Joseph Leung, MD, FRCP, FACP, FASGE, MACG is currently the Mr. & Mrs. C.W. Law Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and the Chief of Gastroenterology for the VA Northern California Health Care System. Dr. Leung is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, as well as the Hong Kong College of Physicians and Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Dr. Leung has pioneered a number of therapeutic endoscopy procedures including epinephrine injection for ulcer hemostasis, urgent nasobiliary drainage for acute suppurative cholangitis, the design and development of the Cotton-Leung stent for biliary drainage and palliation of malignant obstructive jaundice, and the water exchange colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening.
Dr. Leung has spent the last 25 years improving ERCP training for GI trainees. He has organized many teaching endoscopy workshops locally, nationally, and internationally and participated as teaching faculty in many more. His current research interest includes the use of a mechanical simulator for ERCP training and methods to improve proximal adenoma detection on colonoscopy. He has published RCTs on the impact of coached EMS practice on clinical ERCP performance of trainees.
Dr. Leung received the ACG Senior Governor Award in 2004 and ASGE Master Endoscopist Award in 2005 and Master of American College of Gastroenterology in 2010. He was a former Associate Editor for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and currently Executive Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Interventional Gastroenterology. He is the author or coauthor of more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters, as well as 5 books.
Simon K. Lo, MD is the Director of Endoscopy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he is also the director of the Pancreatic Diseases Program and head of the Interventional Endoscopy Training. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He obtained his MD degree from New York University. He completed a gastroenterology fellowship at the Integrated GI Training Program at UCLA. In 1989, he refined his biliary endoscopy skill under renowned Professor Kees Huibregtse at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. He has served on the ASGE and numerous other international society committees and was elected Governor of the American College of Gastroenterology for multiple terms.
Known for his extensive endoscopy experience and clinical interests, Dr. Lo has evaluated many new technologies to treat GERD, obesity, and mucosal lesions. He pioneered in several small bowel procedures including different platforms of capsule endoscopy and device-assisted enteroscopy. In spite of his diverse skills, he is most noted for his work in endoscopy for pancreatic and biliary diseases. For 21 years, he has organized and co-hosted a highly regarded symposium on pancreatic and biliary endoscopy that features the most recognized biliary endoscopists in the world. He is currently devoting most of his time to building a program to integrate basic science and clinical services for improvement in the understanding and treatment of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
Central to the advancement of health care is the willingness to learn and the commitment to teach. Dr. Lo has learned from some of the most noted figures in endoscopy and GI sciences, while engaging in many educational events in endoscopy here and abroad. He has spoken extensively in many countries and has trained numerous gastroenterologists and GI interventionists over the years. He has also published many articles in the field. He is exceedingly grateful to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Joseph Leung on this very practical and valuable book on endoscopy.