Gastroenterology Fellowship

Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship

The Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship educates the next generation of academic, pediatric gastroenterologists to practice innovative, evidence-based, multidisciplinary medicine.

The primary goal of the three-year Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program is to educate the next generation of academic, pediatric gastroenterologists to practice innovative, evidence-based, multi-disciplinary medicine. 

We define “academic gastroenterologist” broadly to encompass those who seek to advance the understanding of pediatric gastrointestinal disease through both clinical and basic science scholarly work. 

What You Need to Know

Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

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The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition takes great pride in the 24 full-time distinguished faculty who are internationally acclaimed pediatric gastroenterologists with maturity, experience and scholarly productivity. The academic environment is rich and diverse in the clinical and research arena. We strive for the status of national leaders in training pediatric Gastroenterologists.

The Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's is ranked #11 by U.S. News and World Report.

Clinical Training & Experience

The clinical mission of the fellowship program is to provide expert consultation to referring physicians on a broad range of gastrointestinal, liver and nutrition problems and to provide ongoing care for children with complex disorders of the gastrointestinal system.  We strive for excellence in clinical care, research and teaching and our physician scientists are committed to the creation of evolving knowledge in the discipline.

The Pediatric GI fellows develop special expertise in the diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, intestinal failure, polyposis disorders, motility patients and gastroesophageal reflux.  Focus is on the family-centered, multi-disciplinary team approach to various disorders including inflammatory bowel disease, functional GI disorders and short bowel in infants and children.  Fellows will be part of a team which includes social workers, surgeons, nutritionists, psychiatrists, pediatric nurse practitioners, nurses and administrative staff.

In March 2016, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced the joint appointment of Dr. W. Kenneth Washburn as director of transplant programs at each hospital. Dr. Washburn is the executive director of the Ohio State Comprehensive Transplant Center and the Division of Transplantation Surgery. At Nationwide Children’s, he serves as the chief of the Division of Transplantation as well as director of the new Abdominal Transplant Program. In these roles, he leads the hospital’s Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program and will establish Nationwide Children’s first Pediatric Liver Transplant Program.

Research Training & Experience

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has a long history of contributions to scientific laboratory, clinical and translational research and continues to be on the cutting edge of research in a broad array of areas.

Dr. Cheryl Gariepy, Associate Program Director for Research, coordinates a focused, mentored research experience that commences the first year of training.  Research will be conducted under the auspices of an established, funded, basic science mentor who is a member of the faculty of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s or of The Ohio State University, College of Medicine. 

Highly qualified Division clinical investigators are available as resources.  Publishing at the peer-reviewed level will be required for completion of the fellowship.


The core curriculum of the fellowship program is under the direction of Dr. Karla Vaz, Associate Program Director for curriculum.  It is designed to be rich, varied and innovative and  includes didactic seminars, departmental Grand Rounds, Visiting Guest Lecture series, specialty rounds in radiology and pathology, journal clubs, board preparation reviews and special seminars.

The curriculum schedule includes:

Conferences/ Meetings Frequency
GI Clinical Conference Weekly
GI Administrative and Business Meeting Monthly
GI Didactic Conference Weekly
GI/Motility Research Meeting Weekly
Research Institute Seminar Weekly
Joint GI/Radiology Conference Bi-Monthly
Joint GI/Pathology Conference Bi-Monthly
Core Competency Lecture Series Bi-Monthly
GI Fellows Curriculum Conference Monthly
Board Review Course Monthly
GI Journal Club Monthly
Morbidity and Mortality Quarterly

Application & Selection

To meet the needs of our applicants, our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) for all applications.  This program is open to candidates in July, and interviews will be conducted from August through October of each academic year. 

Early submission of applications is encouraged as this allows the program and the candidate the opportunity to schedule the most mutually convenient time for an interview.

Our program has three openings for PGY 4’s each academic year.

All applicants must be board eligible or board certified in pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).  All International graduates must hold an unrestricted, J1 VISA.

Upon completion of the review of all applications by the Program Director and Recruitment Committee, qualified candidates will be invited to interview.  We encourage you to apply if you meet our eligibility criteria, and look forward to considering your application.

For questions or further information please contact:

Mary Kay Miller
Education Program Administrator
Division of Gastroenterology
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio  43205-2696
Phone: (614) 722-3474


Please contact our Education Program Administrator regarding specific questions.

Steven L. Ciciora, MD
Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program
Phone: (614) 722-3474

Mary Kay Miller
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio  43205-2696
Phone: (614) 722-3474