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Sayiner, Dr. Zobair M. Younossi
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Bryson W. Katona is an instructor of medicine in the division of
gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania.
With the rising rates of obesity and
metabolic syndrome in the United
States, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
(NAFLD) has become an increasingly
prevalent condition in our society,
which makes knowledge in this area
critical for all gastroenterologists. In
this issue of The New Gastroenterologist, Mehmet Sayiner, Pegah Golabi,
and Zobair M. Younossi from the Inova
Health System in Virginia provide a
terrific overview of NAFLD that looks
at the current state of this condition
and provides a glimpse into future diagnostic modalities and therapies.
Also in this issue is an eye-opening
account of a medical trip to Haiti by
Ranjeeta Bahirwani (Baylor University) as well as two perspectives on
the AGA’s recent involvement in the
American Gut Project by Michael A.
Schumacher (Children’s Hospital,
Los Angeles) and Faris El-Khider
(Cleveland Clinic). In addition, there
is an incredibly useful article about
writing effective abstracts by the new
Editor in Chief of Gastroenterology,
Richard Peek (Vanderbilt Universi-
ty), which will surely come in handy
given the fast-approaching abstract
deadline for DDW® 2017.
There is coverage of two recent AGA
events with pertinence to the young
GI community: James Kimbaris (
Temple University) provides an account of
his experience at one of the recent Regional Practice Skills Workshops that
was held in Philadelphia. Finally, as
insurance is such an important topic
for young career gastroenterologists
and for our profession as a whole, this
issue has an overview covering the essentials of obtaining and maintaining
a disability insurance policy.
As we at the AGA strive to make
The New Gastroenterologist an interesting and useful resource for all
young career GIs, I truly appreciate
the feedback and suggestions that
many of you have provided over the
last year. Please email me (bryson.
firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ryan
Farrell ( email@example.com) if you
have any suggestions or if you are
interested in contributing to future
issues of The New Gastroenterologist.
Bryson W. Katona, M.D., Ph.D.
Editor in Chief
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