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Message from the Chief

Division faculty members are interested and involved in all aspects of our mission including education, research, clinical practice and service.

Divisional research interests include studies of pathogenesis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)- through the Crohn's and Colitis Center of New Jersey, a multidisciplinary center for comprehensive care of patients with IBD. Additional studies are focused in the development of novel biomarkers for diagnosis of pre-cancerous conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon, and mucosal immunology. Faculty members are also very much involved in studies of the diagnostic and therapeutic management of biliary and pancreatic disorders, GERD, Barrett's Epithelium and research outcomes in interventional endoscopy.

Monthly GI research conferences provide an important forum for interdisciplinary collaboration among clinician researchers, basic scientists, post-doctoral fellows, residents and students.

Division members participate extensively in clinical conferences, including combined GI/Hepatology, Surgery, Pathology and Radiology Conferences, Pathology and GI/Radiology Conferences, GI Pathophysiology Conferences, and GI/Hepatology and Medical Grand Rounds.  The Division also hosts an Annual GI Symposium, now in its 20th year.

The GI Fellowship Program is highly competitive.   Each of the fellows spends about six months in clinical/basic research under the supervision of an MD or PhD faculty member. Fellows spend the remaining time in clinical pursuits. Fellows frequently present their research data at the American Gastroenterological Association Annual Meeting.

Division members are very active in both academic and clinical pursuits. Every year, faculty publish at least 8-10 full-length papers and present 6-12 abstracts at various national and international meetings. During the same period, clinical activity including endoscopic procedures increased at a double-digit rate.

Extra-departmental faculty activities include community service, contributions at regional symposia, as well as local, national and international lectures.

I invite you to learn more about the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology by exploring our website.

 

Kiron M. Das, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Director, Crohn's and Colitis Center of NJ