Focused Issue on Esophageal Disease

Posted On 2019-06-21 08:09:49



This focused issue on “Esophageal Disease” is edited by Dr. Ikenna C. Okereke, from Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA.

Dr. Okereke is currently the chief of thoracic surgery and the program director for the cardiothoracic surgery fellowship program at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He was brought here to establish a new cardiothoracic surgery fellowship program, given his previous experience of implementing a training program. He also performs roughly 95% of his clinical cases minimally invasively, focusing on minimally invasive esophagectomy. Dr. Okereke has a basic science laboratory here which performs research on esophageal disease. His laboratory focuses on identifying genomic patterns in Barrett’s esophagus which can predict outcome and propensity for cancer development.

Focused issue outline:

  1. T2N0 esophageal cancer: role of neoadjuvant treatment versus upfront surgery
    Thomas Birdas, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA
  2. Accuracy of endoscopic ultrasound in esophageal cancer staging
    Timothy Krill, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA
  3. Regionalization of esophagectomies and impact on outcomes
    David Cooke, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sacramento, USA
  4. Role and safety of fundoplication in esophageal disease and dysmotility syndromes
    Charles Bakhos, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, USA
  5. Endoscopic stenting for complex esophageal anatomy
    Sreenam Parupudi, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA
  6. Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for achalasia
    Mohamed Othman, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
  7. Associations of the microbiome and esophageal disease
    Ikenna Okereke, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA
  8. The role of acidity in development of Barrett's esophagus
    Puja Elias, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA
  9. The role of diet in the formation of esophageal disease
    Carolyn Newberry, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA
  10. Microbiology of esophageal disease and its association with patient factors and comorbidities
    Ikenna Okereke, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA