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Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital

The Division of Gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital offers a comprehensive three-year fellowship program for physicians who have recently completed a three-year internal medicine residency program. The purpose of the program is to provide outstanding education in all areas of gastroenterology so that upon completion, the graduate may fulfill all aspects of the title Consultant in Gastroenterology.

Training includes a concentrated physiological and practical approach to clinical problems, progressive teaching and development of expertise in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and endosonography (EUS); interdisciplinary rounds and teaching with the departments of Pathology, Radiology, and Surgery, and active participation in clinical research projects.

The department has more than 50 dedicated attending gastroenterologists, some of whom serve as part-time faculty, who make a major contribution to the teaching program and support the educational environment. The outpatient experience has also been completely revamped to include diverse and well supervised training at the Metropolitan Hospital.

The Gastroenterology Division works closely with pancreatico-biliary and colorectal surgeons, exposing the fellows to experience in the most effective management of complex problems. Attendance at outside lectures, courses and national meetings is encouraged and supported. Clinical research is an essential part of the program and is conducted with ongoing supervision and the support of a full-time biostatistician.

The curriculum in Gastroenterology is considered one of the strongest clinical fellowship programs in the country, with emphasis on comprehensive training in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, IBD, IBS and liver diseases. Lenox Hill Hospital maintains affiliations with New York University School of Medicine, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (transplant hepatology) and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Year 1

  1. Rounds with key clinical faculty
  2. Daily 'work' rounds with the attending of the month
  3. Participation in GI practice (UES 85th Street)
  4. Inpatient consultations
  5. Teaching of medical students and rotating medical residents
  6. Attendance at conferences, including:
    • weekly GI grand rounds including outside speakers
    • monthly motility conference - GI journal club - morbidity and mortality rounds
    • bi-monthly multidisciplinary GI tumor board
    • GI research conferences
    • weekly board review
    • weekly liver conference

Year 2

  1. Gradual performance of advanced endoscopy
  2. Rotation to Mount Sinai (total of 3 months) to gain an in-depth understanding of all aspects of pre and post-liver transplant evaluation and management
  3. Attendance at all conferences

Year 3

  1. Completion of clinical research project
  2. Further pursuit of specific clinical interests (nutrition, IBD, motility, etc)
  3. Advanced endoscopy including ERCP and EUS
  4. Attendance at all conferences

Our clinicians, educators and researchers are dedicated to delivering the highest quality care, while continually pushing the boundaries of knowledge.

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Application process

Applicants interested in the gastroenterology training program at Lenox Hill Hospital should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS), which allow applications starting July 1. Two positions are offered per year.

No applications are reviewed after Oct. 15.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • A personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your internal medicine program director
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable


Program director

David Herbert Robbins, MD

Specialties: Gastroenterology

Assistant Program Director

Elena A. Ivanina, DO

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Gastroenterology

Additional faculty

Arun Swaminath, MD

Specialties: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

Patrick Okolo, MD

Chief of Division of Medicine - Gastroenterology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Gastroenterology