125 Gastroenterologists to Know - D-G


Stephen Deal, MD (Carolina Digestive Health Associates, Charlotte, N.C.). Carolina Digestive Health Associates, where Dr. Deal practices, operates five endoscopy centers in the Charlotte area. Specializing in gastroenterology with a subspecialty in pancreatic biliary tract diseases, he served on the Quality in Endoscopy Task Force of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and American College of Gastroenterology. He has been a member of the ACG National Affairs Committee and the ACG Practice Management Committee. Dr. Deal earned his MD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond.

 

Thomas Deas Jr., MD (Fort Worth Endoscopy Center, Fort Worth, Texas). The president-elect of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Dr. Deas is the medical director of the Fort Worth Endoscopy Center and Southwest Fort Worth Endoscopy Center, which are both operated by Surgical Care Affiliates. He has focused on achieving efficient, high-quality gastroenterology practices and endoscopy centers. Dr. Deas earned his MD from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, while serving in the U.S. Air Force, and completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in gastroenterology at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

 

James H. DeGerome, MD (South Florida Gastroenterology Associates, Boynton Beach, Fla.). The president of Digestive Disease National Coalition, Dr. DeGerome wrote the 2009 book, "The Cure for the American Healthcare Malady," which laid out a plan for universal coverage without massive tax increases. A member of South Florida Gastroenterology Associates, Dr. DeGerome earned his MD and completed his residency at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. He then completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio. He is winner of the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Gastroenterologic Society.

 

Anthony J. DiMarino Jr., MD (Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia). Dr. DiMarino is chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Thomas Jefferson University. His clinical interests are consultative gastroenterology, celiac disease, swallowing disorders and problems of gastrointestinal motility and inflammable bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. His research interests are new drug development in treatment of celiac disease, esophageal reflux and gastrointestinal endoscopic disinfection. Dr. DiMarino earned his MD from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, where he also completed his internship, and finished his residency and fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

 

Peter V. Draganov, MD (University of Florida, Gainesville). Dr. Draganov is director of endoscopy at University of Florida. He won the National Quality Week Shands Star Award for exceptional empathy, compassion or advocacy in interactions with patients and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology from the American College of Physicians. Dr. Draganov earned his MD from the Medical Academy of Sofia in Bulgaria. He completed his residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

 

Samuel Drake, MD (Gaston Digestive Disease Clinic, Gastonia, N.C.). A member of Gaston Digestive Disease Clinic, Dr. Drake treats hiatal hernias, tumors, ulcers, jaundice, hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver and disorders of the pancreas, gallbladder and liver. He also performs endoscopies, colonoscopies, endoscopic laser treatments and cancer screening. Dr. Drake earned his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and completed a residency at Grady Hospital in Atlanta and a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Texas.

 

Marla C. Dubinsky, MD (Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles). The director of pediatric IBD Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dr. Dubinsky is on the steering committee at IBD Working Group, serving as course director for hot topics there. Her research interests include the immune and genetic influences on the natural history and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

 

Dr. Dubinsky earned her MD from Queen's University in Canada and completed her pediatric residency at Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Canada, and her pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Sainte-Justine Hospital at the University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada. She completed a research fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Sainte-Justine Hospital and a research fellowship in inflammatory bowel disease at Cedars-Sinai.

 

Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD (Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis). The chief of endoscopy and director of interventional endoscopy at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Edmundowicz also serves as a councilor of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is senior associate editor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He won Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctors" Award in Gastroenterology and Therapeutic Endoscopy. Dr. Edmundowicz earned his MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his residency and fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine.

 

Glenn M. Eisen, MD (Oregon Clinic, Portland). The Oregon Clinic, where Dr. Eisen practices, is the largest private specialty physician practice in the state, with more than 120 physicians. In addition to holding an appointment at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, he is editor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and served as representative of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy on the GERD working group for the AMA physician consortium for performance improvement.

 

Dr. Eisen earned his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., completed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and completed his fellowship from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Special interests are in esophageal disease, Barrett's esophagus, colorectal cancer screening, therapeutic pancreaticobiliary endoscopy, capsule endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease.

 

Atilla Ertan, MD (Methodist Hospital System, Houston). Dr. Ertan is on staff at Methodist Hospital System and serves on the editorial board of six different medical journals. He won the Best Physician Award from the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, the Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Gastroenterological Association and the Master in Gastroenterology Award from the American College of Gastroenterology.

 

Dr. Ertan earned his MD from the University of Ankara Medical School in Turkey and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His interests include ablation arocedures, anal rectal/colon, arteriovenous malformation, biliary disease, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, endoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and GI sclerotherapy.

 

Douglas O. Faigel, MD (Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland). A member of the OHSU University Medical Group and part of the endoscopic ultrasound program at the university, Dr. Faigel is treasurer of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and chairs the society's Quality Assurance Taskforce. He won the quality endoscopic research award from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

 

Dr. Faigel earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, completed his residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed his fellowship at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. His research interests are in pancreatic cancer, capsule endoscopy, GI stromal tumors, natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery and issues surrounding quality assurance.

 

Francis A. Farraye, MD (Boston Medical Center). Dr. Farraye is clinical director in the gastroenterology section at Boston Medical Center and holds an appointment at Boston University School of Medicine. He is coeditor for the text, "Bariatric Surgery: A Primer for your Medical Practice," and associate editor for Therapy for Digestive Disorders. He received the American College of Gastroenterology's William D. Carey Award for serving the college with distinction.

 

Dr. Farraye earned his MD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed his residency and fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. His clinical interests are inflammatory bowel disease and management of colon polyps and colorectal cancer. He has been studying Vitamin D absorption in patients with Crohn's disease.

 

M. Brian Fennerty, MD (Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore.). The section chief of gastroenterology at Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Fennerty is past president of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. An authority on gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett's esophagus and Helicobacter pylori, he is editor of Journal Watch Gastroenterology and Reviews in Gastroenterological Disorders and past associate editor of American Journal of Gastroenterology and Clinical Perspectives in Gastroenterology.

 

Dr. Fennerty earned his MD from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and completed his residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson. He is a past chair of the FDA Advisory Panel on Gastrointestinal and Urological Devices; the Imaging and Advanced Technology section of the AGA; and the Research Committee of the ASGE. He also served as the American Gastroenterological Association representative on the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table.

 

Ira L. Flax, MD (Digestive and Liver Specialists, Houston). Dr. Flax co-founded and served as chairman of the Texas Alliance for Digestive Diseases, a regional gastroenterology independent practice association. A managing partner of Digestive and Liver Specialists, a six-physician specialty practice in Houston, he has served on the board of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, chaired its gastroenterology section and was chief of staff of Hermann Memorial Hospital in Memorial City.

 

Dr. Flax earned his MD from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, completed a residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed a fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. He was a board member of the American College of Gastroenterology and is currently the ACG representative to the AMA Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, which develops quality measures.

 

David E. Fleischer, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix). Dr. Fleischer is chair of the department of gastroenterology and hepatology at Mayo Clinic Arizona. His research interests include endoscopy, esophageal cancer, GI bleeding, capsule endoscopy and endoscopic therapy for Barrett's esophagus. Dr. Fleischer earned his MD from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and completed his residency at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and his fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

 

Chris Forsmark, MD (University of Florida, Gainesville). The current chief of gastroenterology at the University of Florida, Dr. Forsmark is past president of the Pancreas Society, the American Pancreatic Association and the Florida Gastroenterologic Society. He also served as chairman of the Pancreatic Disorders Section and was postgraduate course director at the American Gastroenterological Association.

 

Dr. Forsmark is editor of Pancreas, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Techniques in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and International Journal of Pancreatology. He also served a director for the GI section of American Board of Internal Medicine. He earned his MD from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and then completed a residency and two gastroenterology fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco.

 

Amy E. Foxx-Orenstein, DO (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.). Dr. Foxx-Orenstein was president of the American College of Gastroenterology from 2007-2008 and began the College's obesity initiative. She is a member of the Motility Section, Enteric Neuroscience Program and Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division at Mayo.

 

Dr. Foxx-Orenstein earned her DO from University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, and completed her residency at Geisinger Medical Center and fellowships at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Her research and clinical interests include obesity, motility disorders, functional bowel, pelvic floor disorders, eosinophilic esophagitis and pharmacodynamics.

 

James Franciosi, MD (Cincinnati Children's Hospital). Dr. Franciosi is an assistant professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. His research includes outcome measures in eosinophilic esophagitis, eosinophilic esophagitis epidemiology, eosinophilic esophagitis clinical trials and inflammatory bowel disease clinical trials. He earned his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed his residency and fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is winner of the Castell Esophageal Clinical Research Award and the Young Investigator Development Award in Eosinophilic Esophagitis.

 

James T. Frakes, MD (Rockford Gastroenterology Associates, Ill.). A past president of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Dr. Frakes is a member of Rockford Gastroenterology Associates. He is the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the ASGE for long-term contributions to the field and was designated a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology for stature and achievement in clinical gastroenterology and teaching and contributions.

 

Dr. Frakes earned his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia and his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an expert in therapeutic pancreaticobiliary endoscopy, practice management and endoscopic ambulatory surgery centers.

 

Robert M. Gannan, MD, PhD (ArtVentive Medical Group, Carlsbad, Calif.). The founder of Physicians Endoscopy, Dr. Gannan has retired from his duties there and now serves on the scientific advisory board of ArtVentive Medical Group, which develops, manufactures and markets endoluminal occlusion devices. Practicing in Bellevue, Wash., he served as director of gastroenterology at the Overlake Hospital Medical Center and president and partner of Northwest Gastroenterology Associates, and he established the Eastside Endoscopy Center, a partnership with Physicians Endoscopy. Dr. Gannan earned his MD from University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine & Dentistry and completed a residency and fellowship at Moffitt Hospital at the University of California, San Francisco. He has taught gastroenterology and advanced endoscopy in developing countries.

 

Robert A. Ganz, MD (Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis). The foundation chair of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Dr. Ganz is chief of gastroenterology at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, and is associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has a special interest in colonoscopy with polypectomy, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett's esophagus, colonoscopy, esophageal dilations, endoscopic foreign body removal, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, liver disease and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Ganz earned his MD and completed his residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.

 

Ralph A. Giannella, MD (University of Cincinnati College of Medicine). A former president of the American Gastroenterological Association, Dr. Giannella co-supervises the University Hospital gastroenterology clinic and is a professor in the Digestive Diseases Division at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. With a focus on intestinal infections and diarrheal disorders, he has been using a new breath test to determine problems in the GI tract. Dr. Giannella earned his MD from Albany (N.Y.) Medical College and completed his residency at Boston City Hospital. He won the AGA's Julius Friedenwald Medal.

 

Francis M. Giardiello, MD (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore). Dr. Giardiello directs the Colorectal Cancer Registry and Risk Assessment Clinic at Johns Hopkins, where he is also director of the gastrointestinal fellowship program. For nine years, he was director of the Division of Johns Hopkins' Gastroenterology. He has investigated the genetic basis of familial colorectal cancer and the use of genetic testing in the hereditary forms of colorectal cancer. Dr. Giardiello earned his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed a residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins. He is a clinical research councilor at the American Gastroenterological Association.

 

Gregory G. Ginsberg, MD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia). The current president of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Dr. Ginsberg is executive director of the Endoscopic Service at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He won the clinical innovator award and the distinguished educator award at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia.

 

Dr. Ginsberg earned his MD from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed a residency and fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. His clinical interests include Barrett's esophagus, esophageal cancer, especially endosonographic staging and palliation, colorectal cancer screening and surveillance, resection of large polyps, ERCP for pancreaticobiliary cancer diagnosis and palliation, EUS staging and fine-needle-aspiration for diagnosis.

 

Gary Gitnick, MD (University of California, Los Angeles). As chief of the division of digestive diseases at UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Gitnick leads the largest gastroenterology division in the world, with 80 full-time faculty members, 99 employees and a multi-million dollar budget. Previously, he was chief of staff of the UCLA Medical Center and medical director of UCLA Health Care Programs. Dr. Gitnick earned his MD from the University of Chicago and completed a residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

 

David A. Greenwald, MD (Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.). The chairman of the board of the American College of Gastroenterology, Dr. Greenwald is director of the gastroenterology fellowship program at Montefiore Medical Center and holds an academic appointment at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, also in the Bronx. He studies the risks of infection and issues of safety concerning GI endoscopy.

 

Dr. Greenwald earned his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his residency fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. For many years he chaired the ACG subcommittee on GI endoscopy for the American Society for Testing and Materials. He has won the ACG Governor's Award and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy's Master Endoscopist Award.

 

Pedro Greer Jr., MD (Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami). Dr. Greer is one of the founders of a new medical school, Herbert Wertham College of Medicine at Florida International University, where he is assistant dean for academic affairs. A recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the Presidential Service Award, he was an advisor to Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton on healthcare and poverty. He is the author of "Waking Up in America." Dr. Greer earned his MD from the Pontifica Universidad Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic and completed his residency and fellowships at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami.

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