5 physicians on the cutting edge of gastroenterology

Here are five physicians on the cutting edge of the gastroenterology field: 

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Andrew Chan, MD

Dr. Chan is the clinical research councillor for the American Gastroenterological Association and a professor of medicine at Boston-based Harvard Medical School. A leading investigator in cancer prevention, he also serves as a professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, chief of the clinical and translational epidemiology unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the director of epidemiology at the MGH Cancer Center. 

Khyati Mehta, MD 

Dr. Mehta is a GI specialist at Loma Linda (Calif.) University Children's Hospital. She is piloting a program to implement transnasal endoscopy without sedation in children. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopies with biopsies often require deep sedation or general anesthesia, which takes children several hours to recover. 

Patricio Polanco, MD 

Dr. Polanco is an associate professor of surgery at Dallas-based University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is also the director of UTSW’s Robotic Surgery Training Program and co-director of the Pancreatic Cancer Program. He recently led a study about how robotic surgery is associated with improved outcomes over laparoscopic procedures for colon cancer patients undergoing colectomies. 

Neil Sharma, MD 

Dr. Sharma, an interventional GI and endoscopy specialist, was recently chosen to lead Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Peak Gastroenterology Associates' interventional program. He has previously served as assistant professor at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and program director of interventional endoscopy. 

David Yamini, MD 

Dr. Yamini, a gastroenterologist and internal medicine specialist, specializes in medical disorders of the digestive disease system and gastroenterology systems that affect the small intestine, stomach, esophagus, gallbladder, liver and pancreas. He was recently named Los Angeles Magazine's prestigious "Top Doctor" list for 2024, according to a Jan. 16 news release. 

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