Gastroenterology Fellowship

About the Program

The clinical training of gastroenterology-hepatology fellows takes place in the multidisciplinary environment of the James A. Clifton Digestive Health Center at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and at the adjacent Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty participate in patient care in both hospitals on a rotating basis. Outpatient clinics, inpatient consultation services, state-of-the-art endoscopy units with active programs in endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasonography and liver transplantation provide the framework for clinical training in gastroenterology and hepatology. Fellows become experienced in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures as part of their clinical training. Additional clinical programs are tailored to the needs of fellows wishing to pursue specialized training in areas such as hepatology, transplantation, therapeutic endoscopic ultrasonography, inflammatory bowel disease, motility, and nutrition. Ample opportunity exists to interact with colleagues in pediatric gastroenterology, pathology, surgery and radiology.

Mission: to train physicians in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, giving the necessary framework for a successful career in this specialty. We will provide education that emphasizes knowledge in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gastrointestinal, pancreato-biliary, and liver diseases through patient care, research, and education, and do so in a welcoming, professional environment that is conductive to learning.

Aim & Goals: The Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The University of Iowa provides trainees with the education and experience required to function as competent specialists, educators and scientists. Fellows will be involved in a variety of clinical and scholarly activities to guide their training. The curriculum and evaluations incorporate the competency tenets of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) – medical knowledge, patient care, practice based learning and improvement, systems based practice, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills.

Clinical Services

The clinical responsibilities of the division are divided into several key services. The team on each clinical service is composed of a faculty member who may be accompanied by a fellow, a physician assistant, residents, and senior medical students.

The Procedure Service at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. A faculty member supervises all of the endoscopic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed on patients from the inpatient and outpatient services at UI Hospitals & Clinics. This work is carried out in the procedure unit of the James A. Clifton Digestive Health Center. Fellows perform procedures on their patients with the assistance of a faculty member.

The UI Hospitals & Clinics Gastroenterology-Hepatology Inpatient Consultation Service. This consult team consists of one faculty member, two fellows, and a resident or medical student. The fellows on this service help formulate and carry out the plans for evaluating and treating patients with gastrointestinal illnesses. He or she performs the endoscopic procedures needed to meet these objectives.

The VA Service. One faculty member, one fellow, and occasionally a resident or medical student provide all of the gastroenterology-hepatology consultation services at the Iowa City VA Health Care System. The fellow participates in the evaluation and management of each patient and performs all of the endoscopic procedures done at the VA Health Care System under the supervision of the faculty.

The Liver Service. One faculty member and one fellow staff a liver service at UI Hospitals & Clinics. This team sees all of the inpatient and some outpatient liver consultations.

The Liver Transplant Service. One faculty member, one fellow, and two physiuciuan assistants provide care for liver transplant patients admitted to the transplant service.In addition, the service also manages the outpatient liver transplantation clinics.

The Outpatient Clinics at UI Hospitals & Clinics. Outpatient clinics are held each weekday at UI Hospitals & Clinics. The clinic is staffed by members of the medical faculty and GI surgeons each day and offers specialty services for patients with a variety of gastrointestinal, nutritional and liver diseases. Fellows and residents participate in the evaluation of new and return patients. Patients with all types of gastrointestinal, pancreatic, and liver diseases are seen in these clinics.

The ERCP Service. The ERCP service is staffed by two faculty members. Fellows participate in the evaluation of patients with pancreatic and biliary diseases duringthe second and third year of their training..

The Endoscopic Ultrasonography Service. Three faculty members perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures involving endoscopic ultrasonography. Fellows may participate in the evaluation these patients and learn the techniques of EVS in the final year of their clinical training.

Didactic Teaching

Fellows participate in several formal teaching conferences, including a core conference, gastroenterology-hepatology pathology conference, combined medical-surgical grand rounds, journal clubs, endoscopy rounds, a visiting lecturer series, and state-of-the-art conferences. Fellows are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Department of Internal Medicine and other departments in The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Undertaking course work that is pertinent to individual research interests is recommended. Fellows contribute to the informal education of students during outpatient clinics and on clinical rounds. Senior fellows may participate in the formal teaching of students by delivering lectures or serving as preceptors.

Weekly Conferences:

  • Endoscopy Conference, Mondays, 7:00 a.m.
  • Dysphagia Conference (monthly), Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.
  • Departmental Grand Rounds, Thursdays, noon
  • GI Core & Research Conference, Thursdays, 5:00 p.m.
  • Liver Tumor Board, Fridays, 7:00 a.m.
  • GI Pathology Conference, Fridays, 8:00 a.m.
  • GI Surgery Grand Rounds, Fridays, 4:00 p.m.

Research Opportunities

Fellowship at the University of Iowa offers many opportunities for clinical and basic research, which frequently involves collaboration with members of other clinical or basic science departments in the Carver College of Medicine. Most of the active members of the gastroenterology-hepatology faculty have independent research support from the NIH, Department of Veterans Affairs, or from other outside agencies. Fellows spend most of their second year undertaking basic science or clinical research. They may choose from a wide variety of research opportunities, including clinical epidemiology, free radical biology, gastrointestinal motility, hepatitis and liver transplantation, intestinal inflammation and inflammatory bowel disease, lipid absorption, and visceral sensation and pain. The third year will be used to advance research or clinical skills depending on the individual career goals of trainees. Several years of additional research training can be funded through our NIH Research Training Grant.

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Fellows as Clinician Educators (FACE)

The Fellows as Clinician Educators (FACE) Program is designed to introduce future clinician-educators to a set of skills which may be of use in their career. The program presents concepts of educational design and research, lecture development, evaluation, observation and feedback. At the conclusion of the program, FACE participants are required to develop a teaching portfolio.

Learn more about FACE

How to Apply

The fellowship is intended to provide a comprehensive academic training in gastroenterology. There is an NIH Training Grant that can support the fellow beyond the standard training. Applications are also welcome from those with a primary clinical focus. Candidates are expected to have completed training in internal medicine before entering this fellowship. On occasion, a candidate may be accepted after receiving a doctoral degree in an associated biological science. The fellowship is not intended as a way to work toward a graduate degree. If the application is suitable, interviews will be arranged.

Appointment to a fellowship in the division of gastroenterology-hepatology at Iowa requires a 36-month commitment on the part of the appointee.

Fellows are paid a stipend based upon a scale used throughout The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funds for the stipend may come from a National Research Service Award or the NIH Training Grant, the terms of which require the signing of a standard National Institutes of Health payback agreement. Other sources of stipends include the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Fellows paid from these sources may be assigned additional responsibilities for the teaching of medical students. Family health insurance coverage is provided to fellows and their families.

Application Procedure

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

US residents should contact their Dean's Office or ERAS at

International residents should contact the ECFMG at

Visa: H-1B is preferred, sponsorship of J-1 visas is also accepted

An ECFMG certificate must accompany the ERAS application.

A complete ERAS application includes:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of the applicant's long-term career goal and why The University of Iowa Gastroenterology-Hepatology Training Program is particularly suited to meeting those goals
  • Dean's letter
  • Three additional individuals who can assess the applicant's potential for a career in gastroenterology-hepatology from firsthand knowledge of the applicant's performance
  • Copies of ECFMG scores for Steps I, II, and III (if completed)
  • Notarized copies of applicant's transcripts for USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3
  • Medical school transcript
  • An unmounted recent photograph of applicant must accompany application or be provided at time of interview

All applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (Phone: 202-828-0566).

The NRMP number for our program is 1203144FO.

The deadline for applications is August 15. Selected candidates will be invited to interview.

For further information, please contact Hilary Hurlburt at

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is August 15.
Selected candidates will be invited to interview.

Board Certification

Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process which serves multiple purposes for the trainee and the public.

Certification is

  • one mission of the training program to produce trainees who meet board eligibility criteria;
  • distinguishes a physician as someone with a distinct level of expertise;
  • provides more opportunities when applying for employment;
  • presents resources and tools by the ABMS;
  • a commitment to life-long improvement for providing the best patient care; and
  • elevates physicians into the ranks of doctors committed to the highest standards of healthcare.

For more information visit the American Board of Internal Medicine for specifics on board certification requirements. 

Eligibility Criteria

Qualified applicants to the University of Iowa Gastroenterology  Fellowship Program are those who have successfully completed medical school and a medicine residency program at an accredited institution.

Interview Information

At the interview, perspective candidates will receive an overview of the program and tour of the facilities. They will also meet individually with key faculty members that may include any or all of the following: the program director, other Gastroenterology and Hepatology faculty, and the department chair.

Our People

Program Leadership


Adrian N. Holm, DO
Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Phone: 319-356-2742


Arvind Murali, MBBS
Assistant Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine



David Elliott, MD, PhD
Director, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Professor of Internal Medicine

Phone: 319-353-8754


Taryn Owens, MBA
Academic Program Management & Services Associate
Fellowship Coordinator

Phone: 319-356-3108

Fellowship Graduation 2021

Read abou the 2021 graduation event!

Current Fellows

First Year Fellows


Aysha Aslam, MBBS
Medical School: Fatima Jinnah Medical University
Residency: Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital


Joseph Brant, MD
Medical School: Michigan State University
Residency: Mayo Clinic


Melis Celdir, MD
Medical School: Koc Universitesi Tip Fakultesi
Residency: State University of New York


Jadd Hoilat, MBBS
Medical School: Alfaisal University College of Medicine
Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Second Year Fellows

Ahmed Elkafrawy


Ahmed Elkafrawy, MD
Medical School: Cairo University
Residency: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Estafania Flores


Estefania Flores, MD
Medical School: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador
Residency: John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Aditi Reddy


Aditi Reddy, MBBS
Medical School: Kasturba Medical College
Residency: St. Anges Hospital

Louma Rustam


Louma Rustam, MD
Medical School: American University of Beirut
Residency: Lankenau Medical Center

Third Year Fellows


Salman Ansari, MD
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Residency: University of Iowa


Charles Meade, MD
Medical School: Temple University
Residency: Mayo Clinic Rochester


Tunde Olaiya, MBChB
Medical School: Obafemi Awolowo University
Residency: Marshfield Clinic


Xiaocen Zhang, MD
Medical School: Shanghai Medical College
Residency: Mount Sinai St. Luke's West Hospital Center

Current Faculty

The Department of Internal Medicine has a faculty of nearly 300 professionals whose clinical, teaching, and research expertise spans the entire discipline of medicine.

Gastroenterology & Hepatology Division Faculty

Department Faculty (alphabetical listing)

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

Isabella Grumbach, MD, PhD
Interim Chair and DEO, Department of Internal Medicine
Kate Daum Endowed Professor
Professor of Medicine – Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor of Radiation Oncology