2019 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 Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is board certified in gastroenterology, internal medicine (in both the United States and UK) and is also an advanced fellowship trained interventional gastroenterologist.

Dr. Sharaiha 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 in Gastroenterology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Campus, where she also received a masters in patient oriented research. She also completed her Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

Dr. Sharaiha is dedicated to putting her patients first. She has a special interest in the endoscopic treatment of obesity and the diseases of the pancreas and biliary tract, including pancreatitis, fluid collection, sphincter of oddi dysfunction and pancreatic cancer. She is grant funded for trials with malignant biliary obstruction. She sees patients for advanced endoscopic procedures, staging of GI cancers, and treatment or removal of early cancer lesions, surveillance and ablation of pancreatic cysts, and for obesity treatment.
  
 
                                               John J. Vargo, MD, MPH, FACG, received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Rochester. After completing an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Health Science Center, Dr. Vargo completed fellowships in gastroenterology and hepatology at the Cleveland Clinic. A member of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Cleveland Clinic since 1994, he has authored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Vargo’s research interests include procedural sedation, physiologic monitoring, outcomes, and training. His endoscopic practice includes ERCP, EUS, treatment of Barrett’s esophagus, advanced imaging techniques, stenting, and EMR and balloon enteroscopy.
 


Faculty

 
                                               Kenneth J Chang MD, FACG, FASGE, is Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, as well as Executive Director of the H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center. He holds the Vincent and Anna Kong Endowed Chair in GI Endoscopic Oncology and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

He has authored over 350 scientific papers, book chapters and abstracts, and holds numerous patents in medical technology. 

Dr. Chang is internationally recognized for his advanced expertise in gastrointestinal endoscopy and new technologies. He developed and pioneered endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA), as well as novel techniques for EUS-guided fine needle injection (FNI), paving the way to interventional endoscopy and interventional EUS. Dr. Chang’s career passion has been to expand the use of endoscopy within the field of oncology. This has stemmed the entire spectrum of early and precise detection and endoscopic treatment of cancer and pre-cancerous lesions in the esophagus and pancreas. One of the most widely used endoscopic device world-wide is the Barrx90 radiofrequency (RF) device, which bears the name “Chang Cap”. More recently, his focus has included the endoscopic treatment of conditions that predispose patients to cancer, namely gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and obesity. His endoscopic mastery includes EUS, EUS/FNAB, ERCP, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR), Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD), Per-oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM), G-POEM, Z-POEM, Trans-oral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF), Stretta, RFA, Cryotherapy, Photodynamic Therapy, Endomicroscopy, and Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG).
 
 
                                               Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman is a board-certified gastroenterologist and Director of The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health. She is an Associate Attending Physician at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Her research interests include chemoprevention and ablative technologies in Barrett's esophagus, screening and surveillance of colorectal cancer in high-risk patients, novel uses of endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), and the biology and management of pancreatic cystic neoplasms.

The recipient of several awards, Dr. Schnoll-Sussman received the Women in Medicine Scholarship, Rubin Scholarship, New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Case Presentation Award, The New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy David Falkenstein Scholarship, and The Linda Horowitz Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Scholar Award.

Dr. Schnoll-Sussman attended the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York. 
 
 
                                               Dr. Philip Katz received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, where he completed his residency, chief residency and fellowship training. Dr. Katz also served as the GI program director and Interim Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Chief of Medicine at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia and Vice Chair of Medicine at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Dr. Katz has had a distinguished academic career as a clinician, educator and researcher. He’s a recognized national authority on esophageal disease. Dr. Katz’s research include all aspects of gastroesophageal reflux disease, including nocturnal recovery of gastric acid secretion during proton pump inhibitor therapy and esophageal pain perception.
 
 
                                               Dr. Charles J. Lightdale is Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, where he is Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases. He graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude in English Literature (1962), received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1966), and then trained in medicine and gastroenterology at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. After his fellowship in gastroenterology, Dr. Lightdale remained on the academic full-time staff of Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for two decades, rising to the rank of Professor of Medicine at Cornell and Attending Physician at Memorial Hospital before returning to Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1993 as Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of Clinical Gastroenterology.

Throughout his career, Dr. Lightdale’s central focus has been prevention, early detection, and treatment of gastrointestinal cancer, concentrating most recently on diagnosis and treatment of Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. Dr. Lightdale was the Editor of the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy from 1989 to 1996.  In 1999, Dr. Lightdale received the Rudolf Schindler Award, the highest honor of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and in 2008, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Gastroenterological Association. In 2017, he was admitted into the Academy of Clinical Excellence at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
 
 
                                               Dr. Sarah "Betsy" Rodriguez received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky. She later completed her internal medicine and gastroenterology residency at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Dr. Rodriguez also finished an advanced fellowship in endoscopic ultrasound. She also has a military background and was Chief of Internal Medicine Consult Service for the Department of Internal Medicine at Madigan Army Hospital. She has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and is performing research in diseases of the pancreas in conjunction with researchers at OHSU. She is currently serving as Medical Director of the Medical Procedures Unit at Providence St. Vincent Hospital.

Areas of Focus include Pancreas & Biliary Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Colon Cancer Screening & Prevention, General Gastroenterology, and Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS).
 
 
                                               Specializing in therapeutic endoscopy, Dr. Mouen Khashab is an expert in advanced and innovative endoscopic techniques, including ERCP, balloon-assisted enteroscopy, endoscopic mucosal resections, and interventional EUS, including the use of EUS to facilitate ERCP. He also has clinical interests in removing large colon polyps. Dr. Khashab’s research interests include natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). 
 
Dr. Khashab is an associate editor of the Fellows Corner section of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He has published more than 50 papers and book chapters, and is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine.

Expertise: Colon Polyps, Endoscopic Resection, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Gastroenterology, Innovative Endoscopy, Pancreatic and Biliary Disease, Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM), Therapeutic Endoscopy.

Research Interests: spasmatic esophageal disorders; endoscopic myotomy; esophageal cancer.
 
 
                                               Dr. Jonathan Susman is a board certified radiologist with specialization in vascular and interventional radiology imaging. He is an Associate Professor of Radiology for Columbia University Medical Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital. After earning his MD degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Susman completed an internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a diagnostic radiology residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center followed by an interventional radiology fellowship at New York University Medical Center/New York University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Society of Interventional Radiology and the American Heart Association.
  
 
                                               Mr Amyn Haji was appointed as a Consultant in Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgery at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2011 and is currently the Clinical Lead for Endoscopy and Colorectal Surgery.

His clinical practice primarily consists of laparoscopic colorectal surgery, advanced colonoscopy and laparoscopic hernia surgery. He also has an interest in minimally invasive treatment of haemorrhoids and fistula in ano.

Mr Haji graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1999 where he was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree and a Master of Arts. Mr Haji was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in February 2010 and received his certificate of completion of training (CCT) in March 2011.

His research and clinical interests are in utilization of high frequency colonoscopy ultrasound in the staging of colorectal polyps and cancer. He completed a fellowship in advanced colonoscopy with Professor Kudo at Showa University in Japan in 2010 and since then has developed a practice of endoscopic mucosal resection and endoscopic submucosal dissection in the treatment of colorectal polyps. He also leads the interventional luminal endoscopy service at King’s including performing ESD and POEM.
 
 
                                               Allesandro Repici Director of the Digestive Endoscopy Dept. at the Instituto Clinico Humanitas and Professor of Gastroenterology at the Humanitas University, School of Medicine in Milano.

He is also Professor of Gastroenterology at the Humanitas University, School of Medicine in Milano.

In his research activities he is involved in more than 50 studies including phase II and phase III studies for FDA and EMA approval for new molecules and new devices for diagnostic and operative endoscopy (see one example here).

Alessandro Repici is Expert Member of the National Institute of Health of the Italian Government. He is also Reviewer for the European Commission for medical projects supported under various of its programs.

He is the founder of the website Webendoscopy and organizer of one of the largest European Live Endoscopy Courses.
 
 
                                               Fauze Maluf-Filho currently works at the Department of Gastroenterology - University of São Paulo, Instituto do Câncer do Estado de São Paulo. Fauze does research in Gastroenterology. Their current project is 'Early Detection of the Digestive Tract Tumors by Probe-based Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy.'
  
 
                                               The research of Michael B. Wallace, M.D., focuses on advanced imaging systems for the detection and treatment of early cancers and pre-cancerous lesions of the gastrointestinal tract.

These include methods to detect early cancer in Barrett's esophagus and subsequent imaging-guided endoscopic removal of the lesions. Similarly, his team has used advanced imaging systems to detect, characterize and remove advanced pre-cancerous lesions and early cancers from the colon through endoscopic resection.

Together with basic optical physics researchers, Dr. Wallace is exploring methods to detect large field effects in the vicinity of pre-cancerous growths, which will improve screening and localization methods, such as for colonoscopy and pancreatic cancer detection.

Focus areas include Barrett's esophagus, Large and advanced colorectal polyps, Pancreatic cancer, and Quality in colonoscopy
 
 
                                               Parul Shukla, MD is Vice Chief, Section of Colon & Rectal Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and Medical Director of the surgical stepdown unit at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Shukla is an internationally known expert in gastrointestinal surgical oncology with extensive experience as a surgical oncologist, using laparoscopic, endoscopic, and robotic, and open techniques. Dr. Shukla was an early adopter of endoluminal surgical techniques to his range of skills, performing colon polyp removals using the DiLumen endoluminal surgical platform.
 
 
                                               Dr. Monica Saumoy is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College and completed her residency and fellowship at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell. She is board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.
 
 
                                               Tina Park is a board-certified gastroenterologist at Mount Sinai St.Luke's and West. She specializes in pancreaticobiliary diseases and performs advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), fine needle aspiration (FNA), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), luminal stent placement, small bowel enteroscopy, endoscopic mucosal resection, cyst gastrostomy, and ablation of Barrett's esophagus, in addition to routine endoscopy and colonoscopy. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in biology and graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with a MD degree. She completed her internship and residency at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital and finished gastroenterology fellowship at University of Massachusetts, where she was a chief fellow. She also completed advanced endoscopy fellowship at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital.
 
 
                                               Texas Digestive Disease Consultants's Dr. Amit Desai is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He has developed an interest in all aspects of GI and liver diseases with an additional year of focused, subspecialty training in interventional/therapeutic endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP, enteral stenting and the management of complex intestinal, colonic, pancreatic or biliary diseases.
 
 
                                               Dr. Lauren Khanna is a gastroenterologist in New York, New York and is affiliated with NYU Langone Hospitals as well as Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Director, Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. 
 
 
                                               Nikhil A. Kumta, MD, MS is the Director of Surgical and Bariatric Endoscopy, an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Attending Physician at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Kumta completed an accelerated BS/MD program, receiving his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He subsequently trained in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center. He remained at Cornell for fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, during which time he served as Chief Gastroenterology Fellow and also obtained a Masters Degree in Patient-Oriented Research from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. He then completed subspecialty fellowship training in advanced endoscopy at Cornell.

Dr. Kumta specializes in pancreatic disease, biliary tract disease, pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions of the gastrointestinal tract, surgical endoscopy, and endoscopic management of obesity.
 
 
                                               Areas of Expertise for Dr. Sunil Amin include General Gastroenterology, Therapeutic Endoscopy, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), Pancreatic Cysts and Fluid Collections, Biliary Tract Disorders

Board Certifications:
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.                                                                                  
 
 
                                               Dr. Julian Abrams is a specialist in the care of patients with Barrett's esophagus, early esophageal cancer, and other esophageal disorders. Prior to his faculty appointment here at Columbia, Dr. Abrams received further training in cancer epidemiology through a post-doctoral fellowship as part of the NCI-funded Training Program in Cancer-Related Population Sciences. He previously received a K07 career development award from the National Cancer Institute.
  
 
                                               Dr. Raman Muthusamy is Director of Endoscopy at UCLA Health System, and Professor of Clinical Medicine, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dr. Muthusamy is recognized as a leader in advanced endoscopic procedures. His clinical research interests focus on the evaluation of existing and new endoscopic technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders. They include endoscopic ablative techniques for Barrett's esophagus with dysplasia and early esophageal adenocarcinoma, clinical applications of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with a particular focus on EUS-guided tissue acquisition, assessment of new endolumenal stents, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with a particular interest in cholangioscopy and stent patency, and endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR). Dr. Muthusamy also has recently focused on the development of quality metrics in endoscopy and methods to improve the efficiency of endoscopy care.
 
  


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