170 GI physicians making headlines in 2015 so far

Here are 170 gastroenterologists making headlines in the first half of the year.


David Perlmutter, MD, was named dean of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Sean Koppe, MD, was tapped to lead Edward-Elmhurst (Ill.) Healthcare's new Walter Payton Liver Center Outreach Clinic in Naperville, Ill.

Kenneth Brown, MD, developed Atrantil, a plant-based nutraceutical designed to relieve bloating, abdominal discomfort and constipation.

Michael Pezzone, MD, PhD, AGAF, returned to River Valley Physicians in East Liverpool, Ohio, after a leave of absence.

Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology in Washington, Mo., added gastroenterologist Sheetal Sharma, MBBS.

Tadataka Yamada, MD, PhD, rejoined Frazier Healthcare as a member of the company's life sciences team.


The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy named its board members for 2015 to 2016:

•    Douglas O. Faigel, MD, FASGE, will now serve as president through May 2016.

The other governing board member appointments include:

•    President-elect: Kenneth R. McQuaid, MD, FASGE, VA Medical Center (San Francisco)
•    Vice President: Karen L. Woods, MD, FASGE, Houston Methodist Hospital
•    Secretary: John J. Vargo II, MD, MPH, FASGE, Cleveland Clinic
•    Treasurer: Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE, Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis)
•    Past president: Colleen M. Schmitt, MD, MHS, FASGE, Galen Medical Group (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
•    Past President: Kenneth K. Wang, MD, FASGE, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)  

The newly appointed councilors include:

•    Ian M. Gralnek, MD, MSHS, FASGE, Bruce and Ruth Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Rambam Health Care Campus (Haifa, Israel)
•    Brian C. Jacobson, MD, MPH, FASGE, Boston University Medical Center
•    John Martin, MD, FASGE, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)  
•    Douglas K. Rex, MD, FASGE, Indiana University Medical Center (Indianapolis)
•    Sarah A. (Betsy) Rodriguez, MD, Oregon Clinic (Portland)
•    Prateek Sharma, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City)

Gastroenterologist Tim Ridgway, MD, was elected the new president of the South Dakota Medical Association.

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy appointed Douglas O. Faigel, MD, FASGE, as its president.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, introduced his proposed replacement to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering a continuing medical education course on colonoscopy, which was developed by physicians and leaders in the GI field. The physicians involved in developing the course are:

•    Lynn Butterly, MD, medical director, New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program; Director of Colorectal Cancer Screening at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, N.H.)
•    Diane Dwyer, MD, former medical director, Center for Cancer Prevention and Control, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Baltimore)
•    David Lieberman, MD, professor of medicine and chief, division of gastroenterology and hepatology, Oregon Health and Science University (Portland)
•    Michael B. Potter, MD, professor, department of family and community medicine, University of California (San Francisco)
•    Paul C. Schroy, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
•    Richard Wender, MD, chief cancer control officer, American Cancer Society (Atlanta) and professor, family and community medicine, Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia).

Klaus Gottlieb, MD, FACG, joined Synthetic Biologics as its vice president of clinical and regulatory affairs.

Peter Cotton, MD, a gastroenterologist with the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, is designing a national study to determine which patients are candidates for gall bladder removal surgery.


The American Gastroenterological Association honored nine gastroenterologists with its Annual Recognition Awards at Digestive Disease Week in Washington, D.C.:

•    Robert Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
•    C. Richard Boland, MD, AGAF, Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas)
•    Patrick Kamath, MD, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)
•    Charles Melbern Wilcox, MD, MSPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham
•    Susan Henning, PhD, AGAF, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
•    M. Bishr Omary, MD, PhD, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
•    William Chey, MD, AGAF, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
•    Louis Y. Korman, MD, Metropolitan Gastroenterology Group (Washington, D.C.)
•    Jay Hoofnagle, MD, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Md.)

Michael Camilleri, MD, MPhil, MRCP, FACP, AGAF, became the president of the American Gastroenterological Association.

SonarMD, LLC, released its SonarMD platform, a population health management tool for inflammatory bowel disease, the brainchild of gastroenterologist Lawrence Kosinski, MD, MBA, AGAF, FACG, managing partner of Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin.

Yvette Tache, PhD, received the 2014 Middleton Award for her research on peripheral autonomic pathways influencing GI function.

Anu K. Mathew, MD, received the Compassionate Doctor Award from Vitals.

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy honored several gastroenterologists with the ASGE Awards:

•    Robert H. Hawes, MD, Florida Hospital Orlando
•    Robert A. Ganz, MD, Minnesota Gastroenterology, St. Paul
•    Jacques Van Dam, MD, USC Medical Center, Los Angeles
•    Karen L. Woods, MD, Methodist Hospital, Houston
•    David L. Jaffe, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
•    Klaus Mergener, MD, Digestive Health Specialists, Tacoma, Wash.
•    Michael L. Kochman, MD, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia
•    Christopher J. Gostout, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
•    Hironori Yamamoto, MD, Jichi Medical University, Tochigi, Japan
•    M. Brian Fennerty, MD, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
•    Jonathan M. Buscaglia, MD, Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Medical Center Endoscopy Unit
•    Sachin B. Wani, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
•    Robin Mendelsohn, MD, Memorial Kettering Cancer Center, New York
•    Aziz Aadam, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
•    Vincent Dusabejambo, MD, Kigali University Teaching Hospital, Rwanda
•    Salvatore Francesco Vadala di Prampero, MD, University Hospital of Udine, Italy
•    Yuichi Mori, MD, Showa University Yokohama Northern Hospital, Japan
•    Salvatore Oliva, MD, Sapienza-Univesity of Rome, Italy
•    Nikhil Vergis, BMBCH, St. Mary's Hospital, Imperial College, London
•    Ananya Das, MD, Arizona Digestive Health PC, Gilbert, Ariz.
•    Jennifer H. Lai, MD, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
•    Wajeeh Salah, MD, Mayo Clinic, Eau Claire, Wis.
•    Shou-Jiang Tang, MD, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson.
•    Vinay Dhir, MD, Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences, India
•    Yamile Haito Chavez, MD, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
•    Sarah Flores, MD, UC Irvine Medical Center
•    Sameer Siddique, MD, University of Missouri, Columbia

The American Gastroenterological Association honored Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH, with the 2015 Julius Friedenwald Medal.

Richard Peek, MD, director of the Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Research Center in Nashville, was named editor-in-chief of the American Gastroenterological Association's Gastroenterology journal.

The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy honored two gastroenterologists with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia at its Crystal Award — David Jaffe, MD, and Michael Kochman, MD.

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Consultant Expert Program selected nine gastroenterologists to lead programs at the ASGE Institute for Training and Technology in Downers Grove, Ill.:

•    Amitabh Chak, MD, MS, FASGE, University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland
•    Jose-Guillermo de la Mora-Levy, MD, MSc, FASGE, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología in Mexico City
•    Kulwinder S. Dua, MD, FASGE, FACP, FRCP, Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
•    Lauren B. Gerson, MD, MSc, FASGE, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco
•    Christopher J. Gostout, MD, FASGE, Mayo Clinic in Rochester (Minn.)
•    Linda S. Lee, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston
•    Simon K. Lo, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
•    James M. Scheiman, MD, FASGE, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
•    Paul R. Tarnasky, MD, Methodist Dallas Medical Center in Dallas

Christopher Andrews, MD, MSc, FRCPC, a gastroenterologist with the University of Calgary in Canada, joined the M Pharmaceutical board of directors.

The American College of Gastroenterology announced the new co-editors-in-chief of The American Journal of Gastroenterology — Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG, of Cedars-Sinai Health System in West Hollywood, Calif.

David Bernstein, MD, chief of hepatology for North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., and Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park, N.Y., was named the medical advisor of pharmaceutical company PAION.

Kerri Gosselin, MD, joined Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Medical Group.

Afsar Waraich, MD, opened Palmetto Gastroenterology & Hepatology in Aiken, S.C.

Mouen Khashab, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of therapeutic endoscopy, performed the first Medigus Ultrasonic Surgical Endostapler procedure at Baltimore-based The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Douglas A. Corley, MD, PhD, MPH, and Detlef Schuppan, MD, PhD, served as guest editors for the special issue released by the American Gastroenterological Association's official journal Gastroenterology.


La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company named four physicians to its LJPC-401 advisory board, including gastroenterologist Paul Adams, MD.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Gastroenterology in Bennington added gastroenterologist Alexandra Shustina, DO, to its medical team.

Mutare Health named gastroenterologist Lawrence Kosinski, MD, MBA, AGAF, its chief medical officer.

INTEGRIS Colon and Rectal Surgery in Oklahoma City added Steven Carter, MD.

Global nutrition company Herbalife added Czech gastroenterologist Dr. Pavel Kohout to its nutrition advisory board.

The CDPHP Physicians' Academy inducted four New York physicians, including William Notis, MD, the founder of Albany (N.Y.) Gastroenterology Consultants.

Medical device company BioSig Technologies named Jerome Zeldis, MD, PhD, to its board of directors.

The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis established a team that will lead the reform of its research program, and the team will be chaired by William Tremaine, MD.

Christopher Meyer, DO, was named CEO and chairman of the board of Gallipolis, Ohio-based Holzer Health System, effective Jan. 1.

Noufal Jajeh, MD, joined the practice Gastroenterology of West Central Ohio in Lima.

Peter Brennan, MD; Brent Lemberg, MD; Steve Rogers, MD; and Carl West, MD, of Gastroenterology Associates of Ithaca (N.Y.) collaborated with Cayuga Medical Center in Cortland, N.Y., to open the Cayuga Endoscopy Center in Ithaca.


Charlevoix (Mich.) Area Hospital added gastroenterologist Thomas Tietjen, MD, to its medical team.

Alan Maltbie, MD, Kirk Mullins, MD, and Douglas Walsh, MD, of Baton Rouge, La.-based Gastroenterology Associates, will start seeing patients at the new office location in the Lane Regional Medical Center campus in Zachary, La.

Daniel Podolsky, MD, president of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, will join the Agilent Technologies board of directors, effective in July.

Carol Morris, DO, joined Bayhealth Gastroenterology in Milford, Del.

Akron (Ohio) General Partners Physician Group added gastroenterologist Jeffrey Neher, MD.

Lesley Rhee, MD, joined Maywood, Ill.-based Loyola University Health System.

Cape Regional Health System plans to open a new endoscopy center in Cape May Court House, N.J., which will be staffed by gastroenterologists Anthony Masciarelli, DO, and Renjy Vattasseril, MD.

John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF, president of the American Gastroenterological Association Institute, travelled to Capitol Hill to discuss some of the most pressing issues in gastroenterology.

The American Gastroenterological Association named its inaugural class of the Future Leaders Program.

The class members include:

•    Rotonya M. Carr, MD, assistant professor of medicine, University of Pennsylvaniain Philadelphia
•    Neelendu Dey, MD, instructor of medicine, division of gastroenterology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
•    Nelson Garcia, Jr., MD, associate gastroenterologist, GastroHealth in Miami
•    Avlin B. Imaeda, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, section of digestive diseases, Yale University School of Medicine in Guilford, Conn.  
•    Gilaad G. Kaplan, MD, assistant professor, University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada
•    Sonia S. Kupfer, MD, assistant professor of medicine, University of Chicago Medicine
•    Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, instructor in clinical medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital
•    David J. Levinthal, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
•    Kara Gross Margolis, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Columbia University in New York
•    Silvio de Melo, Jr., MD, director of endoscopy; program director GI fellowship, University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville
•    Walter G. Park, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Stanford University Medical Center in Los Altos, Calif.  
•    Andrew D. Rhim, MD, assistant professor, internal medicine, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
•    Jatin Roper, MD, gastroenterologist; assistant professor, Tufts Medical Center in Boston
•    Brijen J. Shah, MD, assistant professor of medicine, gastroenterology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York
•    Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, associate professor, department of medicine, gastroenterology division, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis
•    Savita Srivastava, MD, gastroenterologist, University of Virginia Physician's Group in Culpeper
•    Tram T. Tran, MD, medical director, liver transplantation, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Pacific Palisades, Calif.  
•    Elizabeth C Verna, MD, MS, associate program director, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Gastroenterologist Heidi Huck, MD, joined the medical team at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System, based in Mattoon. Ill.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York named gastroenterologist Ira Jacobson, MD, chairman of the department of medicine.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant named four members to the State Institutions of Higher Learning board of trustees. One of the four appointees is Alfred McNair Jr., MD, owner of Digestive Health Center in Ocean Springs, Miss.

Gastroenterologist Amar S. Naik, MD, joined Loyola University Health System, based in Maywood, Ill.

Michael Nathanson, MD, PhD, was named the Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.

Gastroenterologist Vinay Sood, DO, joined the medical team at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Physicians Endoscopy and physicians Sam Drake, MD; Bill Watkins, MD; Neville Forbes, MD; and Austin Osemeka, MD, opened the Greater Gaston Endoscopy Center in Gastonia, N.C.

Robert Millan Dy, DO, joined Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku, Hawaii.

Purvi Panchal, MD, joined Pennsylvania Gastroenterology Consultants in Camp Hill.

The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York opened a clinic for the treatment of pediatric fatty liver disease. Bryan Rudolph, MD, an attending physician in the hospital's pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition division, will run the clinic.

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition will honor gastroenterologist Joseph Duva, MD.

Kaiser Permanente Fresno (Calif.) named Smita Rouillard, MD, physician-in-chief of Fresno Medical Center.


Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates added four new gastroenterologists to its team including:

•    Srini Ayinala, MD
•    Donald Pham, MD
•    Mohammad Wehbi, MD
•    Michael Windham, MD

Nanticoke Physician Network, based in Seaford, Del., added Khaled F. Elraie, MD, FACG, to its team.

Family First Clinic in Clarksdale, Miss., added Richard Brownstein, MD.

Cincinnati-based Mercy Health named Anton Decker, MD, president of Mercy Health Physicians, its partner physician group practice.

The National Association of Professional Women named Michelle Inkster, MD, PhD, a gastroenterologist with the Cleveland Clinic, a 2014 to 2015 Professional Woman of the Year.

Jonathan Lamphier, MD, will open the Novant Health Gastroenterology Brunswick clinic in Supply, N.C.

Gastroenterology Associates of Manatee in Bradenton, Fla., added Jennifer Leigh, MD, to its physician team.

Hani Charles Soudah, MD, PhD, of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, joined Nature's Sunshine Products' medical and scientific advisory board.

Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center added Brett Hassan, MD, to Milford Gastroenterology Associates.

Texas Children's Hospital named Benjamin L. Shneider, MD, chief of its gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition service.

The Stamford Hospital recognized AmSurg Partner and Medical Director at Diagnostic Endoscopy Center Stuart Waldstreicher, MD, as the "Physician of the Quarter."

Gastroenterologist Christopher T. Meyer, DO, was named CEO and chairman of the Board of Governors for Holzer Health System.

Maridine Co, MD, joined Prevea Pediatric Digestive Health at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.

Hattiesburg Clinic Gastroenterology added Michael A. Goebel, MD, to its physician team.

Alphonso Belsito, MD, joined the Gastroenterology Associates of Manatee in Bradenton, Fla.

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