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Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Division of Gastroenterology

GI Faculty and Providers

Jesse A. Green, MD

Jesse A. Green, MD, is Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His clinical and educational interests focus on Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. As a co-author, he has contributed to articles, book chapters and presentations on these subjects. He has also lectured locally and regionally on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and its complications. Dr. Green has had a career-long interest in clinical quality assessment and improvement as well as the education and training of gastroenterology fellows, medical residents and medical students in gastroenterology, with an emphasis on IBD.

Most recently, Dr. Green was a Professor of Medicine at the Albany Medical College (AMC) and Director of the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit at Albany Medical Center Hospital. He was promoted to Professor of Medicine at AMC in April, 2012, and had been selected annually as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in gastroenterology from 2008 to 2013. Dr. Green is board-certified in gastroenterology and sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

James D. Lewis, MD, MSCE

James D. Lewis, MD, MSCE, is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Lewis has been actively involved in clinical research related to inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), medication safety, and optimizing medical therapies for more than 15 years. During the last 5 years, he has additionally focused on the impact of diet on the gut microbiome and the course IBD. He has employed various research methods to address these questions, ranging from mathematical modeling to placebo controlled randomized trials. His work has been funded by the NIH, AHRQ, PCORI, and numerous foundations and corporate sponsors. Dr. Lewis previously served as the Chair of the National Scientific Advisory Committee for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and as associate editor for Gastroenterology and Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. He is currently the lead scientist for the CCFA’s IBD Plexus. Dr. Lewis is board-certified in gastroenterology and sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

George Makar, MD, MSCE

George Makar, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and received his MSCE degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed a fellowship in advanced hepatology. Dr. Makar specializes in general GI consultation as well as the diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases. He sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Mark T. Osterman, MD, MSCE

Mark T. Osterman, MD MSCE, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  Dr. Osterman sees patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine at Radnor.  He has also been heavily involved in IBD clinical research for the last ten years, with a focus on clinical trials of novel therapies, optimization and safety of medical therapies using observational studies, therapeutic drug monitoring of immunosuppressant medications, and mucosal healing.  In 2016, he will be Principal Investigator at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for two new clinical trials in Crohn’s disease: one of nutritional therapy in patients incompletely responding to anti-TNF therapy (PIONEER-CD) and another of antibiotics and bowel preparation in refractory patients.  His work has been funded by the AGA, NIH, CCFA, pharmaceutical industry, and private philanthropy.  Dr. Osterman has recently served as Chair of the Chapter Medical Advisory Committee for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Philadelphia Chapter, for which he is also a board member. Dr. Osterman is board-certified in gastroenterology and sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center as well as Penn Medicine Radnor.

Kashyap V. Panganamamula, MD

Kashyap V. Panganamamula, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. In addition to a fellowship in gastroenterology,  Dr.Panganamamula completed training in Advanced GI endoscopy and Gastrointestinal Motility. He performs standard endoscopic procedures including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and complex advanced endoscopic procedures such as endoscopic mucosal resection for removal of difficult colon polyps, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound including fine needle aspiration, esophageal and enteral stenting, capsule endoscopy and balloon assisted deep enteroscopy of the small intestine at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Panganamamula provides consultative services in general gastroenterology, liver disease, and has particular clinical interest in advanced endoscopy, GI cancers, biliary and pancreatic diseases, including Pancreatic cysts. Dr.Panganamamula has been an active member of the Advanced Endoscopy Team and Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cyst Program at Penn Medicine.  He is actively involved as a speaker and moderator in Penn Medicine’s regionally and nationally popular Annual Live Endoscopy course. Dr. Panganamamula has co -authored articles on endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic training. He served as a member, vice chair and chair, on the Clinical Practice Section of Annual Scientific Program Committee of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).  Dr. Panganamamula is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Farzana Rashid, MD

 Farzana Rashid, MD, is  Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  Dr. Rashid's clinical interests are in inflammatory bowel disease, transitioning adolescents to adult gastroenterology and women's gastrointestinal health.  She also sees patients with a wide variety of other general gastrointestinal conditions including acid-peptic disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and motility disorders.  Dr. Rashid is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine Radnor.

 Robert M. Strauss, MD

Robert M. Strauss, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His clinical areas of interest include gastrointestinal tract cancers, infectious disease of the GI tract, inflammatory bowel disease, C. difficile infection, diverticulitis and peptic ulcer disease.  As a co-author, he has contributed to articles and book chapters, as well as, presentations on these and other subjects. Dr. Strauss has served on the board and educational committee of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (Georgia Chapter). He was Vice President and President of the Georgia Gastroenterologic and Endoscopic Society. He was also a member of the education committee for the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. Strauss has been repeatedly named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in gastroenterology.

Prior to joining Penn Medicine, Dr. Strauss practiced within a large, community based gastroenterology group in the Atlanta, Georgia region. While practicing gastroenterology and endoscopy, he was involved in multiple clinical research projects involving the treatment of hepatitis C, fatty liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease and C. difficile infection. He previously served on the GI faculty at Emory University.

Dr. Strauss is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He is fluent in Spanish and German. Dr. Strauss sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical as well as Penn Medicine Radnor.

Katherine Weyant, CRNP

 Katherine Weyant CRNP practiced in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Division of Gastroenterology prior to transitioning to Penn Medicine in the summer of 2014. Her primary clinical focus has been patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and she has participated in clinical research and has co-authored peer reviewed publications in this area.  She sees IBD and general gastroenterology patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Staci Hoops, PA-C

Staci Hoops PA-C recently joined our practice, transitioning from Dutton Hills Medical Center where she delivered primary care medical services, with additional inpatient endocrinology experience at Riddle Hospital. She will see patients for general gastroenterology issues, as well as inflammatory bowel disease.

PPMC GI Administration

  • Jesse A. Green, MD, Interim Clinical Director PPMC Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit
  • Elvira Neopolitano, GI Practice Manager
  • Donna Bernard, MSN, CGRN, NE-BC, Endoscopy Unit Nurse Manager
  • Myra Cain-Houston, RN, MSN, CAPA, Endoscopy Unit Associate Nurse Manager

Clinical Programs

The Penn GI faculty at PPMC provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient gastroenterology plus hepatology consultation, including focused care of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis) and uncomplicated liver disease. Our practitioners perform colonoscopies, upper GI endoscopies, endoscopic feeding tube placement, and advanced endoscopic procedures (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography/ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).

Clinical Research at PPMC

  • PIONEER-CD (Nestle) nutritional trial in Crohn’s Disease patients who are not completely responding to anti TNF therapy
  • HOLIDAY nutritional Ulcerative Colitis trial to open soon
  • IBD Plexus and I3 observational cohort studies for patients with IBD
  • IBD I3-GSK collaborative study
  • BEAT-HIV collaborative

Conferences at PPMC

  • GI pathology conference the last Wednesday of each month
  • IBD Team journal club and clinical conferences once or twice monthly in rotation with PCAM
  • Periodic ad hoc GI radiology didactic sessions with the PPMC GI and Interventional Radiology Teams
  • Daily consultative and endoscopic instruction of gastroenterology fellows, medical residents, and medical students in the outpatient and inpatient setting

Monthly Updates at PPMC

 

 

 

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