Gastroenterology Fellowship

 

Gastroenterology faculty and fellows

The USA Gastroenterology Fellowship program is committed to obtaining and maintaining preeminence in patient care, education, and research. Basic science and clinical medicine pertaining to gastroenterology and hepatology are emphasized during training, and we maintain a world-class faculty to train fellows for successful careers in gastroenterology and hepatology in the communities where they practice and serve. This aligns with our Sponsoring Institution's Mission Statement: We help people lead longer, better lives.

We provide a comprehensive 3-year curriculum to enable fellows to learn tertiary, secondary and primary care skills in all settings. We educate fellows to be excellent practitioners of medically directed gastroenterology in a gastroenterology care team model. We train individuals with expertise in population health and serving medically underserved. We produce excellent, independent practitioners who will be local and national leaders, and for academic careers.

 

▼   How to Apply

USA Gastroenterology appreciates your interest in our program. We participate in the Medical Specialties Matching Program of the National Resident Matching Program. We are accepting applications by the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Our NRMP match number is 1852144FO. We look forward to receiving your application.

We accept two fellows each year. At this time, we only sponsor J-1 visas.

▼   Research

Current Active Clinical Investigation Projects

An Open Label Phase 2 Study to Characterize Colon Pathology in Patients with HER2 Amplified Breast Cancer Treated with Neratinib
Lead Investigator: Jack A. DiPalma, M.D.
Investigational agents: Neratinib
Study Subjects: Chemotherapy patients

Corrona Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Registry
Lead Investigator: William Preston Sonnier, M.D.
Investigational Agents: N/A
Study Subjects: Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Entyvio (vedolizumab) long-term safety study: An international observational prospective cohort study comparing vedolizumab to other biologic agents in patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's Disease
Lead Investigator: Benjamin Niland, M.D.
Investigational Agents: vedolizumab
Study Subjects: Patients with Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease

B.L.O.C.S (BLOCS -Benign Liver Optimal Core Study): Comparison of 2 techniques using EUS guided Liver biopsies via 19g CORE biopsy needle to Obtain Optimal Core Liver Biopsies in Benign Disease
Lead Investigator: Meir Mizrahi, M.D.
Investigational Agents: N/A
Study Subjects: Patients who will be undergoing liver biopsy under EUS guidance

Study of the Clinical, Epidemiological characteristics and Natural history of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus (BE) and of their progression to esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC)
Lead Investigator: Meir Mizrahi, M.D.
Investigational Agents: N/A
Study Subjects: Patients with Barrett’s Esophagus

▼   Current Fellows

Baret Bercier, M.D., PGY VI
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans
Residency: Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Michael Barker, M.D., PGY VI
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport
Residency: Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Mason Adams, M.D., PGY V
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans
Residency: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Baton Rouge 

Mary “Caitlin” Marshall, M.D., PGY V
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Residency: University of South Alabama College of Medicine

Roderick “Seth” Brown, D.O., PGY IV
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Chad Spencer, M.D., PGY IV
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

▼   Contact Us
Program Director: Jack Di Palma, M.D. - jdipalma@health.southalabama.edu
Program Coordinator: Tracy Terpening - tterpening@health.southalabama.edu
Address: 75 S. University Blvd., UCOM 6000-B, Mobile, AL 36608
Telephone: (251) 660-5555 • Fax: (251) 660-5559