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Gastroenterology Fellowship

Gastroenterology Fellowship

The Gastroenterology Fellowship at United Health Services Hospitals, established in 2018, is fully accredited by the ACGME and sponsored by the Internal Medicine Residency program. It is a 3-year program that accepts 1-2 fellows per year. Our goal is to provide advanced education to allow our fellows to acquire competency in Gastroenterology with sufficient expertise to eventually act as an independent consultant.

GI Fellows will be working in the inpatient settings at both Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City and Binghamton General Hospital in Binghamton. GI Labs are located at both sites, which are equipped to provide modern capability in gastrointestinal procedures. The outpatient office, located at Binghamton General Hospital, allows the GI fellows to provide comprehensive care of patients.

The Gastroenterology Department at UHS performs well beyond 10,000 procedures every year. These include upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, esophageal dilation, feeding tube placement, and liver biopsy. Our department also offers more specialized procedures to our community, including ERCP, EUS (diagnostic and therapeutic), EMR, HRM, impedance PH monitoring, capsule endoscopy, fibroscan, cyst gastrostomy, etc.

Program Highlights:

  • Wilson Medical Center is a high-tech, regional referral and level 2 trauma center
  • An extensive and diverse patient population
  • Solid, well established base residency programs
  • Weekly lectures, grand rounds, board reviews, and M&M conference
  • Research experience provided through the outpatient office and UHS Office of Clinical Trials and IRB
  • Involvement in multiple institutional committees
  • Faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Instructor of SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Training in hepatic pathology for the understanding and management of liver diseases
Program Director

Amanke Oranu, MD

Title: Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship
Medical School: University of Nigeria Nsukka
Residency: Meharry Medical College
Fellowships: University of Pennsylvania, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Consult Service 6 months
Hepatology 2 months
Research 1 month
Motility & Capsule Endoscopy 1 month
Nutrition 1 month
Elective 1 month
Consult Service 4 months
Hepatology 2 months
Pathology 1 month
Research 1 month
Elective 1 month
Motility & Capsule Endoscopy 1 month
Procedures 1 month
Consult Service 3 months
Procedures 3 months
Hepatology 1 month
Pathology 1 month
Radiology 1 month
Research 1 month
Elective 2 months

In addition, fellows participate in continuity clinic for one half day per week, with an average of 8 patients per session. Extra ambulatory experience will include hepatology clinic.

Faculty & Fellows



Amine Hila, MD

Title: Associate Chief Medical Officer, VP Medical & Academic Affairs, Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
Medical School: Faculté de Médecine de Tunis
Residency: Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship: Clinical and Research in Gastroenterology, Medical University of South Carolina
Special Interests: Motility and GERD                                   



Ali Marhaba, MD

Title: Staff Gastroenterologist
Medical School: American University of Beirut
Residency: New York Medical College
Fellowship: Gastroenterology, University at Buffalo
Special Interests: Advanced Endoscopy (ERCP and EUS)



Leslie Bank, MD

Title: Section Chief, GI Department; Director of Infusion Service; Director of Resident Research
Medical School: University of Cape Town
Residency: Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town
Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town
Special Interests: Liver diseases and clinical research                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             



Gregory Scagnelli, MD

Title: Medical Director, Pediatrics
Medical School: Universidad Central el Este
Residency: Pediatrics, St. Luke’s Hospital, New York, NY
Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Special Interests: Pediatric IBD   



Amanke Oranu, MD

Title: Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship
Medical School: University of Nigeria
Residency: Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Special Interests: Hepatology and IBD


Mohammad Abidi, MD

Title: Staff Gastroenterologist 
Medical School: St. George’s University
Residency: United Health Services Hospitals
Fellowship: United Health Services Hospitals           



Current Fellows Medical School
Minhaz Ahmad, MD Sylhet M. A. G. Osmani Medical College
Khaleeq Siddiqui, MD Nishtar Medical College
Khadija Raza, MD Quaid-e-Azam Medical College
Gowthami Ramar, MD Sree Mookambika Institute of Medical Sciences
Usama Sakhawat, MD Akhtar Saeed Medical & Dental College
Stipends & Benefits

Salary: $64,459

Insurance Coverage

  • Health Insurance: UHSH is partnered with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to provide our employees with Blue Preferred (UHS PPO).  UHSH covers a major portion of the health insurance premiums. Premiums are deducted bi-weekly from your paycheck.
  • Pharmacy: Prescriptions may be filled through UHS, an Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield network pharmacy or through mail order.
  • Life Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital, equal to your annual salary.
  • Malpractice Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital.
  • Dental Insurance: Standard and high option dental plans available at shared cost with the hospital.
  • Vision Insurance:  Shared cost with the hospital
  • Wellness Rewards
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Direct Deposit

Personal Time Off:  (vacations, holidays, board exams, interviews, unexpected absences including illnesses):  27 days

Moving Allowance: A moving allowance of $300 is provided to each resident.

Professional Development Fund: Each fellow is allotted $1,500/year to be used towards professional development, conferences, books, tablets/computers, software, stethoscopes, etc.

Academic Appointments:  All fellows receive an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Instructor at Upstate Medical University (SUNY), Syracuse, New York.

Athletic/Gym Privileges: Fellows have access to the non-fee based athletic facilities at Binghamton University: gymnasium, weight room, indoor and outdoor tracks, pools, racquetball and tennis courts.

Licensure:  Obtaining a full New York medical license is required of fellows. NYS licensure fees are covered by GME.

To Apply

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a residency in Internal Medicine from an ACGME accredited program. The interested applicant should apply to our program using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), September through November 1st, to include the following materials:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation (minimum of 3), including 1 from your Residency Program Director
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX Transcript

For more information email Laila.Ragon@nyuhs.org.