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New AGA Center Chair Seeks to Streamline Innovation

July 12, 2017

Get to know Dr. V. Raman Muthusamy, chair of the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology, in this brief video interview.

A lot has changed in GI technology since V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, the new chair of the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology (CGIT), completed his GI fellowship training 15 years ago.

“I would say that between half and two-thirds of what I do today for actual patient care delivery is from technologies that have been completed since my fellowship or [from] applications of those technologies that are new,” he said in a video interview conducted during the 2017 AGA Tech Summit, which is sponsored by the center.

So if you think you’re not impacted by innovation, think again. “I think like many practicing physicians we have great technology, but we can think of ways to do things better,” continued Dr. Muthusamy, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

One of the goals of the center is to streamline the process of taking a good idea and making it into a product and a company. Dr. Muthusamy said such streamlining is important because the current “daunting” development process has led to many good ideas “dying on the vine” before they could be implemented. He says the CGIT, by bringing together key stakeholders from the medical, business and regulatory arenas, can help bring forth the latest technologies to directly benefit GI patients.

Dr. Muthusamy took over as chair in June 2017, serving with vice-chair Srinadh Komanduri, MD, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.

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