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Editor(s): Silvester, Jocelyn A.; Schubert, Mitchell L.; Shah, Tilak U.

Current Opinion in Gastroenterology: November 2020 - Volume 36 - Issue 6 - p v-vi
doi: 10.1097/MOG.0000000000000684
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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.


Jocelyn A. Silvester

Jocelyn A. Silvester

Dr Jocelyn A. Silvester, MD PhD, is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, USA, and Director of Research for the Celiac Disease Program at Children's Hospital (BCH) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She also maintains a general pediatrics practice in Northern Manitoba and Nunavut through the Ongomiizwin Health Services JA Hildes Northern Medical Unit.

Dr Silvester completed her PhD in Biology at the University of Cambridge in England, UK, where she studied mitochondrial ATP synthase under the supervision of Professor Sir John E. Walker. She earned her medical degree from Dalhousie University in Canada and completed her residency in general pediatrics at the University of Manitoba, Canada. She came to the United States for pediatric gastroenterology fellowship training at Boston Children's Hospital.

Dr Silvester is co-Chair of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Celiac Disease Special Interest Group and serves on the American Gastroenterological Association Council for section for basic and clinical intestinal disorders. Her research interests include the diagnosis and management of celiac disease with a particular interest in what happens after the diagnosis of celiac disease is made. She is co-Investigator on the Manitoba Celiac Disease Cohort Study, involved in clinical trials for alternative therapies to a gluten-free diet and is leading a consortium of pediatric celiac centers across the United States to develop tools to improve follow-up care.

Mitchell L. Schubert

Mitchell L. Schubert

Dr Mitchell L. Schubert is currently Professor of Internal Medicine and Physiology at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Science Center, USA, as well as Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology and Director of Endoscopy at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Dr Schubert graduated from New York University, USA, in 1973 and Baylor College of Medicine, USA, in 1977. He completed an internal medicine residency and National Institutes of Health gastroenterology fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. He joined the medical faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1982.

Dr Schubert has served on NIH and VA Study Sections as well as numerous American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and Veterans Administration committees. He is President of the Richmond Gastroenterological Society, Section Editor for Current Opinion in Gastroenterology, and Associate Editor for Digestive Diseases and Sciences.

Dr Schubert's research interests involve the study of acid-related disorders. His laboratory studies the regulation of gastric acid secretion in health and disease. Dr Schubert has been the recipient of the Veterans Administration Career Development Award, American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Scholar Award, and has authored over 100 original papers and reviews including the chapters “Gastric Secretion” for Sleisenger and Fordtran's textbook, Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, “Regulation of Gastric Acid Secretion” for Johnson's textbook, Physiology of the Gastrointestinal Tract, and “Gastric Peptides – Gastrin and Somatostatin for the American Physiological Society's Comprehensive Physiology.

Tilak U. Shah

Tilak U. Shah

Dr Shah is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health Science Center, USA, as well as Director of Interventional Endoscopy at the Central Virginia VA Healthcare system in Richmond, VA, USA. He serves as Associate GI Fellowship Program Director at VCU, and is a member of the Development and Therapeutics section of VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Dr Shah graduated from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, USA, in 1997, and UNC School of Medicine in 2006. He completed internal medicine residency and fellowship training in gastroenterology at Duke University Medical Center, USA. Dr Shah also obtained a master's degree in clinical research from the Duke-NIH Clinical Research Training Program, and underwent formal training in Advanced Endoscopy at Emory University Medical Center, USA. He joined the medical faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014.

Dr Shah has served on American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and Veterans Administration (VA) Committees. He has served as a reviewer for several journals including American Journal of Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, World Journal of Gastroenterology, and Cochrane Database of Systematic reviews, and is section editor for Current Opinion in Gastroenterology.

Dr Shah's research interests involve endoscopic approaches to diagnose and treat esophageal and colorectal neoplasia, including advanced imaging, artificial intelligence, endoscopic resection, and cryotherapy. Dr Shah is the recipient of research awards from the ASGE and McGuire Research Institute, and is site investigator for VA Co-Operative and Merit studies. He is an author on over 30 original papers, and has authored two board preparation textbooks, “NMS Medicine Casebook,” and “Acing the Pancreaticobiliary Questions on the GI Boards.”

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