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The most important indicator of the success of a training program is found in the outcomes of the graduates upon completion of their training. For the past 10 years, the Gastroenterology Fellowship has had an American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Certification Examination pass rate of 100 percent. Approximately two-thirds of our alumni pursue advanced fellowship training after graduating from the Gastroenterology Fellowship, and nearly 85 percent of our graduates in the past five years have obtained full-time academic positions across the country. 

Words from recent graduates

Meet a few of our alumni and learn what they loved about the Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Isabel Hujoel, M.D.

Isabel Hujoel, M.D.

2021 Gastroenterology Fellowship Graduate

"I treasure the time that I spent in fellowship at Mayo Clinic. The clinical training was an ideal balance of independence and support that fostered confidence but also created opportunities to learn from mentors who were approachable, kind, and more than willing to share their extensive knowledge and experience. I also valued the chance to learn in a system where everyone seemed to be motivated by the same goal: helping the patient, and where professionalism and kindness marked interactions with co-workers and patients."

Current position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington

Xiao Jing (Iris) Wang, M.D.

Xiao Jing (Iris) Wang, M.D.

2020 Gastroenterology Fellowship Graduate

"The mentorship I received during my fellowship was unparalleled. Working alongside leaders and experts in gastroenterology, I was given every opportunity to learn, participate, and grow as a clinician, educator, and researcher, in any direction I chose. I cannot thank my mentors enough and only hope to pass it forward."

Current position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Sajan Nagpal, M.D.

Sajan Nagpal, M.D.

2019 Gastroenterology Fellowship Graduate

"What I valued most about the Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology Fellowship, was the ability to rotate through various subspecialty clinics within GI, besides learning general gastroenterology and hepatology. I was able to subspecialize in a niche field of interest (medical pancreatology) due to the availability of good clinical and research mentorship."

Current position: Gastroenterologist focused on medical pancreatology, MNGI Health

Previous position: Pancreas Clinic Director, University of Chicago

Badr Al Bawardy, M.D.

Badr Al Bawardy, M.D.

2017 Gastroenterology Fellowship Graduate
2018 Advanced IBD Fellowship Graduate

"The Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic was an amazing experience. It was not only about the remarkable critical training provided by the world's leaders and experts. It was about learning from humble mentors and role models who truly always put the patient at the forefront when it comes to clinical care, research, and education. After completing the fellowship program, I felt well prepared to provide the best clinical care and start an academic career. I will always be grateful for the training and mentorship I received!

Current position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, IBD Fellowship Director, Yale Medicine Digestive Diseases Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center


Raina Shivashankar, M.D.

Raina Shivashankar, M.D.

2016 Gastroenterology Fellowship Graduate

"The Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic was an all-around fantastic experience. I was lucky to have the opportunity to learn from so many world-class clinicians and researchers, and the mentorship in the program is truly phenomenal. Mayo provided me with a strong clinical and research foundation and instilled the essential ethos that the patient always comes first. I would not have discovered my passion for IBD or be where I am today without the ongoing guidance of my Mayo mentors, whom I now consider friends, and for that, I am and will always be grateful!"

Current position: Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of IBD Center, and Program Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship, Thomas Jefferson University

Alina Allen, M.D.

Alina Allen, M.D.

2014 Gastroenterology Fellowship Graduate
2015 Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Graduate

"The Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is a masterclass - not only because of the exposure to a wide variety of patient cases but mostly because of the remarkable dedication of the staff to educate and embolden trainees to be independent thinkers. The culture of mentorship and excellence in patient care, research, and education is unparalleled. top that with humility and kindness, which are modeled at every step, and the list of ingredients in molding future leaders in the field is complete."

Current position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Additional training

After completing the Gastroenterology Fellowship, many of our graduates decide to continue their training at Mayo Clinic with one of our advanced specialty fellowships in gastroenterology and hepatology. Several of these fellowships are offered at more than one of our Mayo Clinic campuses. Learn more about these programs:

See all residencies and fellowships offered at Mayo Clinic.

Graduation of Mayo Clinic residents and fellows

Mayo Clinic Alumni Association

The Mayo Clinic Alumni Association will help you stay in touch with your Mayo Clinic colleagues, maintain a valuable professional connection to Mayo Clinic throughout your medical and/or research career, participate in continuing medical education, and more.

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