Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Northwestern University Advanced IBD Fellowship

Northwestern University offers an Advanced Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease for focused training in clinical care and/or clinical, translational, or basic research in inflammatory bowel disease. This training is intended to further the sub-specialty training in gastroenterology and serve as a fourth year (additional training) educational experience for GI fellows intending to focus careers related to inflammatory bowel disease.  It is anticipated that applicants will spend their time between clinical inpatient and outpatient IBD patient care, clinical, translational, and/or basic science research, as well as participation in other scholarly activities, such as contributing to case reports, review articles, and book chapters.

Educational activities will be adapted to individual trainees’ backgrounds and interests. The Fellowship will be under the direct supervision of Dr. Stephen Hanauer and affiliated faculty. 

Trainees will be expected to attend multiple half day outpatient clinics a week, and to be actively involved in the continuing care of the outpatients that they see or are otherwise assigned.  Advanced fellows will also participate on inpatient IBD service on various months throughout the year.  Inpatient service will involve daily attending faculty ward rounds and thorough documentation of clinical decision making and management plans.  Advanced fellows will perform supervised endoscopic procedures pertaining to the diagnosis or treatment of IBD.  Advanced fellows will review pathology material pertaining to cases with GI pathology faculty, review radiographic procedures with radiology faculty and participate in co-management of surgical patients with faculty from the department of surgery.  Advanced fellows will be expected to follow, longitudinally, with faculty supervision, patients who are evaluated in outpatient clinics and after hospitalization.

After completion of the advanced IBD fellowship, trainees should be capable of evaluating and managing complicated patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease to determine: diagnosis, indications for endoscopy/radiography, indications for medical therapy and appropriate therapeutic monitoring, indications for surgery and post-surgical management, management of IBD during pregnancy, and other specialized cases.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine.  We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity please see the following resources:


Completion of training in Internal Medicine at ACCME accredited institution (or equivalent if non-US trained). Completion of training in Gastroenterology at ACCME accredited institution (or equivalent if non-US trained).  License to practice medicine in Illinois (application may be pending at time of application, but will be required to start fellowship). All non-US citizen applicants must obtain appropriate VISA requirements and ECFMG.

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should send the following application materials to Hannah Kelemen (

1. Northwestern GME Application

2. Personal Statement

3. One letter of recommendation (preferably from the Program Director)

4. Curriculum Vitae

Stephen B Hanauer, MD

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD

Advanced IBD Fellowship Program Director