Advanced Training in Gastroenterology Nutrition

About the Fellowship

The non-ACGME Advanced Training in Gastroenterology Nutrition is a one-year training program for individuals interested in pursuing clinical and academic careers with a focus on Pediatric Intestinal Rehabilitation and Nutrition Support at Children Hospital Los Angeles. Experience will also be gained in functioning as a member of a multi-disciplinary diagnostic and treatment team that includes other physicians, advanced practice nurses, clinical nursing staff, social workers, and administrative and research support personnel.

Upon completion of the training, the Nutrition Fellow should become proficient in the following areas:

  • Manage and care for children needing intestinal rehabilitation and with complicated pediatric nutritional disorders
  • Trainees will be taught how to become the local hospital resource in nutrition support and intestinal rehabilitation and gain experience in managing feeding disorders. Advanced procedural skills will be developed in the placement and management of percutaneous enteral feeding tubes.

Trainees will become familiar with the management of a variety of GI and Pediatric nutritional problems including short bowel syndrome, intestinal failure of multiple etiologies, and the management of inpatient and outpatient pediatric feeding and nutritional problems, including severe malnutrition. 


The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a 345-bed hospital, the largest free-standing children hospital in Southern California, located in the Beautiful Metropolitan Los Angeles. Our Pediatric Intestinal Rehabilitation Team/Nutrition Support team was established in 1978, and is affiliated with the University of Southern California’s (USC) Keck School of Medicine. The program currently has two nutrition experts (among our 25 Pediatric GI physicians) and is one of the largest Intestinal Rehabilitation Programs in the country, with abundant complex patients and excellent patient outcomes.

The Advanced Nutrition Fellow will join a nationally-recognized multidisciplinary Intestinal Rehabilitation team that includes 2 physician providers, a Nurse Practitioner, and dedicated Social Worker, Dietitian, Occupational Therapist and RN as well as Clinical Research Coordinator. CHLA’s Intestinal Rehabilitation Team actively partakes in presentations at local, regional, national and international conferences and is committed to supporting similar participation by the Nutrition Fellow. Our team has played a key role in Nutrition research and well-known industry-sponsored clinical trials and is eager for the Nutrition Fellow to actively participate in these endeavors to improve patient outcomes and potential therapies.

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Clinical Educational Activities

As an advanced fellowship, the year will be divided as follows: 50% clinical 30% academic and 10% Research

Clinical activities will include:

  • TPN, feeding and nutrition clinics. Additional clinic experience will be gained in other specialty clinics with feeding and nutritional complications. (See link to representative clinical block schedule here). Will attend inpatient service 6 months out of the year (there are no on-call duties for fellows in this program).
  • Assisting and educating and supervision of residents and gastroenterology fellows.

The fellows is expected to attend the divisional GI Meetings

  • Journal Club
  • Pathology & Radiology conferences and Nutrition Journal Club
  • Liver Transplant Conference

Clinical Research

Academic activity will generally consistent of a research project with mentors (Beth Carter, MD and Russell J. Merritt, MD, PhD). The aim is to have a manuscript submitted prior to finishing the fellowship.

Participate in the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute at USC and CHLA Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA).


  • Applicants are required to have successfully completed their pediatric gastroenterology fellowship and be board-eligible
  • Must have a valid CA medical license by the time of commencement of training


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