The Kaufman Lectureship in the Gastroenterology Division


In March 2002, Dr. David Kaufman passed away unexpectedly. At the time of his death, David was the secretary general of the Henry L. Bockus International Society of Gastroenterology and former president of the medical staff and chief of Internal Medicine at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, New Jersey. David was also a recognized authority for inflammatory bowel disease in the northern New Jersey region.

Through the efforts of family, friends, and members of David Kaufman’s undergraduate class of 1952 and medical school class of 1956 at the University of Pennsylvania, the David Kaufman Memorial Funds were established at the School of Medicine. The endowed funds will support two important projects at the School: The Kaufman Lectureship in the Gastroenterology Division, and the Kaufman Global Health Initiative Travel Fund, in support of a ground breaking program that sends medical students to under served communities around the globe.

To learn more about GI Lectureships or to make a gift to the Kaufman Global Health Initiative Travel fund in memory of David Kaufman, please contact Evelyn Schwartz, Director of Development, Abramson Cancer Center, 215-898-8625,

The following is a list of the speakers of the Kaufman Lectureship:

Ruslan Medzhitov, PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Immunology Section
Yale University School of Medicine

"Immunolobiology of host-microbial interactions"

Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD
Co-Director, Division of Immunology
Professor of Oncology, Immunology, and Cell and Molecular Medicine
The Dana and Albert Broccoli Professor of Oncology
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

“Genes, vaccines, and immune checkpoints: raising hope for pancreatic cancer therapy”

Stanley M. Lemon, MD
John Sealy Distinguished University Chair
Professor, Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Internal Medicine
Director, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

"Hepatitis viruses and innate host defenses"

Mary K. Estes, PhD
Cullen Endowed Chair of Molecular and Human Virology
Departments of Molecular Virology and Microbiology & Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine

"Norovirus gastroenteritis: pathogenesis, host susceptibility and vaccines"

Raphael Kopan, PhD
Professor, Department of Developmental Biology
Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology
Washington University

"Notch signaling in adult lineages: new tools lead to new insights"

Frédéric Lemaigre, MD, PhD
Professor of Molecular Biology
Université catholique de Louvain de Duve Institute

"Transcription factor-microRNA networks in liver and pancreatic cell differentiation"

Gloria M. Petersen, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

" Recent advances in the molecular epidemiology of pancreatic cancer"

Yibin Kang, PhD
Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology
Princeton University

"Epithelial to mesenchymal transtions in cancer metastasis"

Sunil Hingorani, MD
Associate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
Director, Center for Accelerated Translation in Pancreas Cancer
FHCRC/UWMC/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

"Stromal disruption to treat pancreas cancer"

Daniel Von Hoff, MD, FACP
Physician in Chief, Distinguished Professor, Translational Genomics Research Institute
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Chief Scientific Officer, Scottsdale Healthcare
Medical Director of Research, McKesson Specialty Health and Scientific Medical Officer, US Oncology Research

"Reprogramming Transcriptional Circuitry to Control Pancreatic Cancer: Moses and Minnesota"

Alison P. Klein, MHS, PhD
Professor of Oncology
Professor of Pathology
Professor of Epidemiology
THe Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

"Pancreatic Cancer: From Genomes to Patient Care"

The Charlotte and Irving Shapiro Lectureship

The son of Lithuanian immigrants, Irving Shapiro (1916-2001) graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1941 and held a variety of government positions during and after World War II. In 1948, as a lawyer for the Justice Department, he won his first case before the Supreme Court. Three years later he joined DuPont's legal team. Mr. Shapiro grew intimately acquainted with the company during the lengthy General Motors-DuPont antitrust suit, and as the chief architect of the settlement won the trust of the du Pont family. Shapiro became assistant general counsel in 1965 and five years later was appointed to the Executive Committee. In July 1973 he became vice chairman, preparing the way for his succession to becoming Chairman and CEO in December 1973. Mr. Shapiro steered DuPont successfully through many issues in the 1970s. Under Mr. Shapiro's stewardship, DuPont expanded its overseas operations. Mr. Shapiro retired in 1981 but continued to practice law in Wilmington and provide counsel to DuPont into the 1990s.

Irving Shapiro, and his wife, Charlotte Shapiro, established in 1998 an annual lecture to highlight distinguished researchers within the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania.

The following is a list of the speakers of the Shapiro Lectureship:

Anil K. Rustgi, MD
University of Pennsylvania

Ken Kinzler, PhD
Johns Hopkins University

"Pathogenesis of Colon Cancer"

George Michaelopoulos, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

"Liver regeneration"

Montgomery Bissell, MD
University of California at San Francisco

"Liver Fibrosis"

Stefan Targan, MD

Cedars Sinai Hospital, UCLA

"Mucosal specific mechanisms of IFN-g regulation"

Fiona Powrie, PhD
University of Oxford

"Control of immune pathology by regulatory T cells"

Hans Clevers, PhD

Utrecht University

Linheng Li, PhD
Stowers Institute for Medical Research

"Stem cell regulation in intestinal and hematopoietic systems"

Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD

Harvard Medical School

"Genomic studies of human cancer"

Brigid L.M. Hogan, PhD, FRS

Duke University

"Lung stem cells in development and repair"

Mina J. Bissell, PhD

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

"The importance of tumor microenvironment in initiation, promotion, and therapy of cancer"

Michael Karin, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology
Tumor Growth, Invasion & Metastasis Program
University of California, San Diego

"Inflammation, metabolism, aging and cancer: dangerous liaisons"

Eric Fearon, M.D.. PhD
Chief, Molecular Medicine & Genetics
Emanuel N. Maisel Professor of Oncology
Professor of Internal Medicine, Human Genetics & Pathology
Associate Director for Basic Science
University of Michigan, Comprehensive Cancer Center

"The use of mouse models to explore the molecular pathogenesis of colorectal cancer"

Carol Prives, PhD

Da Costa Professor of Biology
Department of Biological Sciences
Columbia University

"Lessons learned from studying the p53 tumor suppressor protein"

Andrea Califano, PhD
Professor of Systems Biology
Chief, Division of Biomedical Informatics
Director, Columbia Initiative in Systems Biology
Director, Center for the Multiscale Analysis of Genomic Networks
Associate Director for Bioinformatics, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Columbia University

"Analysis of gene regulatory networks elucidates master regulators of tumor initiation, progression, and chemosensitivity"

D. Brent Polk, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics                           
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology                        
Physician-in-Chief and Vice President of Academic Affairs, CHLA
Director, The Saban Research Institute

"Good fences make good neighbors: Repair and regeneration of intestinal epithelium across space and time"

Richard Peek, MD
Director, Division of Gastroenterology                               
Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology                   
Mina Cobb Wallace Chair in Immunology

"Molecular underpinnings and tragic triangulations of helicobacter pylori-onduced gastric cancer"

Bishr Omary, MD, PhD
Executive Vice Dean for Research
Chief Scientific Officer
H. Marvin Pollard Professor of Gastroenterology
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Internal Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School

"Intermediate filaments of digestive organs: Pathophysiologic and Therapeutic Perspectives"

David K. Ginsberg, MD Pancreatic Disease Lectureship

Established by Dr. Greg Ginsberg and his family to honor his late father, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer, for an endowed lectureship for pre-eminent speakers to focus on pancreatic disease translational research.  This lectureship is coordinated through the Center and the GI division.

Marcia I. Canto, MD, MHS

Professor of Medicine
Professor of Oncology
Director of Clinical Research
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

"Prevention and Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer: Have We Made Progress?"

David C. Whitcomb, MD, PhD

Giant Eagle Foundation Professor of Cancer Genetics
Professor of Medicine
Cell Biology & Physiology and Human Genetics
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Medical Director, Comprehensive Pancreas Program, Liver- Pancreas Institute
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

"Pancreatic Cancer: The Road to Discovery"

Ursina Tietelbaum, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology

"Progress in Pancreatic Cancer Therapy"

Michael J. Levy, MD

Professor of Medicine
Mayio Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

"Pancreatic Cancer: Endoscopic Tools for Early Diagnosis, Staging and Therapy"

Gregory L. Beatty, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology Oncology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

"Current and Emerging Developments in Molecular Biology Pertaining to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma"

Julius J. Deren IBD Lectureship

Established by Dr. Deren's family to honor Dr. Deren, an IBD specialist, this endowed lectureship focuses on pre-eminent speakers in the domains of basic and translational IBD.  This lectureship is coordinated through the Center and the GI division.

Brian Feagan, MD

Director, Clinical Trials
Robarts Research Institute

“Targeted approaches in IBD"

Bruce E. Sands, MD, MS

Chief of the Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

“Novel therapeutics in IBD”

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD

Clifford Joseph Barborka Professor of Medicine
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director
Digestive Health Center

“Therapy Withdrawal in the IBD Patient:
Who is Appropriate, When to Consider Withdrawal and What to Expect”

David T. Rubin, MD

Joseph B. Krisner Professor of Medicine
Section Chief, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Co-Director, Digestive diseases Center
University of Chicago School of Medicine

Optimizing the Use of Therapies for IBD: Current Status and Vision for the Future”

Maria T. Abreu, MD

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor of Medicine
Martin Kalser Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

“How Does Fundamental Research Help Treat Patients with IBD?”

Corey Siegel, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Dartmouth Institute for Health & Policy
Clinical Practice Director
Dartmouth-Hitchcok Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

“Optimizing and Overcoming Barriers to Optimized IBD Care”

The Wilmott Family Advances in Health Care Lectureship

Christopher J. Gostout, MD

Professor of Medicine
Director of Developmental Endoscopy and Research
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Grace H. Elta, MD

Professor of Medicine
University of Michigan

Brian Dunkin, MD

Professor of Surgery
John F., Jr. and Carolyn Bookout Chair in Surgical Innovation and Technology
Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education
Weill Cornell Medical College

John Del Valle, MD

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
A. Alfred Taubman Health Care Center Drive

"The Case for Mentoring in Medicine: From Telemachus to the Millenials"

John L. Petrini, MD, FACP

Chief, Department of Gastroenterology
Sansum Medical Clinic
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Southern California

Lawrence R. Kosinski, MD, MBA, AGAF, FACG

Illinois Gastroenterology Group
Elgin, Illinois

"National trends and strategic survival skills"

Joel Brill, MD

Chief Medical Office Predictive Health, LLC                              
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona School of Medicine

"Thinking Differently: Strategies for Adoption of New Technologies and Treatments in a Value-Based World"

David Liberman, MD

Chief of Gastroenterology                                                        
Oregon Health & Sciences University

"Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening and Prevention: The Known Unknowns"

John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF

Professor of Medicine                                                         
University of Michigan

"Tripartite Mission Meets Repeal and Replace"

The Professor Sheila Sherlock Hepatology Lectureship

Ronald Sokol, MD
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