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Faculty Research Project Descriptions

Faculty member

Area of Research

Dr. Florence Aslinia, MD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Ajay Bansal

Motility and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

Dr. John Bonino, MD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, General GI

Dr. Daniel Buckles, MD

Barrett's Esophagus, General GI

Dr. Winston Dunn, MD

Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Dr. Tuba Esfandyari, MD

GI Motility, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, General GI

Dr. Scott Grisolano, MD

General GI

Dr. Mollie Jackson, DO

Fecal Incontinence, General GI

Dr. Mojtaba Olyaee, MD

Impact of ultrasonography on pancreatic & rectal cancer

Dr. Amit Rastogi, MD

My main area of research includes colorectal cancer screening and evaluating new technologies in colonoscopy for improving the detection of colorectal neoplasia. Colorectal cancer is an important health problem in the US with more than 150,000 cases diagnosed every year. Colonoscopy has been at the forefront of screening for this malignancy. However, colonoscopy has been fraught with many problems and hence the need to improve the current techniques. We have evaluated new technologies like high definition colonoscopy, narrow band imaging, cap assisted colonoscopy and third eye retroscope for improving the detection of colorectal neoplasia. We are also actively evaluating narrow band imaging for the prediction of polyp histology real time during colonoscopy that has the potential of changing the current paradigm of sending all polyps for histopathology. We are also conducting clinical studies in Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS) aimed to improve the yield and efficiency of EUS guided fine needle aspiration.

Dr. Elena Sidorenko, MD

I am currently working on the following research topics:

  • Utility of Novel tools such as High-Resolution Manometry and Impedance Manometry for Esophageal Function Testing: A Retrospective Database Study
  • a protocol for prospective study on esophageal manometry
  • a biofeedback protocol for pelvic floor dysfunction

Dr. Ryan Taylor, MD

Viral Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B

Dr. Steven Weinman, MD, PhD

Cellular Pathogenesis of Hepatitis C – View the Weinman Lab web site for more information.

VA Faculty

Faculty member

Area of Research

Dr. Prashant Pandya, DO

Clinical studies in Hepatitis C & insulin resistance

Dr. Taru Ray, MBBS

General GI

Dr. Prateek Sharma, MD

Clinical studies in Barrett’s esophagus

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018