Kaul Appointed Acting Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

June 29, 2009

Vivek Kaul, M.D., FACG, has been appointed as the acting chief for the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, according to Paul Levy, M.D., Ralph W. Prince Professor and acting chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medicine Center. An associate professor of Medicine, Kaul has served as associate director of Endoscopic Services since joining URMC in February 2008 and recently took on the role of director of clinical operations for the division.

In addition to overseeing clinical programs and the planned expansion of the endoscopy program into the new ambulatory surgical center, Kaul will work closely with Patricia Sime, M.D., FRCP, associate chair for Research in the Department of Medicine, to help manage and expand the research programs of the division. Current research efforts include investigations targeted at better understanding of the immunobiology of inflammatory bowel disease and numerous clinical trials.

After earning his medical degree from Delhi University, Kaul completed his internal medicine residency at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, then proceeded to complete his gastroenterology fellowship training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He also completed an advanced endoscopy (EUS/ERCP) fellowship at the Milwaukee Pancreatico-Biliary Center. He was recruited to URMC in 2008 from SUNY Upstate Medical University to accommodate a growing need for advanced endoscopic services and develop new programs in interventional endoscopy. Since his arrival, he has presented a vision for the division’s growth, helped develop several multidisciplinary partnerships across service lines and introduced new endoscopic technology to the region. He serves on national gastroenterology committees, has authored several publications and presents regularly at national meetings.

Levy acknowledged the contributions of Richard G. Farmer, M.D., MACP, who has served as chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology since 2004, bringing his many years of outstanding leadership in Gastroenterology, administration and medical education. Under his guidance, ambulatory visits and endoscopic procedures increased by more than 30 percent. He developed programs in Quality Assurance and established the “Gut Club,” a community-wide outreach to area gastroenterologists hosting more than 40 prominent national speakers. He also supported the outstanding GI Fellowship Program, attracting the highest level of applicants. Farmer will continue to maintain an active clinical practice and assist in the fellows’ educational programs.

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