Advanced Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center offers an advanced IBD fellowship training program for qualified candidates.  This training experience exposes fellows to rigorous outpatient and inpatient clinical training, as well as the opportunity to engage in basic, translational, and clinical research projects.  Dozens of trainees have completed the program and established themselves as clinical and academic experts in IBD. Our goal is to expose trainees to excellent clinical and research training in IBD, and to facilitate the growth of future clinical and academic leaders in IBD.

The IBD Fellowship is a 1- or 2- year program which allows fellows to directly interact with faculty mentors in both clinical and research capacities.  In addition to their strong clinical background, our faculty includes experts in mucosal immunology, animal models of IBD, translational and genetics research, clinical/outcomes and health services research, and clinical trials.

The interested applicant must have completed a general gastroenterology training program; applicants who attended medical school outside the United States must have ECFMG certification and have passed all USMILE examinations to apply.  All applicants are expected to apply for a California medical license.  The application period is from May through July of the year prior to the starting date; for example applicants interested in starting July 1, 2012 should contact the Program Director (Gil Melmed, between May – July, 2011.



Stephan Targan, MD Gil Melmed, MD
Marla Dubinsky, MD Shervin Rabizadeh, MD
Edward Feldman, MD Eric Vasiliauskas, MD
Phillip Fleshner, MD
Dermot McGovern, MD  

Clinical Activities

Clinical activities involve both outpatient and inpatient experiences.  The Cedars IBD Faculty is committed to helping Trainees develop clinical comfort and expertise in IBD, and to nurture independence and autonomy in the setting of a supervised training program.   

The Cedars IBD Center provides outpatient ambulatory services for hundreds of patients each month.  Fellows will attend 3-5 half-day clinics per week, and will be expected to maintain follow-up of patients they encounter.   In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to perform endoscopy one half-day per week should they so choose.  

Fellows will also rotate on the IBD inpatient service along with an IBD faculty member.  During these two week rotations, the IBD fellow will learn about the management of severe ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, become familiar with the art of cyclosporine administration, pre-operative decision-making and post-operative management of patients with IBD. The IBD fellow will be expected to take patient calls during these rotations with appropriate faculty back-up.



The GI division offers several educational conferences on a weekly or monthly basis.  It is expected that the IBD Fellow will attend the weekly IBD Case Conference, weekly GI Grand Rounds, weekly Journal Club, and a monthly Small Bowel Case Conference. There are additional conferences including weekly IBD Genetics, bi-weekly Capsule Endoscopy rounds, and weekly GI pathology conferences which the IBD Fellow is encouraged to attend.  In addition, the IBD Fellow is expected to facilitate a monthly IBD Pathology conference.  The IBD Fellow will be expected to present at GI Grand Rounds and Journal Club.



The research experience is a critical component to the Advanced Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease training program.  Once an applicant has been accepted to the program, we strongly encourage early communication through the program director to identify an area of research interest that can be discussed prior to starting the program.  Each fellow will be assigned a primary research mentor, who will oversee the Fellow’s research project and progress.  It is expected that fellows will take ownership of at least one high quality project under appropriate mentorship in clinical, translational, or basic research.   Fellows are strongly encouraged to submit their research to a national or international meeting, and submit a manuscript(s) for publication to a high quality journal. In addition, fellows will be expected to write and publish a review on the topic of research interest, as well as present their research topic early in the year at Gastroenterology Grand Rounds.  In addition to regular meetings with the Primary Research Mentor, fellows will present at monthly IBD Research-in-progress meetings to the IBD faculty.