Fellowship Training in Advanced Endoscopy

Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program



Fellowship Training in Advanced Endoscopy

Program Director:  Sushil Ahlawat, MD


Description of the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program

All endoscopic procedures are performed in the Medical Special Procedures suite at University Hospital. Annually, our program performs about 300 EUS procedures and other interventional EUS techniques, over 2000 EGDs, 2500 colonoscopies, and over 350 ERCPs in addition to other advanced endoscopic procedures. Advanced endoscopy fellows also receive extensive experience in endoscopic mucosal resection techniques (large colonic lesions, Barrett's esophagus, duodenal/ampullary adenomas, and gastric neoplasia), as well as broad exposure to novel endoscopic therapies including radiofrequency ablation, cryotherapy, luminal stenting, single-balloon enteroscopy, laser lithotripsy, and digital cholangioscopy/pancreatoscopy.


Fellowship Training

The Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program is a one year program designed to provide fellows with the skills required for successful pursuit of a career as a therapeutic endoscopist in an academic setting. Fellows will be prepared to assume faculty positions where they will be capable of developing independent clinical and research programs in advanced endoscopy.

Fellows acquire hands-on training and experience in all advanced endoscopic procedures, including but not limited to:

  • Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) procedures with FNA & FNI

  • EUS-guided interventions (pseudocyst drainage, celiac plexus block, rendezvous procedures, etc.)

  • Balloon-enteroscopy

  • Intraductal ultrasound

  • Cholangioscopy

  • Hydraulic lithotripsy

  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)

  • Cystgastrostomy

  • Luminal stenting

  • Advanced endoscopic imaging (confocal endomicroscopy, narrow band imaging, chromoendoscopy)

  • Endoscopic mucosal ablation (carbon dioxide cryotherapy, radiofrequency ablation)

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) (including ampullectomy, pediatric ERCP, papillotomy, stenting, cholangioscopy, pancreatoscopy)

Fellows are encouraged to do research related to endoscopy and participate in multidisciplinary conferences, as well as assist with clinical patient care. The advanced trainee will also participate in all of the educational activities available to fellows in our standard gastroenterology training program, including case conference, GI Grand Rounds, GI Journal Club, basic research conferences, medical-surgical conferences, and pathology conferences. During these activities fellows are exposed to a wide range of clinical and research experiences.



The training year begins in July and is available to those who have completed a standard ACGME accredited three-year gastroenterology fellowship and are Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

The Rutgers New Jersey Medical School is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and applications are encouraged from minority groups and physically disadvantaged individuals.


Information on applying to the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program