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Digestive Diseases Newsletter

September 2023

Message from Chief Loren Laine, MD

September 2023

Dear Colleagues,

Now that September has arrived, we begin the new academic year in earnest. I look forward to seeing everyone in person and virtually as we continue to build on our program’s history of excellence in clinical care, research, and education.

With the Yale Liver Center retreat earlier this month a great success, we now start gearing up for The Liver Meeting, in November. Our faculty have a long history of significant involvement in AASLD educational events—including serving as organizers, chairs, moderators, invited speakers, and abstract presenters—and we expect to have another strong showing at The Liver Meeting this year.

As many of you know, Yale Digestive Diseases is growing, and we are actively recruiting for a number of programs. We are especially focused on developing a strong general GI base. We have already hired four physicians to start in general GI positions next year and are currently interviewing other candidates. For more information about open faculty positions, please have interested candidates contact Christine Centola.

I hope that your year is off to a great start and that you enjoy reading the stories below, which highlight a few of the many recent contributions and achievements of 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

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A cancer diagnosis can be the most devastating experience in one’s life. But, as liver cancer survivor Douglas Shaw learned, it can also change your perspective.

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