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    • General Surgery
    Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery , Executive Vice Chair Department of Surgery, University of Chicago 
    Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery , Executive Vice Chair Department of Surgery, University of Chicago 
    • Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery & Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery at University of Chicago

    Dr. Alverdy is the Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery and Executive Vice-Chair of the department of surgery at the University of Chicago. Dr Alverdy has an active clinical practice in gastrointestinal surgery focusing on minimally invasive surgery of the foregut. Dr Alverdy runs an active basic science laboratory where he studies the molecular pathogenesis of serious infections that develop following surgery including gut-derived sepsis of the critically ill, anastomotic leak and the role of the microbiome in each. He has been continuously RO1 funded by the NIH for this area of investigation and currently holds an RO1 and R21 grant. Dr Alverdy is the immediate past president of the Surgical Infection Society North America.

    • Gastroenterology
    • Internal Medicine
    • Obesity Medicine
    GI fellow at Brigham & Women's
    GI fellow at Brigham & Women's
    • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Chief Medical Social Media Officer, Director of Endoscopic Bariatric Program at Jefferson Health

    Dr. Austin Chiang is a triple board-certified, dual ivy-league (Harvard, Columbia) educated and trained gastroenterologist and advanced endoscopist. Dr. Chiang's interests include novel endoscopic weight loss treatments as well as the complex interventional endoscopic procedures including the diagnosis and treatment of various gastrointestinal conditions and their complications. These include a variety of cancers affecting the gastrointestinal tract such as the pancreas, bile duct, esophagus, stomach, colon, and liver cancers.

    Dr. Chiang is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Health (Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals) in Philadelphia, PA, and serves as the Director of the Endoscopic Weight Loss Program and Chief Medical Social Media Officer for the health system. He is fully licensed and credentialed in the states of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Having trained at the only dedicated bariatric endoscopy program, he is one of few triple board-certified advanced endoscopy-trained physicians in the world. His triple-board certifications include Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and in Obesity Medicine by the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

    Passionate about empowering patients with accurate medical information online, he pursued a Masters In Public Health with a field of study in Clinical Effectiveness and a concentration in Public Health Leadership. Consistently one of the most influential voices in the field of gastroenterology online, Dr. Chiang has conducted extensive research in social media and is champion of physician presence on social media and is the Chief Medical Social Media Officer of Jefferson Health and Founding President of the Association for Healthcare Social Media (AHSM), the first 501(c)(3) professional society for health professional social media use.

    He also serves as the Social Media Chair for the Association for Bariatric Endoscopy (ABE), in addition to serving on the Public Relations Committee for the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), Member Engagement and Diversity Committee for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and Committee on Communications for the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS). He formerly contributed to ABC News as a resident member of the ABC News Medical Unit. Furthermore, he serves on the editorial board of the leading gastroenterological newsletter, Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News and was named one of the Top 200 Leaders in Innovation in Gastroenterology by Healio in 2016, 2018’s Healio Gastroenterology Disruptive Innovator of the Year, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2019 Influencers of Healthcare Rookie of the Year, and 2019 Medscape Top 20 Social Media Physicians. His role in social media has been featured by The New York Times, CNBC, BBC News, Men’s Health, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Becker’s Healthcare, and Healthcare Dive.

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