21 gastroenterologists leading osteopathic fellowship programs

In 2014, 4 percent of the total gastroenterology fellowship applicants were matched with osteopathic programs, according to the American College of Gastroenterology.

Here are 21 gastroenterologists who serve as directors of osteopathic GI fellowship programs across the country.

Michael Bernstein, MD, FACG, is the fellowship director of the osteopathic GI program at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 2015, the American Osteopathic Association approved the hospital's gastroenterology fellowship program for six positions. Dr. Bernstein completed his medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine in Brooklyn, N.Y. He completed his residency training at Bellevue Hospital Center and Bronx Municipal Hospital Center both in New York.

Ronald P. Cramer, DO, is the program director of the gastroenterology fellowship at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y. The osteopathic specialty training program is three years in length and accepts two residents per year. The fellowship is completed at both Arnot Ogden Medical Center and Clarion (Pa.) Hospital. Dr. Cramer completed his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie, Fla.

Joseph G. D'Avanzo, DO, leads the osteopathic gastroenterology fellowship program at Garden City (Mich.) Hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Dr. D'Avanzo completed his medical degree at the Kirksville (Mo.) College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Mark E. Efrusy, DO, FACG, practices with Consultants in Gastroenterology in Munster, Ind. He leads the GI fellowship program at Franciscan St. James Health, based in Chicago Heights, Ill. The program offers four slots. Dr. Efrusy graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at DC General Hospital in Washington, D.C. He then underwent his fellowship training at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Henrique Fernandez, MD, is the program director of the osteopathic gastroenterology fellowship at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. The fellowship curriculum includes three years of clinical training, some research during those years, integration of clinical research and clinical work and a half day of continuity clinic per week. Dr. Fernandez and a group of physicians started the Parkview gastroenterology fellowship program. He completed his fellowship training at the University of Miami. He was also the chief medical resident at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Vincent S. Fierro Jr., DO, is the program director of the gastroenterology fellowship at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, Pa. The three-year program offers one position each year. The program addresses GI inpatient services, outpatient clinics, endoscopy training, hepatology and liver transplant, conferences and education, research and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Fierro completed his medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Angela Fishman, DO, practices with University of Gastroenterology in East Greenwich, R.I. She is also the director of the osteopathic GI fellowship program at Kent Hospital in Warwick, R.I. The three-year program includes a minimum of 18 months of clinical activity and involves inpatient and outpatient consultation experience. Dr. Fishman completed her medical degree at Kirksville (Mo.) College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her residency and fellowship training at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Mich.

Long T. Hoang, DO, leads the osteopathic gastroenterology fellowship at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The program offers six American Osteopathic Association-approved positions. Dr. Hoang earned his medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He then completed his residency at the Osteopathic Medical Center – Texas. Dr. Hoang underwent his fellowship training at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Edward Jurkovic, DO, AGAF, practices with Digestive Disease Consultants of Kankakee in Bourbonnais, Ill. He is also the program director of the gastroenterology fellowship program at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Ill. He completed his medical degree and postgraduate training at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Jurkovic is also a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Ill.

Marc Kudelko, DO, is the medical director of the osteopathic GI fellowship program at Largo (Fla.) Medical Center. He also practices with the Florida Center for Gastroenterology, also in Largo. Dr. Kudelko attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie, Fla. He underwent his residency training at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo and completed his fellowship training at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Minn.

Donald J. McMahon, DO, leads the GI fellowship program at the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J. The program is three years in length. Dr. McMahon also practices with Kennedy Health, based in Cherry Hill, N.J. He attended Lake Erie (Pa.) College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at Drexel University College of Medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. McMahon completed his fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford.

Justin Miller, DO, is the leader of the osteopathic GI fellowship program at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Mich. The three-year program accepts one to two fellows per year. Dr. Miller also practices with Flint Gastroenterology Associates in Grand Blanc. He attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing. He completed his residency and fellowship at Genesys Regional Medical Center.

Duane Moise, DO, is the director of the newly American Osteopathic Association-approved, three-year osteopathic GI fellowship program at Blue Ridge HealthCare in Morganton, N.C. Dr. Moise also practices with Blue Ridge Digestive Health in Rutherford College, N.C. He earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went on to complete his residency and fellowship training at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Sanjay Nayyar, MD, is the director of the GI fellowship program at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas. The three-year program's rotation schedule includes GI  inpatient consultation services, GI procedures, hepatology/transplant and an elective. Dr. Nayyar completed his medical degree at Government Medical College in Chandigarh, India. He completed his residency and fellowship at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago.

Kovil Ramasamy, MD, is the director of the GI fellowship program at CarePoint Health-Bayonne (N.J.) Medical Center. Dr. Ramasamy earned his medical degree from Stanley Medical College, University of Madras in India. He completed his internal medicine residency at New York Methodist Hospital and his general surgery residency at Madras Medical College in Tamil Nadu, India. Dr. Ramasamy completed his gastroenterology fellowship training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Services-Elmhurst (N.Y.) Hospital Center.  

Sudhakar Reddy, MD, leads the GI fellowship program at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. Dr. Reddy graduated from Guntur Medical College in India. He then completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he also underwent his fellowship training.

Michael A. Sciarra, DO, is an attending physician at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, N.J. He is also the director of the osteopathic GI fellowship program at the medical center. Dr. Sciarra also performs procedures at the Ambulatory Center for Endoscopy in North Bergen. He completed his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. Dr. Sciarra went on to undergo his residency and fellowship training at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, N.J.

Mariquit D Sendelbach, DO, is the program director of the gastroenterology residency/fellowship program at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich. The osteopathic, three-year program is designed to provide training on all aspects of gastroenterology and most areas of liver disease. Dr. Sendelbach also practices with South Oakland Gastroenterology Associates in Farmington Hills. She earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing.  

Javier Sobrado, MD, is the program director of the osteopathic gastroenterology fellowship at Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, Fla. The postgraduate training program is three years in length. Dr. Sobrado earned his medical degree from the University of Costa Rica in San Pedro. He then completed his residency and fellowship training at Tulane University in New Orleans.  

Bradley Warren, DO, FACG, is the program director of the gastroenterology fellowship program, osteopathic division at St. John Providence Health System in Warren, Mich. He also practices with Digestive Health Associates in Novi and Warren, Mich. He has special interests in capsule endoscopy, GERD, Barrett's esophagus and colorectal cancer screening. He completed his medical degree at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Warren underwent his residency and fellowship training at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Leon Yoder, DO, practices with Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. He is also the gastroenterology fellowship program at the medical center and Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa. He is also an adjunct clinical associate professor medicine at the university. Dr. Yoder earned his medical degree from Kansas City (Mo.) University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at the Veterans Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, and his fellowship at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver.

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