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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Kalloo, Anthony N.; Gardner, Timothy B.

Current Opinion in Gastroenterology: September 2018 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/MOG.0000000000000470
EDITORIAL INTRODUCTIONS
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Current Opinion in Gastroenterology was launched in 1985. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of gastroenterology is divided into 12 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce one of the Section Editors for this issue.

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SECTION EDITORS

Anthony N. Kalloo

Dr Anthony N. Kalloo is a Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. He is the Director of The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has special interests in Natural Orifice Surgery, therapeutic endoscopy, biliary and pancreatic diseases and sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. After receiving his medical degree from the University of West Indies Medical School, West Indies, Dr Kalloo interned and completed his residency in Internal medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC, USA. He completed his fellowship training program at the combined Georgetown University, USA, VA Medical Center, USA and NIH program. He was an Instructor in Medicine at Georgetown University prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1988.

He was an Associate Editor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is the founder and immediate past medical director of The Hopkins Gastroenterology and Hepatology Resource Center (http://www.hopkins-gi.org), a 3000 page multilingual web resource for patients and physicians. He has authored over 200 scientific papers, articles, reviews and book chapters. He has also pioneered and has multiple patents including the use of Botulinum Toxin in the gastrointestinal tract, endoscopic cryotherapy and the winged biliary/pancreatic stent.

He is the pioneer of Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), a technique that will enable abdominal surgery without the use of incisions. NOTES was cited in 2014 as one of CNN's top ten medical innovations (http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/04/health/the-cnn-10-healing-the-future/). Dr Kalloo is a Past Panel Chair for Gastroenterology and Urology Devices with the United States Food and Drug Administration. He is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Educator of the Year of the Award from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. In 2014, he received the Endoscopy Award of the German Society of Endoscopy for outstanding research and contribution in the field of endoscopy. In the year 2015, he also received the BJ Vakil Oration from The Society of GI Endoscopy of India bestowed on an international expert for his contribution to the field of GI Endoscopy. In the same year, he became a member of the inaugural chapter of the National Academy of Inventors at Johns Hopkins University. This group represents the top 3% of all Faculty inventors since 1969, and the top 1.5% of active Johns Hopkins Faculty.

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Timothy B. Gardner

Dr Timothy B. Gardner grew up in Newtown, Connecticut and graduated in 1995 with a BA in History from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA. He received his MD degree from the University of Connecticut, USA. He completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, USA. He received advanced training in Clinical Pancreatology and advanced endoscopy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. In 2013, he received a Master's degree in Clinical and Translational Research from the Dartmouth Institute.

He is currently an associate professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He is also the director of pancreatic disorders, director of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship program, co-director of the advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship and medical director of the islet cell transplant program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

His primary focus of research is the treatment of acute and chronic pancreatitis. He is an associate editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology and serves on the editorial boards of Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.

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