Letter from the Editor

New feature debuts, how to address reviewer criticism, and more!


Dear Colleagues,

The November issue of The New Gastroenterologist is packed with some great articles! First, this issue’s In Focus article addresses the increasingly important topic of endoscopic management of obesity. In the article, the authors, Pichamol Jirapinyo and Christopher Thompson (Brigham and Women’s Hospital), provide an outstanding overview of the approved and up-and-coming endoscopic therapies that can be used to help treat the obesity epidemic. This is an area that we will inevitably see more of in our practices.

A new feature in this issue of The New Gastroenterologist is a column focused on early career gastroenterologists who are going into private practice, which was curated in conjunction with the Digestive Health Physicians Association. This month’s article by Fred Rosenberg (North Shore Endoscopy Center) provides an overview of private practice gastroenterology models. I look forward to making this column a recurring feature of future issues.

Additionally, using their wealth of experience, former CGH editor in chief Hashem El-Serag and current CGH editor in chief Fasiha Kanwal (Baylor) provide an enlightening piece on how to address reviewer criticism, which will no doubt be very helpful for those of us looking to publish. There is also a helpful article about grant writing tips authored by two successfully funded early career basic scientists, Arthur Beyder (Mayo) and Christina Twyman-Saint Victor (University of Pennsylvania).

For those considering pursuing extra training in IBD either during or after GI fellowship, Siddharth Singh (UCSD) goes through the different advanced training options that are now available in IBD. And finally, as many are laying down roots in new places, buying a house will almost inevitably be on the horizon. To help guide you through the mortgage preapproval process, Rob Wishnick (Guaranteed Rate) provides some useful insights from his many years of experience in the home loan industry.

Please check out “In Case You Missed It” to see other articles from the last quarter in AGA publications that may be of interest to you. And, if you have any ideas or want to contribute to The New Gastroenterologist, please contact me at [email protected] or the managing editor, Ryan Farrell, at [email protected].


Bryson W. Katona, MD, PhD
Editor in Chief

Dr. Katona is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

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