Bryson W. Katona, M.D., Ph.D.
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Bryson W. Katona is a fourth-year gastroenterology fellow in the
division of gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania,
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to the
inaugural issue of the The New Gastroenterologist: Insights for Fellows
& Young GIs, the AGA’s newest pub-
lication dedicated specifically to the
needs of fellows and young career
gastroenterologists. As the Editor
of The New Gastroenterologist, I am
honored to have the opportunity to
help develop and deliver this quar-
terly publication, which I, as well as
the AGA leadership, hope will serve
as a resource for not just young GIs,
but also for the entire gastroenter-
ology community. The New Gastro-
enterologist is the first publication
of its kind within the field of gastro-
enterology and presents an exciting
opportunity to concentrate content
into a single place that specifically
addresses the topics and issues that
are common to all young career gas-
troenterologists. That being said, our
goal for The New Gastroenterologist
is to provide high-yield content that
can be directly applied to your ca-
reer and to deliver this content in a
concise and easily readable format
through a variety of features in each
• Expert-authored updates on rapidly
changing “hot” topics within the field.
• Perspectives on postfellowship career pathways.
• Articles on the “nuts and bolts” of
pertinent financial and insurance
• Inspiring personal stories from
both our young and senior GI colleagues.
• Knowledge enhancement exercises
including DDSEP© 7 questions and
clinical image challenges.
• Summaries and expert commentaries on recent high-impact articles
from AGA’s journals.
• And much, much more.
This issue of The New Gastroenterologist has a fantastic update on the
current exciting state of HCV therapy as well as an inspiring story of
a young GI’s experience conducting
research in Africa. Additionally, there
is an insightful perspective about
pursuing an advanced endoscopy
fellowship, a primer on sample size
and patient selection in small clinical
studies, a discussion that focuses on
the important aspects of disability
insurance, and a variety of other interesting features. I truly hope that
you enjoy this issue of The New Gastroenterologist and that you will look
forward to future issues, which will
be mailed quarterly with GI & Hepatology News, and will always be available freely online at www.gihepnews.
com and www.gastro.org. We look
forward to hearing your feedback,
and we also welcome your ideas for
future issue topics to ensure that The
New Gastroenterologist successfully meets the needs of the young GI
community. Please send questions or
comments to me at bryson.katona@
uphs.upenn.edu or Erin Dubnansky
Bryson W. Katona, M.D., Ph.D.