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Meet Our Fellows

Our fellows and faculty foster a collegial environment and education-focused culture that provides an inclusive learning experience. Training can be challenging, but our program is close-knit and each resident brings a dedication to providing stellar patient care as well as a collaborative learning experience.

Meet our current fellows in the Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona. 

Class of 2023

Sailaja Pisipati, M.B.B.S.

Sailaja Pisipati, M.B.B.S.
Medical school: 
Andhra Medical College, India

"A one-month away rotation in the GI department at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, during my residency training was an invaluable experience and I felt like I was "home" within a very short span of time. A few of the multitude reasons that I chose to pursue fellowship training here include the wide spectrum of GI pathology, multi-disciplinary approach to complex clinical problems, hands-on-endoscopy training, and the opportunity to learn from national experts in their respective sub-specialties."

Dr. Pisipati's PubMed citations

Suaka Kagbo-Kue, M.B.B.S.

Suaka Kagbo-Kue, M.B.B.S.
Medical school:
University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

"From interacting with friends who trained at Mayo, there was always a reference to the Mayo culture and the interdisciplinary care that is patient-centered. The Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic has faculty from diverse backgrounds with significant representation of women in GI. The inpatient service definitely gets busy, but overall, there is a prioritization of education for the trainee over service. Arizona is a fun place to be, especially if you are into outdoor activities. It is sunny year-round, which can be a great boost for your mood!"

Dr. Kagbo-Kue's PubMed citations

Kevin Song, M.D.

Kevin Song, M.D.
Medical school:
University of Tennessee, Hsc, College of Medicine, Tennessee

"I chose Mayo Clinic because I wanted a program that was comprehensive, one that I would be able to find world-class mentors for any field that I became interested in. There are trainees from all walks of life. This has truly enriched my experience here. The level of camaraderie is something that I have not witnessed anywhere else. People are able and willing to help. Taking care of patients feels like a team sport instead of an isolated event."

Dr. Song's PubMed citations

Class of 2024

Gassan Kissim, M.D.

Gassan Kassim, M.D.
Medical school:
University of Debrecen Medical School, Hungary

"My GI fellowship at Mayo Clinic has been an amazing experience so far. As I was going through my interview season, it became obvious to me that here at Mayo, everyone takes a genuine and personal interest in your education, your well-being, your academic endeavors, and your career. The program is built on the foundation of mutual respect and is focused on meeting the individual and unique needs of every fellow. Furthermore, this program has been able to create the perfect environment that allows fellows to let their guards down, feel comfortable, and, in turn, focus on patient care and, in parallel, master their clinical and endoscopic skills. Furthermore, the program offers mentorship in every sub-discipline in GI, and all the faculty are just a friendly conversation away. Completing a fellowship here will provide you with a unique set of skills and with lifelong relationships that will help you become the best GI physician you can be."

Kevork Khadarian, M.D.

Kevork Khadarian, M.D.
Medical school:
Albany Medical College of Union University, New York

"I chose to pursue gastroenterology and hepatology training at Mayo Clinic given the program's commitment to providing excellent patient care by incorporating the latest research and state-of-the-art technologies. This is evident across any subdivision within the department, which is led by renowned faculty who also provide invaluable mentorship every step of the way. Additionally, living in Phoenix, Arizona, provides innumerable opportunities to explore the beautiful outdoors year-round when out of the office, which was very important to me."

Anna Silverman, M.D.

Anna Silverman, M.D.
Medical school:
 George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, D.C.

"I chose Mayo Clinic because of its commitment to the three shields of medicine—teaching, research, and patient care. I knew I was interested in IBD; however, I was looking for a phenomenal foundational education in the entire breadth of GI. I was immediately impressed by the strength of the faculty in every subspecialty within GI. My experience at Mayo Clinic has been unparalleled and I love the environment we are able to learn and grow in here. The cherry on top is living in such a phenomenal city where life outside of work is just as wonderful as life at the hospital."

Class of 2025

Margaret Liu, M.D.

Margaret Liu, M.D.
Medical school:
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix, Arizona

"I chose Mayo Clinic for my fellowship because of the stellar patient-centered clinical training, breadth of GI pathology, innumerable research opportunities and areas of collaboration with experts within every subspecialty of GI, opportunities for early career building, and the amazing and supportive gastroenterology and hepatology team I get to work with every day."

Sean Sileno, M.D.

Sean Sileno, M.D.
Medical school:
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Florida

"I chose Mayo Clinic for many reasons. For me, it started with the people. Prior to the application process, I was urged to apply here due to the reputation of the program, the success of previous residents from my residency program that had matched there, and its faculty. Once I got to my interview, I felt that the program was extraordinarily supportive and the goals for the fellows were in line with my personal goals. At my interviews, the faculty and chief fellows all made me feel comfortable and it was obvious that the program had a great culture that I felt that I would fit in with."

Jaclyn Tuck, M.D. B.Ch., M.A.

Jaclyn Tuck, M.B., B.Ch., M.A.
Medical school:
 University College Dublin, Ireland

"I completed my residency here at Mayo Clinic, and from my first rotation with the GI division, I knew I wanted to stay here for fellowship. Between the collegiality among the fellows and staff, mentorship from world-class attendings, and exposure to a wide array of pathology, I knew Mayo Clinic would equip me with the skills I need to flourish in the field of gastroenterology. I feel so honored to train here and be part of the GI family. In addition, the vast expansion of Phoenix and its surrounding cities, has added to an already social and adventurous place to live."


The most important indicator of the success of a training program is found in the outcomes of the graduates upon completion of their training. See where our recent graduates have taken their talents. 

Name Graduation year Destination after graduation
Jamie Bering, M.D. Class of 2022 Nutrition Faculty, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona
Josiah McCain, M.D. Class of 2022 Transplant Hepatology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida
David Bayne, M.D. Class of 2022 Private Practice, Washington State
Blanca Lizaola-Mayo, M.D. Class of 2021 Transplant Hepatologist, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona
Neej Patel, M.B.B.S. Class of 2021 Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship 
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH
Sobia Laique, M.B.B.S. Class of 2021 Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH
Tiffany Chua, M.D. Class of 2020 Advanced Endoscopy GI Fellowship
UCLA Medical Center
Torrance, CA
Diana Snyder, M.D. Class of 2020 Esophageal Disease Fellowship
Mayo Clinic in Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Maria Aguilar, M.D. Class of 2020 Transplant Hepatologist
University of Utah Health
Salt Lake City, UT
Graduation of Mayo Clinic residents and fellows

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