Featured Fellow: Shani Woolard (Digestive Diseases)

Shani Woolard, MD

Shani Woolard, MD

Shani Woolard, MD is a first-year fellow in the Emory University Division of Digestive Diseases. Woolard has been quite busy in her first year working on a variety of projects including:

  • Working with Digestive Diseases Division Director Frank Anania, MD, AGAF, FACP on a project to analyze data on the numbers of patients needing transplant, demographics of these patients, and number that are referred to a liver transplant center and actually receive transplants at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and at other VAs throughout the country.
  • Analyzing data on the number of other types of organ transplants that are referred out from the Atlanta VA Medical Center.
  • Writing a chapter on GERD with her mentor, Jennifer Christie, MD which will be published in the textbook “Essentials of Gastroenterology.” This is a textbook for medical students that reviews the basics of the field of gastroenterology.
  • Evaluating various etiologies of dysphagia in HIV/AIDS patients at Grady Memorial Hospital.

When asked what she has learned as an Emory Digestive Diseases fellow, Woolard stated, “I’ve learned a great deal about the broad spectrum and treatment of various GI and liver diseases. I have learned about how complex certain patients can be, and the various methods of managing and treating their illness.  I also have gained a greater appreciation for being a consultant, and the obstacles that sometimes come with that role in patient care.”

Woolard credits Jennifer Christie, MD as instrumental in my development as a fellow. Christie  agreed to serve as a mentor for Woolard early in her fellowship and has imparted wisdom and knowledge about career advancement within the field of gastroenterology. Christie has also shared valuable tips on balancing personal life with work life.  Christie has been Woolard’s attending on the wards where Woolard learned a great deal about management of specific GI disorders.

Woolard completed the Quality Scholars Fellowship Program, which allowed her to delve into the field of quality improvement (QI), specifically as it pertains to GI. She hopes to use the knowledge she acquired to develop and implement QI projects within GI in an academic setting after finishing  her fellowship in the spring of 2018.

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