Gastroenterology News Update

Gastroenterology Chief's Corner - September 2017

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Anil K. Rutgi, MD Chief, Division of Gastroenterology T. Grier Miller Professor of Medicine

The Division of Gastroenterology at Penn Medicine is nationally recognized for clinical and basic research, education and innovative, resourceful care for its patients. In this section, I highlight some of the recent achievements of our faculty and the honors they have been awarded, as well as recent additions to our distinguished staff.

Awards and Recognitions

Gregory Beatty, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hem-Onc) has been appointed Director of Translational Research for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Center under the overall Directorship of Ben Stanger, MD, PhD, at the Abramson Cancer Center.

David Jaffe, MD, received the 2017 Leonard Berwick Memorial Teaching Award in April. Dr. Jaffe previously received the GI Division’s Excellence in Faculty Teaching Award in 2009 and the Penn Medical Students’ award for outstanding teacher in the GI pathophysiology course in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Beginning in July 2017, he will join a handful of Advisory Deans for Penn’s medical students.

Farzana Rashid, MD, has been appointed Director, Women's GI Health program.

Marina Serper, MD, MSc, (an expert in hepatology/transplant hepatology research) and Vesselin Tomov, MD, PhD (an expert in IBD research) have each been promoted to Assistant Professor of Medicine (GI), each with NIH grants.

Ben Z. Stanger, MD, PhD, recently elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) Council, has been named Director of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at the Abramson Cancer Center. The PCRC takes a multidisciplinary approach, integrating Medical Oncology, Surgery, Gastroenterology, Radiation Oncology and Pathology to drive advances in research, leading to better outcomes for patients.

Yu-Xiao Yang, MD, MSCE, and Kenneth S. Zaret, PhD, are individual recipients of highly competitive grants from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, specifically in the field of biomarkers in pancreatic cancer, a much needed area to advance. Dr. Zaret is the Joseph Leidy Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, and Director of the Penn Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Yang is an Associate Professor of Medicine [GI] and Senior Scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

New Faculty at Penn Gastroenterology

Nitin Ahuja, MD

Dr. Ahuja is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He then completed a Fellowship in gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Ahuja’s primary clinical interests include neurogastroenterology and motility disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. He joins Dr. James C. Reynolds at the Penn Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility Program, and will see patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

Thormika Keo, MD, PhD

A graduate of the NYU School of Medicine, where he earned both MD and PhD degrees, Dr. Keo completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Stanford Hospital. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Keo’s clinical interests include general gastroenterology and anorectal disorders. He sees patients at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Medical Center.

Stacey Prenner, MD

Dr. Prenner is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed fellowships in gastroenterology and hepatology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her clinical interests include general and transplant hepatology. Dr. Prenner sees patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

Erin Toto, MD

A graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Toto received her residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Toto practices general gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include women’s health, functional GI disorders and motility disorders. She sees patients at Penn Medicine Radnor.

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The Gastroenterology News Update is an online publication that highlights the ongoing advances in diagnosis, treatment and clinical research within the Division of Gastroenterology at Penn Medicine, as well as the accomplishments of the Division's renowned faculty.

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