a pediatric gastroenterologist and shape my career. The robust, diverse clinical exposure and plenty of opportunities to do various procedures by the hand of nationwide renowned pediatric gastroenterologists is a strength and highlight of the program.”
Alexis Gumm, MD - Graduated June 2021 and went to Boston Children's Hospital (Harvard) in Boston MA to complete a 1-year Liver Transplant Fellowship
Karlo Kovacic, MD - Graduated June 2020 and became Pediatric GI Faculty at The Medical College of Wisconsin.
Jonathan Wong, DO - Graduated June 2021 and became a faculty member of Pediatric GI at Banner Health, University of Arizona in Tuscon, AZ
Amornluck “Pang” Krasaelap, MD - Graduated June 2020 and became Pediatric GI Faculty at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, MO.
Vikram Christian, MD – Graduated June 2019 and became Pediatric GI Faculty at University of Minnesota. “As a pediatric resident, I had aspired to complete my fellowship training in an academically strong program that offered good clinical experience. I found the Pediatric Gastroenterology training program at the Medical College of Wisconsin to be exactly that. Strengths of the program include a large faculty group with diverse clinical interests, high patient volume and complexity, abundant procedural experience, several well-established clinical programs, extremely supportive clinical and administrative staff and a strong focus on research/academics. Constant mentoring and support over the past three years have allowed me to conduct clinical research, present at national conferences, publish in reputed journals and solidify a career path in nutrition. The faculty, administrators, nurses, dietitians, psychologists and support staff were very easy to get along with and will be missed as I graduate from training.”
Prasanna Kapavarapu, MD – Graduated June 2019 and became Pediatric GI Faculty at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “The pediatric gastroenterology fellowship program at the Children's Wisconsin/Medical College of Wisconsin is one of the few outstanding clinical and research fellowship programs in the nation which offers unequivocal opportunities for fellows in training. My fellowship journey here at Children's Wisconsin/MCW has taught me a lot of important life worthy lessons. The breadth of clinical care exposure during fellowship is worth mentioning especially given that Children's serves as the tertiary referral center for the whole state of Wisconsin. The GI Division's commitment to encourage research by fellows is enormous, and this is reflected very well through the support I received in pursuing both bench and clinical research during my fellowship. The Neurogastroenterology and Motility team is a big strength of this program, and I was fortunate to be trained by this excellent team to build a career as I graduate from here to join a premier institute at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Above all, I really cherish my time and the relations built during my fellowship here at Children's Wisconsin/MCW. “
Sarah Cole, MD - Graduated June 2018 and became Pediatric GI Faculty at South Dakota – Avera McKenna Hospital and University Health Center. “After interviewing for fellowship here in Milwaukee, I knew that this program was the perfect fit for me. My initial impression proved to be true as my fellowship experience was challenging and extremely educational. The faculty are each specialized in various areas within pediatric gastroenterology including advanced endoscopy, eosinophilic esophagitis, inflammatory bowel disease, cyclic vomiting syndrome, hepatology, nutrition, and motility. Fellow are provided with a substantial amount of support in pursuing their research interests. I was involved in the care of patients with a wide variety of interesting presentations and disease processes. The faculty are very helpful and provide an appropriate amount of autonomy. I feel very prepared to begin my career as a pediatric gastroenterologist.”
Ammar Khayat, MD - Graduated February 2018 and returned to Saudi Arabia to practice. “I’m very proud to have been trained in this program as it offered me the opportunity to not only work with world experts in the field but to be exposed to all Sub-specialties of Pediatric GI such as liver diseases, IBD, functional, nutrition and TPN care, CVS, obesity, and motility where this program exiles. The program also allowed me to customize my training based on my needs and my future job and interests. This was - in my case more so than others- a big plus considering the work environment I’d be in is completely different. A big strength I’d like to highlight is my comfort level in endoscopy procedures including specialized procedures like esophageal dilations and PEG tube placements; thanks to the high volume of procedures performed in this program. Academically, I had the opportunity to work on different research projects of my choice and based on my interests. My mentors were very supportive and involved in guiding me through every step. Most faculty in this program were very encouraging and idea-stimulating so I had no shortage of opportunities to work on projects. As an international graduate, again I’m very proud to have graduated from this program that gave me the confidence to practice Pediatric GI in any kind of clinical or academic setting.”
Julia Fritz, MD - Graduate June 2017 and became a 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 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 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.
About the Medical College of Wisconsin
With a history dating back to 1893, the Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Central Wisconsin. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In the last ten years, faculty received more than $1.5 billion in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,600 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 4.0 million patients annually.
About Children’s Wisconsin
Children’s Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2019, Children’s invested more than $130 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology 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.
Milwaukee is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets and a prime location for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s main campus. A one-of-a-kind city with a vibrant and diverse culture, this charming, yet metropolitan must-see is just 90 minutes north of Chicago and nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan. Whether you’re catching a show at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, immersing yourself in the old world charm of the Historic Third Ward or taking in the sights and sounds of one of the many cafés, beer gardens or restaurants that line the city’s riverbank and shoreline, Milwaukee never disappoints. Find out why MCW students, faculty and employees take pride in calling Milwaukee home.
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Our 3-year fellowship program is ACGME accredited and begins on July 1 each year. We accept two fellows each year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants must have completed a US-accredited residency program. Applications from prospective applicants are accepted from July through October via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We will access your application and contact you to make interview arrangements.
Complete applications should include the following:
- ERAS application form
- At least 3 letters of reference including Program Director letter
- Medical Student Performance Evaluation/Dean's Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Personal statement
- MD Applicants: USMLE scores - Steps 1, 2, and 3 or
- DO Applicants: COMLEX scores – Levels 1, 2 and 3
- ECFMG certificate for foreign medical school graduates (see visa information below)
Our program currently accepts the following visas:
- Permanent Resident Visa
- Visitor Exchange Visa sponsored by ECFMG (J-1)
- Temporary Professional Workers (H-1B)
For additional visa information please visit MCW’s office of Graduate Medical Education.
Fellows are employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH).
See MCWAH Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment for information regarding vacations, leaves, insurance, stipends and professional liability.
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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 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 a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and have come away from fellowship with countless new friends and mentors."
A Graduated Fellow
Second Year Fellows
Malgorzata "Maggie" Bujarska, MD
Brittany Siegel, DO