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5 Gastroenterologists Focused on the Gut Microbiome

Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
Written by Carrie Pallardy |

Here are five gastroenterologists who focus on clinical research and practice relating to the gut microbiome.

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Matthew Ciorba, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine in the gastroenterology department at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He joined the university faculty and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program in 2007. Dr. Ciorba has an interest in the potential of probiotics-based therapies in the treatment of intestinal disorders. Dr. Ciorba has published research on the human microbiome and probiotics.

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, AGAF, is the director of the Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor. Dr. Gordon. He also serves as a scientific advisory board member of the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education. Dr. Gordon received the 2012 award for distinguished research in the biomedical sciences from the Association of American Medical Colleges. He won the award for his research on how human gut microbes affect physiology, metabolism and nutrition.

Gail Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, is chief of gastroenterology and nutrition at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. She is also a professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology. Dr. Hecht is the editor-in-chief of the journal Gut Microbes and a scientific advisory board member for the AGA Center for Microbiome Research and Education. Dr. Hecht has held several leadership positions with the AGA including chair of the intestinal disorders section of the AGA council, basic research councilor to the governing board and president.

Richard M. Peek, Jr., MD, AGAF, is the director of the gastroenterology division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He also serves as a professor of medicine, professor of cancer biology and Mina Cobb Chair in Immunology. He has a special research interest in H. pylori infection and gastric cancer. Dr. Peek is an ex-officio member of the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education scientific advisory board.

Gary D. Wu, MD, is the associate director of the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease Seminar Series at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also associate director of the NIH Training Grant in Gastrointestinal Sciences and associate chief of GI research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Wu is the Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology. He is the chair of the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education scientific advisory board.

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