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Clinical Faculty

Name Specialty/Research Interest
Vivek Kaul, MD, FACGVivek Kaul, MD, FACG
Division Chief
Advanced therapeutic endoscopy, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP, Esophageal Endotherapy and Hepatobiliary disease
Bandar M. Al-Judaibi, M.B.B.S.Bandar M. Al-Judaibi, MBBS Liver transplant (pre- and post-transplant care), cirrhotic and chronic liver disease, viral and autoimmune hepatitis, hepatic encephalopathy, hepatobiliary malignancies and other liver diseases
Tanya Bruckel, MDTanya Bruckel, MD General gastroenterology and hepatology with a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease
Arthur J. DeCross, MDArthur J. DeCross, MD Inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, and the specialized nutritional support of gastrointestinal disorders
Jonathan Huang, DOJonathan Huang, DO Viral hepatitis, hepatic encephalopathy, autoimmune hepatitis, hepatobiliary malignancies, and other liver diseases
Shivagi T. Kothari, MDShivangi T. Kothari, MD
Associate Director of Endoscopy
Clinical expertise: Interventional endoscopic ultrasound, advanced therapeutic ERCP, esophageal endotherapy for Barrett’s esophagus, double balloon enteroscopy, and pancreatic-biliary disorders

Research interests: Development of EUS FNA techniques, endoscopic ablation and therapy of Barrett’s esophagus, and evaluation of new devices and technology in the diagnosis and treatment of biliary and pancreatic diseases
Truptesh H. Kothari, MD, MS Truptesh H. Kothari, MD, MS
Director, Developmental Endoscopy Laboratory
Dr. Kothari leads the Bariatric Endoscopy Program at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Clinical expertise: Intragastric balloon placement, revision procedure for gastric bypass (e.g., endoscopic outlet reduction); interventional endoscopic ultrasound, diagnostic and therapeutic ERCP, intraluminal stent placement, esophageal endotherapy for Barrett’s esophagus, Achalasia, Zenker’s myotomy, and pancreatic-biliary disorders

Research interests: Fistula closure, per oral endoscopy myotomy (POEM), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and new device innovation
Marie Laryea, B.Sc., M.D.C.M.Marie Laryea, BSc, MDCM Liver transplant (pre- and post-transplant care), cirrhotic and chronic liver disease, viral and autoimmune hepatitis, hepatic encephalopathy, hepatobiliary malignancies and other liver diseases
Mark A. Levstik, M.B.B.Ch., B.A.O.Mark A. Levstik, MBBC, LRCPI, LRCSI, BAO, FRCP(C)
Chief, Comprehensive Liver Center
Medical Director,
Liver Transplantation
Liver transplant (pre- and post-transplant care), cirrhotic and chronic liver disease, viral and autoimmune hepatitis, hepatic encephalopathy, hepatobiliary malignancies and other liver diseases

Research interests: Liver transplant quality, live donor liver transplantation and non-invasive liver fibrosis measurement (FibroScan)
Danielle Marino, MDDanielle Marino, MD
Program Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program
Clinical expertise: All aspects of general gastroenterology and liver disease, with particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer screening and prevention, and the diagnosis and management of hereditary cancer syndromes

Research interests: Quality improvement
John Miller, MDJohn Miller, MD Clinical instructor (not accepting patients at this time)
Gopal Ramaraju, MDGopal Ramaraju, MD Liver transplant (pre- and post-transplant care), cirrhotic and chronic liver disease, viral and autoimmune hepatitis, hepatic encephalopathy, hepatobiliary malignancies and other liver diseases
Lawrence J. Saubermann, MDLawrence J. Saubermann, MD
Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program
Inflammatory bowel disease
Brandon S. Sprung, MDBrandon S. Sprung, MD General gastroenterology; interest in inflammatory bowel disease and Barrett's esophagus
Asad Ullah, MDAsad Ullah, MD
Chief of Endoscopy
Advanced endoscopic procedures, including endoscopic ultrasound and the study of bile and pancreas ducts (ERCP); pancreaticobiliary disease, GI malignancies and gastroenterology consultations
Thomas E. Werth, MDThomas E. Werth, MD
Medical Director of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Endoscopy at UR Sawgrass
Associate Program Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program
Advanced hepatobiliary and gastrointestinal disease
Sonia S. Yoon, MDSonia S. Yoon, MD General Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Colon Cancer Screening, GI Motility, Colonoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Esophageal Manometry, pH testing, Anorectal Manometry

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Research Faculty & Team Members

Name Specialty/Research Interest
Jonathan Huang, DOJonathan Huang, DO Viral hepatitis, hepatic encephalopathy, autoimmune hepatitis, hepatobiliary malignancies, and other liver diseases
Lawrence J. Sauberman, MDLawrence J. Sauberman, MD
Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program
 
Intestinal mucosal immune system and how it is involved in inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, microscopic/lymphocytic colitis, and celiac sprue
David YuleDavid Yule, PhD Intracellular calcium signaling in cells
Krystle BittnerKrystle Bittner Human Subjects Research Coordinator
Lauren OttLauren Ott Human Subjects Research Coordinator
Juliana PosatoJuliana Posato Human Subjects Research Coordinator
Chelsea ValloneChelsea DiBella Senior Human Subjects Research Coordinator
Munazza Zakir-UllahMunazza Zakir-Ullah Human Subjects Research Coordinator

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Advanced Practice Providers

Name Specialty
Elise BaumanElise N. Bauman, NP Elise Bauman is a Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
MacKenzie BothMacKenzie Both, PA MacKenzie Both is a Physician Assistant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Michael ColicchioMichael Colicchio, PA Michael Colicchio is a Physician Assistant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Jessica D’AcquistoJessica D’Acquisto, NP Jessica D'Acquisto is a Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Allison D'AngeloAllison D'Angelo, PA Allison D'Angelo is a Physician Assistant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Colin DonahoeColin Donahoe, PA Colin Donahoe is a Physician Assistant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Sarah EnslinSarah Enslin, RPA-C Sarah Enslin is a Certified Physician Assistant within the outpatient clinic in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Victoria HowardVictoria Howard, PA Victoria Howard is a Physician Assistant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Dorothy MasonDorothy Mason, FNP-C Dorothy Mason is a Certified Nurse Practitioner within the outpatient clinic in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Stephanie SantaStephanie Santa, NP Stephanie Santa is a Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Jacob ScottJacob Scott, PA Jacob Scott is a Physician Assistant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Lauren WestcottLauren Westcott, PA Lauren Westcott is a Physician Assistant within the outpatient clinic in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Mary VetterMary Vetter, NP Mary Vetter is a Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Administration

Name Title
Richard PadulaRichard Padula, MS Division Administrator
Denise ChamberlinDenise Chamberlin, BSN, RN Nurse Manager for Sawgrass GI
Rebecca NorbyRebecca Norby, RN, MSBA, BSN, CCRN, PCCN Nurse Manager for AC4-GI
Wendy JohnsonWendy Johnson, MS Administrator-Practice Manager
Robyn PalmerRobyn Palmer, MPA Administrator
Jessica DeLauraJessica DeLaura, BA Financial Analyst
Melissa SlusherMelissa Slusher, BS Administrative Assistant
Ashley AkalskiAshley Akalski Administrative Assistant

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Fellows

Name Training/Education
Nicholas Bartell, MDNicholas Bartell, MD

Residency

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Medical School

New York Medical College

Matthew Berger, MDMatthew Berger, MD

Residency

Stony Brook University School of Medicine in Stony Brook, New York

Medical School

St. George’s University School of Medicine/Grenada

Janice Cheong, MDJanice Cheong, MD

Residency

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Medical School

Stony Brook School of Medicine

Vijay Dalapathi, MDVijay Dalaphathi, MD

Residency

Mt. Sinai-St. Lukes Hospital, New York, NY

Medical School

St. George’s University School of Medicine/Grenada

Edwin Lee, MDEdwin Lee, MD

Residency

Yale NHH Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport CT

Medical School

Yale NHH Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport CT

Anjanet Perez-Colon, MDAnjanet Perez-Colon, MD

Residency

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York NY

Medical School

Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine

Mohammed Ullah, MDMohammed Asbar Ullah, MD

Residency

Hofstra Northwell, Manhasset NY

Medical School

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, New York NY

Russell Web, MDRussel Weg, MD

Residency

Weill Cornell Medical College, New York NY

Medical School

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo

Ari Young, MDAri Young, MD

Residency

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York NY

Medical School

St. George’s University School of Medicine/Grenada

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