Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship

About the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship Program

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Welcome to the website for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship Training Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  We are extremely proud of our fellows, the faculty, and the program’s comprehensive and innovative curriculum that span both VCU Health and the Central Virginia VA Medical Health Care System. The VCU medical campus features state-of-the-art clinical, research, educational, and simulation facilities. But, what makes the VCU training experience so rich and the learning climate optimal is the supportive, experienced faculty who are committed to teaching and the collegiality of the fellows. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about what VCU has to offer you educationally regarding an exciting career in the field of endocrinology.


Fellows in the VCU Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship Training Program are members of an academic medical community that spans VCU Health and the Central Virginia VA Medical Health Care System in which there is a commitment to learning the knowledge, attitudes and skills required for the practice of endocrinology while providing the highest quality medical care to a diverse patient population.


  • To train fellows to become compassionate physicians who are competent in the delivery of evidence-based, integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare for patients with both common and rare endocrine disorders, in the outpatient and inpatient settings
  • To provide a depth and breadth of training that allows fellows to successfully pursue a variety of career options including academic medicine, private practice and industry
  • To foster a collegial and supportive setting for intellectual growth that promotes lifelong learning in the dynamic field of endocrinology within the content of a rapidly changing healthcare environment
  • To partner with our fellows in contributing to the science of medicine through mentorship, research opportunities and dissemination of information


Welcome from the Program Director

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Welcome from the Program Director

We welcome you to the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship Training Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Virginia Commonwealth University (The Medical College of Virginia) has a long tradition of clinical excellence. Our health system is a quickly growing, state-of-the art facility, which serves the population from all areas of Virginia. Our accessibility stimulates a fast-paced work environment with an incredibly diverse patient population, including individuals with a wide range of endocrine disorders. Consistent with our mission to provide the best medical care regardless of financial status, we care for more than half of the state’s uninsured patients.

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The endocrinology program director, division chair, faculty and staff are dedicated to supporting the professional success and health of each of the program’s trainees. 

Each endocrinology fellow selects two mentors from either VCU or the VA to guide their professional development during their training, one serving as a research mentor and the other as the fellow’s career mentor.

Fellows meet with their research mentor at least monthly (and more frequently during dedicated research rotations). This individual helps guide the trainee through each step of the research process including hypothesis generation, study design, grant proposal development, institutional review board (IRB) submissions, analysis, and result dissemination. 

The fellow’s career mentor serves as a resource (in addition to the program director) for advice and guidance regarding a successful career in endocrinology, professional development, teaching skills, and work-life health.

Professional Development
The program covers the cost of membership dues to the Endocrine Society for trainees during their fellowship as well as the costs of attending one scientific meeting in the field of endocrinology each academic year.

Vacation Time
Each endocrinology fellow has three weeks of vacation per year. The time is generally taken as either one of the following:

  1. Three 7-day vacations
  2. One 7-day vacation and one 14-day vacation.

Night Coverage
Endocrinology fellows do not take any in-house call. At night, the fellows provide at-home call for urgent clinical care questions and consults. The fellows cover night call at both VCU and the VA Medical Center. On rare occasions, fellows come in for emergent consults, staffed with the on-call attending physician. Additionally, the attending physician provides back-up, supervision, and escalation for the fellow on-call.  Fellows create their own call schedule which is approved by the program director.

Weekend Coverage
Fellows cover the VCU endocrinology inpatient consult service approximately one weekend each month. When on call over a weekend, the fellows collaborate with the supervising attending to provide daily care for new and existing consults. Fellows who are not on call do not have clinical responsibilities over the weekend.

GME Resident & Fellow Well-Being
Graduate Medical Education training is not easy. With the GME Physician Well-being program, we first and foremost assert our commitment to your well-being, resilience and all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. VCU and VCU Health are dedicated to ensuring that you have the tools you need to be your best. (Learn more)

All About VCU, VCUHealth, and RVA
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Edmond Wickham, MD, MPH

Program Director

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Edmond Wickham, MD, MPH

Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Email: edmond.wickham@vcuhealth.org

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Francesco S. Celi, MD, MHSc [View Image]

Francesco S. Celi, MD, MHSc

Division Chair

Francesco S. Celi, MD, MHSc [View Image]

Francesco S. Celi, MD, MHSc

Division Chair

Internal Medicine

Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Email: fracesco.celi@vcuhealth.org

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Class of 2023

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Faustina Alejandra Lozada Orquera, MD
Medical School: Universidad Central del Ecuador Facultad de Ciencias Médicas
Residency: Bronxcare Health System

Dr. Samji [View Image]

Varun Samji, MBBS
Medical School: Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences
Residency: Geisinger Medical Center

Class of 2022

Dr. Marte [View Image]

Maria Gabriela Negron Marte, MD
Medical School: Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud
Residency: Morristown Medical Center

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Sajal Patel, MD - Combined Pediatric/ Endocrinology Fellow
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Residency:  University of Missouri

Class of 2021

Dr. Manchireddy [View Image]

Brinda Manchireddy, MBBS
Medical School: Mamata Medical College
Residency: Richmond Medical Center

Dr. Martinez [View Image]
Beatriz Martinez Quintero, MD
Medical School: Universidad de Carabobo Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Valencia
Residency: St. Agnes Healthcare Program


Eligibility Requirements

All applicants to this subspecialty training program must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited internal medicine training program. VCUHS can only support J-1 visas.

How To Apply

The VCU Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism fellowship program is a participant in the NRMP match. All applications will be accepted through ERAS and follow ERAS deadlines.

Required Documentation

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE score reports
  • Medical school transcripts
  • MPSE
  • A personal statement
  • 4 letters of recommendation, including one from your program director dated after June 1st
  • A photograph

If applicable, please provide the following:

  • ECFMG certificate 
  • Medical School Diploma (with translation if necessary)


Application Timeline

We will review applications from July 15 to August 31.

Interview dates for 2021 are:  Select Wednesdays, beginning mid-August through October 2021

The Endocrine fellowship training program at VCU is a participant in the NRMP Match. All applications will be accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and follow ERAS deadlines.

Interview Day Information

Our interview day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m. Following the formal interview day, applicants are invited to participate in Endocrine Grand Rounds and our multidisciplinary Endocrine Tumor Board.  In addition to interviews with several faculty members, applicants will be provided with a detailed overview of the program, observe a didatic conference, take a tour of VCU Health System facilities as well as the facilities at VA Medical Center, and meet with our current Endocrinology fellows.

Here you will find a sample itinerary for the Interview Day.

Attention:  In support of our applicants, we will be flexible in providing virtual and on-site fellowship interview opportunities.  We understand that applicants may have restrictions on travel during this time.  Our interview schedule may change as we approach the late summer and fall.  We appreciate your patience and understanding; we will absolutely work to accommodate all applicants as best possible during the COVID pandemic.

Program Director

Edmond Wickham, MD, MPH

Associate Program Directors

Angeliki Stamatouli, MD 

Robert Adler, MD

Fellowship Coordinator

Cesley Watkins
VCU School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0509
Phone: (804) 628-4497
Fax: (804) 828-4926
Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org


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