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Department of Internal Medicine

Digestive Diseases

About the Program


The fellowship training program in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Cincinnati was founded in the early 1930’s by Dr. Leon Schiff, one of the fathers of modern day hepatology. It is among the oldest GI fellowship programs in the United States and has a long and distinguished history of producing superbly trained specialists in in the field of digestive diseases.

Program Director’s Welcome

My primary aim as the Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program is to produce highly competent clinicians while permitting each trainee to flourish and reach their individual career objectives. The Program has several key tenets which facilitates the achievement of this goal:

  • There is no substitute for experience. Our trainees have ample exposure to a wide variety of patients and extensive procedural opportunities. This, in conjunction with a substantial degree of autonomy, permits our trainees to develop a high level of comfort with all types of clinical scenarios.
  • The Program continuously strives for improvement. No training program is perfect. The program administration encourages constructive criticism and is responsive to trainee concerns. The program director has an open door policy and meets with the fellows on a monthly basis (Mouse Club) to discuss programmatic issues and to develop new approaches to improve the training experience.
  • The Program aims for transparency. There is no question that cannot be asked or answered in an honest and straightforward manner. Each trainee receives ongoing feedback on their performance and performance metrics, and also has full access to all evaluations and assessments.
  • The Program targets flexibility.The Program will make every effort to accommodate the interests of each trainee, allowing for tailoring of the clinical and research experience to meet their individual objectives.
  • The Program embraces diversity.Our faculty and fellows hail from all throughout the United States and overseas. This range of experience and expertise facilitates exposure to a wide spectrum of perspectives, thereby enhancing the training environment.

Within this context, we have the following primary training objectives and expectations:

  • To take excellent care of all patients: Each patient should be afforded the same deferential care that one would want provided to their family or friend.
  • To learn: We practice evidence-based medicine. Emphasis is placed on understanding the physiology and pathophysiology that underlies disease states and their treatment.
  • To have fun: While individual days may be challenging, fellows should be excited and enthusiastic about coming to work each and every day. If this is not the case, the Program Director should be informed and we will work diligently to correct any underlying problems.
  • To obtain free food whenever it is available: Hey, everyone needs to eat.

I am privileged to have had the opportunity to direct the gastroenterology training program at the University of Cincinnati for the past 14 years. I am extremely proud of the trainees we have graduated from our Program, and I would be honored to have any one of them care for me or my loved ones. It is heartening to see UC graduates all throughout the United States making a difference in people’s lives and propelling the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology forward.

Go Bearcats!

Steve Zucker

Fellowship Goals

The GI fellowship strives to train gastroenterologists and hepatologists who will maintain life-long scholarly interests in the pathogenesis and treatment of gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disorders.

Our trainees acquire clinical competence in all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology. Specifically, the program imparts fellows with the expertise to provide patients with high-quality compassionate and cost-effective care, to perform a broad range of endoscopic procedures, and to conduct research in various aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology. Fellows with an interest in academic gastroenterology, including basic laboratory research or clinical research are included within the structure of the fellowship program.

We have formulated a three-year curriculum that emphasizes the strengths of our faculty and patient populations. Fellows develop substantial experience in the clinical management and treatment of a wide spectrum of digestive diseases through the provision of direct care to patients in both hospital and ambulatory settings. During the third year of training, fellows have the opportunity to develop a clinical focus in such areas as inflammatory bowel disease, nutrition, liver disease, pancreaticobiliary disorders, therapeutic interventional endoscopy, and women’s health. In addition, our Program participates in the AASLD Transplant Hepatology pilot program, which provides trainees the opportunity to obtain dual board certification.

Fourth year training opportunities in transplant hepatology and advanced therapeutic endoscopy are also available.

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Stephen D. Zucker, M.D.

Title: Program Director, Gastroenterology Training Program


More Information

Fellowship Office:
University of Cincinnati | Division of Digestive Diseases
231 Albert Sabin Way, MSB 7262
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0595

Program Director:
Stephen D. Zucker
Phone: 513-558-5588
Fax: 513-558-1744

Program Coordinator:
Nadine C. Fischer
Phone: 513-558-5588
Fax: 513-558-1744