125 Gastroenterologists to Know - H-L


Stephen B. Hanauer, MD (University of Chicago). The chief of gastroenterology at the University of Chicago, Dr. Hanauer is also chair of the IBD Working Group and the FDA Gastrointestinal Drugs Advisory Committee. He is treasurer of the American Gastroenterological Association and a member of the Subspecialty Board of Gastroenterology for the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Hanauer earned his MD from the University of Illinois in Chicago and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Chicago. His clinical research involves epidemiology and therapeutics for inflammatory bowel diseases.

 

Gail A. Hecht, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago). Dr. Hecht is section head of the Section of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is past president of the American Gastroenterological Association. Her research interests include the interaction of enteric bacterial pathogens with host intestinal epithelial cells and the mechanisms. Dr. Hecht earned her MD from Loyola University in Maywood, Ill. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and her fellowship at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

 

Anne Henkel, MD (Northwestern University, Chicago). An Instructor in medicine-hepatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Henkel won the American Gastroenterological Association Research Foundation's research scholars award in 2011 for her studies on the role of endoplasmic reticulum stress in the pathogenesis of NASH. Dr. Henkel earned her MD from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and completed a residency and fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.


Reed B. Hogan, MD (GI Associates and Endoscopy Center, Jackson, Miss.). Dr. Hogan is a member of GI Associates and Endoscopy Center. He is an accomplished speaker and writer in the field of gastroenterology and has published numerous articles on the subject. Dr. Hogan earned his MD from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. He completed a residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and a gastroenterology fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

 

David A. Johnson, MD (Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk). As a primary advisor for national Medicare GI issues on endoscopy, a CMS advisory committee, Dr. Johnson helped enact legislation mandating colon cancer screening with colonoscopy as the preferred standard. In addition to being chief of gastroenterology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, he is a past president of the American College of Gastroenterology and co-chaired the national Gastroenterology Medicare advisors.

 

Dr. Johnson earned his MD from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond. He is a co-author of the guidelines for colon cancer screening and surveillance from the U.S. Multisociety Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, the ACG colon cancer screening guidelines and the joint guidelines from the American Cancer Society. His primary research interests are esophageal and colon disease.

 

Anthony Kalloo, MD (John Hopkins University, Baltimore). Dr. Kalloo is chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Johns Hopkins University. His interests include therapeutic endoscopy, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction and natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery, where he is considered a pioneer. Dr. Kalloo earned his MD from the University of West Indies Medical School in Trinidad and Tobago, performed his residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and completed a fellowship at the combined Georgetown University, VA Medical Center and NIH program in Bethesda, Md. He was an instructor in medicine at Georgetown before joining Johns Hopkins.

 

Kalle Kang, MD (Overlake Internal Medicine Associates, Bellevue, Wash.). In addition to being one of six GI physicians at Overlake, Dr. Kang performs surgery at Eastside Endoscopy Center in Bellevue, a Physicians Endoscopy Center with nine other physicians on staff. Dr. Kang earned his MD from New York University, completed his residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He then taught at the University of Connecticut Medical School in Storrs before joining Overlake Internal Medicine Associates.

 

Philip O. Katz, MD (Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia). Dr. Katz chairs the division of gastroenterology and is associate program director for the internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. The immediate past president of the American College of Gastroenterology, he has been the ACG's representative to the American Board of Internal Medicine and was involved in the college's collaboration with the ABIM on criteria for gastroenterology training and board recertification.

 

Dr. Katz earned his MD and completed a residency and a fellowship at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is clinical professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. An authority on esophageal disease, Dr. Katz focuses on gastroesophageal reflux disease, including nocturnal recovery of gastric acid secretion during proton pump inhibitor therapy and esophageal pain perception.

 

David A. Katzka, MD (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.). Dr. Katzka is head of the esophageal interest group in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic. A consultative esophagologist, he created the Center for Swallowing Disorders, bringing together surgeons, radiologists, neurologists, internal medicine and sleep therapy experts. He is on the editorial board of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and is section editor of Gastroenterology.

 

Dr. Katzka earned his MD and completed a residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He then completed a gastroenterology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is the winner of the 2010 Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Gastroenterological Association, the Simon B. Komarov prize for excellence in gastroenterology from the Penn Measey Foundation, the NIH Clinical Investigator Award and the Louis Duhring Award for Excellence in Clinical Specialty Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

 

Lawrence S. Kim, MD (South Denver Gastroenterology). Dr. Kim is a member of South Denver Gastroenterology, which has more than a dozen physicians on staff and is affiliated with two endoscopy centers, one of which is a joint venture with Amsurg Corp. He serves on the board of directors of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, the Clinical Practice and Economics Committee of the American Gastroenterological Association and the Regional Medical Advisory Board of the American Liver Foundation.

 

Dr. Kim earned his MD from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, completed his residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, where he pursued additional training in outcomes and clinical research. He is the community private practice councilor of the American Gastroenterological Association.

 

Michael L. Kochman, MD (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia). Dr. Kochman is the endoscopy training director and co-director of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Serving as chairman of the editorial board of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and editor for the "Year Book of Gastroenterology," he is also a councilor of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

 

Dr. Kochman earned his MD and completed a residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He then completed fellowships at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, and he has also received training in interventional endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound.

 

Michael K. Koehler, MD (University Hospitals, Cleveland). In addition to practicing in University Hospitals Medical Practices, Dr. Koehler has admitting privileges at UH Case Medical Center and UH Bedford Medical Center and is one of five physicians on staff at the Endoscopy Center at Bainbridge in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Dr. Koehler earned his MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland and completed a residency, gastroenterology fellowship and pathology fellowship at University Hospitals.

 

Mark H. Kogan, MD (Northern California Gastroenterology, San Pablo, Calif.). Dr. Kogan has served as chief of staff at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo and medical director for the Alta Bates Medical Group, which operates around the Bay Area. A member of 19-physician Northern California Gastroenterology, he was president of the Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association and served on the clinical practice committee for the American Gastroenterological Association.

 

He earned his MD from Northwestern University in Chicago and completed a residency at Cornell University in New York and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. He has teaching appointments at UCSF School of Medicine in San Francisco and Touro Osteopathic Medical School in New York. His special interests are colon cancer screening and inflammatory bowel disease.

 

Jeffrey Kutscher, MD (Gastroenterology Consultants of New Jersey, Lumberton). Dr. Kutscher has been chief of gastroenterology at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, N.J., since 1988 and continues to teach gastroenterology in the Virtua residency program. He is one of seven physicians at both Gastroenterology Consultants of New Jersey and Burlington County Endoscopy Center in Lumberton.

 

Dr. Kutscher earned his MD from Case Western Reserve University Medical School and completed his residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the Cornell University Medical Center and the Sloan Kettering Center in New York. Selected as a Top Doctor in Gastroenterology by New Jersey Monthly in 2007, he focuses on colon cancer screening and prevention, gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease.


Loren A. Laine, MD (USC School of Medicine, Los Angeles).
The president-elect of the American Gastroenterological Association, Dr. Laine is director of endoscopy and the associate director of the Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases at USC School of Medicine. Areas of interest include gastrointestinal bleeding and upper gastrointestinal tract injury due to Helicobacter pylori and anti-inflammatory medications. Dr. Laine earned his MD and completed his residency at the University of California at Los Angeles and completed a fellowship at University of California at San Diego.

 

Louis La Luna, MD (Digestive Disease Associates, Wyomissing, Pa.). Dr. La Luna is medical director of Berks Center for Digestive Health, an outpatient endoscopy center, and the gastroenterology liaison for the cancer committee at Reading (Pa.) Hospital. He practices at 13-physician Digestive Disease Associates, which was founded by Barton Smith, MD, in 1972.

 

Dr. La Luna earned his MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed a residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. During his fellowship he also trained at The University of Pennsylvania Health System and Fox Chase Cancer Center. He then completed an additional fellowship in advanced therapeutic endoscopy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

 

Nicholas F. LaRusso, MD (Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minn.). Dr. LaRusso chairs the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition at the American Gastroenterological Association. A member of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic, he is past president of the AGA and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, he has received distinguished achievement awards and a distinguished mentor award from the AGA.

 

Dr. LaRusso earned his MD from New York Medical College, completed a residency at Metropolitan Hospital Medical Center in New York and completed a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where he was a Mayo Foundation scholar and guest investigator. He is former editor of Gastroenterology, recipient of a MERIT Award and principle investigator on two R01s from the NIH.

 

Bret A. Lashner, MD (Cleveland Clinic). The co-chair of the Cleveland Clinic Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative Advisory Committee, Dr. Lashner also chairs the Research Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology. He is an associate editor of The American Journal of Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and is on the steering committee of the IBD Working Group. Dr. Lashner earned his MD from New York University School of Medicine. He completed a residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and his fellowship at the University of Chicago. He holds a masters degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

James S. Leavitt, MD (Galloway Endoscopy Center, Miami). Dr. Leavitt is a physician at the Galloway Endoscopy Center, affiliated with Baptist Health, and the Gastroenterology Care Center. He also holds an academic appointment at the University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Gastroenterology. Dr. Leavitt earned his MD from the State University of New York Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn and completed his medical internship and residency and his gastroenterology fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He has served as a member of the American College of Gastroenterology's practice management committee.

 

Jay R. Levinson, MD (Michigan Endoscopy Center, Farmington Hills). The medical director of Michigan Endoscopy Center, Dr. Levinson was recognized by his peers as one of the region's most respected gastroenterologists in Detroit Magazine's Top Doc survey in 2005 and 2008. Dr. Levinson earned his MD from Wayne State University in Detroit and completed his residency at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit. In addition to his work at Michigan Endoscopy Center, Dr. Levinson holds hospital privileges at Providence Hospital In Southfield, Mich., Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich., and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights, Mich.

 

Blair Lewis, MD (Mount Sinai Hospital, New York). Dr. Lewis was the primary investigator for the first clinical trial of capsule endoscopy for the small intestine and for the first clinical trial for the colon capsule. He chairs the International Conference of Capsule Endoscopy and coordinated the Consensus Conference statements to guide capsule usage. On staff at Mount Sinai Hospital, he also holds an academic appointment at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

 

Dr. Lewis earned his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y., completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and completed his fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is past president of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and New York Academy of Gastroenterology and has served on the board of the American College of Gastroenterology.

 

Gary R. Lichtenstein, MD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia). In addition to being director of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Lichtenstein serves on the editorial boards of Gastroenterology, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, World Journal of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases and Sciences. He is also on the steering committee of the IBD Working Group and has served as medical secretary for the Gastroenterology Section at the American Board of Internal Medicine.

 

Dr. Lichtenstein's research interests encompass investigational therapies for the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. He earned his MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He completed his residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and served a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

 

Edward V. Loftus Jr., MD (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.). A consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Loftus is on the steering committee of the IBD Working Group and has chaired the Patient Education Committee of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. He is an associate editor of American Journal of Gastroenterology and a member of the editorial boards of Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.

 

Dr. Loftus earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, completed a residency at Temple University Health Sciences Center in Philadelphia and completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. In his early career, he was a general medical officer in the Indian Health Service in Harlem, Mont.

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