The one-year non ACGME-accredited Hepatology Fellowship includes vigorous training in outpatient and inpatient settings in addition to sponsored rotation at Washington University Liver Transplant Program.

The goal of the program is to produce hepatologists who possess a range of attributes including the knowledge base of pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and management of liver disease, indications and contradictions to liver transplant, diagnostic liver biopsy procedures, and appreciation of the humanistic and ethical aspects of liver disease. The candidate must have completed or about to complete a three-year ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine residency training program in the United States and be board eligible/certified.

This program will enable the trainee after completion to seek a hepatologist position in inpatient/outpatient settings. In addition, this fellowship will be well suited for those who wish to strengthen their credentials to pursue the ACGME-accredited GI fellowship.

Our program accepts J1 visa status only. Our program will begin taken applications Oct. 1 through Dec. 18 for a July 1 start date. Selected candidates will be invited for personal interviews in February to meet our faculty and fellows and to view the program.

Clinical Hepatology Curriculum

Clinical Training

During the fellowship, you will acquire skills in patient diagnosis and management, performing liver biopsies, teaching and research.

Rotation Schedule

Rotation Length
Outpatient - Hepatobiliary Clinics-VA 8 months
Inpatient - Hepatobiliary Consult Service 2 weeks
Outpatient/Inpatient - Liver Transplantation – Washington University in Saint Louis 1 month
Hepatology Research 1 month

Didactic Training

Clinical conferences, GI/Liver quality meetings, patients’ rounds, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all integral parts of the program.

Research Training

You will have the opportunity to participate in clinical research projects in clinical, translational, or basic science research. Hepatology fellow is advised to find a mentor and discuss research project of interest early on during the fellowship.


You are formally evaluated by your supervising faculty member following the completion of each clinical rotation; and then meet accordingly with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted using our online application form.

Hepatology Fellowship Application

Please send an email to indicating your intention to apply to the Hepatology Fellowship and you will be emailed a link.

The Division of Hepatology typically offers one position yearly into our non-accredited one year Hepatology fellowship program. We will be accepting applications for the next fellowship positions beginning September 1 and our deadline will be December 15. Selected candidates will be invited for virtual interviews in January to meet our faculty and fellows, and to view the program first-hand.

Current Fellow

Sohum Patwa, MD

Sohum Patwa, MD

  • Medical School: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, NY
  • Residency: Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital
  • Hometown: Flushing, NY

Fellowship Alumni

Xheni Deda, MD

Xheni Deda, MD

Class of 2023

  • Medical School: University of Medicine of Tirana Tirana, Albania
  • Residency: Saint Barnabas Hospital Bronx, NY
  • GI Fellowship: University of Medicine of Tirana and Mother Teresa Hospital Tirana, Albania
  • Hometown: Tirana, Albania
Muhammad Nadeem Yousaf, MD

Muhammad Nadeem Yousaf, MD

Class of 2022

  • Medical School: Punjab Medical College, Pakistan
  • Residency: Medstar Health - Georgetown University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Hometown: East Haven, Connecticut
Naren Nallapeta, MD

Naren Nallapeta, MD

Class of 2021

  • Medical School: J.J.M. Medical College, Davanaqere, India
  • Residency: The State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, NY
  • Hometown: Mysore, India