Editor in Chief, GI & Hepatology News:

John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF
In 1980, Dr. Allen completed training at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and then spent 10 years on their faculty. In 1991, he joined a private gastroenterology practice in Minneapolis and helped build this single-specialty GI practice into Minnesota Gastroenterology, one of the largest GI practices in the country. In 2013, he left practice to become clinical chief of digestive diseases and professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. In September, 2016, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor. He currently remains on the Board of Directors of Allina Health, a large integrated health system in Minnesota.

Dr. Allen has served the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) in multiple roles. He chaired the Clinical Practice Committee and led development of most quality measures currently in Medicare’s value-based payment system. Dr. Allen serves on the GI Specialty Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine and from May 2014 until May 2015, was president of the AGA Institute.

Editor in Chief, The New Gastroenterologist:

Vijaya Rao, MD
Dr. Rao is an assistant professor of medicine in the section of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at the University of Chicago. Dr. Rao is a general gastroenterologist with particular clinical interests in celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and gastroenterologic issues for women. She serves as the associate program director for the gastroenterology fellowship program as well as the director of resident and student rotations for the section. She is also a member of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Dr. Rao received her BA from Northwestern University and her MD from Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine. She then completed her internal medicine residency at Loyola University Medical Center and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago, where she was chief fellow. Dr. Rao also completed a fellowship in clinical medical ethics and remains a faculty member at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Rao currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the AGA's publication The New Gastroenterologist, and has served on the AGA Institute Ethics Committee as well as the AGA Publications Committee.

Associate Editors:

Megan A. Adams, MD, JD, MSc
Dr. Adams is a general gastroenterologist at the Ann Arbor VA and investigator in the VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research, with an academic appointment as a clinical lecturer in the division of gastroenterology at the University of Michigan. As a gastroenterologist, attorney, and health services/policy researcher, her primary area of interest lies in improving GI health care delivery. Her current work focuses on improving our understanding of the drivers of inappropriate use of endoscopic resources in order to devise mechanisms to deliver higher-value care. She also has expertise in medicolegal issues in gastroenterology, as well as patient safety and quality improvement. She has served various roles in the AGA over the past 4 years, including as a previous member of the Trainee and Young GI Committee and Future Leaders Program Advisory Board. She currently serves as chair-elect of the AGA Quality Measures Committee.
Ziad F. Gellad, MD, MPH
Dr. Gellad is an associate professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and a faculty member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is also a VA Career Development Awardee and holds an appointment in the Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation at the Durham VA Medical Center. Dr. Gellad received his MD and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Gellad’s research is focused on the implementation of systems engineering methods, including discrete event simulation, to improve the value of health care delivery. He is the director of quality for the division of gastroenterology and director of clinical improvement for the department of medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He also serves as chair of the AGA Quality Measures Committee.
Kim L. Isaacs, MD, PhD, AGAF
Dr. Isaacs is professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is codirector of the UNC Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and associate program director of the gastroenterology fellowship program at the university. She received her MD and PhD at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her internship, residency, and fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is active in the clinical care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and is an investigator in numerous clinical studies in the management and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders including ulcerative colitis, pouchitis, and Crohn’s disease. She has served on the AGA’s constitution and bylaws committee and the Education and Training Committee.
Gyanprakash A. Ketwaroo MD, MSc
Dr. Ketwaroo is an assistant professor in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and an advanced endoscopist at the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston. After graduating with a degree in chemical physics from Brown University, he studied at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He attended Harvard Medical School and completed an internal medicine residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. This was followed by gastroenterology and advanced endoscopy fellowship training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is chair of the AGA Trainee and Young GI Committee. His research interests include Barrett’s esophagus, chronic pancreatitis, and advanced imaging of gastrointestinal disease.
Lawrence R. Kosinski, MD, MBA, AGAF, FACG
Dr. Kosinski has been in the practice of gastroenterology since 1984. He received his MD from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 1978 and earned his MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in 1998. He is currently one of the managing partners of the Illinois Gastroenterology Group (IGG), the largest gastroenterology practice in Illinois. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Kosinski is the Clinical Private Practice Councilor for the American Gastroenterological Association and serves on its Governing Board. Locally, he is a member of the Advocate Sherman Hospital Board of Directors, Elgin, Ill.

In January 2014, Dr. Kosinski started SonarMD, a technology company formed to bring the success of Project Sonar to a national presence. He serves as its president and chief medical officer.

Sonia S. Kupfer, MD
Dr. Kupfer is an adult gastroenterologist with clinical and research interests in the genetics of gastrointestinal diseases. She is an assistant professor in the section of gastroenterology and serves as director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic at the University of Chicago. She is also a member of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. She graduated from Yale University and completed her medical training including chief residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago. She received an F32 individual training grant and an NCI K08 career development award to study colorectal cancer genetics in African Americans. She is site primary investigator on a number of National Institutes of Health–sponsored clinical trials in colorectal cancer chemoprevention and screening. She served as codirector of two national clinical cancer genetics conferences and is a core faculty member in the City of Hope cancer genetics educational program. Dr. Kupfer is active on several AGA committees and is president-elect of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer. She has mentored numerous medical students, residents, and fellows and teaches in the medical school.
Wajahat Mehal, MD, DPhil
Dr. Mehal is a hepatologist and director of the Yale Weight Loss Program at Yale University, New Haven, Conn. He obtained his medical training and DPhil at the University of Oxford, and completed his residency, chief residency, and Howard Hughes postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. He has an active research group working in the area of sterile liver inflammation which covers alcoholic and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. His clinical training is in transplant hepatology, obesity medicine, and endobariatrics. His laboratory training is in immunobiology and liver fibrosis. He has published widely in areas of inflammation and liver disease.