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Fellows

Ruchit Shah, DO, fellow

Third-year fellows

Umair Iqbal, MD (Chief) 
Ruchit Shah, DO 
David Hanna, DO  


Second-year fellows

Ayusa Sinha, MD
Harrison “Reid” Malcolm, DO 
Darshan Suthar, DO   


First-year fellows

Bing Chen, MD
Michael Makar, MD 
Konstantinos Damiris, DO

Publications

Abstracts

  • Kuhn B., Morris Grant., Johal A.: Esophageal Granular Cell Tumor in the Setting of Eosinophilic Esophagitis: A Case Series. The Annals of Clinical Case Reports 2017; 2: 1459.
Publications

  • Khara H, Shovlin G, Johal A, Diehl D.: Endoscopic banding without resection (BWR) technique for treatment of diminutive neuroendocrine tumors in the duodenum. Endoscopy International Open 2019; 7(2):E302-E307. PMID:30746433
  • Dua K, DeWitt J, Kessler W, Diehl D, Draganov P, Wagh M, Kahaleh M, Wong Kee Song L, Khara H, Khan A, Aburajab M, Ballard D, Forsmark C, Edmundowicz S, Brauer B, Tyberg A, Buttar N, Adler D.: A phase 3, multicenter, prospective, single-blinded, noninferiority, randomized controlled trial on the performance of a novel esophageal stent with an anti-reflux valve (with video). Gastroentestanal Endoscopy 2019; S0016-5107(19)30026-4. PMID: 30684601
  • Mok S, Diehl D, Johal A, Khara H, Confer B, Mudireddy P, Kovach A, Diehl M, Kirchner H, Chen Z.: Endoscopic ultrasound-guided biopsy in chronic liver disease: a randomized comparison of 19-G FNA and 22-G FNB needles. Endoscopy International Open 2019; 7(1):E62-E71. PMID: 30648141
  • Yang D, Trindade AJ, Yachimski P, Benias P, Nieto J, Manvar A, Ho S, Esnakula A, Gamboa A, Sethi A, Gupte A, Khara H, Diehl D, El Chafic A, Shah J, Forsmark C, Draganov P. Histologic Analysis of Endoscopic Ultrasound-guided Through the Needle Microforceps Biopsies Accurately Identifies Mucinous Pancreas Cysts. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2018; xx(X):XX-XX. PMID: 30471456
  • Diehl D.: Endoscopic Ultrasound-guided Liver Biopsy. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy clinics of North America 2019; 29(2):173-186. PMID: 30846147
  • Mok S, Diehl D. The Role of EUS in Liver Biopsy. Current Gastroenterology reports 2019; 21(2):6. PMID: 30706751
  • Patel A, Trindade A, Diehl D, Khara H, Lee T, Lee C, Sethi A.: Nitrous oxide cryotherapy ablation for refractory gastric antral vascular ectasia. United European Gastroenterology Journal 2018; 6(8): 1155-1160. PMID: 30288277
  • Mok S, Diehl D, Johal A, Khara H, Confer B, Mudireddy P, Kirchner H, Chen Z.: A prospective pilot comparison of wet and dry heparinized suction for EUS-guided liver biopsy (with videos). Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2018; 88(6): 919-925. PMID: 30120956
  • Khara H, Kothari T, Johal A, Kothari S, Ahuja N, Bhanushali A, Kotru A, Berger A, Kaul V, Gross S, DiMaio C, Hale W, Abbass R, Ryou M, Sethi A, Turner B, Fockens P, Diehl D.: Heads or tails: confusion about "proximal" and "distal" terminology for pancreaticobiliary anatomy. Endoscopy International Open 2018; 6(7): E801-E805. PMID: 29977997
 
Presentations at regional or national meetings

  • Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – A case of Primary hepatic amyloidosis masquerading as obstructive jaundice. September 2018 (Kumar)
  • Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – Liver Stiffness Assessed by Transient Elastography Overestimates Fibrosis Compared to Histology of Liver Specimens Obtained by Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Liver Biopsy (EUS-LB), September 2018 (Tufail, Khurana, Berger, Johal, Confer, Diehl, Khara) Winner of First Prize for fellows-in-training competition.
  • Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – A Rare Case of Cryptococcal Peritonitis. September 2018 (Sunny Patel, Ahuja, Smith, Khara)
  • American College of Gastroenterology Poster Presentation – A case of Primary hepatic amyloidosis masquerading as obstructive jaundice. October 2018 (Kumar)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – P2326: An Unusual Delayed Complication of Urogynecologic Surgical Mesh Placement: Perirectal Abscess 10 Years After Initial Placement Treated by Endoscopic Removal and Transrectal Drain Placement. October 2018 (West, Diehl, Halm)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – A Rare Complication of an Ingested Foreign Body: Back Pain. October 2018. (Rezk)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – NSAID-Induced Colitis Masquerading as Fistulizing Crohn’s Disease. October 2018. (Bergenstock, McKee, Johal)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – Mesalamine-Induced Myopericarditis. October 2018. (Bergenstock, McKee, Walker)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – Bouveret Syndrome Masquerading as a Gastric Mass – Unmasked with Endoscopic Luminal Laser Lithotripsy. October 2018. (Diehl, Khara)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – Liver Stiffness Assessed by Transient Elastography Overestimates Fibrosis Compared to Histology of Liver Specimens Obtained by Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Liver Biopsy (EUS-LB). October 2018. (Tufail, Khurana, Johal, Confer, Diehl, Khara)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – Is Your Diagnosis of Celiac Disease Correct? A Case of Tropical Sprue Highlighting Common Errors. October 2018. (Bergenstock, McKee, Johal)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – A Rare Case of Symptomatic Gastric Heterotopia Causing Jejunal Intussusception. October 2018. (Akhtar, McKee, Talabiska)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – Role of Periprocedural Antibiotics in Patients Undergoing ERCP for Biliary Stent Removal. October 2018. (Walker, Khara, Diehl, Confer)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – Factors Leading to Trainee Entrustment in EGD and Colonoscopy: A Prospective Multicenter Study Evaluating Endoscopy Competence in the Era of the Next Accreditation System (NAS). October 2018. (Obuch)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – A Prospective Multicenter Study Evaluating Endoscopy Competence Among Gastroenterology Trainees in the Era of the Next Accreditation System (NAS) – The EnCompAS Study. October 2018. (Obuch)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – Trans-Colonic Forward Viewing Curvilinear Array Echoendoscope-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration of an Infra-Renal Mass. October 2018. (Tufail, Johal, Diehl, Khara)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Poster Presentation – Retrograde NaviAid Enteroscopy-Assisted Resection of Distal Ileal Hamartomatous Polyps. October 2018. ( Johal, Khara)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Presentation – Persistent Iliopsoas Abscess Due to Fistulizing Crohn's Disease: Can Biologic Agents Play a Role?. October 2018 (Ruchit Shah)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Presentation – Lactulose to the Rescue: A Case of Toxic Hepatic Encephalopathy Caused by Portosystemic Shunting and Epistaxis in a Patient With Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia. October 2018 (Ruchit Shah)\
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Presentation – One versus Three Needle Actuations for EUS-Guided Liver Biopsy: A Prospective Randomized Trial. October 2018 (Ching-Companioni, Johal, Confer, Khara, Forster, Diehl)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Video Podium Presentation - Utility of Lumen Apposing Metal Stents for Non-Pancreatic Interventions. October 2018. (Khara)
  • American College of Gastroenterology. Presentation – Best Public Health Intervention for a Targeted Community. October 2018. (Mehta) Scopy Award
  • Digestive Disease Week. Oral Presentation – Impact of statin use on clinical outcomes in patients with acute pancreatitis: a 10 year propensity adjusted data analysis. May 2019 (Khara, Confer, Johal, Diehl)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Oral Presentation – Safety and efficacy of multifocal cryoballoon ablation for eradication of previously untreated Barrett's neoplasia: Preliminary results of a large multicenter American trial. May 2019. (Diehl, Khara)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Oral Presentation – Living on the EDGE - Success, long-term complications, and implications following EUS-Directed TransGastric ERCP: A multicenter study. May 2019. (Khara, Diehl, Kumar)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Oral Presentation – Non-exposure full-thickness resection of colonic lesions in the U.S.: the FTRD experience. May 2019. (Diehl)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Oral Presentation – Diagnostic yield comparison of endoscopic ultrasound-guided liver biopsies with percutaneous and transjugular liver biopsies: a systematic review and meta-analysis. May 2019. (Diehl)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Poster Presentation – Flexible Endoscopic Incisional Therapy for Zenker's (FEIT-Z) may be the preferred approach in treatment naive as well as non-operative patients. May 2019 (Mehta, Khalid, Shafqet, Diehl, Khara)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Poster Presentation – Outcomes of fecal microbiota transplantation for refractory clostridioides difficile infection using openbiome compared to donor: a retrospective cohort study. May 2019. (Pedroso, Akhtar, Yuasa, Johal, Komar, Khara)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Poster Presentation – Who is doing liver biopsy and why? An audit of one year's liver biopsy workload. May 2019. (Khara, Johal, confer, Diehl)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Poster Presentation – Initial experience of nitrous oxide cryoballoon ablation for eradication of nonpolypoid sporadic and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) duodenal adenomas. May 2019. (Diehl, Khara)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Poster Presentation – Initial North American Experience With Endoscopic Full-Thickness Resection Of Colorectal Lesions: A Multi-Center Retrospective Cohort Study. May 2019. (Diehl)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Poster Presentation – Upstream And Downstream Revenue Of Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Ultrasound (UGI-EUS) Determined With An Episode-Of-Care Approach. May 2019. (Diehl)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Poster Presentation – Early Vs Delayed Ercp In Acute Cholangitis: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis. May 2019. (Shellenberger)
  • Digestive Disease Week. Poster Presentation – A Multicenter Study On Guideline Adherence To Helicobacter Pylori Testing. May 2019. (Pluskota, Shellenberger)