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Kaul Appointed as Secretary General of the WGO

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Vivek Kaul, MD, professor of Medicine, was elected by the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) Governing Council as its new secretary general, where he will also serve on the Executive & Finance committees.

The WGO is a global federation of 119 countries and their leading GI societies, and has active collaborations in place with the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). The WGO represents over 60,000 members worldwide. Established in 1958, the WGO is the leading international organization for Gastroenterology & Hepatology related education, training, and clinical practice guidance. Through its 24 international training centers, journal and guideline documents, the World congresses and the highly acclaimed TTT (Train the Trainer) workshops, the WGO serves its missions in close collaboration with national societies globally.

Prior to his current appointment, Kaul served as the immediate past chair of the WGO Endoscopy committee and also co-founded the Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program (ELMP) that pairs renowned mentors worldwide with interested mentees (especially from low resource environments) for their professional development. Kaul also serves on the WGO climate change working group and is a member of the WGO “Green Endoscopy” task force.

“I am very excited, honored, and humbled to represent URMC, NY, and the USA in this role. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to help increase our global engagement, visibility, and footprint. I look forward to partnering with University leadership to further our international missions,” Kaul said.

His four-year term began on January 1, 2024, and during this time Kaul will serve as a WGO liaison to international GI societies and work closely with the WGO president Geoffrey Metz (Australia) and president-elect Carolina Olano (Uruguay) to help develop future strategy across all missions of this organization.

Godishala Named Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure Inpatient Services

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Anu Godishala, MD, assistant professor of Cardiology, was appointed medical director of the Advanced Heart Failure Program Inpatient Services and the 4-3400 Unit. She was also named Director of the Advanced Heart Failure Program Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Program. She joined URMC in 2020.

The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology program at URMC is distinguished as the only cardiac transplantation center in NY outside the New York City area. This group performed nearly 40 transplants in 2023, and over 350 since the program’s inception. URMC is also one of the top five largest LVAD implant centers in the United States. 

Leway Chen, MD, MPH, director of the Heart Failure and Transplantation Program, said “We are very pleased to have Dr. Godishala in this new role. I look forward to her leadership on patient safety in all aspects of transitions of care. Dr. Godishala is a rising star in the advanced heart failure field, and truly an invaluable member of our team!”

Godishala said “As the medical director of the Advanced Heart Failure Program Inpatient Services, QI, and Patient Safety, I am proud to continue the mission, tradition, and vision of Dr. Leway Chen and the entire AHF team to provide the highest level, specialized care to our diverse population of advanced heart failure patients from across New York and neighboring states.”

She plans to improve the quality and efficiency of care through alignment with the most up-to-date medical guidelines, streamlined communication between multidisciplinary providers, better incorporation of ancillary service members, and renewed focus on individual patient priorities and goals. One of her specific objectives over the short term is to address vulnerabilities that arise during patient care transitions, both within the hospital as well as from the inpatient to outpatient settings.