Blair A. Jobe, MD, FACS is the Sampson Family Endowed Professor of Surgery within the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He currently serves as the Director of Esophageal Research and Director of Esophageal Diagnostics and Therapeutic Endoscopy within the Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery.Dr. Jobe’s areas of interest are in esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal preservation in the face of early malignancy, minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic therapy, esophageal motility disorders and complicated gastroesophageal reflux disease. Dr. Jobe received his medical degree>from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. His internship and residency were completed at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Jobe completed a fellowship in minimally invasive esophageal surgery at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Laurence Lovat is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at University College Hospital and Reader in Gastroenterology and Laser Medicine at University College London. Laurence's research focuses on optical techniques for diagnosing and treating pre-malignant lesions arising within Barrett's esophagus. He developed photodynamic therapy for high-grade dysplasia in Barrett's and also worked on elastic scattering spectroscopy to detect dysplasia in patients undergoing endoscopic surveillance. He has published widely in the medical literature and has served on the committees of the esophageal and research sections of the British Society of Gastroenterology. He also serves as a specialist advisor to the UK Department of Health and NICE. He has been invited to lecture in ten countries. He received a BSc in Nutrition and Medical Science from the University of London, followed by his medical degree. He was awarded a PhD by the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London.
Norman S. Nishioka is a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He received an AB degree in physics and applied mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and an MD degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.
He has special clinical interest in the diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett's esophagus and early esophageal cancer. He has contributed to the clinical development of various optical imaging technologies including optical coherence tomography, optical frequency domain imaging in the GI tract.
Gary Tearney is a co-inventor of NinePoint Medical’s optical imaging technology. As the associate director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and the optical diagnostics program leader at the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, Gary’s research focuses on optical coherence tomography and other imaging modalities. His work has been featured in prestigious journals including Nature, Nature Medicine, Circulation, Gastroenterology, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.He is also a professor of pathology at Harvard MedicalSchool and an affiliated faculty member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He completed his PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, where he also received postdoctoral training in the application of advanced laser sources in biology and medicine. He received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School and conducted his residency in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr.Wallace’s areas of expertise include Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)and advanced endoscopic imaging and therapeutics.He joined the Mayo Clinic as associate professor and director of Gastroenterology Research and later became professor and Division Chair. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is immediate past chair of the Research Committee for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.Dr. Wallace’s research focuses on advanced endoscopic imaging technologies.In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he pioneered the development of light scattering spectroscopy which has now been applied to detection of early cancer in Barrett’s esophagus, colon cancer and other non-GI cancers. His work in this area now focuses on autofluorescence imaging, narrow band imaging, confocal endomicroscopy and molecular imaging. Dr. Wallace received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed a residency program in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus on clinical research from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Wang completed medicine at Wayne State University, Detroit MI and completed his residency and Fellowship at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
Dr. Wang is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal medicine and Gastroenterology. His areas of interests include Laser therapy, Barrett's esophagus, Esophageal cancer, Photodynamic therapy, Endoscopic ultrasonography,Gastrointestinal bleeding, Optical biopsy, Laser confocal microscopy, Radiofrequency abalation and Endoscopic mucosal resection/dissection.
Dr. Wang is Chair, Guidelines Committee, The World Organisation of Digestive Endoscopy (Organisation Mondiale d'Endoscopie Digestive, OMED), 2009-present. He is also Secretary of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2009-2012, Associate Editor, American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2009, Editor, Selected Summaries, Gastroenterology, 2009, Medical Editor, Diseases of the Esophagus, International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus, 2003-2008.
Dr. Kenneth Wang is Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Group and Esophageal Neoplasia Clinic, and a consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Wang is Editor in Chief of the journal Diseases of the Esophagus and Associate Editor for the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He serves on the Governing Boards of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, International Photodynamic Therapy Association, and The International Society for the Diseases.
Dr. Herbert Wolfsen is a professor of medicine at the Mayo Medical School and Chief of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Wolfsen's research has focused on the development and optimized utilization of endoscopic techniques such as confocal laser endomicroscopy and spectroscopy (fluorescent, light scattering and diffuse reflectance)for the detection and treatment of Barrett’s dysplasia, esophageal adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Wolfsen attended Medical school in California at Loma Linda University, internal medicine training in Seattle at the Virginia Mason Medical Center, and gastroenterology fellowship at Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Woods is Chief of Interventional Endoscopy, Gastroenterology & Nutrition at Cancer Treatment Center of America® (CTCA) near Atlanta. Dr. Woods completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, was then a Clinical and Research Fellow in Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Harvard Medical School, and completed his Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. His studies have focused on advanced endoscopic imaging platforms for Barrett’s Esophagus and bile duct, esophageal, pancreatic and colorectal cancers. Prior to joining CTCA, Dr. Woods was Director of Advanced Endoscopic Imaging, Informatics and Innovation at Emory University School of Medicine where he developed the first Optical Endomicroscopy and Bariatric Endoscopy Program in the State of Georgia.