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Gastroenterology/Hepatology Good News

Awards, Research, Faculty


“We are entering a transformative period of our division,” says Hugo R. Rosen, MD, Division Chief of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and Waterman Professor of Medicine and Immunology. “With the addition of six new faculty members, it’s an exciting time as we enhance and create new programs, including inflammatory bowel disease, bariatric endoscopy, and high-resolution manometry.”

Following is the good news of our division.

 

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

5280 Top Docs 2012 for Transplant Hepatology

5280 Magazine, in their 2012 Top Docs listing, says "Today progress is happening at an exponential rate. And many of Denver’s physicians—including the Top Docs profiled on the following pages—are at the forefront of new treatments, cutting-edge procedures, and promising research into how we can further heal an ailing heart.”

Congratulations James Burton, MD and Greg T. Everson, MD, FACP!

Sean Colgan, PhD, Director of Mucosal Inflammation Program receives Endowed Chair

With the vision and hard work of community leaders Jim Eichberg and Phil Karsh, as well as support from the CU Department of Medicine, the University of Colorado's Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology was able to successfully establish the Levine- Kern Endowed Chair, which is currently held by Sean Colgan, PhD, Director of Mucosal Inflammation Program.  The Chair is named after long-time gastroenterology clinical leader and School of Medicine Professor, Dr. Joel Levine and the late Dr. Fred Kern, School of Medicine Professor and head of the Gastroenterology Division at the University of Colorado. 

Greg T. Everson, MD, FACP has written a new book

Dr. Everson says, “Hedy Weinberg and I wrote five editions of Living with Hepatitis C: A Survivor’s Guide for the purpose of providing patients and caregivers a resource that could serve as an authoritative readily-available resource. Everson book Curining Hep C.jpg I provided the medical information and Hedy provided the patient perspective by interviewing many patients with HCV to provide a personal connection for the reader. In this new book, Curing Hepatitis C: Current and Future Options for Treatment,  I have focused on issues and questions related to the current new standard of treatment, Triple Therapy, and the exciting emerging therapies.  As treatment continues to improve, eradication of HCV infection will become increasingly common – the new paradigm will be living without, not with, hepatitis C.  Perhaps I am overly optimistic, but I believe that it is entirely possible that the emerging treatments will be so potent and effective that nearly every patient with chronic hepatitis C may be cured by future antiviral therapies!”

 

RESEARCH

Ken Berman, MD was awarded a grant from the VA Office of Rural Health to expand treatment to Veterans with HCV in rural settings with the use a virtual consult model.

 

NEW FACULTY & FELLOWS

Please join us in welcoming the following new faculty and fellows to our division. 

Faculty

Stuart Amateau, MD, PhD

Academic/research interests

My clinical and academic interests involve therapeutic and interventional endoscopy. In particular, I intend to further our division’s efforts for bariatric endoscopy, with the goal of one day performing primary interventions in the obese.

Why you decided to stay in or relocate to Colorado

The reputation of the interventional group first drew me to the program. After meeting with the faculty and seeing the overall strength of the division, I could not have been more impressed.

Something personnel you might like to share about yourself

I have never lived outside of the state of Maryland!

Blair Fennimore, MD

Fennimore.jpgAcademic/research interests

Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Crohn's and Ulcerative colits - Specifically angiogenesis in IBD.

Why you decided to stay in or relocate to Colorado

Incredible hospital and GI division with the opportunity to be involved in the initiation of a formal IBD clinical program at UCH.  Also, my wife is in private practice in town.

Something personnel you might like to share about yourself

I enjoy competing in triathlons and recently completed my first Ironman distance triathlon.

Mark Gerich, MD

Gerich.jpgAcademic/research interests

Translational research in inflammatory bowel disease

Why you decided to stay in or relocate to Colorado

Continue research with Sean Colgan that I started during fellowship.

Develop a comprehensive IBD program. My wife is a surgical resident here and I like mountains.

Something personnel you might like to share about yourself

I like mountains, skiing, backpacking, and fly fishing.

Alvaro Martinez-Camacho, MD

Martinez Camacho.jpgAcademic/research interests

My clinical interests focus on liver diseases including viral hepatitis, immune-mediated liver diseases, liver masses and management of patients with cirrhosis. I also enjoy performing outpatient endoscopies with various indications. My research interests concentrate on how to improve liver-related health care delivery in a county hospital system.

Why you decided to stay in or relocate to Colorado

I stayed in Colorado because of the great faculty I had the pleasure to work with during my fellowship in the GI division at University of Colorado Denver. The multitude of outdoor activities and great weather available year round made the decision simple!

Something personnel you might like to share about yourself

My personal interests include skiing, mountain biking, and I am a Formula 1 fanatic.

Paul Menard-Katcher, MD

Menard-Katcher.jpgAcademic/research interests

Esophageal Diseases, Esophageal Motility, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease/Acid-Peptic Disorders, Medical Education

Why you decided to stay in or relocate to Colorado

We decided to move to Colorado to challenge ourselves professionally in a new environment. I am excited about the opportunity to help in the development of a swallowing center of CU. We were also drawn to Colorado by the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Something personnel you might like to share about yourself

My wife is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist who will be starting at Colorado Children's in August. Our son, will be 2 on August 3rd. We have moved to Colorado from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and are excited to explore Denver, Colorado and the Rocky Mountains.

Wataru Tamura, MD

Tamura.jpgAcademic/research interests

Academic/research interests: Interaction of immunology, gut hormones, and intestinal microbiomes and its role in GI pathology of the proximal small intestine

Why you decided to stay in or relocate to Colorado

Change from a private practice to academic career where I can also enjoy quality family time in outdoor activities, interaction and collaboration with academic physicians for more exposure and to better myself as a clinical gastroenterologist

Something personnel you might like to share about yourself

I believe that my career change at my stage is highly unusual, from private practice to academics; my hope is that I could play a unique role in the division based on experience in the community; ”real world”, and contribute to quality teaching of trainees and bring practical topics for clinical research to better patient care.

Fellows

Meghan Jankowski , MD (U. Michigan)

Heather Kirkland, MD (U. Colorado)

Michael Kriss, MD (Northwestern University)

David Law, MD (Harborview-UCLA)

Please see the Current Fellows page for additional information.