Digestive Diseases Fellowship Program

The Digestive Diseases Fellowship Program at West Virginia University provides a university-based academic environment for training of physicians in the subspecialty areas of gastroenterology and hepatology.  We are fully accredited by the ACGME with training leading to eligibility for certification by the ABIM.

Our training program is three years in duration.  The core curriculum provides basic cognitive and technical skills in gastroenterology and hepatology and matches the goals and aspirations set forth in the Gastroenterology Core Curriculum (3rd edition, 2007).  We further utilize the Oversight Working Network's EPAs (created by the top five gastroenterology and hepatology societies) to guide our curriculum and trainee assessment to ensure we produce the highest quality graduates possible in all areas of this subspecialty.  Finally, our program has started using the new ACGME Subspecialty Milestones to not only achieve compliance but to refine our trainees and produce the future leaders in academic and clinical gastroenterology.

We pride ourselves on our 100% ABIM board pass rate, active conference schedule, and attentive and collegial faculty and staff.  Our beautiful campus is accented with modern facilities for training.  We also provide dedicated office space in a secure and quiet location for each fellow to have their own computer, desk, and phone.  Finally, we have an extensive patient population that provides each fellow a large number of opportunities in standard and advanced endoscopic procedures, including ERCP and EUS.

Trainees are sought with the clinical experience and scientific foundation to help them excel in academics or private practice, with the ultimate aim t develop physician competencies and improve and promote patient health and care.  All trainees will have an investigative research experience in their second year to strengthen the scholarly component of their subspecialty education.  We also strive to provide the scientific foundation and experience necessary for interested trainees to develop into independent clinical investigators.

Digestive Diseases Facilities

The Digestive Diseases program is based at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University.  Ruby Memorial Hospital, our flagship hospital and tertiary referral center, sees around 30,000 patients a year.  A large construction project will increase our current number of available beds by 114 to a total of 645.  This hospital houses our endoscopy suites.  The adjacent Physician Office Center provides clinical space for our outpatient services.


Our faculty represents a diverse group of clinicians and interest areas, providing a wide array of knowledge to our trainees.  Our faculty members are:

A photo of Justin Kupec.

Justin Kupec, MD

West Virginia University
MD, Medicine
A photo of John Nasr.

John Nasr, MD

West Virginia University
MD, Medicine
A photo of Gorman Reynolds.

Gorman Joel Reynolds, MD

West Virginia University
Digestive Diseases, Medicine

Application and Interview Information

Our fellowship program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). All applications to our program must be submitted via ERAS to be considered.  We consider the entire application upon submission, though we require three letters of recommendation from anyone you choose.

For international applicants, please note the following:

  • We do NOT accept H-1B visa applicants, so please do not apply
  • We DO accept J-1 visa applicants through the ECFMG

We accept applications up to the date the NRMP requires rank order lists to be submitted (currently November 12). However, to be considered for an interview, it is highly recommended to submit your completed ERAS application no later than the end of August as we typically start interviews in September.

Sponsored Research Fellows

Our section also hosts a sponsored research fellowship position for international students.  This is a one year position. The sponsored research fellow will get protected time for research endeavors with faculty and fellows, shadowing/observing opportunities within our section and in the Department of Medicine for internal Medicine exposure, work/office space, and more.

For further information, please refer to the Global Engagement Office for the latest contact information.

Fellowship Contact Information

Sara Friedel
Program Manager
Robert C Health Sciences Center
West Virginia University
Section of Digestive Diseases
Department of Medicine
PO Box 9161
Morgantown, WV 26506-9161
Phone (304) 293-6743

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