Michael Rajala, MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Department: Medicine

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3400 Civic Center Boulevard
747 Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
South Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA 19104
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, 1995.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, 2005.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Therapeutic (Advanced) Endoscopy
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
Biliary and Pancreatic diseases
Small bowel enteroscopy
Enteral Stent Placement

Selected Publications

Rivera CA, Tabibian JH, Rajala, MW: Esophageal Perforation From a Gunshot Wound. Am J Gastroenterol 111(6): 764, Jun 2016.

Michael W. Rajala, MD, PhD, , Gregory G. Ginsberg, MD: Tips and Tricks on How to Optimally Manage Patients with Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am 25(3): 607-17, Jul 2015.

Andrew B. Shreiner, Merritt Gillilland, Michael Rajala, Mohamad El-Zaatari, Helmut Grasberger, Min Zhang, Linda C. Samuelson, Nobuhiko Kamada, John Y. Kao: The Role of Paneth Cells in the Maintenance of Intestinal Microbial Homeostasis. American Gastroenterological Association 2015 Notes: Oral presentation.

Flak JN, Patterson CM, Garfield AS, D'Agostino G, Goforth PB, Sutton K, Malec PA, Wong JMT, Germani M, Jones JC, Rajala M, Satin L, Rhodes CJ, Olson DP, Kennedy RT, Keisler LK, Meyers MG: Leptin-inhibited PBN neurons enhance responses to hypoglycemia in negative energy balance. Nat Neurosci 17(12): 1744-50, Dec 2014.

Guivatchian, T, Koeppe, E.S., Foor-Pessin, C., Chey, W.D., Eswaran, S.L., Kolars, J.C., Menees, S.B., Rajala, M., Rice, M.D., Rizk, R., Rubenstein, J.H., Sharma, P., Todisco, A., Stoffel, E.M. : Implementation of a Brief Familial Cancer Assessment Tool Improves Surveillance Recommendations and Identification of Patients At Increased Risk for Colorectal Cancer (Abstract Su1231). Digestive Disease Week May 2014 Notes: Poster presentation.

Rajala MW, Patterson CM, Opp, JS, Foltin, SK, Young VB, Myers MG Jr: Leptin acts independently of food intake to modulate gut microbial composition in male mice. 155 (3); 748-757. Endocrinology Mar 2014.

Rajala, M.W., Patterson, C. Gonzalez, I.E, Carulli, A.J., Olson, D.P., & Myers, MG Jr. : Isolation of Ribosome Associated mRNA As a Tool to Study Transcriptional Changes in Paneth Cells (Abstract Sa1754). Digestive Disease Week May 2013 Notes: Poster presentation.

Patterson C, Villanueva E, Greenwald-Yarnell M, Rajala MW, Gonzalez I, Saini N, Jones J, Myers, MG Jr.: Leptin action via LepRb Tyr1077 controls female reproduction. 1(1); 61-69. Molecular Metabolism Dec 2012.

Rajala, M.W., Patterson, C. & Myers, MG Jr.: Amylin and leptin signaling converge on leptin receptor neurons of the nucleus of the solitary tract and the lateral parabrachial nucleus in the murine brain (Abstract #1036298). Poster of Distinction, Digestive Disease Week May 2011 Notes: Poster presentation.

Rajala, M.W., Patterson, C. & Myers, MG Jr.: Leptin receptor modulation of the gut-microbiota interaction. Michigan Gastrointestinal Peptide Center Annual Retreat. 2010.

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