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    VCAG Update: Dr. Arora Discusses Progress of New Endoscopy Procedure Tools

    Since July of last year, Shifali Arora, MD, an assistant professor of medicine and the vice chief of clinical operations in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has been working on a VCAG (Value Care Action Group) project to improve the efficiency of inpatient endoscopy. To date, the project has yielded several valuable tools that are working to improve the colonoscop … Continued

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    Congratulations, Carolina Care Excellence Awardees!

    Every year, UNC Hospitals conducts the Press Ganey Medical Practice survey to obtain input from patients. Patients are asked if they would refer their provider’s practice to friends and family in the survey. Over the last year, 154 providers within UNC Hospitals received the highest recommendation from more than 89 percent of their patients, putting them in the top quartile natio … Continued

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    Increase in Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease Mortality Accelerates During COVID-19 Pandemic

    UNC’s Sasha Deutsch-Link, MD, a fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, is lead author of a study indicating that alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD) mortality increased from 2017-2020 and accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic in nearly all age groups. Andrew Moon, MD, MPH, is senior author. Sasha Deutsch-Link, MD A study published in the Clinical Gastroe … Continued

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    Achieving ‘Distant Presence’ During Virtual Visits

    Today’s clinicians are challenged to remain fully attentive to and engaged with the patients they serve, whether seeing them in person or from a distance. Dr. Spencer Dorn, professor and vice chair for innovation in the department of medicine, recently published a perspective on achieving ‘distant presence’ during virtual visits. Read the article, published by STAT.

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    Dellon Discusses Dupixent (Dupilumab) Study

    Evon S. Dellon, MD, MPH, professor in the department of medicine’s division of gastroenterology and hepatology, discussed the Phase 3 LIBERTY-EoE-TREET study for Dupixent (Dupilumab). The results were presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s Annual Meeting. Read more.    

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    Crockett Study Considers Value of Endoscopic Clipping After Resection in Large Serrated Polyps

    Among patients with large serrated polyps, the risk for bleeding after endoscopic mucosal resection was low, with no significant benefit seen with resection clipping, according to a study. “[This] study suggests that endoscopic clipping is not necessary to prevent post-polypectomy bleeding after [endoscopic mucosal resection] of large serrated polyps,” Seth D. Crockett, MD, MPH, … Continued

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    High GI Spending Reveals Research, Public Health Need

    MD Edge, Internal Medicine reports GI, liver, and pancreatic diseases cost the U.S. health care system about $120B per year and account for approximately 250,000 annual deaths, according to a “conservative” estimate from a recent analysis. These figures emphasize the need for more research funding in the area, along with additional clinical and public health initiatives, says lea … Continued

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    Peery Lead Author of Study on Burden and Cost of GI, Liver and Pancreatic Diseases

    Anne Peery, MD, MSCR, associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, is the corresponding author of a new article, “Burden and Cost of Gastrointestinal, Liver and Pancreatic Diseases in the United States: Update 2021,” published October 19 in Gastroenterology. The study concluded, “Gastrointestinal diseases are responsible for millions of health care enco … Continued

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    Video Celebrates Dr. Edward Barnes, Recipient of the 2021 Sherman Emerging Leader Prize

    Edward L. Barnes, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, recently received the 2021 Sherman Prizes and Sherman Emerging Leader Prize recognizing excellence in the field of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Watch the following video that celebrates his achievements. More information about the award can be found here.

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    A VCAG Update: Arora Discusses New Tools to Enhance Endoscopy Procedures

    The effectiveness of endoscopy procedures often depends as much on what happens before the patient comes in for the exam as it does on the skill of the provider. Inadequate preparation can lead to the canceling of procedures, rescheduling and repeating of tests. This not only costs money, it inconveniences the patient. Earlier this year, Shifali Arora, MD, began working on a VCAG … Continued

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    Arora Appointed Vice Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

    Shifali Arora, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology was recently named vice-chief of clinical operations for the division. “We are fortunate Dr. Arora is willing to serve in this important role,” said Nick Shaheen, MD, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology. “She ran our quality improvement program for the past s … Continued

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    Newsworthy from the Department of Medicine, Week of October 29 – November 4

    The below clickable headlines link directly to outside media outlets and feature UNC Department of Medicine faculty, starting Friday, November 4, 2021. What every parent should know about Halloween safety | Four 2 Five – Dr. Emily Sickbert-Bennett ( Food Allergy Families Seek Out Hard-to-Find Immunotherapy – Dr. Edwin Kim (WebMD) Pandemic-related drinking causing spike in … Continued