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Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition Fellowship

About The Fellowship

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Weill Cornell Medicine offers a three-year fellowship that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our campus is located in the NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Children’s Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Our multidisciplinary team approach provides the highest level of care to the child and their family with all aspects of GI pathology.

The goal of this fellowship program is to provide fellows with the best clinical and research experience available in preparation for a successful career in academic gastroenterology. The program accomplishes this goal by providing a structured clinical and educational curriculum as well as a research curriculum tailored to the interest of the fellow.

Clinical Program Description

The fellowship is a 3 year program that provides an estimated 18 months of clinical training and 18 months of research experience.

The inpatient team service provides consultative services to the NICU, PICU and Pediatric Inpatient unit.

We are affiliated with the top ranked NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Children’s Hospital at Weill Cornell Medicine and the NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Advanced Digestive Care (CADC), one of the nation's leading centers for the diagnosis and treatment of childhood digestive diseases. 

Our program provides comprehensive care to diagnosis and treatment of patients with disorders including:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Gastrointestinal motility problems and Functional GI complaints
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis and other Allergic GI Disorders
  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Celiac Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Hepatobiliary Disease
  • Feeding Disorders and Nutritional Deficiencies

Fellows gain clinical experience through the care of patients at our comprehensive treatment programs including:

Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program

Pediatric Motility Program

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Program

Pediatric IBD Transition of Care Program

Curriculum

The philosophy of the clinical time is to concentrate it in the first year and maintain clinical expertise in the second and third year while allowing time to focus on the research component of the program during the latter years.

Our trainees spend one month per year on the inpatient and inpatient service for both liver and small bowel transplantation at the New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital campus.

First Year

  • Inpatient -9 months
  • Liver - 1 month
  • Research - 1 month

Second Year

  • Inpatient - 2 months
  • Liver - 1 month
  • Research  - 8 months
  • Elective (optional) - 1 month

Third Year

  • Inpatient - 1 month 
  • Research  - 10 months
  • Elective (optional)- 1 month

Fellows take home call throughout the year on a rotation divided among the other fellows.

Outpatient Clinics

In the first year, the fellow is required to attend 2 half day clinic sessions per week. In the second and third years, the fellows attend 1 half day clinic per week. In addition, the second and third year fellows have 6 weeks outpatient clinic rotation during which they attend 6 outpatient sessions per week to enhance their abilities to comprehensively care for the complicated patients involving multidisciplinary teams.

Procedures

We offer expertise and training in procedural skills including Upper endoscopy, Colonoscopy, Therapeutic Endoscopy (banding, scleroses, cautery, clipping, balloon dilation), Suction Rectal biopsy, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy placement, Paracentesis, Liver Biopsy, Esophageal Manometry, Anorectal Manometry, pH Impedance, Bravo capsule, Wireless capsule endoscopy, Hydrogen and Methane Breath testing.

Advanced procedures including ERCP and Endoscopic Ultrasound are performed by the Advanced Endoscopy Team of the CADC.

All fellows perform procedures in the Pediatric Unit for Procedural Sedation (PUPS) one half day session per week.

Fellows have the unique ability to practice and strengthen their skill with the use of our GI Endoscopy Simulator. Fellows can practice basic skills such as managing a loop in the colon, as well as practice more rare procedures such as esophageal banding

Conferences

The educational curriculum is a structured program consisting of lectures, seminars, invited speakers, journal clubs, and visiting professors. Through the course of three years, a thorough review of gastrointestinal physiology is completed. Fellows actively participate in the educational series.

Weekly Conferences

Day

  Meeting

Time

Monday


Adult GI Grand Rounds

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Tuesday

Pediatric Grand Rounds

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Tuesday

IBD Case Conference Monthly

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday

Pediatric GI Grand Rounds

8:15–9 a.m.

Wednesday

Clinical Case Conference (monthly): A presentation of selected cases of interest along with a discussion of embryology, physiology, pathologic findings, and management including cost-effective medical practices

Journal Club (monthly):  A select review of literature in neonatal care with an emphasis on critical reading.

Consensus Conference (monthly): A review of complex clinical cases.

Pathology Conference (bimonthly)

Radiology Conference (monthly)

Research Rounds (monthly)

QI Conference (semiannually)

1–3 p.m.

Friday

Professor's Rounds

Board Review

12–1 p.m.

Research

There have been major research developments at Weill Cornell Medicine over the past few years.  A generous $25 million gift established the Gale and Ira Drukier Institute for Children's Health .  This institute is devoted to bench-to-bedside research to advance new treatments and therapies that target childhood diseases and disorders.  Additionally, through the generosity of Jill Roberts and the Jill Roberts Charitable Foundation, the Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease was established to accelerate new scientific discoveries, enabling personalized translational medicine to better prevent and treat inflammatory bowel disease in patients. In addition, our Division received over $3 million in funds from the NICHD/NIH to lead a multicenter study examining statural growth in pediatric Crohn’s disease. Through these major developments and already existing research infrastructure, there are numerous opportunities for outstanding research experiences and mentorship. Fellows will have opportunities for rigorous formal and informal clinical, translational, and basic research training in a wide variety of areas within the Division, Department, and Medical College.

Other opportunities for research

Recent Faculty Publications
  1. Rosenbaum DG, Rose ML, Solomon AB, Giambrone AE, Kovanlikaya A. Longitudinal diffusion-weighted imaging changes in children with small bowel Crohn’s Disease: preliminary experience. Abdominal Imaging. 2015 Jun;40(5):1075-80.
  2. Hudgins LC, Annavajjhala V, Kovanlikaya A, Frank MD, Solomon A, Parker TS1 Cooper RS. Non-invasive assessment of endothelial function in children with obesity and lipid disorders. Cardiol Young. 2016 Mar 26(3):532-8. Epub 2015 May 5:1-7.
  3. Tyberg A, Rose M, Solomon A, Nam A, Kahaleh M. successful pediatric endoscopic submucosal dissection. Endoscopy. 2015;47 Suppl 1:E621-2. Epub 2015 Dec 29.
  4. Fahey L, Robinson G, Weinberger K, Giambrone AE, Solomon AB. Correlation between Aeroallergen Levels and New Diagnosis of Eosinophilic Esophagitis in NYC. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. Epub 2016 Apr 21.
  5. DeFilippis EM, Barfield E, Sockolow R, Kessler E. Bilious Emesis and Small Bowel Obstruction in a Young Male. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2016 May;55(5):499-501. Epub 2015 Jul 7.
  6. DeFilippis EM, Barfield E, Leifer D, Steinlauf A, Bosworth BP, Scherl EJ, Sockolow R. Cerebral venous thrombosis in inflammatory bowel disease. J Dig Dis. 2015 Feb;16(2):104-8
  7. Afaneh C, Zoghbi V, Finnerty BM, Aronova A, Kleiman D, Ciecierega T, Crawford C, Fahey TJ, Zarnegar R. BRAVO esophageal pH monitoring: more cost-effective than empiric medical therapy for suspected gastroesophageal reflux. Surg Endosc 2016; 30(8): 3454-3460.
  8. Ciecierega T, Crawford CV, Zarnegar R, Tipnis NA. PP-3 The utility of integrated relaxation pressure to predict achalasia in children. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015 Oct; 61(4):521.
  9. Srinath AI, Gupta N, Husain SZ. Probing the Association of Pancreatitis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2016 Feb;22(2):465-75
  10. Barfield E, Solomon A, Sockolow R. Infliximab in the home – Does it affect the health related quality of life of pediatric patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease? Practical Gastro. 2016 May: 16-22.
  11. DeFilippis EM, Sockolow R, Barfield E. Health Care Maintenance for the Pediatric Patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Pediatrics. 2016 Sep; 138(3).
  12. Small L, Merianos D, Barfield E.  Gastric volvulus.  Consultant for Pediatricians. 2016;15(11):583-585.
  13. Fahey L, Robinson G, Weinberger K, Giambrone AE, Solomon AB. Correlation between Aeroallergen Levels and New Diagnosis of Eosinophilic Esophagitis in NYC. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. Epub 2016 Apr 21.
  14. Solomon AB, Reed R Benkov K, Kingsbery J, Lusman S, Malter L, Levine J, Rabinowitz S, Wolff M, Zabar S, Weinshel E. Using the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) to Assess ACGME Competencies in Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellows. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 Apr 64(4):e92-e95.
  15. Barfield E, Small L, Navallo L, Solomon A. Going to the Bank: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Pediatrics. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Jul [Epub ahead of print]

Our Faculty

Robbyn Sockolow

Dr. Robbyn Sockolow

Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Director, Pediatric IBD Center
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Attending Pediatrician
Elaine Barfield

Dr. Elaine Barfield

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Kimberley Chien

Dr. Kimberley Chien

Clinical Director, Outpatient Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic
Director, Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Transition Program
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Thomas Ciecierega

Dr. Thomas Ciecierega

Assistant Pediatrics Professor
Pediatric Aerodigestive Program Gastroenterology Director
Dr. Johanna Ferreira

Dr. Johanna Ferreira

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Neera Gupta

Dr. Neera Gupta

Director of Research, Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Associate Core Director, CTSC Clinical & Translational Resource Unit
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Attending Pediatrician
Aliza Solomon

Dr. Aliza Solomon

Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Fellowship Program
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Associate Attending Pediatrician
Amy Tsou

Dr. Amy Tsou

Instructor in Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician

Benefits

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital offers a competitive salary and benefits package. All fellows are eligible for housing in modern apartments adjacent to the hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Rents are subsidized to make cost of living reasonable for a trainee. Please visit the links below for more information.

    Housing
    Salary
    Daycare

 

How to Apply

Applications are received via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  To apply, visit the ERAS website: https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/

Contact Information

Aliza Solomon, D.O., Fellowship Director
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition 505 East 70th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10065
(646) 962-3869

Pediatrics Weill Cornell Medicine Appointments & Referrals: (646) 962-KIDS (646) 962-5437 Chairman's Office: Weill Cornell Medicine 525 E 68th St.
Box 225
New York, NY 10065 (646) 962-5437