125 Gastroenterologists to Know - M-Q


James F. Martin, MD (Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, Calif.). Dr. Martin served in Operation Desert Storm, for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for Superior Performance. The chief of the department of medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, he won the American Gastroenterological Association's 2010 Distinguished Clinician Award, cited as "the consummate private practice clinician who combines wisdom with a breadth of knowledge in the practice of gastroenterology and internal medicine." Dr. Martin earned his MD from Ohio State University in Columbus, completed his residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

 

Arthur McCullough, MD (Cleveland Clinic). A former president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Dr. McCullough chairs the department of gastroenterology and hepatology and is vice-chairman of research and education at the Digestive Disease Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He helped develop a non-invasive test for liver disease without needing a liver biopsy. Dr. McCullough earned his MD from SUNY Health Science Center at University Hospital of Syracuse (N.Y.) and completed residency at Cleveland Clinic and a fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

 

Alfred McNair, MD (Digestive Health Center in Biloxi, Miss.). Dr. McNair founded Digestive Health Center, which now has six physicians and provides colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and EGD. He earned his MD from Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver and completed his medical and specialty training at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and at Columbia University in New York. He has practiced at several hospitals in Mississippi, most recently at Ocean Springs Hospital.

 

Kenneth R. McQuaid, MD (VA Medical Center, San Francisco). Dr. McQuaid is director of GI Endoscopy and is the primary clinician for luminal gastrointestinal disorders at the VA Medical Center. He is responsible for clinical and administrative oversight of the inpatient GI consult service, outpatient GI clinics, GI motility laboratory and GI endoscopy unit. He is treasurer-elect and a member of the governing board of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. McQuaid earned his MD from University of California at San Francisco and completed a residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and a fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

 

Klaus D. Mergener, MD, PhD (Digestive Health Specialists, based in Tacoma, Wash.). Dr. Mergener is director of GI hospitalist services at Digestive Health Specialists, which is affiliated with four endoscopy centers. He is a member of the governing board of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, was a course director for the ASGE's Aug. 2011 meeting and is a member of the Council of Fellows of the American College of Physician Executives. Having earned his MD in Frankfurt and Heidelberg in Germany, Dr. Mergener completed a residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and received additional training in interventional endoscopy there.

 

Steven J. Morris, MD, JD (Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates). Dr. Morris is CEO and co-founder of Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, a 47-physician GI group practice. A clinical associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, he is past president of the Georgia Gastrointestinal Society and served as chief of staff at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Morris earned his MD from the University at Buffalo (N.Y.) and completed his residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta and a fellowship in digestive diseases at the University of Miami. He also holds a law degree from Georgia State University College of Law.

 

Bergein F. Overholt, MD (Gastrointestinal Associates, Knoxville, Tenn.). Dr. Overholt was a key contributor to the development of colonoscopy, earning him the Schindler Award from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the William Beaumont Award from the AMA. The founder of Gastrointestinal Associates, he is also a member of the board of EDP Biotech in Knoxville. He co-edited the 1990 book, "Office Endoscopy" and is former president of the ASGE and the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

 

Dr. Overholt earned his MD from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Nashville and completed a residency and a gastroenterology fellowship at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. He then completed two more years of gastroenterology training at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He is a recipient of the Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award from the American College of Gastroenterology.

 

Daniel J. Pambianco, MD (Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, Va.). In addition to being chairman of the endoscopy-motility lab at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Dr. Pambianco is medical director of Charlottesville Medical Research, a local network of community-based physicians in private practice who conduct clinical research studies in the central Virginia area. He is also vice chair of the board of governors of the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Pambianco earned his MD at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Montserrat, British West Indies. He completed a residency at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., and undertook a fellowship at the University of Virginia Health Services Center in Charlottesville.

 

Henry P. Parkman, MD (Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia). Dr. Parkman is director of the GI Motility Laboratory and the Temple Clinical Research Unit at Temple University School of Medicine. He also chairs the research committee in Temple's Department of Medicine and is vice president of the Digestive Disease National Coalition. His interests include motility disorders of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon. Dr. Parkman earned his MD from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He completed a residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, a GI fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a GI research fellowship in Mayo Clinic Medical School in Rochester, Minn.

 

Richard Peek Jr., MD (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.). Dr. Peek is council chair-elect of the American Gastroenterological Association and director of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Specializing in research into the pathogenesis of Helicobacter pylori infection and gastric cancer, his research has shown that carcinogenic strains of H. pylori can selectively activate B-catenin. He earned his MD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System and his fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

 

John L. Petrini, MD (Sansum Clinic, Santa Barbara, Calif.). Dr. Petrini is a former board member of Sansum Clinic and is a past president of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He earned his MD from University of California San Francisco and completed his residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta and his fellowship at University of California Los Angeles Medical Center.

 

David A. Peura, MD (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.). A professor of medicine at the University of Virginia Health System, Dr. Peura was the 100th president of the American Gastroenterological Association and chaired its Digestive Health Initiative Ulcer Campaign and its education committee. He won the AGA's Julius Friedenwald Medal and Distinguished Educator Award in 2002. He has been involved in clinical investigation on acid peptic disorders, particularly peptic ulcer disease, and Helicobacter pylori and its role in ulcer pathogenesis.

 

Dr. Peura earned his MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington and completed his residency training at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco and his GI fellowship training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was chief of gastroenterology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and consultant in gastroenterology to the Army Surgeon General. He retired from the Army in 1990 with the rank of colonel.

 

Irving Pike, MD (Gastroenterology Consultants, Virginia Beach). Dr. Pike is president of Gastroenterology Consultants. He served as vice president of medical affairs at Sentara Bayside Hospital in Virginia Beach and was on the executive council of Re-Inventing Sentara. His special interests are endoscopic management of biliary and pancreatic disease, inflammatory bowel disease and the prevention of colon cancer.

 

Dr. Pike is on the board of the American College of Gastroenterology and chairman of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy's Ambulatory Endoscopy Special Interest Group. He recently co-chaired the American College of Gastroenterology and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy's joint taskforce for developing Endoscopic Quality Indicators. He earned his MD from Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta and completed his residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and his fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

 

Scott E. Plevy, MD (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Dr. Plevy is director of the University of North Carolina FOCIS Center of Excellence. He is on the steering committee of the IBD Working Group, was co-director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at the University of Pittsburgh and has served as basic science section editor for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Research interests include inflammatory bowel disease, innate immunity, cytokine biology and inflammation, and he has been the principle investigator for numerous clinical trials in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

 

Dr. Plevy earned his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He completed a residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston and a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of California at Los Angeles. In addition, he completed post-doctoral research fellowships at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Los Angeles.

 

Daniel K. Podolsky, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston). The chief of the gastrointestinal unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Podolsky is also chief academic officer at Partners HealthCare System and faculty dean for academic programs at Partners for Harvard Medical School in Boston. His research interests include laboratory investigation of basic mechanisms contributing to gastrointestinal tract injury and the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases. Dr. Podolsky earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the 2009 recipient of Julius Friedenwald medal from the American Gastroenterological Association.

 

D. Brent Polk, MD (Children's Hospital Los Angeles). Dr. Polk is chair of pediatrics and vice president of academic affairs at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He chairs the American Gastroenterological Association Institute Council and the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Committee. In addition, he has served as an ad hoc journal reviewer for more than three dozen medical journals.

 

Dr. Polk earned his MD and completed his pediatrics residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif. His research includes pediatric inflammatory bowel disease and immune regulation of the gastrointestinal tract, focusing on regulation growth and development of the intestinal cell as related to ontogeny and disease.

 

John W. Popp Jr., MD (Columbia Gastroenterology Associates, S.C.). Currently the medical director for Centocor Ortho Biotech, Dr. Popp has served as chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Charleston and director of the Endoscopy Laboratory at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C. As a managing partner of Columbia (S.C.) Gastroenterology Associates, he was instrumental in growing the practice to nine gastroenterologists, three offices and two endoscopy centers.

 

Dr. Popp earned his MD and completed his residency at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and completed his fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is clinical professor of medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. He was also a founder of the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association, served as president of the American College of Gastroenterology and received the college's William D. Carey award in 2004.

 

Daniel H. Present, MD (Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York). Dr. Present is a founder of the Foundation for Clinical Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Mount Sinai and co-founder of the Foundation for Clinical Research in inflammatory bowel disease. He holds the American College of Gastroenterology's Master award, American Gastroenterological Association's Distinguished Clinician award and Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Present earned his MD from State University of New York Downstate in Brooklyn and completed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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