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.
Professor Owyang is currently Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also holds the H. Marvin Pollard Chair in Gastroenterology. He received his MD degree from McGill University and completed his post graduate training at the Mayo Clinic, USA. In 1979 he joined the medical faculty at the University of Michigan where currently he holds numerous committee and administrative appointments. He serves as Director of the Marvin Pollard Institute for Medical Research, Director of the Gastrointestinal Physiology Laboratory and is a member of numerous prestigious national and international organizations. He was a member of the National Institute of Health Study Section, the Federal Drug Advisory Board (FDA) and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has also served on the Council of the America Gastroenterological Association and chaired the International Committee. He served as the President of the American Motility Society in 2000–2004.
Professor Owyang's work has focused on the molecular mechanisms of information processing in the enteric nervous system. His research has provided important insights into the pathophysiology and treatment of human disease states which has had important physiological and clinical implications, particularly in the treatment of chronic pancreatitis and irritable bowel syndrome. His most recent studies include the purification and characterization of the role of CCK-releasing peptide in health and in chronic pancreatitis. In addition, his laboratory is also doing studies to investigate the circuitry of the enteric nervous system in different regions of the GI tract and determine the mechanism of information processing. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in clinical research Professor Owyang received the prestigious Joseph B. Kirsner Award in Gastroenterology and was inducted as a honorary member of the Royal College of Physicians, Thailand.
Professor Owyang takes pride in the over 25 fellows he has trained, many of whom are now important contributors in the field of gastroenterology. Professor Owyang authored more than 250 publications and co-authored with Professor Tadataka Yamada the new Textbook of Gastroenterology which is considered by many to be the best in its field.
William R. Brugge, MD
William R. Brugge, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical Schoool, is the Director of the Endoscopy Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the leading institutions in Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS). He received his training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. At the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he directed the GI Endoscopy Unit while directing investigations of chronic pancreatitis. At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr Brugge was the clinical director of gastroenterology from 1989 to 1992. In 1993 Dr Brugge joined the Harvard Medical School faculty and the GI Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr Brugge was one of the pioneers in the development of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and introduced this technique to Massachusetts General Hospital in 1993. He has focused on the use of linear EUS and the use of fine needle aspiration and injection therapy. He has developed an international reputation for the care and diagnosis and management of patients with cystic neoplasms of the pancreas. Recently, Dr Brugge has directed the EPIC study, a randomized, controlled trial of ethanol lavage in pancreatic cystic neoplasms.
Dr Brugge is Co-Director of a joint fellowship program with Brigham and Women's Hospital that provides a two-year experience in ERCP, EUS and advanced endoscopic procedures. He is the Director of an annual Harvard Live Endoscopic Ultrasound course attended by physicians from around the world, and is Co-Director of the Boston International Live Endoscopy Course.
In addition to working closely with endoscopists in the GI unit, Dr Brugge also works with research physicians in his laboratory where investigators devote their time and energy to new techniques such as photodynamic therapy, radiofrequency ablation, and endoscopic ethanol ablation, portal vein studies, autoimmune pancreatitis, and transgastric pancreatectomy.