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Digestive Diseases Newsletter

June 2023

Message from Chief Loren Laine, MD

June 2023

Dear Colleagues,

It was a pleasure seeing so many of you at the 2023 Digestive Disease Week (DDW). Members of our section had a great number of presentations this year—giving invited lectures, serving as chairs/moderators, and presenting their research in oral and poster sessions. I also enjoyed seeing everyone (current faculty, fellows, residents, alumni, and friends of Yale Digestive Diseases) at our DDW reception. We had a great turn-out and everyone had an opportunity to relax and enjoy the food and drink.

I want to thank Harry Aslanian, MD, and Priya Jamidar, MBChB, for once again putting together our post-DDW event, the 16th Annual Yale Digestive Disease Week Review, which brings the most important new information presented at DDW to our local gastroenterology community.

Congratulations to Silvia Vilarinho, MD, PhD, who was named the 2023 Leah Lowenstein Award recipient at this year’s YSM commencement ceremony. This is one of the school’s highest awards, presented to a faculty member who is the model of a medical educator and whose humane teaching reaches and influences all students regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic background. In addition, Priya Jamidar, MBChB, was honored with the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (CAPI)—congratulations to Priya for this great milestone in his career.

As always, I hope you will contact me at the email below to share your news. In the meantime, please enjoy reading about a few of the many highlights from our section.


Loren Laine, MD
Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases)
Section Chief, Digestive Diseases, Yale School of Medicine
Medical Chief, Digestive Health, Yale New Haven Health

June 2023 Newsletter Issue

  • Yale Digestive Diseases Shares Latest Research in Chicago

    Faculty and fellows from the Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of Digestive Diseases presented research at Digestive Disease Week (DDW), the world’s premier meeting for physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal surgery.

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  • Drs. Silvia Vilarinho and Stephen Wang Win Commencement Awards

    Silvia Vilarinho, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine (digestive diseases) and of pathology; was named the 2023 Leah Lowenstein Award recipient at the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 22, 2023. Stephen Wang, MD, MPH, a PGY-3 resident in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Primary Care Residency Program was honored with the Betsy Winters House Staff Award, along with Justin Nguyen, MD, a chief resident in the Department of Urology.

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  • Supporting Your Digestive System: Three Ways to Improve Gut Health

    Our digestive health has a vast influence on our well-being, affecting our immune system, brain function, body weight, and more, says Avlin Imaeda, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine (digestive diseases), an expert in metabolic health and weight loss. These impacts are just beginning to be understood, she says.

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  • Muniraj Named Associate Editor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

    Thiruvengadam Muniraj, MD, associate professor of medicine (digestive diseases), Yale School of Medicine; director of the Yale Medicine Pancreatic Diseases Program; director of bariatric endoscopy, and associate chief of Digestive Health, Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS), has been appointed associate editor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (GIE), the official journal of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Muniraj’s five-year term began in January 2023.

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  • Why Are Colorectal Cancer Rates Rising Among Younger Adults?

    Nearly double the number of young adults under 55 are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer than a decade ago, and more are dying from the disease each year, as reported recently by the American Cancer Society. According to the study, the number of individuals in the U.S. diagnosed with advanced-stage colorectal cancer (CRC), increased by 8% from the mid 2000s, to 2019. Diagnoses of people under 55 years of age increased from 11% in 1995 to 20%, or 1 in 5 individuals. Progress against CRC also slowed, the declines in mortality of 3 to 4% each year during the 2000s, decreased to 2% during the past decade.

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  • Office Hours with… Dennis Shung

    Dennis Shung came to Yale for residency and stuck around for a Ph.D. Now an assistant professor, he studies how machine learning can enhance medical practice.

    Source: Yale News
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