Mentoring Program

Mentor Profiles

Rami Abbass, MD, MBA, FACG

I completed my undergraduate and medical school training at Case Western Reserve University. A joint program opportunity allowed me to obtain an MBA with a concentration in Health Systems at the same time. In 2006 I completed my internal medicine training at Case Medical Center and subsequently moved to Washington DC to complete Gastroenterology fellowship training at Georgetown University Hospital. I returned to Cleveland in 2009 and joined University Gastroenterology Associates – a rapidly growing community gastroenterology practice as part of University Hospitals Health System. The group has evolved to 7 gastroenterologists in 11 community locations. I serve as Medical Director for Gastroenterology for Geauga Medical Center and Assistant Medical Director for our practice’s two ambulatory endoscopy center operations. I have been a peer reviewer for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for 5 years now. I have also been a member of the ACG Public Relations Committee since 2012.

I have thoroughly enjoyed clinical practice and community GI care while maintaining leadership roles locally and nationally. My experiences have given me an understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by clinical community GI care in terms of patient care, quality and finances. With 3 young children I have also learned the importance and challenges of work/life balance in this early phase of my career. I have been fortunate to have had great mentors in the past and have enjoyed mentoring others during my training and early career.

Douglas G. Adler, MD, FACG

Dr. Adler is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Therapeutic Endoscopy, and GI Fellowship Program Director at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Adler completed his internal medicine residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, part of Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Adler was a 3-year GI fellow and 4th year ERCP fellow at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Afterwards, Dr. Adler returned to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for an additional fellowship in EUS. Dr. Adler was a member of the faculty at the University of Texas-Houston and Director of Endoscopy prior to moving to Utah. Dr. Adler’s interests include the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, pancreatic and biliary diseases, pancreatic and biliary endoscopy, ERCP, EUS, stents, training in endoscopy, and new endoscopic technologies. Dr. Adler has published over 250 original articles and book chapters as well as four gastroenterology textbooks. Dr. Adler also has extensive interest in mentoring at all levels, including the mentoring of students, residents, fellows, and other faculty mentors and has conducted research and published on issues regarding training and mentoring in medicine.

Dennis J. Ahnen, MD, FACG

Dr. Dennis Ahnen completed his Medical School Training at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan and completed a Medical Residency and Chief Residency at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit before coming to the University of Colorado as a Fellow in Gastroenterology in 1977. After completing his Fellowship, he completed a Membrane Pathobiology Fellowship at Stanford University before coming back to join the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1982 where he is currently a Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Ahnen’s research interest is in understanding the process of colorectal cancer and its prevention. His laboratory has conducted both basic and clinical investigations related to this issue. At the basic level Dr. Ahnen’s laboratory has examined the biologic and biochemical mechanisms of the chemopreventive effects of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Dr. Ahnen’s laboratory was one of the first to demonstrate that NSAIDs induce apoptotic cell death as well as cause cell cycle arrest and his laboratory showed that this effect could be induced by metabolites of NSAIDs that did not inhibit cyclooxygenases suggesting that there were other biochemical targets for these drugs, one of which is a subclass of cGMP phosphodiesterases and another is inhibition of EGF receptor signaling. Pam Rice PhD has been a co-investigator with Dr. Ahnen in the laboratory and is central to the basic science work.

Dr. Ahnen’s laboratory also is active in clinical and behavioral studies of colon cancer prevention. The clinical laboratory group has conducted trials of screening colonoscopy, stool DNA testing, and adenoma prevention trials with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, folate supplementation and calcium and is currently conducting adenoma prevention trials testing selenium, Vitamin D and Calcium and DFMO as chemopreventive agents. In collaboration with Drs Jan Lowery and Al Marcus, Dr. Ahnen conducts behavioral trials designed to improve colorectal cancer screening rates in high risk populations such as first degree relatives of patients with colorectal cancer. In collaboration with Dr. Jan Lowery, Dr. Ahnen directs the Colorado site for two Cancer Registries that identify families with clustering of colorectal or other cancers. These families are valuable resources for studies to identify cancer predisposition genes and for prevention trials.

Dr. Ahnen currently has 5 active grants from the National Cancer Institute and has published over 250 basic science and clinical papers.

Tauseef Ali, MD

Dr. Tauseef Ali is serving as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma in the section of Digestive Disease and Nutrition. He is the director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Trials Unit. He is also the director of Saint Anthony Hospital Crohn’s and Colitis Program in Oklahoma. He graduated from King Edward Medical College, Pakistan. He completed his residency ( 2006) and fellowship (2009) program from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He was also CCFA visiting IBD fellow at the University of Chicago.

His clinical interest is in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He established the Oklahoma State first comprehensive IBD program. He is the recipient of AGA Bridges to Excellence Award to provide quality service to IBD patients. He is the author of Crohn’s and Colitis for Dummies book by Wiley Publishers. Dr. Ali is actively involved in ACG. He has served on International Relations, Training, and Public Relations Committees. He has been the recipient of ACG United States and World Gastroenterology Train the Trainers Program Travel Award. His research interest is in sleep related disorders in IBD patients. He is an active member of ACP, AGA and CCFA. He is on the editorial board for World Journal of Gastroenterology and several other journals. He is active member of ACP, AGA and CCFA.

He is available via email (Tauseef-ali@ouhsc.edu) and twitter account @ibdtweets to provide guidance to gastroenterology trainees on different topics such as career choice, finding a suitable job, work-life balance, scholarly activities, involvement in ACG as trainee and inflammatory bowel disease career track.

Ashwin N. Ananthakrishnan, MD

I obtained my medical school training at the Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Pondicherry, India, and subsequently obtained by Masters in Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore. I moved to Wisconsin to complete my internal medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital where I joined as faculty in the GI division in July 2010. I practice mainly at the MGH Crohn’s and Colitis center of which I am also medical co-director. Having benefited from inspiring mentors through my career, I am also committed to being a mentor to trainees and junior faculty. I split my time between patient care and clinical research and am an active member of committees in the ACG, AGA, and CCFA. I am also on the Editorial Board of several of our society journals including Gastroenterology, and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. My clinical area of interest is Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and my research focuses on genetics and environmental influences on IBD, risk stratification, prediction of outcomes, epidemiology, and clinical trials.

Matthew L. Bechtold, MD, FACG

Dr. Matthew Bechtold is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Being a native Missourian, Dr. Bechtold completed his medical school, internal medicine residency, and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Missouri – Columbia. After fellowship, Dr. Bechtold joined the faculty at the University of Missouri as a clinical gastroenterologist with interests in general gastroenterology and nutrition. During his time as faculty, he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and received the Outstanding Young Physician Award by the Missouri Medical Alumni Association. Currently, he serves as Director of Endoscopy, Director of Ambulatory Services, and a representative on three national committees, including the ACG Patient Care Committee. He has been actively involved in clinical research, quality improvement, and nutrition. Dr. Bechtold has published numerous articles (>50) and abstracts (>150) with fellows, residents, and medical students. His main research interests include outcomes research with meta-analyses, bowel preparations, and nutrition. He also serves on the editorial board of three journals and is an active peer reviewer for multiple prestigious journals. He currently serves as a mentor for quality improvement and as the Chair for the Department of Medicine’s Quality Improvement Committee at the University of Missouri. In 2013, he completed a nutrition fellowship and currently acts as nutrition consultant. Dr. Bechtold is actively involved in mentoring fellows, residents, and medical students in research, quality improvement, and the practice of clinical gastroenterology in an academic institution.

Brian P. Bosworth, MD, FACG

Dr. Bosworth received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1995 where he graduated magna cum laude and wrote a thesis entitled “The Public Perception of Doctors in the Early Roman Empire. He was awarded his medical doctorate from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1999 and performed cardiac transplant immunology research. He subsequently completed internship and residency training in Internal Medicine in 2002 at New York Presbyterian Hospital: Columbia-Presbyterian Center where he was Chief Medical Resident. He subsequently completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology in 2006 at New York Presbyterian Hospital: Weill Cornell Center.He joined the Gastroenterology Division as a faculty member in the Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at that time and has rapidly become a nationally recognized expert in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The majority of his responsibilities are caring for patients with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. A large number of clinical trials and investigator initiated studies are conducted at the Center, and he is either the Principal Investigator or co-investigator on all of them. He has published numerous articles, abstracts and book chapters.

Dr. Bosworth is an Associate Professor of Medicine, the Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program and an Assistant Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Teaching and education are an important aspect of the mission of the New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Weill Cornell Medical College and the IBD Center itself. Dr. Bosworth is Director of the Gastrointestinal Physiology and Pathophysiology Course for medical students and has been named Teacher of the Year by numerous medical school classes. He currently sits on the Practice Management Committee for the American College of Gastroenterology, the Patient Education Committee for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and the Education and Training Committee for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endscopy. He is the current President of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Bosworth is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology.

Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG

Dr. Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG, FASGE, FACP is the Director of the Center for Colon Polyp and Cancer Prevention at the Cleveland Clinic. She has been a staff member in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Cleveland Clinic since graduating from her fellowship there in 1993. She holds a joint appointment in the Taussig Cancer Center and the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. She is internationally known for her expertise in the inherited colon cancer syndromes and the prevention of colorectal neoplasia. Her area of clinical and research interests include the prevention of colorectal neoplasia both in sporadic individuals and those with the inherited colorectal cancer syndromes. She has received funding for her research through the NCI, NIH, USDA and industry. She has been involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows since 1991 and has developed and coordinated the digestive disease curriculum for trainees in the in and out patient setting in the Department. She is the author of “Colonoscopy for Dummies” and has authored or co-authored over 80 publications. She is a visiting professor, and invited speaker at national and international conferences on the prevention of colorectal neoplasia and the inherited colon cancer syndromes. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Gastroenterology, the Board of the Ohio Gastroenterology Society and is a past president of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer. She has been an associate editor for the American Journal of Gastroenterology and is a reviewer for many journals including Gut, Endoscopy, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American Journal of Gastroenterology to name a few.

I chose my current career because I love the stimulation of working in an academic setting with trainees and individuals in other specialties, in particular, to collaborate on research. I also like the recognition of a large institution which allows flexibility in work style, opportunities for program development and national leadership.

Naga P. Chalasani, MD, FACG

Naga Chalasani is David W. Crabb Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and is also the Director of its Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He is a clinical hepatologist by training and in practice and is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology, and transplant hepatology CAQ. He was educated at Andhra Loyola College in India (biology 1979-81) and Kakatiya Medical College (MB, BS 1988), after which he served as an internal medical resident at Emory University in Atlanta (1991-4). He followed with a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Emory (1994-7). Subsequently he relocated to Indiana University School of Medicine where he remains to date. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, 1993; received the Dupont Young Investigator’s Award 1993; IUSM Young Investigator of the Year, 2002; American Society of Clinical Investigation, 2008. He has published over 175 original manuscripts and dozens of review articles, editorials, and text book chapters. He serves as the Associate Editor for Gastroenterology. He is one of founding PIs for the NIDDK-funded Drug Induced Liver Injury Network (DILIN) and for the NIDDK-funded NASH Clinical Research Network. He is a co-Principal Investigator for the NIAAA U01 grant to develop novel treatments for alcoholic hepatitis. In addition, he is the PI for an R01 grant and a K24 grant. He has previously served the ACG as a member of its Clinical Research Committee and Board of Governors. He is currently a trustee of the ACG. His passion for scholarly pursuits was stimulated by his early mentors and role models (Thomas Boyer and Charles Wilcox) and subsequently encouraged and strengthened by his colleagues at IU (Drs. Imperiale, Rex, and Crabb).

Bani Chander Roland, MD

Bani Chander Roland, M.D. joined the Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2012 after completing a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Roland received her undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. During her Gastroenterology fellowship at Yale, she additionally received subspecialty training in Esophageal Motility at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and in Neurogastroenterology at Temple University School of Medicine. She recently received additional sub-specialty training in Neurogastroenterology, with a sub-focus on antroduodenal manometry, at The Mayo Clinic.

Though she is in the early phase of her promising career as a clinical investigator, Dr. Roland has already accomplished a great deal. She is the co-author of 21 peer-reviewed publications, 5 on-line peer reviewed publications, and has written three book chapters. She has presented her research at numerous scientific meetings. Dr. Roland has also been an invited speaker at numerous meetings and is part of several professional advisory committees. Throughout her career, she has also demonstrated leadership in addressing the issues of women in academic medicine and in the field of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Roland’s research focus is on the forefront of promising opportunities to improve human health, the microbiome. In recent years, scientists have gained a greater understanding of the role of the microbiome in the gut, which is composed of bacteria, archaea, microeukaryotes, and viruses. Preliminary knowledge has elucidated the role of the microbiome in a myriad of diseases and systemic conditions, most notably diabetes and obesity. Within the gastrointestinal tract, the significant role of the microbiome has been implicated in disorders including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). In line with this novel and emerging area of research, Dr. Roland is focusing on the role of small intestinal dysmotility and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in the microbiome. She hopes to translate fundamental and multi-faceted information about SIBO and the microbiome into practical applications that ultimately alleviate the suffering of those with conditions like IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders. It is expected that exploration in this area will lead to other yet-to-be discovered avenues of discovery.

Lin Chang, MD, FACG

Lin Chang, MD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She serves as the Co-Director of the Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This center is an interdisciplinary research and education organization, dedicated to the study of brain-body interactions in health and disease. She serves as Program Director of the UCLA Gastroenterology Fellowship Program and Director of the Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic at UCLA. Dr. Chang’s clinical expertise is in functional gastrointestinal disorders which include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic constipation, and functional dyspepsia. She is a funded NIH-investigator studying the central and peripheral mechanisms underlying IBS. Specifically, her research is focused on the pathophysiology of IBS related to stress, sex differences, and epigenetic modifications and the treatment of IBS.

Dr. Chang is the recipient of the Janssen Award in Gastroenterology for Basic or Clinical Research and the AGA Distinguished Clinician Award. She has authored more than 80 original research articles, 50 review articles, and 20 book chapters on her specialty interests. She has served as President of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS), and is also a member of the Rome Foundation Board of Directors, the Rome IV Editorial Board and the Functional Bowel Disorders Committee. Dr. Chang is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and American Gastroenterological Association, and is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. She frequently speaks at national and international meetings.

Sita S. Chokhavatia, MD, FACG

Dr. Chokhavatia is Professor of Medicine and the Associate Chief, Division of Gastroenterology at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, New Brunswick, NJ. Her major interests are in clinical gastroenterology and medical education, specifically Geriatric Gastroenterology (Geri GI), gastrointestinal dysmotility, and GERD. As an educator for over 25 years, she has played an active role as advisor and mentor to trainees and junior colleagues on faculty and in practice. She is an active member of the ACG since 1996 and has served on several ACG Committees: Practice Parameters, International Affairs, Women in Gastroenterology, Clinical Vignettes Abstract Review and the Public Relations Committees.

Reezwana Chowdhury, MD

Dr.Reezwana Chowdhury is a graduate from Wellesley College where she received a BA in Neuroscience and graduated with an honors thesis, member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. She completed her medical school training at NYU School of Medicine where she herself was inspired to be a Gastroenterologist by her mentor, Dr. Francois. She went on to Baylor College of Medicine for her Internal Medicine Residency and her Gastroenterology Fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital. She has published journal articles, poster abstracts and book chapters. She works with the Geisinger Health System and is an Associate Professor with Lake Erie College of Medicine and has mentored medical students and residents. She will be joining a private practice group outside of Baltimore, MD to live with her husband. Her interests are in General GI including celiac disease and Liver diseases.

Greg S. Cohen MD, FACG

Dr. Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Northwestern University. He completed his undergraduate education at Cornell University and attended medical school in his home state at the University of Maryland. He moved to Chicago to complete residency and fellowship training at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago respectively. At the University of Chicago, Dr. Cohen completed a 4 year research fellowship, investigating Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor signaling in colon cancer under the mentorship of Dr. Marc Bissonnette. One of the most difficult decisions of his career was the decision to leave behind a career in basic research for a career as a clinician educator. He has been actively involved with educating medical students and GI fellows, and has received a number of teaching awards. He has a busy clinical practice in General Gastroenterology with a special focus in IBD. Dr. Cohen is married and has 3 children.

Amy Foxx-Orenstein, DO, FACG

My clinical expertise is in gastrointestinal disorders of motility and function, including pelvic floor dysfunction, refractory constipation, gastroparesis, IBS, fecal incontinence, pseudoobstruction, also obesity and disorders that influence the host microbiome along with intestinal function. Key research interests include the microbiome, IBS, genetic biomarkers of IBS, fecal incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction. In addition to authoring papers and chapters, writing grants, speaking nationally and internationally, I most enjoy working with patients, fellows, residents, and colleagues. Being mentored and mentoring have been important throughout my career. Currently I am the Director of Motility, and Director or the Constipation and Pelvic Floor Center at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. One of my most treasured and valued roles was serving as President of The American College of Gastroenterology. I have experience leading a variety of projects and people.

Jill Gaidos, MD

I completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. My fellowship training was at the University of Florida, Gainesville where my interests were in inflammatory bowel diseases and small bowel endoscopy. After fellowship, I joined the GI faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University where I provided care in the VCU Center for Digestive Health for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. I also worked in the VCU Women’s Health Center and was a faculty member of the Women’s Pelvic Health and Continence Center. I recently transferred to the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA to start an Inflammatory Bowel Disease clinic and pursue more clinical research opportunities. I am involved in the training of fellows and residents and continue to provide inpatient and outpatient care as well as performing endoscopy. I have been an active member of the ACG Women in GI committee for the past 4 years. I am also a member of the AGA and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG

Dr. David Greenwald is currently the Fellowship Program Director in Gastroenterology at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Associate Division Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Greenwald graduated with a BA degree from Wesleyan University, and attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he earned an MD. He did a residency in Internal Medicine followed by a Gastroenterology Fellowship, both at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He is a past president of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and currently serves as that organization’s Education Director. He is Chair of the ACG Board of Governors. He has served the ACG on the Membership, Nominating and Patient Care Committees, and developed the Patient Oriented Lecture Series. He was co-director of the ACG regional course in New York in 2007 and 2008. He served for many years as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on GI Endoscopy for the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). He was recognized by the ASGE with a Master Endoscopist Award in 2006. His interests in endoscopy include new technology, reprocessing and infection control in endoscopy, training, sedation, patient preparation, GERD, colon cancer and capsule endoscopy. The choice of a career in an academic medical center as a clinician/educator was grounded in a desire to teach as well as provide patient care.

Seth A. Gross, MD, FACG

I completed my internal medicine residency at North Shore University Hospital-NYU School of Medicine. I went on to do my gastroenterology fellowship at Mayo Clinic at the Jacksonville Campus. I focused my interest in gastrointestinal oncology and learned endoscopic ultrasound with fine needle aspiration. I also did extensive training in Barrett’s esophagus with ablation therapies (radiofrequency ablation and cryotherapy) as well as endoscopic mucosal resection. My other interests include small bowel disease and performing double balloon enteroscopy. I am currently doing active research in colonoscopy with improvements of quality such as adenoma detection, also looking into improvements on colonoscopic evaluation including prep quality as well as advanced technology such as narrowband imaging and the Third Eye Retroscope. I am currently practicing at NYU Langone Medical Center, where I am director of endoscopy at Tisch Hospital. I am also active on committees within the ACG and other societies.

Grigoriy E. Gurvits, MD, FACG

Grigoriy E. Gurvits is a clinical assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology at New York University School of Medicine. He received his internal medicine training at St. Vincent’s Medical Center of New York Medical College in New York City, and finished his gastroenterology fellowship at The Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. His interests include clinical research and clinical care of the patients in general gastroenterology, including gastrointestinal bleeding disorders, esophageal disease, advances in endoscopic procedures, and preventative medicine. He is actively involved with academic teaching of gastroenterology fellows, medical residents, and students on the hospital wards while maintaining a busy clinical practice. He is an ad-hoc reviewer for various gastroenterology journals and a contributing author to a number of peer-reviewed publications in the medical literature.

Christine Y. Hachem, MD, FACG

Christine Hachem is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology at Saint Louis University. She did her internal medicine residency at Washington University in Saint Louis and her fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine. Her clinical interests include motility disorders and esophageal disease. She is on the clinical educator track. She is in academic medicine because of her commitment to teaching, research, and collaborative care as well as the work life balance it offers. Dr. Hachem has been actively involved with ACG and American College of Physicians at the national level. She is part of a dual physician marriage and is balancing the joys of work with children.

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG

I graduated with a B.S. from the University of Michigan and an M.D. from the University of Illinois. I was at the University of Chicago from my Residency in Medicine until the end of 2013. I completed a GI Fellowship in 1982 and rose through the academic ranks to become Professor of Medicine and subsequently was awarded the Joseph B. Kirsner Chair in Medicine and was designated Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition where I served from 2000-2013. I was then recruited as the Medical Director of the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Medicine and Professor of Medicine in the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine where I have been since January 1, 2014. My career interests have been Clinical Research, Clinical Care and Administration. I have been involved in Academic Medicine through both the ACG (Editor of Nature Reviews and Board of Trustees) and the AGA (Chairs of IMIBD and Clinical Practice, and Governing Board for Clinical Research). I was a member of the Subspecialty Board of Gastroenterology for the ABIM and have served on the FDA advisory panel for GI and as Chair of the Panel. My clinical research has been related to epidemiology and therapeutics for IBD. I am a busy, practicing clinician and clinical trialist.

I have always enjoyed involvement in Academic medicine and leadership in both my own medical center and in National/International Organized Medicine. My greatest pleasure is in mentoring and the development of future leaders in our field.

Lucinda A. Harris, MD, FACG

Lucinda A. Harris, MS, MD, is currently Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo School of Medicine and Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. She graduated from the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University and her fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology at The New York Hospital /Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She had an academic practice in Gastroenterology & Hepatology 17 years before moving to her current position in 2004.

At Mayo she has been a past Co-Director of the Motility Group and has led a patient support group there for IBS. She is a current member of the Gastroenterology Fellowship committee and serves as the Department Education coordinator for Gastroenterology supervising visiting GI fellows and medical students. She has actively been involved in mentoring medical students, residents and fellows over the years.

Professionally, she is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association as well as the American College of Internal Medicine. She is also a member of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders and the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society. Her special clinical and research interests are in IBS, chronic constipation and pelvic floor disorders as well as celiac disease. She has also written and lectured extensively on these topics.

David J. Hass, MD, FACG

A native of Philadelphia, I attended medical school at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, followed by residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. I have always enjoyed teaching and was fortunate to have had many opportunities throughout the course of my various stages of training to pursue this passion. I currently serve on the voluntary clinical faculty at the Yale University School of Medicine, where I regularly participate in teaching gastroenterology fellows by supervising both luminal disease and hepatology clinics, as well as perform daily rounds with residents and fellows, and help to guide the development of endoscopic skills by supervising endoscopic procedures. I have been fortunate to find a unique hybrid of clinical practice, as I am both a private practitioner as well as a clinician educator for the Division of Gastroenterology. I have several research interests including pharmacologically mediated ischemic bowel disease, as well as complementary and alternative therapies in gastrointestinal and hepatic disease. Having recently authored the new chapter in Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease entitled “Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” I have been very interested in educating both patients and clinicians about the data detailing the usefulness of complementary and alternative therapies, as well as the importance of careful regulation of CAM therapies. Stemming from this interest, I am also a certified clinical hypnotherapist, as this modality has proven very useful in the treatment of functional abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome. I am a member of many local and national medical societies, and I am the current President of the New Haven County Medical Association. I currently serve as a member of both the ACG Training Committee and the ACG National Affairs Committee. I truly feel fortunate to practice medicine, as it affords me the opportunity to make a difference in patients’ lives and learn something new every day.

Kim L. Isaacs, MD, PhD, FACG

I am a clinician educator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a clinical interest in inflammatory bowel disease. I graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook 1976 BS, 1981 PhD 1948 MD. I completed residency and fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987/1991. I have been on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1991. I have worked with the fellowship program in several capacities including program director for 12 years and associate program director. I have extensive clinical trial experience and activity in the area of inflammatory bowel disease. Currently I am active in teaching, clinical care of IBD patients, endoscopy and IBD clinical trials. I am married to a non-physician who has been very supportive of my career choices and have two grown children that were born at the end of fellowship and during early junior faculty years.

Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MPH, FACG

Dr. Kane got a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics before going to medical school. She was a research assistant to Dr. Stephen Hanauer helping with clinical drug trials and epidemiologic studies, which was what got her interested in IBD. She trained at Rush Medical College and did her Fellowship training at the University of Chicago. She was on faculty there for 8 years then moved to Mayo Clinic. She is currently a Professor of Medicine and has always practiced in an academic setting with fellows, residents and students rotating with her in clinic and on wards. She is active with patient care, clinical research as well as administrative duties within the Division of Gastroenterology, the ACG, and the CCFA. She also serves as Editor for several journals. Her areas of research interest include gender issues and medication compliance.

M. Azzam Kayasseh, MD, FACG

Dr. Kayasseh received his M.D. from the University of Damascus, Syria, in 1978, a D.U. in Digestive Endoscopy in Nice, France in 1989, a D.I.S. in Hepato-Gastroenterology in Nice, France in 1993, and his thesis was “Endoscopic Hemostatic Treatment of Bleeding Ulcers (By Local Injections)” (Sept. 1988 – March 1993; 80 pts).

Dr. Kayasseh is a founding member of EGHS-EMA (1994).
He was actively involved in the education committee of WEO (2010-2013) nationally and internationally, he is an active member of the ACG International Relations Committee (2010-2015) and he is now a WGO Guideline Committee member (2013-2015). Dr. Kayasseh is an active OESO General Delegate and Head of the Middle East and Africa Region (since 2011) and an Ambassador of the Dubai Convention and Events Bureau AlSafeer Program (since 2012). Dr. Kayasseh was a member of the APDW/WCOG 2013 Working Party (Endoscopic management of early gastroenterology cancers).

Dr. Kayasseh is the Founding President of the Dubai Endoscopic Forum (since 2010) and a Chairman of the Middle East Gastroenterology Conference (2010-2012).

Dr. Kayasseh’s mission is to provide a unique medical service which offers humanizing care while achieving the highest quality of life as his patients are his life and his truth (Dr. Kayasseh “Care To Cure” programs in Hepatogastroenterology and in Digestive Endoscopy). With his wealth of experience, Dr. Kayasseh delivers a quality practice for his patients in upper and lower GI endoscopy and liver disorders. He has been serving his patients in United Arab Emirates since 1979 (2014 = 35th anniversary in UAE).

Now, he is working on: 1. New classification (Dubai) of B.E. Project using EEI; 2. Risk-Stratification Model of Barrett’s Esophagus; 3. Risk-Stratification Model of ColoRectal Cancer; and 4. Endoscopic management of early gastroenterology cancers WGO-Working Party Group (Chair by: Kenneth Wang, Rochester,USA, 1st Report presented on Gastro 2013 Sep.Shangahi,China).

Caroll D. Koscheski, MD, FACG

After finishing undergraduate work at the University of Oklahoma I worked in the medical field as a Medical Technician for a few years before making the decision to apply for medical school. I then attended Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans where I not only completed my medical school training but stayed on through my residency and GI fellowship.

The thought of private practice had always appealed to me and I began practice in a multispecialty group in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains in Hickory, North Carolina. Three years into practice the other gastroenterologist who joined me separated from the multispecialty group and formed our own independent practice in gastroenterology here in Hickory. The practice has thrived as we have worked through the many decision points involved in business management including contract negotiations with insurance companies, office management and the always difficult decision of when to add a new associate. We eventually added an endoscopy ASC to our unit which is entirely owned by us as well. We currently are a practice of 8 physicians.

With our sons moving on toward college and careers of their own I have finally allowed more time to devote to my involvement in the ACG. This has included being elected North Carolina Governor, of which I am in my second term. I have also been very involved with the political aspect of medicine, especially at the state and federal level and am serving on several committees by request of the North Carolina Medical Society. Last year I was asked to chair the National Affairs Committee with the ACG which is an obvious are of great passion that I am enjoying at this time as well.

Brian S. Levitt, MD, FACG

Dr. Levitt completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania (major: psychology, minor: biology), magna cum laude. He attended the University of Massachusetts for medical school (grad ’01, AOA society) and completed his internship/residency at New York Presbyterian/Cornell University (completed, ’04) followed by his GI fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore in New York City. During training, Dr. Levitt developed an interest in therapeutic endoscopy, IBD, and liver disease, within the highly rewarding practice of general gastroenterology. Wishing to pursue a career as a clinical gastroenterologist, he joined a single specialty GI practice in San Jose, CA after fellowship, where he is delighted to practice in a stimulating and collegial environment, while providing first-rate patient-centered care. Dr. Levitt also participates in original clinical research, and has contributed multiple abstracts and published articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Rajiv T. Majithia, MD

Dr. Raj Majithia completed his medical school and internal medicine residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at Georgetown University and Washington Hospital Center. After fellowship, Dr. Majithia joined the University of North Carolina – Johnston Health Care as a clinical gastroenterologist focusing on biliary and therapeutic endoscopy. During his training, Dr. Majithia was elected to serve on the American College of Gastroenterology training committee which is responsible for responsible for coordinating activities, programs and outreach relating to training programs and trainee members of the College. He was also awarded membership to the Phi Eta Sigma national honor society by Eastern Virginia Medical School. Currently, he serves as the leader of endoscopy and therapeutics at UNC Johnston Health Care. He has been actively involved in clinical research, quality improvement, and endoscopy. Dr. Majithia has published numerous articles and abstracts. His current research interests include outcomes research and pancreatobiliary research. He practices in an outpatient office and actively spends time with inpatient consults and procedures. Dr. Majithia is actively involved in mentoring fellows, residents, and medical students in research.

Jennifer L. Maranki, MD

Dr. Maranki is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Endoscopic Research and Experimental Endoscopy at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her medical degree from Temple University. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Temple University, followed by a 3-year fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Virginia, where she was chief fellow. While at UVA, she earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Research. She stayed on for an additional year of advanced endoscopy training at UVA, where she was trained in ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, deep enteroscopy, endoscopic mucosal resection, and other advanced techniques.
Dr. Maranki’s clinical interests include the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant pancreaticobiliary conditions, GI oncology, enteral stenting, endoscopic mucosal resection, GI bleeding, advanced imaging, and new technologies. Her research interests include GI bleeding, emerging technologies, and endoscopic innovation. She is active in clinical research, and has contributed to multiple peer-reviewed publications, as well as numerous abstracts and book chapters. She currently serves of the Publications Committee of the ACG. She enjoys mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows in both clinical and research environments.

Paul Moayyedi, MD, FACG

I qualified from Bristol University in 1988 and trained in Gastroenterology at Leeds’ General Infirmary, UK under the mentorship of Professor Axon. I obtained a PhD and Masters in Public Health from the University of Leeds. I also received training in Health Economics through a UK Medical Research Council Fellowship at the University of York. I was appointed Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Birmingham in 2001 and then moved to McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada to be the first recipient of the Richard Hunt/AstraZeneca Chair of Gastroenterology in 2004.

I have published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and 15 book chapters. My main research interests included population based GI research, prevention of GI cancer, H. pylori, management of dyspepsia, and gastro-esophageal reflux disease. My clinical expertise mirrors my academic interests. I am Editor of the Upper Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Diseases Cochrane Group and joint Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology with Dr. William D. Chey. I developed a passion for research during my Bachelor of Science Degree in Anatomy where research was a heavy part of the curriculum. I find an academic career rewarding, as the working week is so varied. I have the opportunity to both care for patients and conduct research projects.

Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG

Dr. Amy Oxentenko is a Minnesota native, and did her medical school training at University of North Dakota, where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. She then completed her Internal Medicine (IM) Residency, Chief Residency and Gastroenterology (GI) Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester, being the recipient of one of the IM Residency’s Outstanding Achievement Awards, the GI Division’s Bargen Award, and the Institutional Mayo Brothers’ Distinguished Fellowship Award. She came on faculty at Mayo as a member of the GI Comprehensive Interest Group. She served as the Associate Program Director for the GI Fellowship for 5 years and concurrently as one of the Associate Program Directors for the IM Residency for 3 years before taking over as the Program Director of the GI Fellowship and Advanced GI Fellowship Programs, a role she held for 3 years before taking over as the IM Residency Program Director in 2013. The Mayo IM Residency is the largest in the country, with 174 trainees, and she is the first woman in Mayo Clinic’s history to run the IM Residency Program. She has served as the Associate Chair for Education for the Division of GI and Hepatology, and is now an Associate Chair for the Department of IM.

Dr. Oxentenko is heavily involved in continuing medical education, speaking at many courses including Mayo’s IM Board Review and Selected Topics Courses, and is Co-Director of Mayo’s GI Board Review Course and Co-Editor for the Mayo Clinic GI and Hepatology Board Review Book. She has been heavily involved in the American College of Physicians Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP), having been an author for the GI section MKSAP 14, MKSAP 15, MKSAP Updates, and MKSAP Virtual Diagnosis, and was the GI Book Editor for MKSAP16 and the upcoming MKSAP 17. She is also the GI content writer for the IM In-Training Examination. She is Chair of the ACG’s Women in GI Committee, has Co-Chaired the ACG Train-the-Trainer USA Program for Junior Faculty, and is a member of the ACG’s Well-Being Task Force, Educator Task Force, as well as the Training Committee. She has been the ACG Representative and currently the Chair for the GI Multi-Society Program Director Steering Committee. She also serves as Vice Chair for the AGA Maintenance of Certification Committee. She was recently recognized by her undergraduate institution as one of their “Top 100 Alumni in History” as part of their centennial celebration, and was selected for an ACG/Salix Leadership Training Award. She was also the 2013 recipient of the Mayo Clinic Department of IM Distinguished Contributions to Medical Education Award.

Clinical interests include celiac sprue, malabsorption syndromes, duty hours, clerical documentation of trainees, and issues related to work-life balance, given she is in a dual-physician marriage with 3 school-aged children. Outside of work, she loves distance running, rollerblading, reading, reality television and spending time with her family.

John E. Pandolfino, MD, FACG

Currently, I am a Professor of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology. I graduated with a BA from the University of Chicago and an MD from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine. I moved over to Northwestern in 1993 for my Residency in Internal Medicine and stayed on to complete my Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship there before joining the faculty in 2001. My career is focused on clinical and physiologic research of esophageal diseases with 50% of my time spent on research, 25% on clinical duties and 25% spent on administrative service. I am currently NIH funded to study the pathogenesis of GERD and also the development of new technologies to investigate swallowing disorders. In addition, I have been the primary investigator on a number of Industry funded projects ranging from investigator initiated physiologic studies to clinical trials involving new medications and medical devices (Phase III and IV). My current clinical practice focuses on refractory GERD and esophageal motor diseases and I also serve as Editor of the journal Diseases of the Esophagus.I have always enjoyed the variety that academic medicine allows and have a strong commitment to mentoring trainees and junior faculty.

Nimisha K. Parekh, MD, FACG

Dr. Parekh is a board certified gastroenterologist and brings extensive knowledge in the field of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. She completed her undergraduate and medical degrees as well as internal medicine training and chief residency at Tulane University in New Orleans. Fellowship training in gastroenterology was continued at University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She received advanced training in inflammatory bowel diseases at the University of Chicago. She is the director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program here at UC Irvine and believes in an integrated approach to management of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Parekh is actively involved in the training of GI fellows, residents and medical students, and now serves as the Program Director for the GI Fellowship Program at UCI. She received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the gastroenterology fellows in 2009. She serves as co-director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Orange County Chapter and on the medical advisory board for the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Foundation. She is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterology Association, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Anca I. Pop, MD

Dr Anca Pop is a naturalized US Citizen of Romanian descent that completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship at Sinai Hospital in Detroit Michigan after which she completed a Hepatology/Liver Transplant Fellowship at UT Memphis with Dr. Caroline Riely. After graduation Dr. Pop held the position of Chief of Gastroenterology Division At James H Quillen VAMC for five years. At the same time she was Clinical Assistant 2001-2003 and then Associate Professor at James H Quillen VAMC 2003-2005, Chairperson for the Research & Development Committee, James H Quillen VAMC 11/2001 through 10/2002 and the Hepatitis C Lead Clinician at Mountain Home VAMC/VISN9 (VHA Directive 2001-009, February 27,2001). She received the Department of Veterans Affairs Performance Award-Executive Career Field Appraisal- January 2005. After 2005 she entered private practice becoming after a short time a Shareholder/ Partner in Gastro ONE- single specialty Gastroenterology group in Memphis TN, clinical position that she held for eight years. Currently Dr. Pop is undergoing a Business of Medicine MBA degree training at Kelley School of Business Indianapolis IN with expected graduation in 2015 . Dr. Pop is currently a Fellow of American Gastroenterology Association and is holding two national offices: American College of Gastroenterology: Women in Gastroenterology Committee and American Society of GI Endoscopy: Practice Management Committee. Her professional memberships also include the American Association for Study of Liver Disease, American Gastroenterology Association and the European Association for Study of Liver Disease.

Eamonn M. M. Quigley, MD, FACG

Laura E. Raffals, MD

Dr. Raffals is a native of Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University School of Medicine, she completed her residency and chief residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. She received her Masters in Health Studies and completed her gastroenterology fellowship training at the University of Chicago, and for six years was a member of the faculty. In 2011, she joined the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division at Mayo Clinic, where she is a member of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease interest group. Her primary research interests include the interactions of gastrointestinal dysmotility, the intestinal bacterial community, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Raffals’s practice focuses on the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, pouchitis, and pouch dysfunction. She is a member of the ACG Educational Affairs Committee and one of the core lecturers for the second year medical school gastroenterology block. Named a Top Educator for Resident Education in 2012-2013, Dr. Raffals also received the Division’s 2014 GIH Teaching Award. She currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Gastroenterology fellowship program. Dr. Raffals enjoys spending her spare time with her husband Reeghan and two young daughters, ages 3 and 5. Her hobbies include reading, exercising, cooking, and hiking.

Seth J. Richter, MD, FACG

I received by medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. I then went on to complete my Internal medicine residency at New York University, and GI fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. I am currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical center in Albany New York where I have served as the fellowship program director since 2007. I have been an active member of the American College of Gastroenterology serving on the Training committee as a member for 3 years, and now as its Chairman for the last year. My career focus has been on education of GI fellows and medical residents. My clinical interests are in colorectal cancer screening, GERD, and ablation of Barrett’s esophagus.

Abdo Saad, MD

I completed my medical degree at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. I moved in the Midwest for my medical training: Internal medicine at IU-Indianapolis, Geriatric fellowship at UW-Madison and Gastroenterology fellowship at Mizzou-Columbia. The advanced fellowship in inflammatory bowel disease from the University of Chicago crowned the achievements.

I am currently practicing at Presbyterian Healthcare System, a statewide health system in New Mexico. I am building a inflammatory bowel disease center in this underserved area where expertise in this field remains limited. With the hospital support, the 12 colleagues gastroenterologist, the experienced colorectal surgeons and the pharmaceutical industry, I am working to establish an exemplary model of a clinically comprehensive IBD center. While similar endeavors are usually undertaken in academic centers, the challenge of expanding the advances in IBD care to the community has been a rewarding adventure for me.

From my position, I continue scholarly work such lecturing house staff, speaking for drug companies and reviewing articles submitted to peer journals.

It will be a great pleasure to share this exciting experience with future leaders in our field and to enhance the motivation to expand medical care where it is needed the most.

Brijen J. Shah, MD

Brijen is a board certified internist, gastroenterologist and geriatrician who is an assistant professor at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the director of GME for faculty development. Brijen is a graduate of the Warren Alpert School of Medicine and Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency. He recently completed the Greater New York Hospital Association Clinical Quality Fellowship Program. Clinically, he provides GI consultation in the geriatrics practice and the Faculty Practice. His academic interests include teaching students, residents and fellows in both geriatrics and Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and curriculum development in these topics. Brijen is interested in helping to teach and better understand shared decision making in the older population for colon cancer screening. He is the recipient of a Hartford Center of Excellence grant and a Hearst Foundation grant to train chief resident in Geriatric principles. He is also actively in involved as a volunteer preceptor in the East Harlem Health Outreach Project. He has published review articles and textbook chapters on fecal incontinence, constipation, and colon cancer screening in the geriatric population.

Mitchell L. Shiffman, MD, FACG

Dr Mitchell L Shiffman is the Director of the Liver Institute Virginia at the Bon Secours Virginia Health System with offices in Richmond and Newport News, Virginia. He is also a Professor Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia. Between 1990-2009, Dr Shiffman was the Chief of the Hepatology Section and Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr Shiffman received his MD degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the VCU-Medical College of Virginia.

At the Liver Institute of Virginia Dr Shiffman and his staff care for patients with all types of liver disorders. Liver Institute has arrangements with several liver transplant programs. Patients can undergo evaluation testing, pre- and post- liver transplant care at the Liver Institute which prevents the need for patients to travel long distances for transplant care. The Liver Institute at Bon Secours Health System also offers multi-modality treatment for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma including surgical resection, chemoembolization, radioembolization, radio frequency ablation, and chemotherapy and works with several transplant programs to offer liver transplantation. Dr Shiffman supervises a large clinical trials research program which conducts trials at both Liver Institute offices in the area of chronic HCV, chronic HBV, fatty liver disease, primary biliary cirrhosis and primary sclerosing cholangitis.

Dr Shiffman has edited 3 books on liver disease and has published over 275 peer reviewed articles, invited reviews and/or book chapters. His writing and clinical research have focused primarily on viral hepatitis C and B where he is considered an international key opinion leader.

Milena Gould Suarez, MD

Milena Gould Suarez is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine. She did her internal medicine residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center and her fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical and research interests include colon cancer screening and GERD. She is actively involved in the training of GI fellows, residents and medical students. She is currently serving on the ACG Patient Care Committee. She is in a dual physician marriage and has 2 young children.

Ronald D. Szyjkowski, MD, FACG

As a student, the physiology of achalasia fascinated me and sparked my interest in gastrointestinal diseases and having rotated on GI doing my first colonoscopy with one of our surgical staff at Loyola in Chicago, I was hooked. It seemed to me that gastroenterology was a perfect fit for a Med-Peds graduate. After finishing my training in El Paso at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, I pursued fellowship training and was lucky enough to receive great training and exposure to both adult and pediatric patients and fished my fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center. After completing my 14 years of Army service, my family and I relocated to our home area of Upstate New York where I presently am lucky enough to serve as Training Director and Division Chair of gastroenterology. At each stop along this journey I remained very active in medical education, holding many different positions, but throughout, my passion lies in diseases of the foregut and esophagus with emphasis on the care and treatment of patients with Barrett’s and achalasia. Procedurally, I enjoy diagnostic and therapeutic EUS as well as endoluminal therapy of Barrett’s and adenocarcinoma.

David A. Tessler, DO

Following graduation from the University of Michigan, I attended Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed my Internal Medicine Residency at Botsford General Hospital followed by a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Currently, I practice in the Phoenix area, where I have worked for the past 9 years. Along with my 3 partners, we are a community-oriented GI practice treating everything from Hepatitis C to IBD, from IBS to GERD and everything in between. I perform all routine endoscopic procedures, including upper and lower endoscopy as well as ERCP. Our practice is also involved in clinical research in various areas of gastroenterology. I am a member of the local Chapter Medical Advisory Committee for the CCFA, am a member of the ACG Patient Care Committee and am an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Additionally, I currently serve as the Medical Director of Central Arizona Endoscopy.

Renu Umashanker, MD, FACG

Currently, I am in private practice in a 14 member GI group. I have been in practice since 1998 in New Haven, Connecticut. I am a graduate from the Health Science Center in Brooklyn-SUNY. My medical residency is from Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center and I completed my Gastroenterology fellowship from University of Vermont. I went on and did my advanced fellowship in Hepatology at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston. My current position also gives me the opportunity to work with GI fellows and medical students from Yale New Haven Hospital and the Yale medical school as I am also an assistant professor at Yale Medical School. I am also assistant professor at the Netter School of Medicine and actively involved in developing their GI curriculum for incoming students.

Patrick E. Young, MD, FACG

Dr. Young is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Division of Digestive Diseases at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he won the Karl Montor Prize in Leadership. He received his medical education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he was awarded the Albert Weinstein prize in Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, his general gastroenterology training at the National Capital Consortium (Walter Reed/National Naval Medical Center), and his therapeutic endoscopy training at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Young has a diverse range of experiences both in clinical gastroenterology, academics, and leadership. He has served as a flight surgeon for an F/A-18 squadron, a gastroenterologist in the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Director of Medical Operations aboard the USNS Comfort during the humanitarian mission Continuing Promise 2011. He has actively participated in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology on a national level, and currently serves as the Governor of the ACG’S Military Region. He has acted as a principal or associate investigator on numerous projects, primarily related to precancerous conditions of the luminal GI tract. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles in addition to many abstracts and book chapters. He currently serves as the Specialty Leader for Navy Gastroenterology, where he is charged with advising the Surgeon General on all matters related to our specialty. In addition, he is the Fellowship Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship at the National Capital Consortium. He was recently honored with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Mentorship award. As the husband of a busy practicing gynecologist and the father of two active children, he is keenly aware of the importance of work-life balance!