Welcome from Charles M. Samson, MD

Charles M. Samson, MD
Charles M. Samson, MD
Program Director

Dear prospective applicants,

I welcome you to the Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Fellowship training program at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. While there are many strong fellowship programs in pediatric gastroenterology, I think you will find that our program stands out as unique.

We aim to provide an outstanding fellowship program that will train future academic pediatric gastroenterologists. Our graduates have distinguished themselves in all aspects of academic pursuits—from providing superb clinical care, excelling as clinician educators to becoming independent investigators in basic science, translational and clinical research. This track record reflects the motivation and intellectual qualities of our incoming fellows, the superb clinical and research mentoring provided by our faculty and the unique environment at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Our fellows are fortunate to receive their clinical training at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, one of the premier children’s hospitals in the U.S. Yearly, our division performs over 1,300 procedures, cares for over 4,000 inpatients and consultations and sees nearly 9,000 patients in the outpatient clinics, with specialized hepatobiliary, liver transplant, IBD, celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis and short gut clinics. This breadth provides our fellows with a robust clinical experience.

In addition, Washington University School of Medicine is a world renowned research institution and has produced seventeen Nobel Laureates. Our fellows have the opportunity to interact with world-class researchers within the division as well as throughout the university. These interactions form the basis for opportunities that are unique to Washington University. Finally, a word about St. Louis. Whether or not you are yet a Cardinal’s fan (you probably will be by the time you complete your fellowship), you will find that this city is beautiful, affordable and offers something for everyone.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our program and get a taste of why it is so special. I hope you will strongly consider our program and look forward to hearing from you.


Charles M. Samson, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Program Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Fellowship Training Program
Director, Washington University Pediatric & Adolescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital