11 GI leaders to know in March

Here are 11 gastroenterology physicians Becker's ASC Review featured in March:

1. Jean-Pierre Raufman, MD, is the gastroenterology and hepatology division head at the Baltimore-based University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is the author of 150 original papers and over 25 book chapters and is an American Society for Clinical Investigation member.

2. Gail Hecht, MD, is the gastroenterology and nutrition chief at Loyola University Chicago. She is a past president of the American Gastroenterological Association — the second woman to serve in that position.

3. Francis A. Farraye, MD, is the clinical director of the section of gastroenterology and co-director of the center for digestive disorders at the Boston University School of Medicine.

4. Smruti R. Mohanty, MD, is the gastroenterology and hepatobiliary diseases chief at New York City-based NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Dr. Mohanty is the center for liver diseases director, and is a member of the gastroenterology fellowship faculty at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

5. Carol Burke, MD, is the director of the center for colon polyp and cancer prevention at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Burke has also taken on leadership roles outside of Cleveland Clinic, and served a term as president of American College of Gastroenterology. She is also a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians.

6. David C. Whitcomb, MD, PhD, is the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Precision Medicine Service director. He is a professor of medicine, cell biology, physiology and human genetics. His research interests include pancreatic diseases, such as pancreatic cancer and severe acute pancreatitis.

7. Nadim G. Haddad, MD, is the physician executive director and regional chief of the gastroenterology department at Washington, D.C.-based MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. His research focuses on treating pancreatic cysts and cancer. Dr. Haddad was instrumental in developing a pancreatic cyst registry for use by universities and medical centers in molecular profiling.

8. Rajesh N. Keswani, MD, is Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center's medical director of quality. Dr. Keswani serves on American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterological Association and National Comprehensive Cancer Network committees.

9. Valeria Cohran, MD, is the intestinal rehabilitation and transplantation director at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Cohran is an associate pediatric professor at the Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine. Her primary clinical interests include intestinal failure and transplantation.

10. Niraj Jani, MD, is the gastroenterology division chief at Towson, Md. -based GBMC Healthcare. His interests include treating gastrointestinal cancer, pancreaticobiliary diseases and performing endoscopic ultrasounds.

11. Kenneth J. Vega, MD, is the gastroenterology and hepatology division chief at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Vega is also a medical professor at the Medical College of Georgia.

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