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Dr. Philip Katz Elected President of the American College of Gastroenterology
Date:10/21/2009

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Philip O. Katz, MD, FACG, was elected by the membership as the 2009-2010 president of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), a national specialty association representing more than 11,000 clinical gastroenterologists and other specialists in digestive diseases. Dr. Katz will officially take his position as president during the College's Annual Scientific Meeting, being held next week in San Diego. In this position, Dr. Katz will direct ACG's programs which include continuing medical education in the clinical, scientific and patient-related skills of gastroenterology, policies involving national and state medical affairs, managed care issues and clinical investigation.

Dr. Katz received his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He served his residency and chief residency in internal medicine, followed by a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He completed a faculty development fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Currently, Dr. Katz is Chairman of the Division of Gastroenterology at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also an Associate Program Director for the internal medicine residency in the Department of Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center. He also served as Chairman, Department of Medicine, and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia from 1999-2003.

A recognized national authority on esophageal disease, Dr. Katz's research interests include all aspects of gastroesophageal reflux disease, including nocturnal recovery of gastric acid secretion during proton pump inhibitor therapy and esophageal pain perception.

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