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Gastroenterology

Program Director’s Message

Welcome to the Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship program at Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital. Our program was established in 1968.  We have an established history of training gastroenterologist and hepatologists by providing comprehensive clinical programs in gastroenterology and liver diseases. Our fellowship program is closely affiliated with Yale School of Medicine Section of Digestive Diseases. Our fellows rotate for three months every year at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven for training in gastroenterology, liver diseases and advanced endoscopy.  
We offer a three-year ACGME accredited fellowship training program with 1-2 fellowship positions a year for a total of 4 gastroenterology fellows Our fellows start their endoscopic training their very first day, averaging well over 1,000 procedures at the time of graduation. We feel that the size of our fellowship program allows for an apprenticeship type training by working closely with faculty and staff.

We have scheduled conferences and journal clubs that take place weekly, with Friday afternoons being protected time for Yale School of Medicine Section of Digestive Diseases didactics and case conference. Our fellows are engaged in clinical research and dedicated time during their second and third years of training to complete research and quality and safety projects. 

Overall, our mission is to foster a strong and collegial learning environment that emphasizes the growth and development of our fellows. All of our faculty are dedicated to teaching and also serve as mentors, helping cultivate the network for future career development. Our fellows upon completing fellowship have been extremely successful in their gastroenterology and hepatology careers.

Sincerely,
Caroline Loeser, MD, FAGA, FACGD


All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service. No hard copy applications will be accepted. 

  • Bridgeport Hospital requires the following information from all applicants:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • ECFMG Certificate (if you graduated from a medical school outside of the United States)
  • USMLE Scores
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical School Diploma
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (one from your Program Director)
  • Bridgeport Hospital does not offer Fellowships outside the match. 
  • The Hospital sponsors both H-1b and J1 Visas for qualified candidates.

To apply to the program, please visit ERAS and complete the application there.

About

The field of gastroenterology and hepatology is everchanging and dramatically expanding. As such, the practice of our specialty becomes increasingly complex. Our curriculum fulfills the minimum requirement of 18 months of inpatient and outpatient consultation experience and is further supplemented by our journal club, weekly Yale didactics and case conferences. Our fellows undergo endoscopic training from day one, along with establishing continuity in patient care in our weekly hepatology and general GI clinics. 

The first year consists of 9 months of consultation and endoscopic services at Bridgeport Hospital, and 3 months of consultation and endoscopic services at Yale New Haven Hospital York Street Campus. The second year consists of 6 months of consultation and endoscopic services at Bridgeport Hospital, 3 months of inpatient consultation services in hepatology at Yale Hospital York Street Campus, and 3 months of clinical research. The third year consists of 6 months of consultation and endoscopic services at Bridgeport Hospital, 3 months of elective, and 3 months of outpatient subspecialty clinics. Throughout all three years, our fellows establish longitudinal care with their patients at our weekly continuity clinics and pursue research projects.
 

Alumni

2022
Antonio Costantino, MD
Residency: Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital
Plan after graduation: Advanced endoscopy fellowship at Northwell Health

2021
Prabin Sharma, MBBS
Residency: Englewood Health
Plan after graduation: Advanced Endoscopy at NYU Langone Health Winthrop Hospital

2020
Ruth Haynes, MD
Residency: Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital
Plan after graduation: Private practice in New Mexico

2019
Daniel Greenwald, MD
Residency: Beth Israel Lahey Health
Plan after graduation: Private practice at Gastroenterology Associates Inc, Providence RI

2018
Nikhiel Rau, MD
Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard
Plan after graduation: Private practice in North Carolina

2017
Jacek Mysior, MD
Residency: Norwalk Hospital
Plan after graduation: Private practice at Vermont Gastroenterology

2016 
Chandra Gourineni, MBBS
Residency: Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital
Plan after graduation: Private practice in North Carolina

2015
Jay Krishnakurup, MBBS
Residency: Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital
Plan after graduation: Advanced fellowship 

2014 
Lauren Bleich, MD
Residency: Lahey Medical Center
Plan after graduation: private practice at Middlesex Digestive Health, Salem NH

2013
Zana Nikolla, MD
Residency: Albert Einstein Jacobi Medical Center
Plan after graduation: Private practice in New York

2012
Ramnath Hebbar, MBBS
Residency: Metro Health Medical Center
Plan after graduation: Advanced endoscopy at Georgetown University Hospital

2011
Daniel Stupak, MD
Residency: Mt. Sinai Beth Israel
Plan after graduation: Private practice at Gastroenterology Associates, Fairfield CT
 

Current Fellows

Third year

Mark McFarland, MD, MSc
Residency: Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital
Interests: Advanced endoscopy and general gastroenterology

Patricia Garcia Chiroles, MD
Residency: University of Connecticut
Interests: Hepatology and general gastroenterology

Second year

Jamil Alexis, MD
Residency: Northwell Health Northshore University Hospital
Interests: General gastroenterology

First year

Cheng-Hung “Jordan” Tai, MD
Residency: Northwell Health Lenox Hill Hospital
Interests: General gastroenterology
 

Faculty

Caroline Loeser, MD, FAGA, FACGD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine Section of Digestive Diseases
Section Chief of Gastroenterology and Program Director
Yale New Haven Health at Bridgeport Hospital

Michael Nathanson, MD, PhD
Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine and Cell Biology
Yale Digestive Diseases
Director of Yale Liver Center
Director of Center for Cell and Molecular Imaging

Benjamin Lerner, MD, MHS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine Section of Digestive Diseases 
Associate Program Director
Yale New Haven Health at Bridgeport Hospital

Northeast Medical Group Faculty
Pietro Andres, MD
Benjamin Barbash, MD
Steven Beckoff, MD
Andrew Bedford, MD
Bryan Burns, MD
Chunwang Lam, MD
Gordon Latzman, MD
Lucy Shamberg, MD
Gregory Soloway, MD
Scott Weiss, MD

Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County
Tarun Gupta, MD
Nicholas Lillo, MD
Daniel Stupak, MD
 

Contact Us

Gastroenterology

Lisa Brown
Section of Gastroenterology
Department of Medicine
Bridgeport Hospital
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT 06610
(203) 384-3175