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Chief Bozymski-Heizer Distinguished Professor of Medicine Co-Director, North Carolina Translational & Clinical Research Center (NC TraCS)

Areas of Interest

Esophageal Cancer Barrett’s Esophagus Cancer Screening and Prevention

About

My clinical and research interests center on gastroesophageal reflux disease, and pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions of the esophagus. I look to promote early detection and treatment of cancer of the esophagus, including endoscopic treatment of Barrett’s esophagus, a precancerous condition of the esophagus. My team is constantly working on better ways to treat these conditions, and we frequently ask our patients to consider being part of studies to help us better understand how to help patients with these problems. I have authored greater than 400 publications in these areas, including guidelines statements on Barrett’s esophagus, GERD, eosinophilic esophagitis and the use of endoscopy. I have served as senior associate editor for the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and on multiple other editorial boards. I am currently principal investigator on multiple NIH grants investigating aspects of esophagus disease. We believe that through a combination of better early detection, better treatments, and careful post-treatment care, we can reduce the number of people who die from esophageal cancer.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate Harvard University
  • Medical School University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Residency University of Chicago
  • Fellowship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Masters of Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

We believe that through a combination of better early detection, better treatments, and careful post-treatment care, we can reduce the number of people who die from esophageal cancer.