This month we learned of the passing of Dr. Marv Sleisenger. There are few physicians who have had a greater impact on our field than Dr. Sleisenger. He was a consummate gentleman, enthusiastic teacher, great mentor, authored hundreds of research papers, and edited the most famous textbook of gastroenterology. Our thoughts and hearts are with his family and friends.
I would like to highlight our liver coverage. AASLD had their annual meeting in Washington in November. My colleague at University of Michigan (Anna Lok, MD) is the current president and helped spearhead a meeting that was packed with research and clinical information. We will be covering AASLD in greater depth in the months to come.
And while initial efforts to repeal the ACA have stalled, several key parts of the ACA continue to be modified or repealed either by Executive Orders or as part of the current tax reform efforts. We continue to view these efforts through the lens of our patients’ access to care.
John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF
Editor in Chief