Tien Dong, MD, Awarded Research Innovator Award at the 2019 STAR Symposium - October 2019
Dr. Dong received the 2019 STAR Symposium Research Innovator Award for his work with Arpana "Annie" Gupta, PhD, on food addiction and the gut microbiome entitled, "A Distinct Brain-Gut Microbiome Profile Exists for Obese Females with Food Addiction." Other collaborators included Emeran A. Mayer, MD; Amir Kalani, MD, PhD, and Jonathan P. Jacobs, MD, PhD. Using a multi system biology approach, the study showed that food addiction in healthy obese women was associated with changes in the fecal microbiome and a reduction in indolepropionic acid.
Jennifer Phan, MD, Chosen for 2019 ACG Young Physician Leadership Scholars Program - September 2019
Dr. Phan, GI fellow class of 2020, was selected from a large pool of applicants to participate in the 2019-2020 ACG Young Physician Leadership Scholars Program (YPLSP). The American College of Gastroenterology is committed to providing educational resources to member physicians to improve the field of gastroenterology. The YPLSP provides leadership and advocacy training to help young clinicians grow in their profession. The ACG aims to provide the necessary tools to cultivate leadership potential and create a cohort of great leaders to advance gastroenterology and advocate for policy changes at the state and national levels.
Ryan B. Perumpail, MD, Selected Member of the New ASGE Fellows Caucus - August 2019
The AASLD Ambassador Award is an opportunity to attend special programming and mentor current trainees who are considering a career in hepatology during the 2019 Liver Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ryan B. Perumpail, MD, Selected Member of the New ASGE Fellows Caucus - July 2019
The 2019-20 ASGE Fellows Caucus is a year-long committee assignment. In this vital role, Dr. Perumpail will help ASGE shape their training, educational and practice portfolio.
Adrienne Lenhart, MD, Selcted as Chief Fellow for AY 2019-2020 - June 2019
Dr. Lenhart has been selected as the new chief fellow for 2019-2020. She possesses many qualities that will make her a wonderful chief fellow, including excellent interpersonal and communication skills, good organization, responsiveness, compassion and being easy to work with. She will be working closely with our current outstanding chief fellow, Ben Nulsen, MD.
Neil Marya, MD, Recognized as a Top Reviewer by GIE and VideoGIE - May 2019
The editorial teams of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (GIE)
understand how much work goes into the creation of a good article review and strive to find ways to recognize the diligent, hard-working reviewers who consistently produce thorough, high-quality reviews. To that end, editorial review board chairman Dr. Lyndon Hernandez and GIE
editors have selected top reviewers for recognition. The award is based on several factors, including number of reviews performed and scores given to each review by the associate editors. Dr. Marya has been chosen as one of the top reviewers in the “new” or “mentee reviewer” categories. He will be recognized during GIE
’s Editors’ Reception at DDW.
Ani Kardashian, MD Receives 2019 AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Foundation Award - April 2019
Dr. Kardashian was selected to receive a 2019 Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award through the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Foundation (AASLD Foundation). Her project — in collaboration with selected UC San Francisco faculty — will be on the role of the microbiome in liver fibrosis in HIV. This two-year, $30,000 award is intended to encourage the academic careers of exceptional hepatology trainees, providing research support during the academic hepatologist’s first faculty year and providing protected time to perform mentored research.
Ani Kardashian, MD and V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS, Lobby on Capitol Hill for Measures to Improve GI Care - April 2019
Drs. Kardashian and Muthusamy attended the ACG Legislative Fly-In for the ACG Governors and Young Physician Leadership Scholars on Capitol Hill to lobby for measures to improve GI care. They met with California house representatives and senators to advocate for policy changes to reduce barriers to colorectal cancer screening. They also educated congressional leaders and health-policy staff on the administrative and regulatory burdens facing practicing gastroenterologists and emphasized the importance of providing high-quality patient care.
Ryan Perumpail, MD, Invited for Oral Presentation at EASL International Liver Congress - January 2019
Under the mentorship of Dr. Steven-Huy Han, Dr. Perumpail’s abstract was accepted for oral presentation at the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) International Liver Congress in Vienna, Austria. The abstract is titled “Tenofovir alafenamide for hepatitis B virus prophylaxis post-liver transplantation is associated with improved renal function: an interim analysis of a multicenter real-world experience.” The EASL was established in 1966 and has evolved into a major European association with international influence dedicated to the liver and liver disease.
Tien Dong, MD, Receives ACG Governors Awards for Excellence in Clinical Research - November 2018
The ACG Abstract Committee awarded Dr. Dong’s abstract, “A Non-Invasive Predictive Score for the Presence of Esophageal Varices” the ACG Governors Awards for Excellence in Clinical Research and is including it as an oral plenary presentation at the ACG 2018 Annual Meeting held in Philadelphia.
Ani Kardashian, MD Secures AASLD Grant to Support and Encourage Women to Take on Leadership Roles - July 2018
Dr. Kardashian, AASLD Ambassador 2018, received a grant to host an event on how women in the profession can support one another and encourage one another to take on leadership roles. The event was held in July on the UCLA campus and included female GI faculty and fellows, as well as students and residents interested in GI.
Noam Jacob, MD Recognized with Abstraction of Distinction at Digestive Disease Week - June 2018
Dr. Jacob, STAR fellow, received recognition for his scientific accomplishment as an early career investigator for his abstract presentation titled, “Direct signaling of TL1A-DR3 on fibroblasts induces intestinal fibrosis in vivo.” The abstract was then selected as an oral presentation.
Nimah Jamaluddin, MD Awarded Visiting IBD Fellow Program: Clinical Oberservership from CCFA - June 2018
Dr. Jamaluddin will be spending one month in 2019 at the University of Chicago as part of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) Visiting IBD Fellow Program: Clinical Observership. This highly competitive program is designed for 2nd and 3rd year GI fellows who express an interest in learning more about IBD. Dr. Jamaluddin will have the opportunity to learn evidence-based and expert opinion-based approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and management of IBD alongside world-renowned IBD faculty.
Arpan A. Patel, MD Awarded the AASLD Foundation Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award - April 2018
The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Foundation (AASLD Foundation) selected Dr. Patel as the recipient of the 2018 Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award. This two-year, $30,000 award is intended to encourage the academic careers of exceptional hepatology trainees.
Wael El-Nachef, MD Recognized with NIDDK Travel Award - April 2018
Dr. El-Nachef was awarded a travel award from the National Institutes of Health for his work presented at the 5th International Symposium on “Development of the Enteric Nervous System: Cells, Signals, Genes, and Therapy.” The $1,500 award is intended to cover travel expenses incurred in connection with attendance at the symposium.
Arpan A. Patel, MD Awarded Researcher Innovator Award at STAR Symposium - October 2017
The Research Innovator Award was founded in 2015 by the UCLA STAR Program to highlight outstanding research by STAR fellows. The $500 award is given to only three posters each STAR Symposium based on scientific significance, approach and innovation. Dr. Patel's poster detailed a study he did on describing palliative care and resource utilization in patients with cirrhosis during their terminal hospitalization. Dr. Patel was the first in digestive diseases towin the award. View poster >