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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Regueiro, Miguel; Spechler, Stuart J.

Current Opinion in Gastroenterology: July 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 4 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/MOG.0000000000000551
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 the Section Editors for this issue.

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SECTION EDITORS

Miguel Regueiro

Miguel Regueiro earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, his medical degree at Drexel (Hahnemann) University, USA, and completed his internal medicine internship, residency, and clinical and research fellowship training in gastroenterology at Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Hospital, USA.

Dr Regueiro was Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA, from 2000 to 2018. There he served as the IBD Clinical Medical Director, Senior Medical Lead of Specialty Medical Homes, was Professor with Tenure, and honored as the UPMC Endowed Chair for Patient Centered Care in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

Dr Regueiro is currently the Chair of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, and Vice Chair of the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He serves as Medical Co-Chair of Digestive Disease and Surgical Institute Research Governance committee and is Professor of Medicine at the Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, USA. He also holds the Pier C. and Renee A. Borra Family Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute.

Dr Regueiro's main clinical and research interest is Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) with a focus on the natural course of these diseases and postoperative prevention of Crohn's disease. Recently, he has been involved in transformative medicine initiatives and developing new models of healthcare, including the first-of-its kind specialty medical home and neighborhood for IBD. Dr Regueiro is investigating alternative models of care in population-based health that integrates patients, payers, providers, pharmaceutical industry, and other facets of healthcare delivery around these novel programs.

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Stuart J. Spechler

Stuart J. Spechler, MD is Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Co-Director of the Center for Esophageal Diseases at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, as well as the Co-Director of the Center for Esophageal Research at the Baylor Scott and White Research Institute. Prior to joining Baylor University Medical Center in January 2017, Dr Spechler was the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology for the VA North Texas Healthcare System, Professor of Medicine, and holder of the Berta M. and Cecil O. Patterson Chair in Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and he had been the Director of the Center for Swallowing Disorders at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr Spechler's research has focused primarily on disorders of the esophagus, especially GERD and its complications, and eosinophilic esophagitis. He chaired two VA Cooperative Studies on medical and surgical treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease in the 1980 s and 1990 s, and he presently chairs a VA Cooperative Study comparing medical and surgical treatments for patients with heartburn that does not respond to proton pump inhibitors. He described the condition known as “short-segment Barrett's esophagus” in 1994. Dr Spechler has published more than 300 scientific reports, editorials, review articles, and book chapters on esophageal disorders. He is best known for his work in the areas of GERD, Barrett's esophagus, and eosinophilic esophagitis.

Dr Spechler has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals including Gastroenterology, Gut, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Digestive Diseases and Sciences and Diseases of the Esophagus, and he has served as Chair of the Gastroenterology Teaching Project and the Esophago-Gastro-Duodenal Section of the American Gastroenterological Association.

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