Awards and Announcements

Inside Stanford Digestive Health - Winter/Spring 2023

State-of-the-Art CME Course

The Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology is pleased to offer an inaugural Topics in Gastroenterology & Hepatology CME Course which will be held on the Stanford Redwood City campus from Friday April 13 – Sunday April 15. The course will cover the breadth of our field, including sessions on esophageal disorders, motility disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disorders, advanced endoscopy, cancer screening & clinical conundrums. In addition, there will interactive case presentations with audience response, faculty debates and keynote lectures targeting hot topics. The conference will include over 40 Stanford GI and surgery faculty in addition to keynote speakers from outside institutions.

In addition to the academic program, there will be a wine & cheese cocktail hour and plenty of opportunities for personal engagement and interaction with faculty. The course will be offered in a hybrid format for both in-person and virtual attendance; however, we encourage in-person attendance if possible given the interactive nature of the conference. While this is the first year the conference will be offered, the plan is to make this an annual event and the flagship of the Stanford CME line-up. Registration fees are discounted with early admission so please sign up early.

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Faculty Awards

Robert Lerrigo, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Affiliated Faculty Teaching Award

Robert Lerrigo, MD

Our division and fellowship program are very happy to recognize Dr. Robert Lerrigo with the Affiliated Faculty Teaching Award in honor of his outstanding contributions to our educational mission. Dr. Lerrigo is an Associate Chief of Gastroenterology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and serves on the Clinical Competency Committee of our fellowship program. Dr. Lerrigo continuously demonstrates excellence in teaching. Congratulations and thank you Dr. Lerrigo!

Quotes from fellows:

“Always makes an effort to identify a key learning pearl from every consult.”

“Able to tailor his teaching to various levels of learners (medical students, residents, and fellows).”

“Always kind and non-judgmental in the way he interacts with house staff.”

“Takes time to provide very applicable and helpful teaching that is geared both towards fellows and residents. Provides the perfect combination of assistance and independence in both clinical decision making and scoping to the fellow.”

Dr. Lerrigo’s teaching philosophy: “I always value my time with the fellows because I honestly look up to them. New fellows exposed to our specialty have a unique outlook on GI diseases that have challenged my own perspectives, allowed me to grow as a clinician, and force me to be honest about my own limitations. It’s easy to get bogged down in dogma and the fellows force me to step back, re-evaluate the evidence, and re-form opinions. My growth is tied to theirs!”

Leila Neshatian, MD and Afrin Kamal, MD

ACG Clinical Research Leadership Program

Leila Neshatian, MD

Afrin Kamal, MD

Dr. Neshatian and Dr. Kamal have been chosen for the prestigious ACG Leadership program. This unique interactive program provides funded ACG clinician investigators with the skill set to start, grow and maintain success as research leaders. Participants will learn research leadership skills to maintain a successful independent research program.

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