GI Pathophysiology Course

Welcome and Introductions

Welcome and Introductions

Friday, October 13
7:00 AM - 7:05 AM
Location: Valencia Ballroom BC (Level 4)

Darwin L. Conwell

Professor of Medicine; Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH

Dr. Darwin Conwell is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at The Ohio State University. Dr. Conwell graduated from Ohio University, received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati. In addition, he earned a Master's of Science from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His training in Internal Medicine was completed at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, and then was followed by his post-doctoral fellowship training in Gastroenterology at The Cleveland Clinic. He subsequently became a Staff Physician at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation from 1994 through 2007. Dr. Conwell established and directed The Pancreas Clinic at the Cleveland Clinic for over a decade. In 2007, he joined the faculty at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine in 2011 at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Conwell served as the Faculty Leader for the Pancreas Study Group at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard, and was the Associate Director for the Center for Pancreatic Disease at that institution. He has won teaching awards both at the Cleveland Clinic, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Furthermore, he has guided and mentored numerous postdoctoral fellows who now are in both private practice and academic positions throughout the United States. He has been an extensively acclaimed speaker on pancreatic disease and the management of chronic pancreatitis at educational programs sponsored by multiple universities, the ACG, AGA, and the NIH/NIDDK. Dr. Conwell is senior author of the American Pancreatic Association Practice Guidelines for Diagnosis of Chronic Pancreatitis. Dr. Conwell is extremely interested in interdisciplinary clinical and translational research projects relating to gastrointestinal diseases and large database outcomes research. He has past and current research funding from foundations and extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health.


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Ikuo Hirano

Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Ikuo Hirano, MD, FACG, is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Esophageal Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He attended college at Yale University, medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his medical residency and GI fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He took a faculty position at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, working in esophageal swallowing physiology before moving to Northwestern in 1998. He is currently serving as an Associate Chair for the American Gastroenterological Association's Esophageal, Gastric and Duodenal (EGD) section, the site principal investigator for the Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal disease Researchers (CEGIR), and the educational co-chair for International Gastrointestinal Eosinophil Researchers (TIGERS). Dr. Hirano has written over 100 papers and book chapters that focus on esophageal and swallowing disorders. He has active grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Hirano is an Associate Editor for The American Journal of Gastroenterology, and is on the editorial board for Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He is a fellow of both the ACG and AGA. His clinical and academic interests are in eosinophilic esophagitis, eosinophilic gastroenteritis, gastrointestinal motility, and esophageal disorders.


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