Fellowship Information

Overview of the GI Fellowship Training Program

The 3-year fellowship training program in gastroenterology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis is comprised of three basic components: a 20 month core curriculum, 3-4 months of research, and 12 months of elective.

The core curriculum is uniform for all fellows and includes hospital-based consultative gastroenterology and hepatology training, two longitudinal general GI clinics (for the entire 3 years), and a series of conferences designed to augment the clinical training goals of the curriculum.

Three to four months of protected research time will be available during the training to all fellows. During this period, fellows will have little direct patient care responsibility. They will be expected to involve themselves with clinical or basic science research projects under the mentorship of faculty investigators.

For more information about our training program and the city of Memphis, the reader is referred to our brochure. You can also contact Ms. Donna Heath (dheath@uthsc.edu) at (901) 448-2510 (fax 901-448-7836) for any questions in this regard.

Information for Prospective Applicants

Currently we plan to offer 2 first year GI fellowship positions starting on July 1, 2014. The applicants can submit their applications through ERAS. These positions will be included in the National Residency Matching Program for the 2014 academic year. Please see the new ERAS application dates. Interviews will likely start in late August/September.

A general question and answer fact sheet for applicants can be found on the Education & Training section of www.gastro.org.

Supporting Documents for Applicants

We will be using ERAS, and the following documents will be needed during the application process.

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (LORs)
  • Program Director Letter of Recommendation (this is in addition to the three LORs)
  • CV and Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)/Deans' Letter
  • 1-Wallet Size Color Photograph
  • USMLE Transcript
  • COMLEX Transcript (if applicable)
  • Medical School Diploma/Certificate (for International Graduates only

Mailing Address:

Attention: Residency Coordinator/GI Fellowship
956 Court Ave, Suite H-314
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-2510
Fax: 901-448-7836

Current Fellows

3rd Year

  • Frederick R. Harris, M.D.
  • Richard Heard, M.D.

1st Year

  • Ali Akbar, M.D.
  • Keval Patel, M.D.
  • Anuj Sharma, M.D.

2nd Year

  • Kanak Das, M.D.
  • Richard Goldberg, M.D.
  • Vanessa Kuwajima, M.D.
  • Imran Sheikh, M.D.
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Contact Us

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
956 Court Ave, Suite H314
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-2510
Fax: 901-448-7836
Site contact: Donna Heath

A division of the
Department of Internal Medicine