GI & Hepatology News is the official newspaper of the AGA Institute.

News you need—Nearly 17,000 gastroenterologists and hepatologists rely on GI & Hepatology News every month to cover the world of medicine with breaking news, on-site medical meeting coverage, and expert perspectives both in print and online. The official newspaper of the AGA Institute was launched in partnership with Frontline Medical Communications in January 2007. Our independent reporting focuses on impacting the way gastroenterologists practice medicine, and news from the AGA Institute keeps active members up-to-date on educational opportunities and policy initiatives.

GI & Hepatology News and are owned by Frontline Medical Communications.

Copyright Information
© Copyright 2016, by American Gastroenterological Association.

The ideas and opinions expressed in GI & Hepatology News do not necessarily reflect those of the Association or the Publisher. American Gastroenterological Association and Frontline Medical Communications Inc. will not assume responsibility for damages, loss, or claims of any kind arising from or related to the information contained in this publication, including any claims related to the products, drugs, or services mentioned herein.

Medical News Division Staff
Alan J. Imhoff, President/CEO, Medical News Division
Mary Jo M. Dales, editor in chief & editorial director, Medical News Division
Denise Fulton, Executive Editor, Medical News Division
Kathy Scarbeck, Executive Editor, Medical News Division

Managing Editor
Lora McGlade

Senior Editors
Therese Borden
Jeff Evans
Catherine Hackett
Gina L. Henderson
Sally Koch Kubetin
Mark S. Lesney
Renée Matthews
Catherine Cooper Nellist
Laura Nicholaides
Terry Rudd
Mary Ellen Schneider
Heidi Splete

Editorial Quality Manager
Carol Nicotera-Ward

Associate Editors
Felicia Rosenblatt Black
Teresa Burton
Richard Franki
Gwendolyn B. Hall
Jane Locastro

Doug Brunk (San Diego)
Deepak Chitnis (Mid-Atlantic)
Alicia Gallegos (Midwest)
Bruce Jancin (Denver)
Whitney McKnight (Mid-Atlantic)
Elizabeth Mechcatie (Washington)
Kari Oakes (Midwest)
Alex Otto (Seattle)
Michele G. Sullivan (Mid-Atlantic)
Mitchel L. Zoler (Philadelphia)

Contributing Writers
Christine Kilgore
Mary Ann Moon


Jim Chicca, Vice President, Operations
Rebecca Slebodnik, Print Production Director
Maria Aquino, Valerie Carver, Anthony Draper, Production Specialists
Amy Pfeiffer, Digital Publishing Director
Kathleen Hendrix, Senior Digital Communications Specialist
Kevin Shiraldi, Senior Digital Communications Specialist
Kelsey Nicewarner, Digital Communications Specialist

Jon Li, Senior Manager, Digital Development

Sunita Edwards, Senior Digital Specialist

Michael Groh, James Owen, Junior Digital Developers

Kayla Lenhardt, Benjamin Pitts, Michael Sellers, Stacey McClain, Jessica Wulfekuhle, Web Production Specialists
Lee J. Unger, Senior Director, IT
Andrew Mintz, Senior Systems Administrator
Jason Wolff, IT Systems Support Analyst
Louise A. Koenig, Creative Director
Elizabeth Byrne Lobdell, Design Supervisor
Bonnie Becker, Tom Lore, Senior Designers
Megan Evans, Assignments Manager

Our Advertising and Business Services Teams
Mark Branca, Sales Director
Tel: 973-290-8246
E-mail: [email protected]

James G. Pattis, Display Advertising
Cunningham Associates
Tel: 201-767-4170
E-mail: [email protected]

Advertising Offices
7 Century Drive
Suite 302,
Parsippany, NJ 07054-4609
Tel: 973-206-3434
Fax: 973-206-9378

Classified Advertising Offices
1120 Jensen Ave.,
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Tel: 800-381-0569

Dennis Quirk, Business Controller

Joan Friedman, Advertising Services Manager

Patricia H. Ramsey, Credit Supervisor

Barbara Cavallaro, Audience Development Manager
Tel: 973-290-8253
E-mail: [email protected]

Jennifer Eckert, Manager, Marketing and Research

Lynne Kalish, Manager, Admin./Conventions

Linda Wilson, Editorial Assistant

Address Changes
Fax change of address (with old mailing label) to 973-290-8245 or e-mail change to [email protected].

Call 240-221-2419

About Frontline Medical Communications Inc.

Frontline Medical Communications (Frontline) Clinical and Medical News divisions form the industry’s largest medical communications company. Frontline serves more than 1.2 million physicians and other health care professionals with diverse print and interactive multimedia products and platforms, and live events. More than 30 enduring specialty journal brands offer a powerful synergy, including indexed, clinical, practical, and daily news-oriented content in Allergy, Cardiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology/Diabetology, Family Medicine, Federal clinical medicine, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Obstetrics/ Gynecology, Oncology/Hematology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pain Medicine, Pediatrics, Primary care, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Thoracic Surgery.

Frontline Medical Communications Inc. is headquartered at 7 Century Drive, Suite 302, Parsippany, NJ 07054-4609. Telephone: (973) 206-3434. For

Stephen Stoneburn, Chairman

Alan J. Imhoff, President/CEO

JoAnn Wahl, President, Custom Solutions

Jim Chicca, Executive Director, Operations

Lori Raskin, Corporate Director, Marketing & Research

Donna Sickles, Vice President

In affiliation with Global Academy for Medical Education, LLC.

Sylvia H. Reitman, MBA, Vice President, Medical Education & Conferences

David J. Small, MBA, Vice President, Events

Last updated January 13, 2016