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Dear Colleagues,

The microbiome continues to be a fascinating area with applications not only in gastroenterology, but all of medicine. One area of microbiome research that has received significant attention over the past few years is fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). In this issue of The New Gastroenterologist, Olga Aroniadis and Lawrence Brandt from Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine provide a fantastic overview of FMT use for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection.

Additionally, at the end of fellowship, the nuances of coding and billing often remain a mystery to most. This issue features a very useful summary of the basics of coding by Dawn Francis (Mayo Clinic – Jacksonville), which will certainly be a good review for all gastroenterologists. Also included is a great synopsis of pertinent financial books for gastroenterologists by Melvin Lau (Scott & White Healthcare/Texas A&M), as well as coverage of the AGA Tech Summit highlighting the important role of innovation within our field. The AGA-AASLD Academic Skills Workshop is a great program designed for fellows and young career GIs who are interested in pursuing careers in academic medicine. In this issue, Patricia Jones (University of Miami) and Swathi Eluri (UNC Chapel Hill) give terrific perspectives on this workshop from the viewpoint of an early career faculty member and a fellow, respectively. Lastly, there are two additional articles that address workplace equality and the improving gender gap within our field as well as the differing working environments for physicians in different states.

In addition to the content of The New Gastroenterologist being delivered in print every quarter with GI & Hepatology News, it is also available via The New Gastroenterologist app as well as free online via www.gastro. org or Additionally, if you have any suggestions for future topics, or are interested in contributing an article to The New Gastroenterologist, please contact me (bryson. or Ryan Farrell (

Bryson W. Katona, MD, PhD


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Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

Articles by Olga Aroniadis, Lawrence Brandt, Dawn Francis and more.


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