Advanced Endoscopy Research

Linda S. Lee, MD, has been actively collaborating with the Center for Pancreatic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led by Drs. Peter Banks and Darwin Conwell, in pancreatic research, specifically, pancreatic cysts. She has an American College of Gastroenterology Clinical Research Award to study the role of new molecular markers in the diagnosis of pancreatic cysts. In addition, she has published several papers in the area of endoscopic ultrasound and pancreatic cysts, with more projects underway to address questions of how to accurately diagnose these lesions.

The research interests of Marvin Ryou, MD, include clinical studies in advanced endoscopy (ERCP, EUS, and endoluminal treatment of obesity) and development of new endoscopic procedures and devices.

The research of John Robinson Saltzman, MD, is focused on improving patient care. His major area of investigation is in the management of patients with upper non-variceal acute gastrointestinal bleeding. His research has evaluated predictive models of clinical outcome, the impact of anticoagulation on endoscopic therapy, and new endoscopic techniques to control bleeding. He also critically assesses the value of new endoscopic techniques and has a major interest in the endoscopic evaluation and management of premalignant and malignant gastrointestinal disorders. He has completed a variety of clinical and animal studies to investigate the underlying mechanism and clinical effectiveness of new endoscopic techniques.

Christopher C. Thompson, MD, MS, FACG, FASGE, leads the Developmental Endoscopy Lab, which focuses on developing and improving advanced endoscopy techniques and devices. Current research includes the application of innovative endoscopic techniques for post-surgical complications, endoscopic suturing, bariatric endoscopy, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), pancreatic disease, and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES), which enables abdominal surgery without external scarring. The Lab’s work has resulted in multiple patent applications for medical devices and the invention of two endoscopic suturing procedures that are subjects of multi-center clinical trials.


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