Advanced Fellowship in Interventional Endoscopy


The field of endoscopy has undergone a dramatic transformation over the years. New instrument and device development have transitioned Endoscopy from a diagnostic tool into a powerful therapeutic modality for treatment and palliation of complex benign and malignant processes of the GI tract. The explosion of technology and minimally invasive procedures have lead to the need for sub-specialty training within Gastroenterology in order to learn and proficiently perform these procedures.

Program Description

The University of Chicago Advanced Fellowship in Interventional Endoscopy, provides a broad practical and scholarly exposure to clinical problems relating to GI oncology and advanced endoscopic techniques as well as in-depth investigative training. Our fellows learn how to interact and collaborate with our colleagues in surgery, interventional radiology and pathology. The program has a long and consistent history of graduating physicians that are scholarly clinicians as well as prominent clinical investigators. Direct and continuous contact and supervision by and with full-time faculty including senior and junior members offers a personal and individualized approach to the trainee’s educational, clinical and scientific development. The training program utilizes the extensive clinical and endoscopic facilities found at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Because of the University of Chicago’s reputation as a top rated referral center and our location in the heart of the City of Chicago, there is a broad exposure to common gastrointestinal conditions, as well as unusual and difficult to manage clinical cases.

The one-year fellowship in Advanced Endoscopy is focused on the fellow getting hands on experience with procedures. The advanced fellow also contributes to inpatient consult coverage and works closely with the GI fellows. During these 12 months, the trainee will be part of the Interventional Endoscopy service that consists of three therapeutic attendings, advanced level practitioners, a highly trained nursing staff , and visiting residents and fellows.

During this period he/she will participate in a variety of interventional procedures including: EUS, ERCP, luminal stenting, EMR, ESD, full thickness resection, fluid collection drainage, ablation therapy, and more. The program offers training in endoscopic bariatric therapies, such as intragastric balloon placement, endoscopic suturing (endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty and bariatric surgery revision) and aspiration therapy. We are also the only academic center in Chicago providing photodynamic therapy, in addition to biliary radiofrequency ablation, for the palliation of cholangiocarcinoma.

The endoscopy program at U of C has full access to research lab facilities for endoscopic projects, as well as dedicated equipment for animal model research and development at the Carlson Animal Research Facility. Opportunities for translational research in any number of GI diseases and cancers are available within the section. The interventional endoscopy program is also affiliated to the Minimally Invasive Surgical center, the Transplant Institute, and the Cancer Service Line with GI Oncology. Trainees are expected to participate in scholarly and research projects, and encouraged will be asked to complete one research study resulting in a DDW abstract and submit one video for the annual ASGE DDW Video Forum.

In addition, the fellow will participate in any of our CME courses (didactic, hands on and live endoscopy) and bi-weekly Pancreas Conference. There will also be the opportunity to attend other internal conferences (Interventional GI Journal Club, Tumor Board, and Pathology Conference) and a few external endoscopy courses throughout the year.

The University of Chicago is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and applications are encouraged from minority groups and physically disadvantaged individuals

*Please note non-US citizen applicants must have passed the ECFMG to apply

Program Director:
Uzma Siddiqui, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics (CERT)
University of Chicago Medical Center
5758 S. Maryland Ave, MC 9028
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel: 773-702-3329
Fax: 773-834-8891

Additional Endoscopic Faculty:

Dennis Chen, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

The Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics (CERT)

The University of Chicago Medicine

Center for Care and Discovery

5700 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 8043

Chicago, IL 60637

(P) 773-702-6679

(F) 773-834-8891

Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Coordinator:

Afua A. Akrasi

5700 S. Maryland, MC 8043

Chicago , IL. 60637

Tel: 773-926-8429

Fax: 773-834-8891


All activities will be performed at the University of Chicago. No off-site clinical or research activities are anticipated.

Educational Program

Prerequisites for the program:

  • Completion of training in Internal Medicine
  • Completion of a three year Gastroenterology Training Program (Board Eligible/Certified)
  • License to Practice Medicine in Illinois (application may be pending)
  • Appropriate Visa requirements if non-U.S. citizen (ECFMG)

How to Apply:

To apply, please visit If you have any questions please contact Afua Akrasi at