Training Sites

Minneapolis VA Medical Center

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The Minneapolis VA Medical Center is one of the few high-complexity VAs in the country and the flagship hospital for specialty care in the Midwest region serving veterans from Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas. The GI Section, led by Aasma Shaukat, MD, employees 9 full-time faculty member and 4 NPs with specific areas of clinical and research expertise that include inflammatory bowel disease, advanced liver disease, colon cancer, and pancreaticobiliary diseases. Fellows rotate on the VA inpatient consult service, participate in both inpatient and outpatient endoscopy (including opportunities for advanced procedures and capsule endoscopy), and maintain their own continuity clinic every other week. Our faculty and staff enjoy working with fellows and consider fellow education a key part of the VA's mission.

Division Director

Aasma Shakaut

Site Director

Brian Hanson
Aasma Shaukat

Our Faculty

Jeff Albrecht
Yan Bakman
Michael Levitt
Ashish Malhotra
Andrew Reinink
Paola Ricci
Shahnaz Sultan

Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is a nationally-recognized Adult and Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center located in downtown Minneapolis. This site is a safety net hospital serving all of Minneapolis including our underserved populations. While at HCMC fellows help oversee the inpatient consult team (which consists of a PA, medicine residents, and medical students) and are involved in inpatient and outpatient procedures.

Division Director

Jake Matlock

Site Director

Khalil Farah

Our Faculty

Aaron Brosam
Jose Debes
Hernando Gonzalez
Maria Moscandrew
Craig Peine

Regions Hospital

Regions Hospital is located in St Paul, Minnesota and part of the Health Partners medical system. It is an ACS-verified Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma where patients benefit from an expert team of medical professionals and top-level specialty care. Medical education is an important focus for Regions Hospital which has several residency and fellowship programs and is a training site for the University of Minnesota Medical School. Regions has been recognized as one of Healthgrades® America's 50 Best Hospitals™ in 2018. Fellows rotate through the inpatient GI consult service each year seeing a variety of both rare and common GI illnesses.

Division Director

Irshad Jafri

Site Director

Karin Hagen

Our Faculty

Ahmad Abdulkarim
Sandeep Bahadur
Nadeem Chaudhary
Ivo Ditah
Emelie Helou
Rebecca Li
Sachin Mohan
Hashim Nemat
Anupama Nookala
Gregory Weber

Abbott - Northwestern Hospital/Minnesota Gastroenterology

Minnesota Gastroenterology is Twin Cities-based practice of over 70 physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of adults and children with GI and liver disorders. Minnesota Gastroenterology has several outpatient subspecialty centers with expertise in inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal disorders, and chronic liver disease. Our staffs cover Abbott Northwestern Hospital, a 627-bed teaching hospital based in Minneapolis. Fellows rotate with Minnesota Gastroenterology at least once during their fellowship spending several weeks on a tailored outpatient subspecialty clinic experience as well as some time on GI consults at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital.

Division Director

Robert Ganz

Site Director

Ibrahim Hanouneh

Our Faculty

David Feldshon
Esther Connor
Benjamin Mitlyng
Donald Zogg
Robert McCabe
Erica Roberson