Postgraduate Course

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome and Introduction

Sunday, October 15
7:50 AM - 8:00 AM
Location: Valencia Ballroom (Level 4)

Aasma Shaukat

Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota; GI Section Chief
Minneapolis VAHCS
Minneapolis, MN, US

Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG, is the Section Chief of GI at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and Associate Program Professor at the University of Minnesota. Broadly, Dr. Shaukat's research interests are colorectal cancer screening, translational and clinical research on gastrointestinal cancers, and chemoprevention among average-risk individuals, and those with IBD. She is studying quality indicators for colonoscopy and molecular markers of interval cancers. Her work involves understanding the pathways by which colon polyps develop and progress to colon cancer, developing and validating biomarkers of risk of colon cancer, identifying long-term benefits of CRC screening, and studying the effect of chemoprevention on reducing this risk.


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Marcelo F. Vela

Professor of Medicine, Director, Esophageal Disorders
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, AZ

Dr. Vela is Professor Medicine and Director of Esophageal Disorders at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He completed his Medical Residency and a one year Clinical Research Fellowship in Esophageal Diseases at the MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. This was followed by a three year Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH, and a Masters degree in Clinical Research from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Vela's research interests are in esophageal diseases and swallowing disorders. He is associate editor of the AGA Journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He has more than 60 publications to his name in peer reviewed journals, including the most recent American College of Gastroenterology guidelines for GERD and achalasia.


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Geoffrey Metz

Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne; Dean of Medicine
Epworth Healthcare
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Professor Geoffrey Metz, AM, MBBS (HONS), MD, FRACP, FRCP, FACP, FRCPI, is Dean of Medicine at Epworth Clinical School, The University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a specialist general physician with a particular interest in gastroenterology. Dr. Metz qualified MBBS with Honours in 1970 at Monash University (Melbourne) and completed his training in general internal medicine at Alfred Hospital (Melbourne) before travelling to the United Kingdom where he trained in gastroenterology from 1974-1978 at the Medical Research Council Gastroenterology Unit and Department of Gastroenterology created by Sir Francis Avery Jones. He was awarded the T.K. Stubbins Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (London) to perform research into gastroenterology, whilst also completing his clinical training as registrar and then senior registrar in clinical gastroenterology. During that time he developed a new technique for detecting carbohydrate malabsorption through the measurement of expired hydrogen. As a result of this research, he was awarded MD by thesis and MRCP (UK). Since returning to Australia, Geoffrey has been deeply involved in medical education, clinical medicine and medical administration, initially through Monash University and then over a 30 year period at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, during which time he chaired most of the committees of the College including Continuing Education, prior to becoming College President. In 2001, he was awarded Order of Australia for services to medicine and education. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Metz has been closely involved in the development of the Train the Trainer modules for the World Gastroenterology Organisation, delivering education workshops around the world. Dr. Metz is Clinical Professor of Medicine at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University. and is now heavily involved in teaching and administration at the Epworth Clinical School, where he has been Dean of Medicine since its inception.


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