Advanced IBD Fellowship Program

Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers an advanced IBD fellowship training program for qualified candidates. The Advanced IBD Fellowship is a one-year program.  

This training experience involves: 

  • Rigorous outpatient and inpatient clinical training
  • The opportunity to engage in research projects

 Our goal is to expose trainees to excellent clinical training in IBD, and to facilitate the growth of future clinical and academic leaders in IBD. 

The fellowship is 12 months in duration and divided into focused rotations in outpatient and inpatient settings as well as time reserved for scholarly activity.  

Outpatient rotations include: 

  • IBD Clinics in our multidisciplinary IBD center where fellows will be exposed to medical, nutritional, and psychosocial management of IBD 
  • Endoscopy: IBD-focused endoscopy sessions with the option to learn rectal ultrasound for perianal Crohn’s disease as well as general GI endoscopy sessions 
  • Colorectal surgery clinics 
  • IBD-focused radiology  
  • IBD-focused pathology  

Inpatient rotations include:  

  • IBD Consults with a team composed of the IBD fellow, IBD faculty, and general GI fellows 
  • General GI Consults

Fellows will have one half-day weekly of dedicated time reserved for scholarly activities. In addition, the fellow will also have a dedicated month for participation in scholarly activities. 

Multiple didactic opportunities are provided within the fellowship among the IBD faculty and GI division. These include: 

  • Weekly GI Grand Rounds 
  • Monthly IBD Roundtable Conference 
  • Monthly IBD Journal club 
  • Monthly multidisciplinary colorectal/IBD conference 
  • Quarterly IBD-focused lectures with the general GI fellowship

Interested applicants must have completed a three-year ACGME accredited gastroenterology training program. 
All applicants are expected to apply for a Tennessee medical license.  
This program does not provide sponsorship for any visa classifications.

Interested applicants should apply directly to Lisa Dunlop, Fellowship Coordinator


Phone: 615-322-4225 
Fax: 615-343-6229 

Inquiry should include the following:  

  • Current Curriculum Vitale 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Personal statement  

Please note: 

We seek those individuals who have the strongest interest in a career in academic medicine combined with the highest credentials in terms of quality of prior training, research experience, scholarly pursuits, and letters of recommendation.   

We also seek to promote, recruit, and retain a diverse and inclusive group of fellows with a strong commitment to underrepresented minorities in accordance with VUMC’s mission and aims.    

All applications are reviewed by the program director and applicants are selected for interviews. Each applicant is interviewed by our IBD faculty. Selection of applicants will be determined by the program director as well as input from the IBD faculty.  

Lisa Dunlop, C-TAGME 

Program Coordinator for GI Fellowships
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition 
Department of Medicine 

Phone: 615-322-4225 

Fax: 615-343-6229 


Program Leadership

Robin L. Dalal, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Advanced IBD Fellowship Program