The Department of Internal Medicine offers training in all of its major subspecialties.

The VCU Medical Center and the affiliated Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center provide excellent venues for subspecialty training. Large inpatient and outpatient populations provide a rich clinical experience for fellows and a large faculty with varied academic interests provides fellows with numerous opportunities in basic and clinical research.

Additional resources at VCU include a National Institutes of Health-sponsored Clinical Research Center and the NCI-sponsored Massey Cancer Center. The Department of Biostatistics offers the Master of Science as well as a Certificate in Clinical Research and Biostatistics.

Our Fellowship Training Programs

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

The goal of the cardiovascular disease fellowship program is to provide fellows with a comprehensive training experience, which will enable them to pursue careers in either academic or private practice cardiology. Emphasis is placed on both excellent clinical training and a research experience, which is tailored to the individual's aspirations and previous activities. Clinical training consists of practical clinical rotations, didactic instruction, conference preparation and presentation, and both self-directed and assigned reading. 

Program Director:  Gautham Kalahasty, MD

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship

The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Program aims to provide our fellows with a world class training experience that will enable them to pursue a successful career in cardiac electrophysiology, either in academic medicine or private practice. Trainees spend time at both McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. We have eight full-time faculty members. Fellows gain extensive experience at each site in a wide variety of procedures, including ablation of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias, and gain extraordinary competence in atrial fibrillation ablation. Radiofrequency energy and cryothermal energy are routinely used at our institutions and fellows gain in depth understanding of the biophysics of ablation in both modalities. Fellows will gain enormous experience in ablation of AF and VT including novel mapping technologies as well as ablation technologies like ethanol ablation of ligament of Marshall. All graduating fellows are competent in performing and interpreting intracardiac echocardiographic (ICE) studies. Fellows will be exposed to left atrial occlusion procedures as well.

Program Director:  Jayanthi N. Koneru, MD

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

The interventional cardiology fellowship program is designed to train fellows in the use of percutaneous interventional techniques in the management of coronary, peripheral vascular and valvular heart disease. The one-year program is comprehensive, structured and supervised by a board-certified staff totaling more than 100 years of interventional experience. Fellows train at both the VCU Medical Center and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.

Program Director:  Jose Exaire, MD

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship

The Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The fellowship is designed to provide a comprehensive clinical and academic education that covers the management and diagnosis of cardiomyopathies, heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and pulmonary hypertension. The fellows will spend their time at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital at VCU for his or her clinical rotations. The heart transplantation program at VCU has a rich history and was one of the first in the country. Successful completion of this program will result in the fellow being eligible to become a UNOS certified Heart Transplant physician and be eligible for the Subspecialty Cardiovascular Board of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation.

Program Director:  Melissa C. Smallfield, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship

us newsWelcome to the VCU Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship Training Program website.  We are extremely proud of our fellows, our program, our institution, and our city. The VCU medical campus features state-of-the-art clinical, research, educational, and simulation facilities. But, what makes the VCU experience so rich and the learning climate optimal is the supportive, experienced faculty and the collegiality of the fellows. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about what VCU has to offer you educationally.  In addition to ranking the VCU Medical Center number one in Virginia, US News & World Report ranks the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism as 25th in the nation for 2018-2019 report.

Program Director:  Edmond Wickham, MD

Gastroenterology Fellowship

Welcome to the VCU Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program website.  We are incredibly proud of our fellows, our program and our institution. The VCU medical campus boasts state-of-the-art clinical, research, educational, and simulation facilities. But, what makes the VCU experience so rich and the learning climate optimal is the supportive, experienced faculty and the collegiality of the fellows. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about what VCU has to offer you educationally.

Program Director:  Ravi Vachhani, MD

Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

Welcome to the VCU Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Training Program website.  We are very proud of our city, university, program, faculty, and our trainees.  The VCU medical campus boasts state-of-the-art clinical, research, educational, and simulation facilities. But, what makes the VCU experience so rich and the learning climate optimal is the supportive, experienced faculty and the collegiality of the fellows. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about what VCU has to offer you educationally. Throughout the site you will find perspectives from our fellows to give your insight into the VCU Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Training Program.  We offer both the traditional 4th year program as well as offer participation in the ABIM Transplant Hepatology Pilot Program for select candidates.

Program Director:  Richard K. Sterling, MD, MSc

Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship

A one-year fellowship focused on diagnostic and therapeutic ERCP, EUS, and other advanced endoscopic procedures.

Program Director:  Doumit Bouhaidar, MD

Nutrition/IBD Fellowship

A one-year fellowship focused on inflammatory bowel disease and nutrition. Completion of training in Gastroenterology is preferred, but not required.

Program Director:  John F. Kuemmerle, MD

Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Training Program offered at VCU Medical Center and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The overall goals of the Fellowship Training Program are to provide comprehensive individualized training to:

  • Prepare individuals to meet the requirements for Certification in Geriatrics Medicine.
  • Prepare individuals for the care of older patients.
  • Provide training in teaching, research, and administration.

Program Director:  Sarah Hobgood, MD

Hematology-Oncology Fellowship

Welcome to the VCU Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program website.  We are incredibly proud of our fellows, our program, our institution, and our city. The VCU medical campus boasts state-of-the-art clinical, research, educational, and simulation facilities. But, what makes the VCU experience so rich and the learning climate optimal is the supportive, experienced faculty and the collegiality of the fellows. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about what VCU has to offer you educationally. Throughout the site you will find perspectives from our fellows to give you insight into the VCU Hemotology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program.

Program Director:  J. Christian Barrett, MD

Hospice and Palliative Care

The Division of Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care at the VCU School of Medicine offers a one-year fellowship trainingprogram in hospice and palliative medicine (HPM). Our fellowship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The HPM fellows will receive comprehensive training through direct patient care in a variety of settings in the VCU Health System (VCUHS) and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. These opportunities include an up-stream inpatient palliative care unit at VCU, a well-established inpatient hospice at the VA, robust inpatient consultation services at both hospitals, and ample ambulatory opportunities in the VCU supportive care clinics.

Program Director:  Danielle Noreika, MD

Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Graduates of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship program are well qualified to pursue careers in clinical practice, academic medicine, public health or industry.  The fellowship in infectious diseases at VCU Medical Center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for a five-year period, the maximum approval possible.

Program Director:  Jane Cecil, MD

Nephrology Fellowship

usnewsThe Nephrology Fellowship Program is a multi-year fellowship allowing for individualized training in clinical nephrology, hypertension, transplantation and basic/clinial research.  In addition to ranking the VCU Medical Center number one in Virginia, US News & World Report ranks the Division of Nephrology as 32nd in the nation for 2018-2019 report.

Program Director:  Jason M. Kidd, MD

Transplant Nephrology Fellowship

usnewsThe transplant fellowship offered by the Division of Nephrology is certified by the American Society of Transplantation (AST)/American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). Our transplant program, the largest in the region, performs over 150 kidney transplants every year. A wide variety of transplant related therapies including kidney exchange, desensitization, ABO incompatible transplants, and HIV and HCV positive kidney transplants are performed.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program provides an opportunity to pursue advanced training in clinical transplant nephrology and to undertake training in basic science research or clinical research. The program is designed for trainees who wish to receive outstanding educational training in order to pursue a career in either academic medicine or private practice.

Program Director:  Dhiren Kumar, MD

Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

The Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program is fully accredited by the American Council on Graduate Medical Education. The fellowship is a three year fellowship that includes clinical training in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, thoracic imaging, and invasive thoracic procedures.

Training occurs in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the VCU Medical Center and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Fellows spend about two-thirds of their time at VCU and one-third of their time at the VA Medical Center. Training is provided through didactic lectures, bedside teaching and patient care, and individual study.

Program Director:  Lisa Brath, MD

Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship

VCU Medical Center is home to state’s largest and most comprehensive interventional pulmonology (IP) subspecialty service. The physicians who lead the center are among a very small group in Virginia who are board certified in Interventional Pulmonology, and together, with an outstanding staff and consulting physicians, provide the highest quality of care one can expect in the region.

This growing service uses advanced endoscopic techniques of both the airway and the pleural space for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Our experienced team, led by Wes Shepherd, M.D., works in close cooperation with other specialists at VCU Medical Center, to assure treatments are coordinated and communication with patients and referring physicians is clear.

Program Director:  Samira Shojaee, MD, MPH

Allergy and Immunology Fellowship

This combined internal medicine-pediatrics training program in this specialty has been in existence at Virginia Commonwealth University (formerly Medical College of Virginia) for several decades.  It was ACGME accredited prior to March of 1983, and has remained since that time.  The program accepts up to 2 residents into the program per year.  Those trained from 1983 onward have each passed their ABIM certification exam.

Program Director:  Wei Zhao, MD, PhD

Rheumatology Fellowship

Our Rheumatology Fellowship program has a cadre of bright, energetic, mostly young rheumatology faculty colleagues who place great emphasis on clinical teaching. The fellows educated here are well on their way to becoming excellent clinical rheumatologists, and many have become clinician educators in Virginia and across the nation. 

Program Director:  George Moxley, MD

VCU and Richmond

All About Richmond

Our location in historic Richmond, the capital of Virginia since 1779, attracts students, faculty and staff from around the globe. Accessible by plane, train, bus and car, our location affords an easy day trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach and the Blue Ridge Mountains. With a greater metropolitan population of nearly one million, the city's size provides for stimulating activities, yet its small-town atmosphere offers charm and a big-city feel.

Unique, vibrant neighborhoods in and around Richmond exemplify the diversity of the city and range from historic Church Hill — one of the best preserved 19th-century neighborhoods in the country — to the Fan District, 85 blocks of quaint homes, family-run eateries and eclectic boutiques.

Recognized as the cultural, economic and political focal point of Virginia, Richmond offers a plethora of cultural and recreational opportunities — from viewing the latest art exhibition at one of the city's many museums, to camping, kayaking, white-water rafting, canoeing or caving in the city's 75 riverfront parks and urban wilderness areas.