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Elihu Schimmel, MD
Barrett's esophagus, esophageal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrheal diseases

Dr. Schimmel is Chief, Section of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Boston VA Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Schimmel is a graduate of the University of Illinois (with Highest Honors in Philosophy), and Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Yale New Haven Medical Center, and a USPHS Research Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is certified in Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Schimmel was a Fellow of the Bourne Foundation in Nutritional Biochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Visiting Scientist at the USDA Nutrition Research Center for Aging at Tufts University, where he spent a Sabbatical year.

Dr. Schimmel is a well-recognized authority in the area of Barrett's esophagus and has pioneered studies for detection and treatment of this disorder with a series of collaborators in Boston. He established the first VA Advanced Clinical Specialty Training Program for Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Boston VA Hospital in affiliation with the Training Program in Gastroenterology at the former Boston University Hospital. He has established esophageal cancer screening and surveillance programs for both average and high-risk individuals with gastroesophageal reflux disorders. These programs integrate state-of-the-art endoscopic strategies with novel interventional techniques such as Photodynamic Therapy in collaboration with Dr. Pedrosa. In addition, in collaboration with investigators at the USDA Human Research Center, he is participating in an ongoing study of tissue nutrients in Barrett's Esophagus, as well as a nutritional interventional trial for that disorder. Dr. Schimmel also has an extensive clinical experience with inflammatory bowel disease and post-gastrectomy problems at the Boston VA Medical Center.

Dr. Schimmel's clinical research activities focus on the natural history of gastroesophageal reflux disease, the evolution of Barrett's epithelium and the progression of Barrett's to esophageal cancer. With collaborators in the Section of Gastroenterology, he explores the efficacy and utility of surveillance programs in the control of the emergence of esophageal adenocarcinoma as a major national health problem, uniquely exaggerated in the veteran population. Dr. Schimmel has also played a major role in the implementation of a Computer-based Patient Record System within the Department of Veteran Affairs. He serves as Acting Chief of Gastroenterology and Chairman of Nutrition for the participating hospitals within the VA Boston Healthcare System.

 


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