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.
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. Congratulations!
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. Aria 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.