FDHS establishes advanced endoscopy fellowship program

Gastroenterologists interested in gaining procedural skills to perform high-risk endoscopic procedures now have access to training on Florida’s West Coast. Florida Digestive Health Specialists, in collaboration with Largo Medical Center, recently launched an advanced endoscopy fellowship program.

“I plan to expand our group’s endoscopic capabilities and truly make Largo a center of excellence in our region, training fellows in the advanced GI realm and providing the highest level of patient care in the area,“ said Dr. Meir Mizrahi, an experienced interventional gastroenterologist who will be leading the program.

Advanced endoscopy training is a crucial first step to ensuring gastroenterologists can safely, effectively perform high-risk procedures. Under Dr. Mizrahi’s guidance, the program offers endoscopists individual mentorship, comprehensive teaching and research support.

Gastroenterologists will master the following procedures as part of the program:

  • Cholangioscopy
  • Chromoendoscopy
  • Endoscopic Fistula Closure
  • Endoscopic Eradication Therapy (EET)
  • Endoscopic Full Thickness Resection (EFTR)
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)
  • Endoscopic Suturing
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)
  • Gastric peroral Endoscopic Myotomy
  • Zenker’s Diverticulotomy
  • Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)
  • EUS Guided Liver Biopsy
  • Anorectal Manometry

The program length is one year and there is currently one gastroenterologist participating. Additional spots will be open in the coming years, said Dr. Mizrahi. Interested physicians can get more information through the ASGE match program.