Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital


About us

The Division of Gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital offers a comprehensive three-year fellowship program for physicians who have recently completed a three-year internal medicine residency program. The purpose of the program is to provide outstanding education in all areas of gastroenterology so that upon completion, the graduate may fulfill all aspects of the title Consultant in Gastroenterology.

Training includes a concentrated physiological and practical approach to clinical problems, progressive teaching and development of expertise in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and endosonography (EUS); interdisciplinary rounds and teaching with the departments of Pathology, Radiology, and Surgery, and active participation in clinical research projects.

The department has more than 50 dedicated attending gastroenterologists, some of whom serve as part-time faculty, who make a major contribution to the teaching program and support the educational environment. The outpatient experience has also been completely revamped to include diverse and well supervised training at the Metropolitan Hospital.

The Gastroenterology Division works closely with pancreatico-biliary and colorectal surgeons, exposing the fellows to experience in the most effective management of complex problems. Attendance at outside lectures, courses and national meetings is encouraged and supported. Clinical research is an essential part of the program and is conducted with ongoing supervision and the support of a full-time biostatistician.

The curriculum in Gastroenterology is considered one of the strongest clinical fellowship programs in the country, with emphasis on comprehensive training in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, IBD, IBS and liver diseases. Lenox Hill Hospital maintains affiliations with New York University School of Medicine, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (transplant hepatology) and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. 

Year 1

  1. Rounds with key clinical faculty
  2. Daily 'work' rounds with the attending of the month
  3. Participation in the weekly continuity clinic (Metropolitan Hospital)
  4. Inpatient consultations
  5. Teaching of medical students and rotating medical residents
  6. Attendance at conferences, including:
    • weekly GI grand rounds including outside speakers
    • monthly motility conference - GI journal club - morbidity and mortality rounds
    • bi-monthly multidisciplinary GI tumor board
    • GI Research conferences
    • weekly Board review
    • weekly liver conference

Year 2

  1. Gradual performance of advanced endoscopy
  2. Rotation to Mount Sinai (total of 3 months) to gain an in-depth understanding of all aspects of pre and post-liver transplant evaluation and management
  3. Attendance at all conferences

Year 3

  1. Completion of clinical research project
  2. Further pursuit of specific clinical interests (nutrition, IBD, motility, etc)
  3. Advanced endoscopy including ERCP and EUS
  4. Attendance at all conferences

Application process

Applicants interested in the gastroenterology training program at Lenox Hill Hospital should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS), which allow applications starting July 1. Two positions are offered per year.

 No applications are reviewed after Oct. 15.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • A personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your internal medicine program director
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Our faculty

Program director

David Herbert Robbins, MD

Gregory Bartholomew Haber, MD

Arun Swaminath, MD

Burton I. Korelitz, MD

Shawn Khodadadian, MD

David Herbert Robbins, MD

Anthony A. Starpoli, MD

More about the team

Shawn Khodadadian, MD graduated summa cum laude from the accelerated seven-year B.S./M.D. program at the City University of New York Medical School with a bachelor's degree in biomedicine. He then received his medical degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. Khodadadian received the prestigious Merck Award and was inducted to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. Dr. Khodadadian went on to complete his internship and residency in Internal Medicine followed by fellowship in Gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Khodadadian receiving specialized training at Memorial Sloan Kettering in clinical nutrition and is board certified by the American Board of Physician Nutritionists. His clinical interests include general gastroenterology and endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease with a special interest in clinical nutrition. Dr.Khodadadian is currently an attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital and serves as the Director of clinical nutrition. He is also faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr.Khodadadian has been voted by his peers as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor as well as New York Super Doctors.

Gregory Haber, MD is board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Toronto, where he also completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Gastroenterology. Currently, Dr. Haber serves as both the Director for the Division of Gastroenterology and the Director of the Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Haber is considered a leader in advanced endoscopy and one of the world's foremost experts on the treatment of digestive diseases. He has been invited to speak nationally and internationally, has published extensively, and is a member of numerous medical societies including the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American Gastroenterological Association, the Society of Gastrointestinal Intervention and the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. In 2008, Dr. Haber was given the Master Endoscopist Award by the ASGE.

David Robbins, MD is board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. He received his B.A. in History from Columbia University and earned his medical degree with distinction research and honors (AOA) from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Robbins completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He also completed an advanced fellowship in Endoscopic Ultrasound at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Robbins is an Attending Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital, where he also serves as the Associate Chief of Endoscopy and Program Director for the GI fellowship. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York University and a faculty of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (FASGE). He has been invited to speak internationally and has published and lectured widely. In 2010 he was honored for distinguished service as the ASGE Ambassador to Cairo, Egypt. In his free time David enjoys biking, tennis and is an unabashed foodie.

Burton I. Korelitz, MD is a specialist in inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease). He is a senior member of the international organization of inflammatory bowel disease, past president of the American College of Gastroenterology and past chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Dr. Korelitz is the author of more than 250 scientific papers and book chapters on Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He is a clinical professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine.