2020 Faculty

Course Directors

                                               Amrita Sethi is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical center in New York and a member of the GI department’s Interventional Ensdoscopy Service. Amrita is also the current Director of Pancreaticobiliary Endoscopy Services and Director of Experimental Endoscopy. She has trained over 10 interventional fellows during her time there. And has authored multiple single center and multicenter studies.

For the past several years she has co-directed multiple live endoscopy courses including the Peter D. Stevens Course in GI Innovation, as well as the Caribbean Congress on Therapeutic Endoscopy and the NYSGE Annual Postgraduate Course. She has also participated as faculty in multiple national and international live endoscopy courses.
                                               Dr. John Poneros is an Associate Professor at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Program Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Endoscopy Unit and is a Fellow of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Poneros graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital. After serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Poneros returned to New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2008. He has published widely on pancreaticobiliary diseases and the treatment and evaluation of Barrett’s esophagus. Dr. Poneros maintains a busy clinical practice and has been named a New York Magazine Castle Connolly Top Doctor.
                                               Dr. Tamas Gonda is Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC, Director of Endoscopic Research for the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases and Director of Gastroenterology Services at the Pancreas Center. Dr. Gonda's primary research interest is translational and clinical in the area of early detection and treatment of pancreatic and biliary malignancy. His laboratory studies epigenetic therapies and biomarkers as well as novel endoscopic treatments for pancreatic cancer. His clinical practice and research are focused on innovation in advanced endoscopy, in particular pancreato-biliary therapies.
                                               Dr. David L. Carr-Locke is the Clinical Director for the Center for Advanced Digestive Care.

Dr. Carr-Locke received his medical degree from Cambridge University. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Leicester, England and undertook a clinical research fellowship in gastroenterology at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.  Dr. Carr-Locke served as Director of the Endoscopy Institute at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston and faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and most recently was the Chief for the Division of Digestive Diseases and the Associate Chair of Medicine at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Medical Center.

A long-standing leader and innovator in the gastroenterology field, Dr. Carr-Locke’s research focuses on biomedical endoscopic devices and therapeutic endoscopy, particularly in the areas of pancreatic and biliary disease, hemostasis and the endoscopic resection of gastrointestinal tumors.  Dr. Carr-Locke is a respected teacher, lectures throughout the world, has received numerous awards, including the highest award conferred by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and has published widely in leading journals.
                                               Dr. Reem Sharaiha is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is the director of Interventional and Therapeutic endoscopy as well as the director of bariatric and metabolic endoscopy. She is an expert advanced endoscopist in pancreaticobiliary disease and in endoscopic (non-surgical) treatment for weight loss and the improvement of weight-related health conditions. She is board certified in gastroenterology, internal medicine, and obesity (in both the United States and UK) and is also an advanced fellowship trained interventional gastroenterologist.

She received her medical degree from the University of London. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Campus and her fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Campus, where she received a master’s in patient-oriented research (biostatistics). She completed her Fellowship training at Columbia University Medical Center, and her Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Her research is primarily focused on interventional endoscopy. A major focus of her research is on endoscopic treatment options for obesity, as well as ablation therapies for malignancy and treatment of pancreatic fluid collections. She is also grant funded. Her objectives are to develop and understand the new endoscopic techniques for reducing the obesity epidemic and understand the safety and efficacy of such techniques and their impact on comorbidities.
                                               Dr. Klaus Mergener attended medical school in Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany, and at Duke University and Harvard University in the U.S. He completed his MD/PhD-thesis summa cum laude with 2008 Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Harald zur Hausen at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg before returning to Duke University for his residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in gastroenterology and interventional endoscopy. He received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Dr. Mergener is a partner at Washington Gastroenterology in Tacoma, WA, and an Affiliate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He also serves on the Board of the Pacific Northwest Gastroenterology Society (PNWGS).

Dr. Mergener currently serves as the Vice President of ASGE. He assumes the ASGE Presidency in 2020. From 2009 through 2014 he was Associate Editor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.


                                                      Dr. Amol Bapaye attended B J Medical College, University of Pune and completed his MS in surgery. He further undertook fellowships in Gastroenterology, Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy, Endoscopic Ultrasonography and Endoscopic Surgery from Mumbai (India), Marsailles (France) and Hamburg (Germany). 

Presently, Dr. Bapaye heads the Department of Digestive Diseases & Endoscopy, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Center, Pune.
                                                       Alan Barkun is Director of Digestive Endoscopy, Chief Quality Officer, and director of the Therapeutic Endoscopy Third Tier Fellowship Training Program in the Division of Gastroenterology at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, Montréal, Canada. He is recipient of the DG Kinnear Chair in Gastroenterology at McGill University. Recipient of many national and international awards, Dr. Barkun has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, and has given over 600 international presentations on emerging digestive endoscopic technologies, with an emphasis on methodological, clinical and cost-effectiveness trials of treatments for upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB), bilio-pancreatic diseases and colorectal cancer screening. He is also the current President of the colorectal Cancer screening implementation committee for the province of Quebec. 
                                                             Dr. Buscaglia received his undergraduate medical education in 2001 from the University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. He completed medical internship and residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. He then completed gastroenterology fellowship and the advanced endoscopy fellowship program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Buscaglia joined the Department of Medicine faculty at Stony Brook University in 2008, where he is now Associate Professor of Medicine with tenure and Chief of the Division of Gasroenterology and Hepatology.

Within the field of GI endoscopy, Dr. Buscaglia specializes in pancreatic-biliary diseases and the management of GI tract neoplasia, such as Barrett's esophagus and advanced adenomas of the colon. He has conducted pioneering research in natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES), therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and more recently in the area of pancreatic cancer for which he has received external grant funding. His research interests continue to focus on personalized medicine in the management of pancreatic cancer.
                                                     Dr. Peter V. Draganov is Professor of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterology, University of Florida Health, Gainesville, FL. He received his medical degree from Medical University of Sofia FOM and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
                                                 Dr. Elmunzer graduated from the University of Miami Leonard M Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Elmunzer is a gastroenterologist in Charleston, South Carolina and specializes in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Elmunzer is affiliated with Medical University Of South Carolina.
                                                      Laura L. Forese, MD MPH, is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network, NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services, and NewYork-Presbyterian Population and Community Health. She is responsible for achieving NewYork-Presbyterian’s operating targets, and implementing our patient-centered strategic vision and culture across the enterprise. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2003 as Vice President of Medical Affairs and, since then, has held roles as Chief Medical Officer; Group Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for NYP/Weill Cornell, NYP/Westchester, and NYP/Lower Manhattan; and President of the former NYP Healthcare System. Prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Forese spent four years as Vice Chair in Columbia’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Forese has been a Columbia faculty member since 1993 and retains her appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Forese graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, and Alpha Omega Alpha from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Forese also holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. 
                                                   Dr. SriHari Mahadev is an Assistant Professor of Medicine within the Division of Gastroenterology at Weill Cornell Medical College. He specializes in Advanced Endoscopy.

Dr. Mahadev graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in chemistry and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He returned to Australia for medical school, prior to pursuing internal medicine residency and fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Columbia University Medical Center. He received a scholarship to complete a Masters of Science in clinical research methodology at the Mailman School of Public Health. He then pursued a further year of specialized minimally-invasive advanced endoscopy training at New York University under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Haber.

 Dr. Mahadev's goal is to improve the quality of care of patients who require endoscopy. His research interests include large dataset analysis, the quality of detection and management of early colorectal neoplasia, post-bariatric complications, and novel endoscopic resection techniques. He has presented his research at numerous national meetings. His clinical interests lie in pancreatic and biliary disease, and endoscopic detection and management early esophageal, gastric, and colonic neoplasms.
                                                    Dr. Sampath is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center and an Attending Physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is an advanced fellowship trained interventional gastroenterologist.

Dr. Sampath is originally from the New England area. He graduated from Carleton College and received his medical degree from RUSH Medical College. He completed his internal medicine residency, gastroenterology fellowship and therapeutic endoscopy fellowship at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. His clinical and research interests relate to the fields of pancreatology, therapeutic endoscopy, surgical endoscopy, bariatric endoscopy and obesity medicine. He seeks to work within the context of a multi-disciplinary setting to provide safe and effective clinical care to all his patients.
                                                       Professor Anthony Y.B., TEOH is currently the Deputy Director of Endoscopy and Associate Professor in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2001. Since then, he has completed his surgical training in the Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong and he was awarded with the GB Ong and Li Shield’s Medal for the best candidate in the fellowship examinations both locally and internationally. He then completed his overseas training in the Kitasato University East Hospital and the Cancer Institute Hospital (Ariake) focusing on advanced interventional endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery for upper gastrointestinal cancers. His research interests are multifold and these include advanced interventional endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiography (ERCP), minimally invasive surgery, single site access surgery and robotics surgery. He currently serves as a Visiting Professor to the Fujian University Medical Hospital, Consultant for Hepatopancreatobiliary Minimally Invasive Surgery Institute of Central South University, steering committee member for the Asian EUS group, member of upper GI committee of the World Endoscopy Organization, Secretary to the Hong Kong EUS society, council member of Hong Kong Hernia society, Hong Kong society of Robotic surgery and Hong Kong Society of Digestive Endsocopy. He is also on the editorial board for several internationally renowned journals including Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology, VideoGIE, Endoscopic ultrasound, World journal of Gastrointestinal endoscopy and World Journal of Gastroenterology. He has published 100 journal papers and written 7 book chapters. He is currently a Consultant for Boston Scientific, Cook Medical and Taewoong Medical Corporations.

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Our 2019 Sponsors

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