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.

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 M.D. 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
Lori Mahajan, MD

Program Coordinator
Laurie Staltari

Mailing Address
Cleveland Clinic Children’s
Pediatric Gastroenterology Department, R Building, R3
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.538.9453
Phone: 216.636.9042
Fax: 216.445.5679




Service Time: 4 months/year
Calls per month: 7
Clinic: 2 half-day clinics/week + half-day Access Clinic/week
Procedures: 2 half-days/week
Research: 3 months/year


Service Time: 2 months/year
Calls per month: 5
Clinic: 3 half-day clinics/week + half-day Access Clinic/week
Procedures: 2 half-days/week
Research: 5 months/year


Service Time: 2 weeks/year
Calls per month: 3
Clinic: 3 half-day clinics/week + half-day Access Clinic/week
Procedures: 2-3 half-days/week (includes Anorectal Manometry and Capsule Endoscopy)
Research: 5 months/year
Nutrition Rounds: Half-day a week for 6 months

  • Service fellow covers primary service (including transplant patients) and inpatient consults
  • All fellows not on research or service participate in a half-day Access Clinic for new patients on Wednesday mornings.
  • All first and second year fellows have 2 weekend-free modules per year.


Pathology conference: monthly (fellow-facilitated)
Radiology conference: twice monthly (fellow-facilitated)
Grand Rounds: Wednesday afternoons (each fellow presents 2 times per academic year); 1-2 additional multi-disciplinary weekly lectures (Wednesday and Friday afternoons)






  • 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.




Sanu Raja Yadav

Name: Sanu Raja Yadav
Year: 4th year Fellow
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

Name: Aditi Mittal
Year: 4th year Fellow
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.

Caroline Conley Phillips

Name: Caroline Conley Phillips
Year: 5th Year Fellow
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

Name: Elizabeth Hilow
Year: 5th Year Fellow
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, Cupecoy, Sint Maarten
Residency Program: Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, 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.

Nila Mistry Ambani

Name: Nila Mistry Ambani
Year: 6th year Fellow
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Residency Program: UH/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Why I chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s: I wanted a program where I would get to take care of a wide variety of classic GI issues and see rare and challenging cases at the same time. I believe the clinical and procedural experience I have gained here will serve me well no matter what I choose to do in the long run.

Charles Chen

Name: Charles Chen
Year: 6th year Fellow
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV
Residency: West Virginia University Health Sciences, Morgantown, WV
Why I chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s: The pediatric gastroenterology program here provides a great combination of clinical and procedural training while also providing many research opportunities. The faculty here is excellent, and there is a wide range of expertise on various aspects of gastroenterology. In addition to having access to many resources, another draw for me is seeing rare pathology regularly.