Letter from the Editor



Dear Colleagues,

In this issue of The New Gastroenterologist, the feature article examines recent advances in the field of cholangiopancreatoscopy. In this article, William Sonnier, Meir Mizrahi (University of South Alabama), and Douglas Pleskow (Beth Israel Deaconess) provide a fantastic overview of the technologic advances in the field of cholangiopancreatoscopy as well as the clinical indications for this procedure and the risks involved. Also in this issue, Deborah Fisher (Duke University) and Darrell Gray (Ohio State University) provide advice about how to appropriately and responsibly handle social media. This is an incredibly important topic, given the increasing pervasiveness of social media in many aspects of our personal and professional lives.

Bryson W. Katona, MD, PHD

Additionally, Madelin Siedler (AGA) and Yngve Falck-Ytter (Case-Western) demystify the process by which AGA guidelines are developed by outlining the workflow from inception to final publication. Also, Yamini Natarajan, Richa Shukla, and Jordan Shapiro (Baylor College of Medicine) provide an update about a recent meeting with their local representative, Gene Green (Texas’s 29th congressional district), who is the Ranking Member for the Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health.

Finally, in this issue is the second part in a series on legal issues for gastroenterologists. In this article, which is again authored by a very experienced group of attorneys, many important issues are covered, including what steps should be taken if you are sued, what you should and should not do after being sued, as well as tips on how to best prepare for both deposition and trial.

If there are topics that you would be interested in writing or hearing about in The New Gastroenterologist, please let us know. You can contact me (bryson.katona@uphs.upenn.edu) or the Managing Editor of The New Gastroenterologist, Ryan Farrell (rfarrell@gastro.org).


Bryson W. Katona, MD, PhD

Editor in Chief

Bryson W. Katona is an instructor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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