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Director's Message

The Tulane University Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship Program is a unique combination of educational innovation, patient diversity, research opportunity, career advancement, and the chance to be part of the ongoing reconstruction and revitalization of the most culturally unique city in North America. 

The faculty of the Section of Gastroenterology & Hepatology is devoted to the training of our fellows. As a fellow you will be exposed to the full spectrum of general gastroenterology and hepatology. Our mentorship program pairs each fellow with a faculty member who can act as a guide in developing that fellow’s career. We make every attempt to fit the fellow with the faculty member who can best advise them on their chosen areas of interest.

Our fellows treat a diverse patient population not only in demographics (race, religion, socio-economic status) but also in diversity and severity of disease. Tulane is a tertiary center for hepatology/liver transplantation, advanced endoscopy and motility disorders, attracting patients from throughout Louisiana, as well as southern Mississippi, Alabama, the Florida panhandle and  Latin America. Despite the trauma of Hurricane Katrina, patients throughout the region (and beyond) have continued to depend on our expertise and we pride ourselves on serving them in the best tradition of Tulane University School of Medicine. Clinical activities are conducted at Tulane University Medical Center, University Medical Center New Orleans, and the VA Healthcare System.

Additionally, it must be noted, New Orleans is the catalyst for our program’s enduring diversity and it is still a great city with an instinct for thriving through adversity. New Orleans is still one of the world’s great cities, with an incredibly rich history and unique cultural heritage that reflect her people. Whether it be great performing arts, incredible music, elaborate festivals, tasty food (from backyard crawfish boils to world class restaurants), year-round outdoor activities, professional sports or just the freedom to find yourself no city in North America matches New Orleans.

I thank you for taking the time to check out our fellowship program. Spend some time looking through our website and if there are any questions you still have feel free to call or e-mail our office. 

John Affronti, MS, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine,
Director, Fellowship Training Program
Gastroenterology & Hepatology