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Section of Gastroenterology
LSU Health Sciences Center


Ann Marie Onesti, MS
Fellowship Program Coordinator
1542 Tulane Avenue, Box T4M-2
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-4498
Fax:     (504) 568-2127


 Gastroenterology Fellowship Program


The Section of Gastroenterology at LSU Health Scinces Center in New Orleans offers a 3-year fellowship program leading to board eligibility in gastroenterology. Fellowship training takes place at affiliated hospitals in the New Orleans area and provides in-depth clinical training as well as the opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical research.


  Training sites:

  • University Medical Center New Orleans

  • Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner

  • Touro Infirmary

  • West Jefferson Medical Center

  • Ochsner Medical Center


First year fellows are responsible for the evaluation and treatment of patients with a variety of digestive diseases encountered at our three primary training sites. He/she is also responsible for the evaluation and treatment, both short and long term, of outpatients with digestive diseases referred to the LSU ambulatory clinics at each site. First year fellows begin their education in endoscopic procedures by performing upper GI endoscopy, diagnostic colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy.

Second year fellows increase their responsibilities by becoming primarily responsible for decision making for complex cases under faculty supervision. They are also assigned to perform more advanced endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopy with polypectomy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Most trainees fulfill all requirements for endoscopic procedural experience by the end of their second year of training, allowing them to focus on additional specialty training during their final year of fellowship.

Third year fellows, in continuum with responsibilities of second year fellows, are provided progressive independence during patient visits and for procedures. At this level of training, fellows serve as mentors for medical students, residents and first/second year fellows. Fellows in their final year of training are offered specialized experiences in advanced procedures and/or subspecialties of digestive disease. Although most of our trainees choose to utilize this opportunity to become proficient in ERCP, our program has the ability to provide experiences in other advance endoscopic procedures such as endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and small bowel endoscopy. All aspects of patient care and education as listed above are performed in close collaboration with supervising faculty members.


  Major Conferences:

LSU Multidisciplinary Conference is held on a weekly basis with the participation of all members of the LSU Gastroenterolgoy Section. This important conference incorporates core lectures, radiology conference, pathology conference, journal clubs, research conference, and guest presentations into one extended educational session. Additional weekly conferences include hepatobiliary conference and inflammatory bowel disease conference.  


  Program Monitoring & Improvement:

The quality of training activities are monitored closely by a number of measures. These incldue, but are not limited to, scheduled written and oral evaluations by faculty, fellows, nurses, and patients. Several initiatives have been undertaken to analyze the quality of training in order to continuously improve the training program as part of the ACGME phase III project.  


  Application Information:

For candidates applying for fellowship positions starting July 1, 2020, the LSU Gastroenterology Fellowship program will participate in the NRMP (GI Match) with two positions. Unfortunately, our institution does not sponspor applicants with visa (J-1 or H) status in the U.S. Applicants for these positions must apply via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) website. This application may be found at:


  Program Address:

  1542 Tulane Avenue
  Suite 423 Box T4-M2
  Department of Medicine
  Section of Gastroenterology
  New Orleans, LA 70112