Jason A. Dominitz
Professor of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Jason A. Dominitz, MD, MHS is the National Program Director for Gastroenterology for the Department of Veterans Affairs and is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. He has a longstanding interest in colorectal cancer screening and management. Dr. Dominitz completed his medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He also completed a fellowship in health services research at the Durham VA and a masters degree in clinical research from Duke. Since arriving at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in 1997, he has collaborated with investigators at the University of Washington on several projects to study the quality of colonoscopy and of colorectal cancer treatment across the United States. He is also involved in studies of the outcomes of colonoscopy, as well as studies of the epidemiology of gastrointestinal and liver disease in veterans. Currently, he is co-chair of a 16-year VA-funded, randomized, prospective trial comparing two leading strategies of colorectal cancer screening in 50,128 average risk veterans (the CONFIRM Trial). This study, involving 46 VA medical centers, is the first large-scale, prospective study in the United States comparing screening colonoscopy to a non-invasive stool based screening test. While colonoscopy is often regarded as the “best” test, recent research has raised questions about the effectiveness of colonoscopy in preventing colon cancer. Also, while colonoscopy is generally safe, there are known complications from this procedure that might further limit its overall value as a screening tool. This study will determine if colonoscopy is truly more effective at preventing death from colorectal cancer than a single annual test of stool for evidence of occult bleeding. Dr. Dominitz is also a member of the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer.
Sunday, October 7
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM