UCLA gastroenterology and GI surgery ranked to No. 5 in the nation, according to a U.S.News & World Report survey that reviewed patient-outcomes data, reputation among physicians and other care-related factors. This makes us, once again, Best in the West!
Also, UCLA Health's hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica have been named to U.S.News & World Report's 2016-17 Best Hospitals Honor Roll.
Link Between Mental and Physical Illness
Dr. Emeran A. Mayer, director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience and co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center, was quoted April 11 in an OZY.com story on the link between mental and physical illness along with the connection between the brain and the gut.
Lin Chang, MD Elected Vice Chair of the AGA Institute Council Neurogastroenterology & Motility Section
Dr. Chang, professor of medicine in the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, was elected vice-chair of the Neurogastroenterology & Motility (NMG) Section of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Council. The NGM section of the AGA Council is dedicated to serving the field of neurogastroenterology and gastrointestinal motility by promoting excellence in research, innovation, education and training. Main goals of the section are 1) to attract the best science and cutting-edge research in neurogastroenterology and GI motility for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW), 2) to educate and train gastroenterologists, research scientists, surgeons, physiologists, trainees, nurses and technicians on the latest developments in the field, 3) to foster interdisciplinary basic science, translational and clinical research and 4) to lead and critically examine the development of novel tools for studying neurogastroenterology and motility disorders, and gut and brain interactions, both at the bench side and for patient care.
Lin Chang, MD Selected Director of the AGA Postgraduate Course at the 2018 Digestive Disease Week™ Meeting
Dr. Chang, professor of medicine in the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, was selected to be the director of the American Gastoenterological Association (AGA) Postgraduate Course at the 2018 Digestive Diseases Week™ meeting. This multi-topic course offers a full scope of GI advances and is led by world-renowned leaders. She will be developing the postgraduate program along with the co-directors, Drs. David Weinberg and Carl Berg.
Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, MPhil Receives Seed Grant to Help Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities
Dr. May, assistant professor of medicine in the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases and co-director of the Gloabal Health Education Program for the UCLA Center for World Health, received the "CDU-UCLA Cancer Center Partnership to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities Seed Grant" from Charles Drew University. The project is a partnership with the “To Help Everyone Wellness Centers” in South Los Angeles and aims to investigate the specific patient-, provider-, and system-level barriers to completion of follow-up colonoscopy after a stool-based colorectal cancer screening test is positive.
Emeran A. Mayer, MD, PhD is Recipient of 2017 AGA Distinguished Mentor Award
The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the AGA Institute Governing Board awarded Dr. Mayer for achievements as an outstanding mentor over a lifelong career. He will receive the official award on the evening of Sunday, May 7 during Digestive Disease Week® in Chicago.
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD Selected Incoming Chair of the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology
The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) recognizes that innovation and the development of new technologies are integral to advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology and improving patient care and health outcomes for digestive diseases. AGA has established the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology to support the development of technologies that can improve patient care under the guidance of evidence-based standards. The center will serve as an objective, GI-specific resource to assist members; GI researchers; entrepreneurs; and the medical device, therapeutics and investment communities in their work to bring new technologies to the marketplace. Dr. Muthusamy has been selected as the incoming chair and will serve a three-year term.
Probiotics in Yogurt Can Affect Brain Function
Eat This, Not That and Yahoo! Style referenced March 28 a study conducted by the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience at UCLA finding that probiotics in yogurt can affect brain function.
What We Know About Probiotics and Brain Function
Various media outlets covered UCLA research finding that probiotics in yogurt are linked to brain function in humans. Kirsten Tillisch, MD, co-director, neuroimaging core, G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, and Emeran A. Mayer, MD, PhD, director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, and co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center, conducted the research.
UCLA Study Suggests Air Pollution’s Risk to the Heart May Stem from the Gut
New research from UCLA suggests air pollution, well known to have negative health effects on the lungs and heart, may also cause damage to other systems in the body. Dr. Jonathan Jacobs, MD, PhD, health sciences clinical instructor of medicine, and Joseph Pisegna, MD, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System are part of the research team of this new study.
Even Without PPI, Oozing Peptic Ulcers Rarely Rebleed After Endoscopic Hemostasis
Reuters Health on Feb. 16 featured a story exploring UCLA research on peptic ulcers and endoscopic therapy, quoting lead study author Dr. Dennis Jensen, professor of medicine in the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases at David Geffen School of Medicine. Consultant 360 picked up the story on Feb. 17.
Are Probiotics for You? They Are For More Than Healing Your Gut
The Daily Meal on Feb. 14 referenced a UCLA study from the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience in a story on how probiotics affect our health.
On-the-Go Tips for 7 Crohn’s Symptoms
Christina Ha, MD, assistant director of clinical care at the UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, was featured Feb. 6 in an Everyday Health article on how to manage Crohn's disease while living an active life.
Your Guide to Tracking Crohn’s Symptoms
Jenny Sauk, MD, health sciences assistant clinical professor of medicine in the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was featured Feb. 6 in an Everyday Health article on how to be aware of Crohn's disease symptoms early and often.
Aria Zand, MD Awarded the ECCO-IOIBD Fellowship
The International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IOIBD) and the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) offer an exceptional, collaborative ECCO-IOIBD Fellowship. Its aim is to encourage and help individuals in their career and promote innovative scientific exchange in the area of inflammatory bowel Diseases (IBD) between Europe and other continents.
This highly prestigious award has been awarded to Dr. Zand, the division’s current Melvin & Bren Simon GI Quality Improvement Program Scholar, and provides him with the opportunity to collaborate with the Department of Applied Mathematics to research precision medicine for IBD using advanced machine learning. The research will be performed at the UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Hommes.
Drs. Christina Ha and Fola May Selected as AGA Future Leaders Program Class of 2018
The American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) relies heavily on the engagement and expertise of volunteer leaders for the development of strategic initiatives and the execution of programs. As such, there is a need to ensure a healthy pipeline of future leaders. The Future Leaders Program provides a pathway within the organization for selected participants to network, connect with mentors, develop leadership skills and learn about AGA’s governance and operations while advancing their careers and supporting the profession. Christina Ha, MD and Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, MPhil, were two of the 18 future leaders selected. This is an impressive achievement as this selection is highly competitive. Congratulations!
Promoting Diverse Services to a New Generation of Industry Newcomers
Dr. Eric Esrailian, co-chief of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, was quoted Jan. 24 in Variety story on the future of the Motion Picture Television Fund and its push toward newcomers in the entertainment industry. Esrailian, who is a producer on “The Promise,” commented on medical assistance for people working in the industry. UCLA Health is also mentioned as a partner to the fund. The story was picked up Jan. 25 in Yahoo! Finance.
The Diet Principles That Stand the Test of Time
Food Matters published an article Jan. 8 by Emeran A. Mayer, MD, PhD about the gut microbiome and longstanding dietary principles. Dr. Mayer is director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, and co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center.