Speakers PF22

2022 Ruth C. Brufsky Award:

Diane M. Simeone, MD:

Developing Clinical Trials for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

CAPER Senior Mentor Award:

Darwin Conwell, MD, MS

A Consultation for your Career, Clan and Conduct”

Plenary Lecture on the Future of Medicine:

Anand Iyer PhD

Digital Therapeutics and Chronic Disease Management: A Case Study in Diabetes


 Maisam Abu-El-Haija, MD, MS 

Marco J. Bruno, MD PhD Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Prof. dr. Marco J. Bruno (1963) is a full professor of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and chief of the department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His clinical and research activities focus on gastrointestinal oncology, hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases and interventional endoscopy. He is (co)-author of over 500 peer reviewed articles in high-ranking journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Gastroenterology, Gut, Endoscopy and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is the initiator and leading author of international guidelines on chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cyst surveillance, and pancreatic cancer surveillance in high-risk individual with a hereditary predisposition. He is council member end treasurer of the European Association of Gastroenterology, Endoscopy & Nutrition (EAGEN); council member of the Dutch Pancreatic Cancer Study Group; member of the Scientific Committee of the United European Gastroenterology (UEG); past council member of UEG; and past chairman of the Education Committee of UEG and the Dutch Pancreatitis Study Group.

James Buxbaum, MD

Darwin Conwell, MD, MS Chair of Medicine, Univ. Kentucky

Christopher Forsmark, MD  Chief, Div. Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition.

University of Florida

Yasmin Hernandez-Barco Genevieve, MD Instructor of Medicine, Harvard School of Medicine

Director of the Pancreatic Disease Program at MGH

Boston, MA

Yasmin G. Hernandez-Barco, MD is an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Pancreatic Disease Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a physician-scientist who studies the immunobiology of pancreatic cancer precursor lesions and the role of the immune system in malignant progression of pancreatic cancer.

She is also involved in several clinical trials related to IgG4-RD and is an active member of several national societies. She leads an international effort aimed at better understanding the malignant progression of pancreatic cystic lesions

Phil Hart, MD  The Ohio State University

Sonia Kupfer MD Associate Professor of Medicine. Univ. Chicago.

Anand Iyer PhD. Chief Strategy Officer, Welldoc

Anand Iyer Phd

Anand is a respected global digital health leader—most known for his insights on and experience with technology, strategy and regulatory policy. Anand has been instrumental in Welldoc’s success and the development of BlueStar®, the first FDA-cleared mobile prescription therapy for adults with type 2 diabetes. Since joining Welldoc in 2008, he has held core leadership positions that included Chief Data Science Officer, President and Chief Operations Officer. In 2013, Anand was named “Maryland Healthcare Innovator of the Year” in the field of mobile health.

Prior to joining Welldoc, Anand was already an established thought leader in the field. He had served as the Director of PRTM’s wireless practice, where helped companies take advantage of disruptive technologies, business models and process models offered by and enabled by advanced wireless communications.

Anand was the founder and immediate-past president of the In-Building Wireless Alliance, and teaches advanced wireless courses to senior officers in the US Department of Defense at the Institute for Defense and Business. Prior to joining PRTM, Anand was a member of the scientific staff at Bell Northern Research and Nortel Networks. He holds an MS and a PhD in electrical and computer engineering, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds a BS in electrical and computer engineering from Carleton University.

Tonya M. Palermo, Ph.D Prof. Anesthesiology, Adj. Pediatrics and Psychiatry.

Tonya M. Palermo PhD

Associate Director, Center for Child Health Behavior and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Tonya M. Palermo, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine. She holds the Hughes M. and Katherine Blake Endowed Professorship in Health Psychology. She serves as Associate Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development and directs the Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab. Dr. Palermo is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pain. Dr. Palermo’s NIH-funded research focuses on identifying youth at risk for developing chronic pain and evaluating and implementing accessible digital health interventions to deliver psychosocial interventions for pain in children, adolescents, and young adults.


Georgios I. Papachristou, MD, PhD  Chief, Div. Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition,

The Ohio State University

Georgios I. Papachristou, MD PhD

Georgios Papachristou, MD PhD is the Charles Beman Endowed Chair of Gastroenterology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He specializes in pancreaticobiliary diseases, practices state-of-the-art ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and is the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Board–certified in Gastroenterology, Dr. Papachristou received his Medical Degree from the University of Patras School of Medicine in Greece graduating first in his class (summa cum lade). He completed training in Gastroenterology at the University of Pittsburgh and Therapeutic Endoscopy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. As a researcher, Dr. Papachristou is in charge of a number of institutional studies and multi-center collaborations. He directs a translational research laboratory focusing on the immunology and therapy of acute pancreatitis. He receives research funding from the National Institute of Health, Department of Defense, and Industry. He has authored over 200 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Papachristou is a Fellow of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (FASGE), the American College of Gastroenterology (FACG), and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF). He is an active member and serves in scientific committees in all major GI professional organizations.

Ann Evans Phillips MD MSc Assistant Professor of Medicine, Univ. Pittsburgh

Flavio Rocha MD FACS, FSSO Associate Professor of Surgery, Oregon Health and Science Univ

Flavio G. Rocha, MD, FACS, FSSO

Dr. Rocha is the Hugh and Georgeina Hedinger Chair of Surgical Oncology at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR. He also serves as the Physician-in-Chief of the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. After training in general surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School both in Boston, he completed both a surgical oncology and hepatopancreatobiliary surgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.  Dr. Rocha’s clinical practice encompasses all aspects of benign and malignant disease of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. He has been funded by the AAS, NIH/NIDDK, ASCO and the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. Dr. Rocha currently sits on the editorial boards of Surgery, HPB, Annals of Surgical Oncology, and Journal of Surgical Oncology. He has served on the NCI Pancreas Task Force, ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Advisory Council and ASTRO Liver Cancer Guidelines Committee.  He is currently the surgical lead of the International Cholangiocarcinoma Research Network (ICRN), Vice-Chair of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) Surgery Committee, GI Surgery Working Group Chair at Eastern Cooperative Group (ECOG-ACRIN) and Secretary/Treasurer of the North Pacific Surgical Association.

 Miklos Sahin-Toth, MD, PhD  Professor

 Andrew Trout, MD 

David C Whitcomb MD PhD Professor of Medicine, Univ. Pittsburgh

Prof. David C Whitcomb MD PhD

Professor David C. Whitcomb MD PhD is a pioneer in the use of mathematics, genetics, neurosciences, immunology, epidemiology and clinical sciences to study complex inflammation disorders and cancer risks with a focus on the pancreas. He served as Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh from 1999 to 2016, building it into a top-tier Gastroenterology program. With >25 years of continuous NIH funding, he built one of the top human genetics programs for complex digestive diseases. He has published over 400 papers, reviews and book chapters with > 35,000 citations, an h-index of >90 and i10index of >300. He is a co-founder of PancreasFest and CAPER.

Professor Whitcomb is co-director of PancreasFest and co-founder of Ariel Precision Medicine, Pittsburgh PA.

John Windsor MD Professor of Surgery, Auckland, NZ

Professor John Windsor MD

John Windsor is a Professor in Surgery (University of Auckland) and Yeoh Ghim Sen Professor (National University of Singapore).  He is a Fellow of the ANZ, American and Edinburgh Colleges, American Surgical Association, James IV Association of Surgeons and Royal Society of New Zealand.  He is an HBP/Upper GI surgeon at the Auckland City Hospital, Director of the Surgical and Translational Research Centre and national chair of HBP Tumour Stream.  His research interests include pathophysiology of pancreatitis, role of gut lymph in organ failure, fluid resuscitation, pain assessment, gut electrophysiology, and commercialisation of medical devices.

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