Compensation and Benefits

Salaries for fellows for academic year 2021-2022 are as follows:

  Annual Monthly
PGY IV $85,820.80 $7,151.60
PGY V $91,208.00 $7,600.52
PGY VI $95,243.20 $7,936.78

Additional benefits (subject to appropriate taxes) include:

  • Moving allowance (new hires only): $3,000
  • Annual eduational allowance: $2,000
  • Cell phone allowance: $1,000*
  • Housing stipend: $7,200 per year (paid as $600 monthly)
  • Cost of initial CA MD license and renewals*
  • Cost of initial DEA and renewals*
  • Medical, dental, vision, and long term disability insurance provided.


* Please see House Staff Policies and Procedures for full details.

Recent Graduates

For current fellow information, check out our People Page.


Alice Huang, MD, MBA

Pediatric Motility Fellow, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Ke-you "Yoyo" Zhang, MD

Pediatric Transplant Hepatology Fellow, Stanford


Melissa Martin, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, California Pacific Medical Center, Packard Children's Health Alliance

Katelyn Saarela, DO

Pediatric Transplant Hepatology Fellow, Seattle Children's Hospital


Kiran Mudambi, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital

Rachel Ruiz, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Santa Clara Valley Medical

Clinical Instructor, Affiliated at Stanford


Jennifer Damman, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Zachary Sellers, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University Medical Center

Christine Yang, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Children’s Hospital Orange County


Eligibility and Application Process

Due to NIH grant regulations, to be accepted into our 3-year pediatric GI fellowship program, an applicant must have a green card or be a U.S. citizen. Overseas citizens with a J1 visa can be accepted into our program as long as they are in a U.S. or Canadian residency program and have been for 2 years. We can transfer their J1 visa from the residency program to here. We do not accept H1B visas. In addition, all applicants must be eligible for a California Medical License. Prior to submitting an application, potential fellows should verify that their medical school is on the list of those recognized by the Medical Board of California. Applicants meeting these requirements are considered upon the strength of their test scores, academic achievements, and recommendations.

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications for fellowship positions should be submitted through ERAS starting in July one year before anticipated fellowship start date. Interested applicants should apply electronically through ERAS and provide the following documents:

  1. Completed ERAS application
  2. At least two and no more than four letters of reference including one from your residency program director. We recommend at least one letter be written by a faculty member in Pediatric Gastroenterology.
  3. Medical school transcript including Dean's letter
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Personal statement

Applications will be reviewed only once they are complete. Please contact us directly if your application will be delayed for any reason. We do not typically accept applications submitted after our deadline (1st or 2nd Wednesday of September - 9 weeks from ERAS opening).

If selected for interview, applicants will be contacted directly by the program coordinator, and a full day of interviews will be scheduled in August, September, or October, depending upon program and applicant availability.

Application and Interview Timeline

Contact Us

If you have additional questions regarding the program or the status of your application, please contact:

Megan Christofferson

Fellowship Coordinator 

(650) 725-9813