Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA School of Medicine, and in the Division of Gastroenterology, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the UCLA School of Public Health, where he teaches health services research techniques. Dr. Spiegel served as the Program Director for the UCLA GI Fellowship Program, where he developed and expanded the lecture series that gave rise to the series of “Acing” books.
Dr. Spiegel attended Tufts University where he majored in Philosophy and Community Health, and received his M.D. with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from New York Medical College. He received training in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at UCLA, and completed advanced studies in Health Services Research at the UCLA School of Public Health, where he received a Master’s Degree in Health Services. He received a Research Career Development Award through the Veteran Administration during which time he was trained in health services methodology.
Dr. Spiegel’s research interests have focused on functional GI disorders, IBDs, acid-peptic disorders, chronic liver disease, GI hemorrhage, and colon cancer screening. He also studies the role of information technologies in clinical practice, including patient-provider e-portals, social media, and wireless biosensors designed to unobtrusively monitor health status and outcomes. His research has been funded by the NIH, VA, and the American College of Gastroenterology, among other sources.
Hetal A. Karsan, MD, FACG, FACP is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, one of the largest gastroenterology groups in the country, at which he is a partner. He is also a practicing clinician at Emory University.
Dr. Karsan attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology. While an undergraduate, he taught a course on Evolution and Diversity to fellow college students and won awards for undergraduate biomedical research from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He obtained his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. Thereafter, he went on to train in Internal Medicine at Boston University, where he completed his medical internship and residency. Dr. Karsan served as acting Chief Medical Resident while at Boston University. He completed fellowship at UCLA Medical Center, where he trained in gastroenterology, advanced interventional endoscopy, and transplant hepatology. While at UCLA, he won several awards and was nominated for the Teaching Fellow of the Year by the Department of Internal Medicine. He also sought formal training in clinical outcomes research at UCLA.
Dr. Karsan is active in numerous professional organizations and was elected as Fellow by both the American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians. In addition to his contributions to numerous book chapters, abstracts and more than a dozen peer-reviewed manuscripts, he also serves as a peer reviewer for medical journals and serves on an editorial board. Dr. Karsan is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology. He enjoys treating patients including endoscopy and actively participates in clinical outcomes research. In his personal time, he enjoys playing sports, traveling, baking, and spending time with his family.