I am a gastroenterologist with an interest in hereditary colon cancer syndromes — specifically Lynch Syndrome (LS) or Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC) — as well as in specialized nutrition support for cancer patients. After graduating from Georgetown University School of Medicine, I completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, followed by a year of chief residency at New York Downtown Hospital and specialty training in gastroenterology and nutrition at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
I perform gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures including colonoscopy, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, small intestinal enteroscopy, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomies. In addition, I am trained in more-advanced endoscopic techniques, including direct percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomies, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and placement of stents. I am also board certified in nutrition and provide enteral and total parenteral nutrition (TPN) to patients requiring nutrition support.
My on-going research focuses on high-risk colon cancer patients, specifically on patients with LS and their families. Though we have made great strides in understanding LS, these patients continue to suffer from significant morbidity and mortality from colorectal and other associated cancers. My research involves looking at the role that screening and nutrition can play in the prevention of cancer in these high-risk patients.