Gastro Open Journal

Editorial Board


Gastro - Open Journal


               Editor-in-Chief


               Associate Editors

Tatiana Goretsky (Zagranichnaya), PhD

Assistant Professor
Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506, USA


Dr. Goretsky received her MS degree from Lomonosov (Moscow State) University and Ph.D. from Russian Academy of Science. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago in and at Northwestern University. Currently she is working as a Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition of the University of Kentucky at Lexington. She has extensive experience in the biochemical analysis of both human and mouse intestinal crypt cell populations. She was studying a controversial role of nicotine in the origin and progression of ulcerative colitis and Chrons disease. She has interest in epigenetic regulation of β-catenin signaling.
Inflammation induced intestinal stem cells activation. β-catenin signaling and post-translation modifications. Origin and progression of the inflammatory bowel disease.

Jacintha O. Sullivan, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
Institute of Molecular Medicine
Trinity Centre for Health Sciences
St James Hospital
Dublin 8, Ireland


Education

Dr. O. Sullivan was appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, St. Jamess Hospital / TCD in 2010. Jacintha graduated from University College Dublin in 1995, with a first class honours degree in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. She then carried out her Ph.D. training at the Adrinodack Biomedical Research Institute, Lake Placid, New York and at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana in cancer cell biology. In 2000, she moved to the University of Washington, Seattle as a NIH funded fellow where she investigated how genomic instability events are crucial in driving disease progression in inflammatory diseases. In 2003, Jacintha returned to Dublin to the Centre for Colorectal Disease, St. Vincents University Hospital as a senior scientist to work with a multidisciplinary colorectal cancer team and to establish a translational colorectal cancer research program. Currently she directs two upper GI research programs in Barretts Oesophagus and Colorectal Cancer in the Department of Surgery, St. Jamess Hospital / TCD in collaboration with her surgical and clinical colleagues.

Shreyas Saligram, MD, MRCP

Department of of Interventional Gastroenterology
Moffitt Cancer Center
Department of Gastroenterology
Kansas University Medical Center
235 Ward Parkway, Apt 307
Kansas City, MO-64112, USA


Dr. Saligram graduated from Sri Devaraj Urs Medical School in India in 2003. Thereafter, he moved to England and completed his residency in Internal Medicine from Royal Liverpool University Hospital. During his sub-specialization training in Gastroenterology from Poole Hospital of Wessex Deanery, he received his membership from the prestigious Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in March, 2009.
On receiving his MRCP in England, Dr. Saligram moved to USA in July, 2009 and underwent training in Internal Medicine from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He started his Sub-specialization in Gastroenterology from Kansas University Medical Center and has decided to pursue a career in Interventional Gastroenterology in Moffitt Cancer Center.
During his training, he developed an interest in academic medicine. He has presented in various international conferences like Digestive Disease Week and American College of Gastroenterology. He has several published articles in high impact journals including New England Journal of Medicine.
The published articles are of different kinds which range from original articles, review articles, newspaper articles and book chapters.


               Editors


Varayu Prachayakul, MD

Assistant Professor
Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Internal Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
Bangkok 10700, Thailand


After complete the Clinical fellowship training in advanced therapeutic endoscopy (ERCP) and Endosonography at Interdisciplinary endoscopic unit, University of Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg Germany in 2008, Dr. Prachayakul, been working on advanced therapeutic endoscopy at Siriraj GI Endoscopy center, Siriraj hospital, Mahidol university. He had published some case reports, case series and articles regarding; gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer screening, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) in both diagnosis and therapeutic procedures, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopan creatography (ERCP) which also included cholangioscopy / pancreatoscopy and single balloon assisted enteroscopy. Dr. Prachayakul, currently work on all the treatments and procedures mentioned above. His personal interest are the development of new techniques and accessories to aid the treatments in advanced therapeutic procedures; such as a self-made Teflon catheters for graded dilatation used in EUS guided biliary drainage.

S. Houssam Mardini, MD, MBA, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Clinical Title Series Director of Endoscopy
Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Internal Medicine
UK HealthCare
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
800 Rose Street, Room MN649
Lexington, KY 40536, USA


PROFESSIONAL/GRADUATE

• (09/1986-09/1992): Diploma of Doctor in Medicine (MD), Damascus University School of Medicine, Damascus, Syria
• (08/2002-04/2003): Master of Public Health (MPH), University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA
• (08/2008-12/2010): Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics , Lexington, KY
• (01/2013-12/2013): Master of Business Administration (MBA), Marshall University Lewis College of Business, Huntington, WV


POST-GRADUATE

• (02/1995-12/1996): House Officer, Damascus University Cardiovascular Surgery Center, Damascus, Syria
• (01/1997-06/1997): International Scholarship, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cardiovascular Surgical Unit, Cleveland, OH, Temple University at Frankford Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
• (07/1998-06/1999): Internship, Transitional Year, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hospitals, Department of Internal Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
• (07/1999-04/2000): Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hospitals, Department of Internal Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
• (05/2000-04/2002): Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, Lexington, KY
• (07/2003-06/2006): Fellowship, Gastroenterology, Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Charleston, SC
• (07/2011-12/2011): Advanced Endoscopy Training


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

• Syrian Army and Armed Forces, 82nd Armored Brigade, 3rd Armored Division, Al-Qutayfah, Syria
• (11/1992-01/1995): Lieutenant and Medical Unit Director, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, Lexington, KY
• (07/2006-10/2008): Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mardini & Associates, MD, PSC, Ashland, KY
• (11/2008-10/2013): Gastroenterologist and Owner, Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Charleston, SC
• (07/2011-12/2011): Instructor of Medicine, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Huntington, WV
• (04/2012-06/2013): Associate Professor of Medicine, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV
• (02/2013-08/2013): Director of Endoscopy, Lexington VA Medical Center, Lexington, KY
• (11/2013-Present): Staff Gastroenterologist (Part-time), University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, Lexington, KY
• (12/2013- Present): Assistant Professor of Medicine (Part-time), University of Kentucky Healthcare System, Lexington, KY
• (08/2014 – Present): Director of Endoscopy


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

• University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, Lexington, KY
• (07/2006-10/2008): Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Charleston, SC
• (07/2011-12/2011): Instructor of Medicine, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Huntington, WV
• (04/2012-06/2013): Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, Lexington, KY
• (12/2013-Present): Assistant Professor of Medicine (Part-time)

Ivo Boškoski, MD, PhD

Gastroenterology & Digestive Endoscopy
Digestive Endoscopy Unit
Catholic University of Rome
Largo A. Gemelli, 00168 Roma, Italy


Dr. Boškoski has qualified MD at the University of Perugia, Italy, in 2005. He completed his Residency in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy at the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome in 2009 and he undertook PhD training on Endoscopic Treatment of Obesity on the Catholic University of Rome, which he completed in 2012. Since 2007, He trained diagnostic and operative gastrointestinal endoscopy and biliopancreatic endoscopy with a fellowship at the Digestive Endoscopy Unit of the Catholic University of Rome, directed by Professor Guido Costamagna, where present he is Instructor and Member of the faculty of the European Endoscopy Training Center. His particular interest is in inventing and development of simulators for diagnostic and operative ERCP and new endoscopic devices. He has authored and co-authored many peer reviewed publications, text book chapters and abstracts, and he has lectured at many national and international meetings. He is also co-investigator of fifteen clinical trials at the Catholic University of Rome, Italy.

Alexandros Charalabopoulos, MD, PhD, FRCS

Consultant Upper GI & General Surgeon
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust
Broomfield Hospital
Broomfield, Chelmsford
Essex CM1 7ET, UK


Consultant Upper GI & General Surgeon with an interest in Minimally Invasive Oesophagogastric Cancer Surgery.

Broomfield Hospital, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust


Permanent full time post from December 2013

As an Upper GI & General Surgery Consultant with a major interest in oesophagogastric cancer resection surgery, I perform all the operations in the spectrum of upper gastrointestinal surgery and mainly in the field of upper GI cancer surgery and its minimally invasive treatment. Broomfield Hospital is a high volume and the regional oesophagogastric cancer center in which more than 100 oesophagogastric resections per year are performed. I perform all types of oesophagectomies with the majority being laparoscopic assisted Ivor-Lewis oesophagogastrectomies and all the types of gastrectomies. Most of the elective operations I perform are laparoscopic. I perform upper GI and general surgical operations like laparoscopic incisional and inguinal (TEP and TAPP) hernia repair, laparoscopic cholecystectomy and CBD exploration, laparoscopic fundoplication, and laparoscopic Heller’s myotomy. I perform robotic upper GI surgery and especially robotic assisted Heller’s myotomy, robotic gastric resections and robotic gastric pacing. I also have a special interest in the treatment of gastroparesis and I am one of the two surgeons in the region who specializes in gastric pacing. I do general surgical on calls in a 1 in 8 rota. I perform upper GI diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and do upper GI and general surgical clinics. I am also a key member of the upper GI cancer MDT meetings.
As an Upper GI Surgeon I have been extensively trained in all types of oesophagectomies (Ivor-Lewis, McKeown, transhiatal, thoracoabdominal, minimal invasive), gastrectomies with extensive lymph node dissections (D1, D2 and even D3), bariatric surgery (gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric band, intragastric balloon) and laparoscopic benign upper GI disease. I have received expert training in Upper GI surgery from internationally renowned units. Specifically, cancer resections through fellowships from Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, National Cancer Centre Hospital in Tokyo, St Thomas’ Hospital in London and upper GI advanced laparoscopic procedures including bariatric surgery from St Thomas’ and St George’s Hospitals in London. I have also had advanced training in general surgery (mainly HPB, colorectal, endocrine, vascular) and was awarded an MSc and a PhD for my research in experimental acute pancreatitis and gastrointestinal carcinogenesis respectively. So far I have participated in about 3000 operations, the great majority of which is in the field of Upper GI surgery, having performed more than 1800 of those.

Atilla Ertan, MD, FACP, AGAF, MACG

Director of the Ertan Digestive Disease Center and GI Center of Excellence, MHPB-Texas Medical Center
Professor at the University of Texas Medical School Gastroenterology & Hepatology Division
6400 Fannin, Suite 1400
Houston, Texas 77030, USA


Dr. Ertan earned his medical degree in 1963 from the Ankara University Medical School in Turkey. Following completion of his fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, he was professor of medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans from 1980-90 where he was named Chief of the Gastroenterology Section from 1984-90 and Interim Chairman of Medicine Department from 1988-90. Then, he was Chief of the Gastroenterology Section at the Methodist Hospital/ Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) from 1990 to 2001. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at both BCM as well as Weill-Cornell Medical College. He is now professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center and Director of the Ertan Digestive Disease Center and Gastroenterology Center of Excellence at the Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center.

Pradeep K. Dudeja, PhD

Professor of Physiology & Director of Research
Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Dept. of Medicine, UIC
Senior Research Career Scientist, Jesse Brown VAMC
Medical Research Service (600/151)
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612, USA


EDUCATION

Postgraduate Training:
Ph.D. Biochemistry

• [1978-1983] Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (India)
• [1975-1978] M.S. Biochemistry, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture &Technology, Nainital (India)


Postdoctoral Training:

• [1983-1988] Research Associate, Department of (GI Physiol./Biochem.) Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, Univ. of Chicago, Chicago, IL


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

University Appointments

• Director of Research, Section of Digestive Diseases & Nutrition, [2010-present]
• Director, Intestinal Transport Group, UIC & JBVAMC [2010-present]
• Professor of Physiology in Medicine (tenured), [2002-present]
• Digestive and Liver Diseases, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
• Associate Professor of Physiology in Medicine, [1996-2002]
• Digestive and Liver Diseases, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
• Assistant Professor of Physiology in Medicine, [1991-1996]
• Digestive and Liver Diseases, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
• Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Medicine, [1988-1991]
• Gastroenterology Division, Michael Reese Hospital & The University of Chicago, Pritzker, School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
• Research Associate, Gastroenterology, Michael Reese [1983-1988]
• Hospital & Medical Center, Univ. of Chicago, Chicago, IL
• Tutor, Department of Biochemistry, Postgraduate [1981-1983[
• Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

James Wei Tatt Toh, BSc, MBBS, FRACS

Conjoint Lecturer
University of Western Sydney
University of New South Wales
James Ruse Dr, Parramatta NSW 2150
Sydney NSW 2052, Australia


Dr. James Toh is a Surgeon and Lecturer at University of Western Sydney and University of New South Wales. He is on the Editorial Board of several international journals. He is also widely published in gastroenterology and colorectal topics.

Jennifer L. Seminerio, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Medical University of South Carolina
25 Courtenay Drive, ART 7100A MSC 290
Charleston, SC 29425, USA


Dr. Seminerio completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Her clinical focus is in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) with interest in obesity and its effect on the gastrointestinal tract.Dr. Seminerio’s professional experience includes membership in the CCFA, IBD REACH, as well as recent participation as a fellow representative in the Cornerstones Best of DDW in IBD.During fellowship training, she had a specific focus in IBD having spent training in outpatient IBD clinic as well as inpatient IBD service.

Mohamad A. Mokadem, MD

Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Gastroenetrology and Hepatology
University of Iowa Health Care
200 Hawkins Drive, 4570 JCP
Iowa City, IA 52242, USA


Dr. Mokadem is native of Lebanon, one the smallest but most dynamic countries in the Middle East. He finished his undergraduate studies as well as his medical degree from the American university of Beirut (AUB) in 2003. He did his initial residency training in Internal Medicine at the AUB-Medical center where he also served as the Medical Chief Resident during 2006-2007. Then, he moved to the United States for advanced training where he did another residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN followed by fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the UT Southwestern University (UTSW) in Dallas, TX. During that same period (extending between 2010 and 2014) he also finished post-doctoral fellowship training in obesity and metabolism with a focus on understanding the mechanism behind the beneficial effects of bariatric surgery at the Center for Hypothalamic Research at UTSW under the supervision and guidance of Joel Elmquist DVM, PhD and Vincent Aguirre M.D, Ph.D. Dr. Mokadem was involved in developing a surgical model for gastric bypass in mice to apply to genetic mouse models in order to better comprehend the molecular mechanism underlying that operation. He recently moved to the University of Iowa Health Care to start my career in clinical gastroenterology and my investigational quest to better understand the pathophysiology of obesity as well at the mechanism underlying the most effective therapy available for it at the moment, meaning bariatric surgery.

Meir Mizrahi, MD

Division of Gastroenterology
Center for Advanced Endoscopy
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215, USA


Education

• 09/1998 - 07/2004: Bologna, Medicine (81697)
• 06/2005 - 05/2006: Internship, Hadassah Medical Center (Jerusalem, Israel)
• 09/2006 - 08/2010: Residancy training, Internal Medicine A, Hadassah Medical Center (Jerusalem, Israel)
• 01/2011 - 01/2013: Fellowship training, Gastroenterology, Hadassah Medical Center (Jerusalem Israel)
• 02/2013 - 03/15: Senior physician, Gastroenterology, Hadassah Medical Center (Jerusalem Israel)
• 03/2015- present: Advanced Endoscopy Research Fellowship, Advanced Endoscopy unit, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Appointments at the Hebrew University

• 01/2009 - 07/2013: Academic Instructor, Hebrew University - Hadassah Medical School
• 07/2013 - Present: Lecturer in Internal Medicine- Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine

Hiroyuki Yoshida, PhD

Director of 3D Imaging Research
Department of Radiology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School
USA


Dr. Yoshida received his BS and MS degrees in physics and a PhD degree in Information Science from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He previously held an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago. He was a Tenured Associate Professor when he left the University and joined the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS), where he is currently the Director of 3D Imaging Research in the Department of Radiology, MGH and an Associate Professor of Radiology at HMS. He also received two industrial awards on his work on system developments: 2012 Innovation Award from Microsoft Health Users Group and Partners in Excellence award from Partners Health Care. He is an author or co-author of more than 170 journal and proceedings papers and 16 book chapters, an author, co-author, or editor of 14 books, and inventor and co-inventor of seven issued patents.