8 gastroenterologists in nonprofit organization leadership positions

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Here are eight gastroenterologists serving in leadership positions for non-profit organizations focusing on issues such as colon cancer, Crohn's disease and digestive diseases.

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James Aisenberg, MD, is president of the Digestive Disease Research Foundation, a 501(c) 3 foundation. Dr. Aisenberg is a clinical professor of medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and practices with New York Gastroenterology Associates. He focuses his research on gastrointestinal endoscopy. Dr. Aisenberg earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed his residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He served his gastroenterology fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Whitney Jones, MD, is the founder of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, the largest nonprofit organization focused on colon cancer awareness and prevention in the state of Kentucky. Dr. Jones practices with Midwest Gastro Associates in Louisville, Ky., and serves as a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Louisville. In August 2013, the Colon Cancer Prevention Project raised more than $90,000 at its 8th Annual Walk Away for Colon Cancer & 5k run.

Michael D. Kreines, MD, FACP, FACG, is a member of the Colon Cancer Alliance Medical Scientific Advisory Committee. The CCA is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization. Dr. Kreines practices with Ohio Gastroenterology & Liver Institute and serves as the chief of the gastroenterology section at Christ Hospital of Cincinnati. He is also an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Kreines has served two terms as Southern Ohio Region governor for the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Kreines has an interest in IBD and colon cancer prevention. He helped to begin the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and serves as the Colorectal Cancer Task Force chairman. Dr. Kreines earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He completed his fellowship training at the University of California at San Diego and the University of Chicago.

James Lewis, MD, MSE, is the National Scientific Advisory Committee chair of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization. Dr. Lewis is the associate director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is also the senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and senior scholar of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Lewis earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency at Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. Dr. Lewis served his fellowship at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania.

Kenneth Miller, MD, is secretary of the Digestive Disease Research Foundation, a 501(c) 3 foundation. He practices with New York Gastroenterology Associates and serves as an instructor at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He has an interest in colorectal cancer screening and therapeutic endoscopy. Dr. Miller is a graduate of the New York University School of Medicine. He went on to complete his residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Miller completed his gastroenterology fellowship and research fellowship at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Maria Oliva-Hemker, MD, is a member of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America National Board of Trustees. CCFA is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization. Dr. Oliva-Hemker is chief of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at the Children's Hospital at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. She is also the Stermer Family Professor of Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She has a special interest in IBD, autoimmune enteropathy and eosinophilic gastroenteritis. Dr. Oliva-Hemker completed her medical degree, residency and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Mark Pochapin, MD, FACG, is a Colon Cancer Alliance Medical Scientific Advisory Committee member. The CCA is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization. Dr. Pochapin is the director of the gastroenterology division and Sholtz/Leeds Professor of Gastroenterology at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Pochapin is also a member of the American College of Gastroenterology board of trustees. He has research interests in endoscopic technologies, prevention of colorectal cancer, pancreatic cysts and pancreatic cancer. Dr. Pochapin is a graduate of Cornell University Medical College in New York and completed his fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center, also in New York.

Francisco Sylvester, MD, is a member of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America National Board of Trustees. CCFA is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization. Dr. Sylvester is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford and a professor of pediatrics and immunology at the University of Connecticut Medical School. Dr. Sylvester completed his medical degree at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He went on to complete a pediatrics residency at SUNY-Brooklyn and a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

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