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Obesity Medicine/Bariatric Endoscopy Fellowship

As gastroenterologists become more active in the care of patients with obesity, fellowship programs must provide subspecialty training that offers the medical knowledge and procedural skills that are essential to the practice of comprehensive Obesity Medicine. Gastroenterologists specializing in Obesity Medicine and Bariatric Endoscopy require not just mastery of endoscopic techniques but must also possess an in-depth knowledge of other treatment modalities including lifestyle interventions, as well as pharmacotherapeutic and surgical treatments for obesity.

The combined Obesity Medicine/Bariatric Endoscopy Fellowship at Weill Cornell is the first fellowship program to offer this unique hybrid training. Weill Cornell’s Advanced Endoscopy Program is second to none in its expertise and innovation in advanced endoscopic procedures. Likewise, the physicians at Weill Cornell’s Comprehensive Weight Control Center  are nationally recognized as leaders in the field of Obesity Medicine.

Our year-long Obesity Medicine/Bariatric Endoscopy Fellowship will prepare fellows to become future leaders in the field. Fellows will be expected to contribute research at national meetings during the fellowship year. Applicants for this advanced fellowship will have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in internal medicine and will either be in their final year of an ACGME-accredited gastroenterology fellowship or will have completed their gastroenterology fellowship prior to applying.

Fellow Requirements

Prior to July 1, 2022

  1. Completion of an ACGME-accredited gastroenterology fellowship program
  2. Completion of an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency program
  3. Completion of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1, 2, 3
  4. USA citizenship or permanent resident/green card
  5. New York State medical license, which must be obtained in advance of fellowship start date

Applicant Selection

Please use the application form and also provide the following documentation:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Letters of recommendation (3 are required):
    1. Residency program director
    2. Fellowship program director
    3. A recent clinical/research supervisor who can attest to your abilities
  3. Personal statement outlining your individual/unique interest in the field of Obesity Medicine and career plan
  4. USMLE scores/transcripts
  5. Medical school transcript(s)
  6. Recent photo

Application Timeline

Applications for fellows starting in July 2022 will be accepted from July 15 to December 1, 2021. Offers of acceptance will be extended starting December 6, 2021.

For additional information, please contact:

Program Directors:

Leon I. Igel, M.D., FACP, FTOS

Reem Sharaiha, M.D., M.Sc.

Administrative Coordinator:

Tony Nepomuceno
Tel: (646) 962-2111

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Laura Alonso, M.D., Chief

Andrew Crawford, Administrator
1320 York Avenue, Rm HT-613
Tel: (212) 746-4113

Obesity Medicine/Bariatric Endoscopy Fellowship

Leon I. Igel, M.D., Program Co-Director
Reem Sharaiha, M.D., Program Co-Director

Tony Nepomuceno, Administrative Coordinator
Tel: (646) 962-2111




Related Links

Advanced Endoscopy Program
Comprehensive Weight Control Center
American Board of Obesity Medicine