Welcome to the Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at Cleveland Clinic Children’s!

Our program is a fully accredited three-year program in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN). Successful completion of our program will guarantee eligibility for specialty boards and create a solid foundation for a successful career in pediatric gastroenterology.

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Our fellowship program provides an innovative academic and clinical training to a new generation of leading pediatric GI specialists. We provide comprehensive training in diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative skills.

We also have dedicated time devoted to the pursuit of research, academic and quality improvement projects throughout each year of training. Fellows are provided with an individualized Scholarship Oversight Committee which meets regularly to assist with the process of their projects. Fellows present their research in multiple forums, including the annual Douglas S. Moodie MD Pediatric Research Day.

Our didactics are extensive and our fellows are the lead players in presenting in weekly department grand rounds and journal clubs. In addition to peds GI conferences, fellows take part in a Global Fellowship Research Curriculum which includes a six-part series on foundations of research and bioethics. They also have the opportunity to take part in many professional development programs through Cleveland Clinic's Center for Leadership.

Fellows are involved in all aspects of patient care within the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology. They are the primary caregivers and consultants to a wide variety of patients and are given increased autonomy as they move through the program.

At Cleveland Clinic Children’s, we offer some of the most sophisticated and specialized tests needed to diagnose many gastroenterology problems. We take a multidisciplinary approach to gastroenterology and hepatology. Our Pediatric Endoscopy suite and Infusion Center feature new generation HD endoscopes and monitors. Our team collaborates with other pediatric subspecialty providers, and we encourage patients and families to be active in all decision making.

We are proud to have an active Living-Related-Donor Liver Transplant Program, as well as Small Bowel and Multi-Visceral Transplant Programs. Our program also has a large section of pediatric nutritional specialists.

Our large and specialized faculty includes 14 board certified pediatric gastroenterologist in areas ranging from fatty liver disease, GI motility disorders, IBD and advanced endoscopy. Two of our faculty members are also editors of the Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease.

We are excited to offer this truly unique opportunity for training in pediatric gastroenterology at Cleveland Clinic Children’s!

Application Process

Application Process

Our program is sponsored by the National Residency Match Program Specialty Matching Services (NRMP) and participates in the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) Clinical Experience.

Eligible trainees must be graduates of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACMGE) approved residency in the United States. Applications are only received through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and positions filled through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

For more information, please contact:

Program Director
Sophia Patel, MD

Associate Program Director
Nila Mistry Ambani, MD

Program Coordinator
Teresa Gerbasi

Mailing Address
Cleveland Clinic Children’s
Pediatric Gastroenterology Department,
8950 Euclid Avenue, R3
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.538.9453
Phone: 216.636.9042
Fax: 216.445.5679



Rotations are structured in 4-week modules. 

First Year Fellow Schedule (PGY-4)

Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Transplant Inpatient and Consult Service: 4 modules
Calls per month: 7
  • Gastroenterology Outpatient Clinic: 7 modules
  • Fellow Continuity Clinic: Every 3rd week 
  • IBD Clinic: 1 module
  • General GI Clinic: 4 modules (including GI Access Clinic with rotating providers)
  • Airway/Esophagus/Motility Clinic: 1 module
  • Hepatology/Transplant Clinic: 1 module

Research: 1 module
Procedures: Two ½ days per week in Outpatient Clinic Modules (Operating Room)

Second Year Fellow Schedule (PGY-5)

Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Transplant Inpatient and Consult Service: 2 modules
Calls per month: 5

  • Gastroenterology Outpatient Clinic: 4 modules
  • Fellow Continuity Clinic: Every 3rd week (continues during research module)
  • IBD Clinic: 1-2 modules
  • EOE/Motility Clinic: 1-2 modules 
  • Hepatology/Transplant: 1-2 modules

Procedures: Two ½ days per week during outpatient modules (optional one ½ day per week during research modules)
Research: 6 modules (may flex to more if needed)

Third Year Fellow Schedule (PGY-6)

The third year fellow’s schedule content can be tailored to suit their needs and career goals. 

Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Transplant Inpatient and Consult Service: 2 weeks
Calls per month: 3

  • Gastroenterology Outpatient Clinic: 4 modules
  • Fellow Continuity Clinic: Every 3rd week (continues during research module)
  • Advanced IBD Clinic: 1-2 modules
  • Advanced Hepatology/Transplant: 1-2 modules 

Procedures: Two ½ days per week during outpatient modules (optional one ½ day per week during research modules)
Research: 6 modules (may flex to more if needed)
Electives: 2 months

Optional Additional Offered Electives/Observations






  • 15 vacation days per year
  • 5 personal days (interviews, sick time, etc.)

Conference Attendance
Travel and logistical support is provided to the fellow when presenting at a regional or national meeting.

Please visit the Graduate Medical Education website for more information.

Additional Benefits

  • Cleveland Clinic sponsored Pediatric Board Review course available during your PGY4 year
  • Free iPhone for the duration of the fellowship
  • Greater Circle Living - $5000 forgivable loan grant
  • Cleveland Clinic discounts (dining, computers, cellphone carriers, and more!)
  • Free access to Cleveland Clinic fitness facilities (state-of-the art cardio and weight machines, Olympic sized swimming pool, basketball courts, fitness classes)

The greater Cleveland area has a lot to offer. Nestled against beautiful Lake Erie, its attractions are diverse and include top notch schools, a fantastic city parks system, excellent dining of all types, a world renowned orchestra, exciting nightlife and concerts, a superb zoo and science center, botanical gardens, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and NBA, NFL and MLB teams whose games are all easily accessible.
Fellowship appointment includes competitive salary and full benefits including paid vacation, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, health and dental insurance, and malpractice insurance. Visit the Graduate Medical Education website for more information.

Further information regarding benefits can be found at the GME homepage.

Clinical Conferences

Clinical Conferences

Pathology Conference: Monthly (fellow-facilitated)

Pathology staff review interesting cases with GI fellows and staff with direct observation of tissue and slides. The presenting fellow presents the case and focuses on findings and clinical decision making, and staff and fellow facilitate discussion of cases. Pathology conferences allow fellows to improve their ability to review and interpret histological specimens in an organ-based fashion from a variety of pathological conditions.

Radiology Conference: Twice monthly (fellow-facilitated)

Observation of interesting radiologic scans or unusual cases are shown with focus on normal and abnormal anatomy, findings in disease processes and findings in common cases in radiology. Radiology conferences are designed to improve the fellow's ability to interpret basic radiology studies and determine which tests are applicable in specific clinical situations.

Grand Rounds

Presentations by Cleveland Clinic/Cleveland Clinic Children's caregivers and visiting faculty on a broad range of topics, including clinical topic updates, clinical and basic science research in GI topics, surgical history, etc. Each fellow presents once per academic year.

Journal club facilitated by fellows with critical appraisal of approved articles also occurs during Grand Rounds.

Pediatric GI Fellow Lecture Series: Every other week

Lectures curated by GI faculty on a broad range of diverse topics that are relevant to practice and improve clinical decision making.

Pediatric GI Board Review and Physiology Review: Weekly

Lectures given by the fellowship program director that target board specific topics, including review of the NASPGHAN Fellow’s Handbook, along with review of board relevant questions and answer discussion.

Pediatric GI Case Conference and Review: Weekly

Lectures review interesting cases and are presented either by a fellow or the faculty leading the case conference. Steps on their decision making and clinical thought-process are discussed.



Amala J. Alenchery

Name: Amala J. Alenchery, MD
Medical School:
St John's Medical College, Bengaluru, India
Residency Program:
Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland, OH
Why I Chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s:
"The institution prides itself for the wide range of pathology and socio-cultural backgrounds of patients, while fostering holistic development of trainees. The people here are indeed the strength of this program. The diversity and inclusivity along with opportunity for growth, acquisition of knowledge and skills in a nurturing environment is the reason I decided to stay at Cleveland Clinic Children's for my fellowship training."

Kritika Sukumar, MD

Name: Kritika Sukumar, MD
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Residency: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
Medical School: 
American University of Antigua School of Medicine, Antigua & Barbuda
Why I Chose Cleveland Clinic Children's: "I chose this program because it offered a warm culture in the context of access to diverse clinical pathology, an emphasis on trainee education and leaders in the field of pediatric gastroenterology."

Supraja Swamy, MD

Name: Supraja Swamy, MD
Hometown: Menlo Park, CA
Residency: Case Western Reserve University – Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH  
Medical School:
Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
Why I Chose Cleveland Clinic Children's: "I chose this program as I was seeking a program with a diverse patient population with exposure to a variety of pathologies in the outpatient and inpatient setting as well as transplant medicine. I liked the multiple research opportunities and appreciate the mentorship from a diverse faculty."

Carolyn Vespoli, MD

Name: Carolyn Vespoli, MD
Akron, OH
Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH
Medical School:
Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH
Why I Chose Cleveland Clinic Children's: 
"I chose this program because of its broad range of clinical and research experience. Additionally, several of the attending gastroenterologists I trained with during residency did their fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Children's and felt that they were well prepared for clinical medicine, procedures, and research."

Sanu Raja Yadav, MD

Name: Sanu Raja Yadav, MD
Year: PGY6
Hometown: Janakpur, Nepal
Medical School: Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, India
Residency Program: Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland, OH
Why I Chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s: "Outstanding leaders as faculty, broad patient population, and the love of the people in the institution."

Aditi Mittal, MD

Name: Aditi Mital, MD
Year: PGY6
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Medical School: Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
Residency Program: Metrohealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Why I Chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s: "I saw a variety of GI pathologies ranging from simple to complicated, common to rare during my rotations here as a resident from Metro. I soon realized that my dream place for advanced training is just a few miles away from me. I admire the amicable, professional, extremely experienced yet humble staff in this program and super-supportive co-fellows whom I was fortunate to know in advance. We get excellent opportunities to perform a variety of procedures and manage transplant patients."

Recent Graduates

Caroline Conley Phillips, DO

Name: Caroline Conley Phillips, DO
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Medical School: DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (DCOM), Harrogate, TN
Residency Program: Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Why I Chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s: "I chose this program because of the people, education, and emphasis on both the research aspect as well as the clinical/procedural aspect of pediatric gastroenterology. I also love that we see a wide variety of cases from common to rare disorders."

Elizabeth Hilow, MD

Name: Elizabeth Hilow, MD
Hometown: Lakewood, OH
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, Cupecoy, Sint Maarten
Residency Program: Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland, OH
Why I Chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s: "I sought a robust clinical program with diverse pathology, including transplant medicine, as well as extensive hands-on procedural training. I was fortunate to have such inspiring mentorship and teaching from the department as a resident and continue to learn and foster these relationships throughout the fellowship."