The three-year gastroenterology fellowship provides extensive experience in all aspects of gastroenterology, endoscopy, hepatology and nutrition. Our fellows have the opportunity to become expert in these areas through NYU Winthrop’s formalized centers of excellence with state-of-the-art equipment and through rotations in advanced hepatology and liver transplantation at New York University. Graduating fellows successfully establish themselves in academic or clinical careers of their choice. Our fellows have presented abstracts and posters at the annual meetings of the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and at NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Research Day.
– Raluca Vrabie, MD
NYU Winthrop Hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center which proudly offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. We are a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. We are also Nassau County’s only American College of Surgeons certified adult Level 1 Trauma Center with full adult and pediatric capabilities.
Rest assured that whatever medical care you or your family may need, NYU Winthrop is committed to a profound guiding principle: “Your Health Means Everything”
NYU Winthrop Hospital has been a focal point of academic medicine on Long Island and is now very proud to partner with the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, a newly LCME accredited, innovative 3-year medical school located on the hospital campus with a mission to educate exemplary physicians and academic leaders in primary care. In addition, we sponsor over 30 medical and surgical residency and fellowship training programs where 300 physicians have chosen to pursue their post-graduate medical education.
NYU Winthrop has a vibrant multi-faceted research program. As part of its mission as a teaching hospital, NYU Winthrop physicians and scientists are engaged in groundbreaking basic and clinical biomedical research.
Ever changing and growing with the diverse community it serves, NYU Winthrop Hospital is, in many ways, a unique institution, simultaneously large and small, regional as well as local. We successfully blend the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a very personal approach to patient care – an approach that has become the cornerstone of our organization.
|Division Chief:||James Grendell, MD|
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NYU Winthrop Hospital is a 591 bed hospital and offers a wide variety of clinical services. The hospital boasts many residency and fellowship programs across a variety of specialties and subspecialties. NYU Winthrop Hospital is also the campus for the NYU Long Island School of Medicine. The large number of house staff and medical students along with the dedicated faculty promotes an academic environment rich in clinical educational experiences.
General gastrointestinal diseases, gastrointestinal motility and functional disorders, pancreatic diseases, liver & biliary diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, nutrition support, and endoscopy services including ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, advanced therapeutic biliary and pancreatic endoscopy, and endoscopic treatment of Barrett’s esophagus.
Clinical research in pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, GERD, irritable bowel syndrome, motility disorders of GI system, biliary and pancreatic endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound and general endoscopy, etiology of chronic abdominal pain, and technologies in therapeutic endoscopy.
Education in standard GI procedures during the first year is followed during the second and third year with training in the newer modalities of investigational and therapeutic procedures such as endoscopic ultrasound, laser therapy, colonic and rectal motility studies, and 24-hour monitoring of esophageal pH and motility. Throughout the three-year program, fellows follow patients in the weekly outpatient GI and liver clinics, and gain knowledge in nutrition and total parenteral nutrition by participating in the nutrition support team and nutrition clinic. In their second and third years, GI fellows learn techniques of clinical basic research.
NYU Winthrop Hospital accepts applications for its Gastroenterology fellowship program only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
The application must include the following:
Selected applicants will be invited to schedule an interview after review of their application. If you have been selected for an interview you will receive an email with information about how to make these arrangements.
Interviews take place from September through October.
Spiral enteroscopy-assisted ERCP in bariatric-length Roux-en-Y anatomy: a large single-center series and review of the literature (with video). Ali MF, Modayil R, Gurram KC, Brathwaite CEM, Friedel D, Stavropoulos SN. Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 May;87(5):1241-1247. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2017.12.024. Epub 2018 Jan 6. Review. PMID:2931726
Unusual Pick Up by Capsule Endoscopy. Sy AM, Joutovsky A, Friedel D. Gastroenterology. 2018 Dec;155(6):e13-e14. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2018.08.051. Epub 2018 Sep 7. No abstract available. PMID: 30201366
Razzano A, Ali M, Modayil R. Gastrocolic Fistula: A Rare Presentation of a Common Disease. Gastroenterology. 2018 Jan;154(1):e5-e6. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2017.05.033. Epub 2017 Nov 24. No abstract available. PMID:29178974
Spiral enteroscopy-assisted ERCP in bariatric length Roux-en-Y anatomy: a large single-center series and review of the literature (with video Mohammad F. Ali MD et. al).Gastrointestinal Endsocopy; Article in press. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gie.2017.12.024.
Ali MF, Friedel D, Levin G. Two Anomalies in One: A Rare Case of an lntrahepatic Gallbladder with a Cholecystogastric Fistula. Case Rep Gastroenterol. 2017 Mar 21;1(1):148-154. doi: 10.1159/000462964. eCollection 2017 Jan-Apr.PMID: 28611568.
Mohammad F. Ali, MD; Rani Modayil, MD; Virginia Donovan, MD; James Grendell, MD; Stavros Stavropoulos, MD. Endoscopic tunnel-assisted muscle biopsy to diagnose esophageal metastasis of urothelial malignancy: A first of its kind. Am. Journal of Gastroenterology, Vol 112, Supplement 1, October 2017, S924-925.
Matthew DeMaria, DO; Mohammad F. Ali, MD; Karan Singh, DO; Haseeb Ahmed, MD; Patrick Saitta, MD; Peter Malet, MD; Streptococcus Mitis Causing Pyogenic Liver Abscesses: Not so rare after all. Am. Journal of Gastroenterology, Vol 112, Supplement 1, October 2017, S1235.
Eric Ballecer, MD; Bivin Varghese, MD; Alexander Dao, BS; Mohammad F. Ali, MD, Shawna Halwan, MD; Gregory Ajemian, MD; Paula Yeghiayan, MD; A Case of Hirschsprung Disease in an Adult Male. Am. Journal of Gastroenterology, Vol 112, Supplement 1, October 2017, S968-969.
Image of the month: Gastric metastasis of renal clear cell carcinoma. Forman J, Marshak J, Tseng YA, Friedel DM, Grendell J.Am J Gastroenterol. 2015 Jan;110(1):15. No abstract available. PMID:25713859.
James H. Grendell, MD graduated from College of Medicine, Ohio State University. Internship and residency in Internal Medicine completed at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Gastroenterology fellowship completed at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Grendell is board certified GI, is Professor and Chief, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, NYU Long Island School of Medicine and has a special interest in diseases of the pancreas.
David Friedel, MD graduated from the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. Internal Medicine residency completed at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, and gastroenterology fellowship completed in 1989 at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In GI practice 1989 – 2004. EUS fellowship from September 2004 – April 2005 at Winthrop-University Hospital. May 2005 to present –Attending Physician, Division of Gastroenterology. He is board certified in GI and is Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, NYU Long Island School of Medicine. His specialty is advanced endoscopy procedures.
Stavros Stavropoulos, MD graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1994. Internal Medicine residency program completed at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Gastroenterology Fellowship and Advanced Fellowship training in interventional endoscopy completed at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 2002. On staff at Columbia 2002-2007. Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Endoscopic Ultrasound at NYU Winthrop Hospital from October, 2007. He is board certified in GI, is Assistant Professor (Clinical) Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, NYU Long Island School of Medicine and his specialty is state-of-the art diagnostics and minimally invasive interventions.
Peter F. Malet, MD graduated from State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Internship and residency in Internal Medicine completed at Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York. Gastroenterology fellowship completed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA. Assistant/Associate Professor of Medicine at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 1982-1997. Associate Professor/Professor of Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 1997-2009. He is Director, Center for Liver Diseases at NYU Winthrop Hospital. He is board certified in GI and Transplant Hepatology and is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, NYU Long Island School of Medicine. His subspecialty is Hepatology.
Bhawna Halwan, MD graduated from medical school, Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil. Internship and residency at State University of New York at Buffalo, New York.
Gastroenterology fellowship completed at Yale University, CT. Masters of Science in Clinical Research, Rollins School of Public Health-Emory University, Atlanta, GA 2008. 2007-2009 Director of Esophageal and Motility Services, State University of New York – Brooklyn. She is board certified in GI, is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, NYU Long Island School of Medicine and her specialties are: esophageal motility, irritable bowel syndrome, GI bleeding, gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Raluca Vrabie, MD graduated from medical school, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Internship and residency in Internal Medicine completed at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. Gastroenterology fellowship completed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Attending physician at NYU Winthrop Hospital, GI Division since August 2010 and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine. She is board certified in GI, is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, NYU Long Island School of Medicine and her specialty is: inflammatory bowel disease and women’s health.
Rani Modayil, MD graduated from medical school, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY. Internship and residency in Internal Medicine Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY. Gastroenterology fellowship and advanced endoscopy fellowship completed at Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY. Dr. Modayil is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, NYU Long Island School of Medicine and specializes in advanced therapeutic endoscopy for the management of gastrointestinal malignancies as well as diseases of the pancreas and biliary tract.
Jessica Widmer, DO graduated from medical school, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pennsylvania. Internal medicine residency and GI fellowship completed at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Interventional endoscopy fellowship completed at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell in New York. Dr. Widmer is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, NYU Long Island School of Medicine and specializes in advanced therapeutic endoscopy for the management of gastrointestinal malignancies as well as diseases of the pancreas and biliary tract.
NYU Winthrop Hospital’s graduate medical education programs create an atmosphere in which cultural and ethnic differences among patients, staff, and house staff are recognized, respected, understood and embraced. Residents participate in the care of a diverse group of patients and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from varied backgrounds. NYU Winthrop aims to bring the best residents, fellows and faculty from all ethnic, racial and gender groups to learn and care for patients in this diverse environment.
Housing accommodations, at heavily subsidized rates, are available in apartment buildings and residential homes within close proximity to the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus. If a member of the house staff requests NYU Winthrop housing and it cannot be provided, a live-off allowance may be provided.
Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan region. Tax deferred annuity is available.
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Residents and fellows are provided with three complimentary meals per day, seven days per week, in NYU Winthrop’s full service cafeteria (up to $4.00 for breakfast, $4.50 for lunch and $5.90 dinner).
NYU Winthrop Hospital’s new house staff lounge is accessible 24/7. The spacious and comfortable lounge is equipped with computers, wifi, television, foosball table, lockers, lounge chairs, as well as coffee and tea.
NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows receive four weeks of vacation (20 working days) within each contract year.
PGY 1 level residents are eligible to attend one local conference (New York Metropolitan Area), at the discretion of the Program Director. House staff at the PGY 2 level and above are eligible for one trip, maximum of five consecutive weekdays, to an approved professional conference in the continental United States each year, at the discretion of the Program Director.
Reimbursement for allowable educational expenses is available up to a maximum of $75 for PGY 1 residents and $700 for PGY2 and higher residents and subspecialty fellows.
The TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program is available. This program allows the resident/fellow to deduct pre-tax money to pay for mass transit or commuter parking (up to a predefined maximum).
Additional Benefits Include:
NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include generous medical, pharmaceutical, and dental coverage, as well as flexible spending accounts. Benefits are effective from the first day of residency/fellowship.
Residents/fellows are covered by short-term, non-occupational disability insurance (up to six months). To be eligible for disability insurance benefits, one must be on the payroll for a minimum of twenty (20) work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven (7) calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, and in the course of, employment. These benefits, which supplement lost income, are based on salary level and are payable for up to 26 weeks after the employees accrued sick time has been used.
The long term disability benefit begins after six months of short term disability. It pays a monthly benefit for an extended illness or injury. The monthly benefit is offset by benefits from other sources, such as Workers Compensation and Social Security.
House staff receive compensation, in accordance with the Workers Compensation Law, for any illness or injury which is job related. Benefits include payment for medical expenses and lost pay.
In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, NYU Winthrop Hospital will grant residents/fellows unpaid leave(s) for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period. To be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1250 hours in the twelve-month period prior to the start date of the requested leave. FMLA leave may be granted for the birth, adoption or acceptance for foster care of a child; for the care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or for the employee’s own serious illness.
Residents/fellows may to return to their training program after a leave of absence, without loss of training status, if their leave does not exceed that allowed by the specialty boards.
NYU Winthrop’s residents/fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for the duration of their training through the Hospital’s self-insurance program. Coverage provides legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts are within the scope of the education program.
Basic Life Insurance is provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow. This benefit equals 1 X the resident/fellow’s annual salary payable to the beneficiary. Residents/fellows may purchase additional voluntary life insurance up to 3X their annual salary (combined basic and voluntary may not exceed $500,000).
Provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow.
A Defined Contribution 403(b) Plan is available for voluntary pre-tax/after-tax contribution.
NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows are provided with pre-employment physicals, annual health assessments, and Tuberculosis screenings, as well as vaccines and required health surveillance free of charge through the hospital’s Employee Health Service. In addition, if a member of the house staff becomes ill while at work, he or she will be seen at no charge by an Employee Health practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if the Employee Health Service practitioner is not available.
Free assessment, referral and brief psychotherapy services are available on a confidential basis to members of the House Staff and their immediate families.
This resource is available to residents/fellows and their family members to assist with:
The longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island stretches over 100 miles from New York City to Montauk Point. A celebrated summer vacation spot, Long Island offers seasonal beauty, professional sports events, art museums and galleries, and fabulous cuisine. Eastern Long Island has gained fame as for its vineyards, and is home to almost 20 wineries. From NYU Winthrop it is a short trip to Manhattan, where you can enjoy world class dining, museums, and endless cultural opportunities. From scenic Atlantic Ocean beaches to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk Point, Long Island has something for everyone.
Convenient access to NY City is available by Long Island Railroad located directly adjacent to NYU Winthrop Hospital. Residents and fellows take advantage of the opportunity enjoy the myriad of cultural, social, and professional activities in New York City. Additionally, NYU Winthrop’s location in central Nassau County allows easy access to spectacular beaches.
The village of Mineola is a wonderful place to live and work. Mineola affords one the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Long Island lifestyle, while living only 30 minutes away (via LIRR) from the attractions of NYC.
The close vicinity of the hospital, where most of the resident housing is located, is an excellent location for both families and single residents. Aside from a LIRR station leading directly into NYC, the area is surrounded by a quiet residential neighborhood and a large park with sports facilities, open fields, and a local library. The Roosevelt field mall, one of the largest retail centers on Long Island, is located less than a mile away from the hospital along with a large conglomerate of brand name stores and services.
You can also enjoy the wonderful things that Long Island itself has to offer You will find that living in Mineola is a sound choice from the economic perspective. While residents living in large cities incur significant living expenses, Mineola is very affordable.
Residents and fellows can apply for a rotation with any department by contacting the academic coordinator for that program via email with a copy of your CV and the dates you are requesting for your rotation.
The department will review your CV and let you know if there are any rotation spots available for the time requested. If you are approved for the rotation the Office of Academic Affairs will contact you with the necessary paperwork.