Drs. Steven Matulis, Douglas Morgan, & more: 6 GI physicians making headlines

Here are six gastroenterologists that made news in the past week:

Douglas Morgan, MD, will lead the University of Alabama at Birmingham's gastroenterology and hepatology division.

Lawyers representing Charleston, S.C., gastroenterologist accused of sexual assault Steven Matulis and his alleged victims gave opening statements during a trial Oct. 1.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis., added Mainor Antillon Galdamez, MD, to its staff.

The Connecticut State Medical Society elected Claudia Gruss, MD, the organization's 180th president.

Gastroenterologists criticized the effectiveness of Exact Sciences' Cologuard in opinion pieces in STAT and the Peoria Journal Star:

• Ypsilanti, Mich.-based Huron Gastroenterology's Research Director Naresh Gunaratnam, MD, told STAT he takes issue with that detection rate. Although 93 percent is a "great result," the 7 percent of missed cases, could translate to one out of 13 people having undetected colon cancer, he said. More than a million patients have used the test.

• Peoria-based Illinois Gastroenterology Group gastroenterologist Eli Kuga, MD, shared his thoughts on Cologuard with the Peoria Star. Like Dr. Gunaratnam, Dr. Kuga took issue with Cologuard's miss rate. Colonoscopy is a first-line recommended treatment with a 95 percent national standard completion rate, according to a New York Times article.

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