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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Rockey, Don C.; Sidhu, Reena

Current Opinion in Gastroenterology: May 2020 - Volume 36 - Issue 3 - p v
doi: 10.1097/MOG.0000000000000622
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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.


Don C. Rockey

Don C. Rockey

Dr Don C. Rockey completed internship, residency, chief residency, and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, USA. He is currently Chairman of the Department of Medicine, the Medical University, Charleston, USA. He has active, basic and clinical research interests in liver disease. His basic research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of fibrosis and portal hypertension. His laboratory initially demonstrated that a key player, the hepatic stellate cell, exhibits a contractile phenotype. Further, following liver injury, stellate cells exhibit exaggerated contractility, constrict liver sinusoids, and contribute to increased intrahepatic vascular resistance typical of portal hypertension.

Dr Rockey also has an active clinical research program, focused on clinical management problems in chronic liver diseases including complications of portal hypertension, drug induced liver injury, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Dr Rockey and his colleagues have published nearly 300 peer reviewed original scientific papers related to his research and over 100 editorials, reviews, and book chapters. He has served as a mentor for over 120 trainees, including students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty members - the vast majority of whom are pursuing careers in academic medicine. He has had a number of editorial responsibilities, including as Associate Editor for Hepatology, Liver International, and the Journal of Investigative Medicine, and has served on various NIH and other study sections, and editorial boards.

Reena Sidhu

Reena Sidhu

Prof Reena Sidhu is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and an Honorary Professor with the University of Sheffield, UK. Her main area of interest is the small bowel and she completed a clinical MD with the University of Sheffield on modern modalities of investigation of the small bowel. She is currently the lead for the tertiary double balloon enteroscopy service at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and co-runs one of the biggest Capsule Endoscopy services in Europe. Both of these services are established regional services which have won national awards. She runs an international capsule endoscopy course for doctors. She carries out clinical research related to the small bowel and continues to publish actively in this field. She has research fellows under her banner. She is regularly invited to speak at national and international meetings. As part of her work with the United Kingdom Small bowel Users group, she is setting up training standards for device assisted enteroscopy. She is also leading a curriculum for device Assited Enteroscopy as part of her role in the ESGE curricula group. She has also been involved in formalising accreditation for capsule endoscopy in the UK.

She was awarded the Hopkins Endoscopy Prize by the BSG in 2012, the first female gastroenterologist to have ever won this. She is the first author of the British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines on capsule endoscopy and enteroscopy, published in 2008 and is also a co-author on the 2015 ESGE guidelines on small bowel endoscopy. She is also the BSG Education Web Editor. She has a young family and enjoys listening to music, cinema and collecting modern art.

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