Fellow Testimonials

Yasmine Hussein Agha (2024)

My name is Yasmine and I’m one of the first-year fellows. As the end of my first year of fellowship draws closer, I cannot imagine a better place to train. I feel very fortunate to learn how to manage highly complex cases, most of which are referrals from the entire state of Michigan. Our service is continuously filled with patients at different stages of their illness requiring a multi-disciplinary approach by subspecialty teams within our GI division. What stands out to me the most is the way our inpatient consults are split, we have a team of fellows assigned to every subspecialty – hepatology, pancreatico-biliary and general gastroenterology with highly skilled staff that are capable of treating all cases. Our focus is centered on a subset of diseases for several weeks and as a result, we have become very well versed in the management of challenging conditions in pancreatic, biliary, motility and inflammatory bowel diseases. Did I mention how supportive our program director and faculty are? This experience would not be as exciting as it sounds without our top-notch attending staff and mentors who are highly specialized and are contributing to our growth every day. With over 45 faculty gastroenterologists devoted to teaching, we have the opportunity to learn different approaches in disease management, endoscopic skills and work ethics. Most of all, I highly value the camaraderie among our group of fellows and the family-feel that has been fostered over years in this program. As a Lebanese expat, I’m truly grateful to have matched at a program that feels like home away from home.

Kevin Harris (2024)

My name is Kevin and I am currently a first-year fellow. I attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergrad where I majored in biology and political science. I then completed medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. I moved to the midwest for residency training and completed my internal medicine residency and chief resident year at the Cleveland Clinic.

One year into my gastroenterology fellowship, I am thrilled that I chose to train at Henry Ford. The Henry Ford Gastroenterology Fellowship offers world-class training across all disciplines of gastroenterology and hepatology. We rotate in sub-specialty clinics including motility, inflammatory bowel disease, transplant hepatology, therapeutic endoscopy and nutrition. Furthermore, we develop strong skills in ambulatory GI management through our longitudinal general gastroenterology clinic and strong consultative skills on our luminal gastroenterology, transplant hepatology and pancreaticobiliary inpatient services. As a busy tertiary referral center, patients travel from across Michigan to receive sub-specialty care at Henry Ford. This exposure to challenging cases helps fellows develop both the cognitive and endoscopic skills required to be successful gastroenterologists. At Henry Ford, we train in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our attendings treat us as colleagues and are always available to discuss interesting cases, research proposals or career advice. Lastly, the camaraderie between the 15 GI fellows (The Fab 15!) is unparalleled. Whether enjoying a fellowship picnic, catching a Red Wings game or exploring the Detroit restaurant scene, there is never a shortage of fun and excitement when hanging out with my co-fellows. I hope you will take the time to learn more about the wonderful opportunities our program has to offer.

Patrick BrownPatrick Brown (2023)

My name is Patrick, and I am currently a first-year fellow. I attended the University of Michigan for undergrad where I majored in Movement Science and Michigan State University for medical school at one of their satellite campuses in Detroit. I then completed my internal medicine residency here at Henry Ford Hospital, followed by a year as a Hospitalist at the University of Michigan before returning to Henry Ford for my GI fellowship.

This fellowship has provided me with the opportunity to care for patients from all subspecialties of gastroenterology. Serving as a primary hospital for the residents of Detroit as well as a tertiary hospital with referrals from all over Michigan and neighboring states, the breadth of complex cases and unique pathology has provided me with learning opportunities not available anywhere else. All the while, I have been learning from experts in their subspecialty fields who treat my co-fellows and I as colleagues rather than as trainees. While fellowship can feel busy and daunting at times, I have always felt supported as the staff and ancillary team make it a priority to both provide excellent patient care and to invest deeply in my education and endoscopic skills.

Having grown up in Michigan, Detroit has always been my second home. I have now lived downtown for the last decade, and witnessing the growth of the city has been nothing short of amazing. There's impactful history behind almost every building's door, and the nightlife leaves little to be desired. From sporting events to fine dining, there is always fun to be had and sites to explore.

Ankita Nagirimadugu (2023)

My name is Ankita, and I am a rising second year fellow. I grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and moved to New York City for residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Despite being deeply rooted in the East Coast, ranking Henry Ford Hospital as my first choice for fellowship was an effortless choice.

When choosing a fellowship program, Henry Ford stood out to me because of its ardent support of fellows not only professionally but also personally. Henry Ford GI is known for its diverse patient population (ethnically, racially, socioeconomically) and its commitment to providing world class care in inflammatory bowel disease, transplant hepatology and advanced endoscopy. Yet, the strongest trait of our GI program is the mentorship from our attendings, co-fellows and ancillary staff.

This year I have been encouraged by my co-fellows and mentors to develop strong endoscopic skills while advancing my abilities as a diagnostician. Simultaneously, the same co-fellows and mentors have been my pillar of support as I approach becoming a first-time mom this April. Being able to sit with my colleagues in our workroom to discuss difficult clinical cases, our weekends, and our next food adventure in Detroit is the highlight of my day. I truly can’t imagine training anywhere else.

Jessica Jou (2022)

My name is Jess, and I'm currently one of the first year fellows. I attended the University of Michigan for Undergrad, Wayne State University for medical school, then returned to the University of Michigan for residency prior to moving back to Detroit for GI fellowship at Henry Ford. Over the last year, I've had the opportunity to treat a diverse and complex patient population. As the Henry Ford hospital system functions as a tertiary care referral center, we have exposure to patients from urban Detroit, surrounding suburban communities and throughout the state of Michigan.

I truly believe that the greatest strength of the program is the people. Though fellowship has been busy and challenging, I have always felt supported by my co-fellows, attendings and ancillary staff. Our staff is incredibly invested in both our clinical and endoscopic training, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to receive specialized training in Transplant Hepatology, Advanced Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Motility.

As a lifelong Michigander, I've witnessed the tremendous growth in the city over the last few years. There is a unique vibrancy that stems from the city's historical nature and recent renaissance. Within the same neighborhood, you can explore tributes to mo-town, take in art installations, join in the unwavering support for our sports teams and enjoy dinner at an award winning restaurant.

Stephen Simmer (2022)

My name is Stephen Simmer and I am currently a first year fellow at Henry Ford Hospital. I attended the University of Michigan for undergrad and majored in history, but shortly after had the desire to pursue medicine. I went to Wayne State University for medical school and finished my Internal Medicine residency at the University of Michigan. Having done my third year medical school rotations at Henry Ford and received exceptional training, I was very excited to match here for GI fellowship. I could not be happier with my match. This program has everything I had hoped for in a GI fellowship and is truly elite in the training it provides. We care for a diverse patient population that includes - at its core - the residents of Detroit, but also includes patient transfers from all over the state. The pathology that we care for is correspondingly vast and regularly treat post-Liver Transplant patients, complex IBD, and assist in a variety of Advanced Endoscopy procedures. Throughout all of this there is extensive endoscopy exposure as well as opportunity to pursue research interests. While these traits are essential to a GI fellowship program, they are not what makes Henry Ford truly unique. That trait is the amazing GI faculty, staff, and fellows with whom we interact on a daily basis. The division is extremely supportive and our faculty genuinely care about our well-being. The combination of great training and exceptional people is what makes the Henry Ford GI fellowship program a truly remarkable institution.

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