Letter from the Editor

A heartwarming welcome


Dear colleagues,

This November issue of The New Gastroenterologist marks my official transition as the new Editor in Chief! I am humbled with this opportunity to be a part of such a unique publication and have received immense support from Dr. Vijaya Rao, the TNG staff, as well as my mentors and colleagues. With its foundation built by Dr. Bryson Katona and then taken to the next level by Dr. Rao, TNG has grown over the years, and I hope that I can continue to extend its reach to more trainees and early faculty.

Dr. Judy A. Trieu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Judy A. Trieu

In this issue’s In Focus, Dr. Wenfei Wang and Dr. Neil Sengupta (both from University of Chicago) review the management of antithrombotic medications in elective endoscopic procedures and emphasize individualizing the approach while providing guideline recommendations on how to navigate the gastrointestinal bleeding risk and cardiovascular disease in this day and age.

With endoscopic bariatric therapy and antiobesity medications burgeoning within gastroenterology, Dr. Singrid Young (New York University), Dr. Cameron Zenger (New York University), Dr. Erik Holzwanger (Harvard Medical School in Boston), and Dr. Violeta Popov (New York University) review how their multidisciplinary approach has made their endoscopic bariatric program successful in treating patients struggling with obesity. In our Ethics section, Dr. David Ney (Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia) and Dr. Jason Karlawish (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia) delve into patient capacity, particularly when consenting for procedures.

Being involved with national society committees may seem daunting to a lot of trainees and early faculty, but Dr. Peter S. Liang (New York University Langone Health) and Dr. Stephanie D. Pointer (Tristar Hendersonville Medical Center in Tennessee) describe their journeys to becoming AGA committee chairs as early-career physicians. While you ponder whether to join a committee, it may be a good time to learn new ways to increase your financial portfolio through passive income, detailed by Dr. Latifat Alli-Akintade (Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center in California).

Last but not least, I am excited to introduce a personal favorite in this newsletter – a piece on females supporting female gastroenterologists in career development and more. Dr. Tonya Adams outlines action items on how to create a culture that fosters professional and leadership development among females, using the Gastro Health Women’s Network as an example of how this network has succeeded in cultivating such an environment.

If you are interested in contributing or have ideas for future TNG topics, please contact me (jtrieu23@gmail.com), or Jillian Schweitzer (jschweitzer@gastro.org), managing editor of TNG.

Until next time, I leave you with an interesting historical fact: William Beaumont, the father of Gastroenterology, published the first findings on the digestive system after performing experiments on Alexis St. Martin when he developed a large gastrocutaneous fistula from an abdominal gunshot wound.

Yours truly,

Judy A. Trieu, MD, MPH
Editor in Chief
Advanced Endoscopy Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

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