GI Motility and Functional Bowel Disorders affect a large percentage of the population and represent a significant portion of patients in both gastroenterology and primary care clinics. However, given the resources needed for a specialized Motility Center, gastroenterologists who sub-specialize in Motility and Functional Bowel Disorders are generally only found in large academic hospitals in larger cities. Training in this area of gastroenterology includes the diagnosis and treatment of patients with motility and functional bowel disorders, as well as clinical research pertaining to the epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of these disorders.

The goal of this program is to develop and mentor fellows to become gastroenterologists with expertise in the management of patients with GI Motility and Functional Bowel Disorders. The objectives of this program will be to provide fellows with experience and expertise in:

  • outpatient diagnosis and treatment of patients with Motility and Functional Bowel Disorders such as GERD, achalasia, gastroparesis, dumping syndrome, SIBO, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, fecal incontinence, and pelvic floor dyssnergia
  • practical use of pharmacological, complementary, and surgical therapies
  • diagnostic motility tests including esophageal, gastric, colonic, anorectal, and whole gut testing
  • techniques such as Bravo probe placement, Botox injections, balloon dilatation, “Solesta” injection, and sacral nerve stimulation
  • clinical research skills such as data collection and analysis, IRB processes and human research training
  • cross-disciplinary collaborations with nursing, radiology, uro-gynecological, surgical and research staff

Graduates of the program will be prepared for a career as an academic gastroenterologist with an interest in Motility/Functional Bowel Disorders. The program will develop individuals for “Clinical Expertise / Innovation” or “Investigator” career tracks.

Contact Information
Judi Hansjon
Gastroenterology Division
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dana 501
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215