The New Gastroenterologist

2017 GI thought leaders


Trainee and early-career members made an impact in the GI field this past year, especially through contributing to and engaging in various collaborations via the American Gastroenterological Association’s member-only online discussion forum – the AGA Community.

We’re proud to announce that the title of 2017 top contributor is held by an early-career member: Meet Dmitriy Kedrin, MD, PhD, of Elliot Hospital in Manchester, N.H., and find out a little more about how the AGA Community is an important part of his routine in this brief Q&A session.

Thanks for being such an active member of the AGA Community! Why do you contribute?

“I think it is important for GI docs to be a part of a larger community, stay informed on the latest guidelines, research publications, and approaches to difficult cases, where more than one road can be taken. I feel that it is a great forum for someone like me, a relatively junior gastroenterologist.”

Why do you enjoy being part of the AGA Community?

“I find the case discussions informative. I learn a great deal about current trends and opinions on important topics in the GI world.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I bake bread and run a gastroenterology literature review podcast called ‘GI Pearls.’ ”

What’s your approach to handling a difficult patient case you come across in your practice?

“I often seek advice of other clinicians, some with more expertise in a particular area. I also go to the literature and try to learn more that way, to help expand my differential as well as figure out the best therapeutic approach.”

Was there a conversation in the AGA Community in 2017 that was your favorite?

“Oh, there were several. I recall a patient case where there were several thought leaders in the field who had a disagreement about the best approach to treatment. The work-life balance conversation was also very good. I also enjoyed reading about different opinions regarding the values of clinical versus observational trials that happened a while back.”

Here are other trainee and early-career members who made the list of top contributors in the AGA Community last year:

  • Avinash Ketwaroo, MD
  • Hüseyin Bozkurt, MD
  • Peter Liang, MD, MPH
  • Fola May, MD, PhD
  • Richa Shukla, MD
  • Arthur Beyder, MD, PhD
  • Shazia Siddique, MD
  • Brigid Boland, MD

Check the achievements section of your AGA Community profile to see whether you made the list. We look forward to seeing you all in the forum in 2018!

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