YOUR TEAM


Buck Patel

 

Bhaktasharan “Buck” Patel, M.D. is the Founder and President of Peak Gastroenterology Associates, formed in 1996. Since the summer of 2013, “PGA“ has grown to eleven providers, including ten board certified physicians and one board certified adult nurse practitioner.

Dr. Patel’s pleasant and happy disposition make him a patient favorite. Among his peers, Dr. Patel is regarded as an outstanding clinical mind with extremely low complication rates and high polyp detection rates. Dr. Patel currently chairs the Peer Review Committee at Memorial Hospital/University of Colorado Health and was the chief of the Peer Review Committee for the El Paso County Medical Society for five years (2005-2010).

The largest practice by volume of providers and by geographical distribution, PGA is also the fastest growing practice in the region. PGA proudly serves the entire Pikes Peak and Southern Colorado region from Castle Rock to Colorado Springs to Pueblo and beyond. With the area’s most widely experienced and trained gastrointestinal providers, PGA conducts procedures at more centers than any other practice, including its home surgery center, Front Range Endoscopy Centers. Multiple clinics are also available for the convenience of patients.

Education:

  • Medical School - Baroda Medical College, Gujarat, India
  • Residency - St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, Illinois
  • Fellowship - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Publications: Click on a publication to see the full article

  1. Clinical investigator for SWOG protocol

Awards and Accolades:

  • Certificate of Merit from Ministry of Education, India
  • Member, Advisory Committee for Schering Corporation for alpha interferon
  • Speaker Bureau for pharmaceutical companies
  • Former medical director of CSHP surgical center


Prashant Krishnan

 

I was born in Houston, Texas and have also lived in Virginia, New Orleans, Detroit, and now Colorado Springs. It was the beauty of the land and the nature of the people that drew me to the area.My interests include reading, music, electronics, and adventure sports. As the lead singer in a rock band, I have given multiple performances. I love road trips and traveling abroad to learn about new cultures.

I decided to become a doctor at an early age. My desire to help others and establish therapeutic rapport with my patients has driven me to excel. I served as the chief fellow during my training. My areas of interest include therapeutic endoscopy, inflammatory bowel diseases, as well as liver and pancreatic disease.

Having a special passion for teaching, I strive to educate patients about their illnesses to enable them to be an active participant in their care.

Education:

  • Medical School - LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Residency - Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
  • Fellowship - Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan

Publications: Click on a publication to see the full article

  1. Aortogastric fistula formation three days after endovascular stent placement
  2. Prolonged Intrahepatic Cholestasis and Renal Failure Secondary to Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Enriched Dietary Supplements: A Review of the Literature
  3. But I’m Better Than That: What to do When You Outshine Your CV. Unique Opportunities
  4. Body Mass Index Predicts Cecal Insertion Time: The Higher, The Better
  5. Evaluation of Anti-HBV Drug Resistant Mutations Among Patients with Acute Symptomatic Hepatitis B in the United States
  6. Acute Hepatitis B in an Urban Tertiary Care Hospital in the United States
  7. The success and complication rates of percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC) and a second endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) after an initial failed ERCP
  8. Risk for development of hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with hepatitis B as a function of replicative status and cirrhosis in the United States
  9. Is wild type hepatitis B virus still the predominant form of infection or has there been a shift towards resistant strains?
  10. Etanercept may increase the risk for mycobacterium avium complex infections
  11. Fuse Case Study - Polyp
  12. Fuse Case Study - Worms
  13. Fuse Case Study - Bleed
  14. Fuse Case Study - Diverticulum

Awards and Accolades:

  • “Top Doc” Colorado Springs Style Magazine, September 2016
  • “Top Doc” Colorado Springs Style Magazine, September 2015
  • Board Member, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock, Colorado
  • Department of Gastroenterology Section Chair, Memorial Hospital/UCH, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Rocky Vista University, Parker, Colorado
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Missouri
  • American Gastroenterological Association Practice Advisory Network
  • Chief Fellow, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
  • Valedictorian, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
  • “Top Doc” Colorado Springs Style Magazine, September 2014
  • Founder and lead singer in a band called “Unprepped”
  • LSU Board of Supervisors Scholarship
  • Full scholarship at University of Pittsburgh
  • Full scholarship at Abilene Christian University
  • Dean’s List at University of Pittsburgh
  • Dean’s List at Abilene Christian University
  • Cytec National Merit Finalist Scholarship


Scot Lewey

 

Dr. Lewey graduated from osteopathic medical school where he embraced the tradition of treating the whole person. He went on to complete his residency and fellowship training with board certifications in the specialties of internal medicine, pediatrics, and gastroenterology. For almost three decades, Dr. Lewey has practiced medicine, educated medical students and patients, and conducted clinical research.

Dr. Lewey is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Rocky Vista University. His interest in these celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity stem from his personal and family experiences with allergies, celiac disease, and gluten and dairy sensitivity.

Dr. Lewey has has written several chapters in Cereal Killers-Celiac Disease and Gluten from A to Z. He has published a magnitude of articles.

Education:

  • Medical School - Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Residency - Womack Army Hospital and William Beaumont Army Medical Center
  • Fellowship - Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver, Colorado

Publications: Click on a publication to see the full article

  1. Evaluation of the throat culture as a follow-up for an initially negative enzyme immunoabsorbent assay rapid streptococcal antigen detection test
  2. Talc crystals in the liver of patients with chronic Hepatitis C infection
  3. Combination therapy with thymosin alpha-1 and interferon for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection: A randomized placebo-controlled, double-blind trial
  4. Gingival lesions and nasal obstruction in an immunosuppressed patient post liver transplantation
  5. Mastocytic Inflammatory Bowel Disease (MIBD): Increased prevalence of celiac-related HLA DQ genetics, cBir1 and antigliadin antibodies associated with response to gluten free diet
  6. Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE): Higher than expected prevalence of atypical symptoms, HLA DQ8, elevated antigliadin and ASCA antibodies, and elevated mast cells in duodenum
  7. Clinical characteristics and prevalence of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity presenting in a community based private gastroenterology clinic
  8. Prospective evaluation of the Brandt balloon to detect dysplasia in patients with Barrett’s esophagus
  9. Search for measles virus RNA by PCR in ileocolonic tissue samples in patients with Crohn’s disease
  10. A method of detecting M. paratuberculosis using PCR without southern blot
  11. Successful detection of high grade dysplasia in Barrett’s esophagus by a non-endoscopic esophageal cytology balloon
  12. Diagnosing Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
  13. Endoscopic Cancer Screening, Gastroenterology Secrets
  14. Gluten Sensitivity: A Gastroenterologist’s Personal Journey Down the Gluten Rabbit Hole
  15. Understanding the Genetics of Gluten Sensitivity
  16. Celiac Disease Versus Gluten Sensitivity: New Role for Genetic Testing and Fecal Antibody Testing?
  17. http://www.celiac.com/articles/21628/1/Celiac-Disease-Genetics/Page1.html
  18. http://www.celiac.com/articles/21567/1/Ten-Facts-About-Celiac-Disease-Genetic-Testing/Page1.html
  19. http://www.celiac.com/articles/1101/1/Gluten-Sensitivity-A-Gastroenterologists-Personal-Journey-Down-the-Gluten-Rabbit-Hole-by-Dr-Scot-Lewey/Page1.html
  20. http://www.celiac.com/articles/1046/1/Understanding-the-Genetics-of-Gluten-Sensitivity-by-Dr-Scot-Lewey/Page1.html
  21. http://ezinearticles.com/?Leaky-Gut-Syndrome-and-the-Cells-That-Maintain-the-Gut-Barrier-Against-Yeast-and-Bacteria&id=369690
  22. http://ezinearticles.com/?Doctors-Frequently-Fail-to-Diagnosis-Celiac-Disease-and-Gluten-Sensitivity---Why?&id=220137
  23. http://ezinearticles.com/?Pill-Camera-Records-Video-of-the-Inside-of-Your-Intestinal-Tract&id=306144
  24. http://ezinearticles.com/?Celiac-Disease-Biopsy-Explained---Part-II&id=315579
  25. http://ezinearticles.com/?Eosinophilic-Esophagitis---The-Difference-Between-Acid-Reflux-and-Allergic-Esophagus-Explained&id=332354
  26. http://ezinearticles.com/?Eosinophilic-Esophagitis---Food-Allergies-and-Using-an-Elimination-Diet-and-Symptom-Diary&id=332428
  27. http://ezinearticles.com/?Eosinophilic-Esophagitis---Diagnosis-and-Treatment-of-Allergic-Or-Eosinophilic-Esophagitis&id=332358
  28. http://ezinearticles.com/?Irritable-Bowel-Syndrome-(IBS)-And-Elimination-Diets&id=351950
  29. http://ezinearticles.com/?Genetics-of-Food-Allergy-and-Intolerance&id=301254
  30. http://ezinearticles.com/?Leaky-Gut-and-Autoimmune-Diseases---What-is-the-Link?&id=355144
  31. http://ezinearticles.com/?Your-Irritable-Bowel-Syndrome-(IBS)-May-Be-Misdiagnosed-Or-Be-Undiagnosed-Colitis&id=455365
  32. http://ezinearticles.com/?Leaky-Gut-and-Autoimmune-Diseases-Result-From-The-Failing-of-Your-Immune-System&id=645690
  33. http://ezinearticles.com/?Yeast-and-Bacteria-Have-a-Major-Role-in-the-War-in-Your-Leaky-Gut&id=434669
  34. http://ezinearticles.com/?Celiac-Genetic-Tests-Are-Not-All-Equal-and-Some-DQ2-Negatives-May-Not-Be-Completely-Negative&id=965347
  35. http://ezinearticles.com/?Symptom-Assessment,-Food-Diary-and-Elimination-Diet-in-Food-Intolerance-and-Allergy---A-Primer&id=300833
  36. http://ezinearticles.com/?Foods-May-Contribute-to-Rheumatoid-Arthritis-Through-a-Leaky-Gut---The-Gut-Joint-Axis&id=356801
  37. Penrose Bloom March 2015 - Gallstones

To see more of Dr. Lewey’s many publications, please visit www.thefooddoc.com, or visit his blog at thefooddoc.blogspot.com.

Awards and Accolades:

  • Fellow status of several professional societies
  • “Top Doc” Colorado Springs Style Magazine, (2010-2014)
  • Consumers Research Council Top Gastroenterologists (2010-2012)
  • Certified Physician Executive
  • Clinical Professor, Rocky Vista University, Parker, Colorado
  • Clinical Professor, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Missouri


James Rose

 

Dr. Rose completed his transplant hepatology fellowship at Integris-Baptist Medical Center and his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

“Having a diverse background in medicine has given me the ability to not just focus on one aspect of the gastrointestinal tract, but to be a comprehensive gastroenterologist. My interests in gastroenterology include therapeutic endoscopy.”

Education:

  • Medical School - American University of the Caribbean
  • Residency - Pinnacle Health Hospital
  • Fellowship - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Integris-Baptist Medical Center

Publications: Click on a publication to see the full article

  1. Gastric Metastasis of Merkel Cell Tumor – Uncommon complication of rare neoplasm
  2. Amiodarone Induced Cirrhosis Case Series
  3. Nutritional Effects of TIPSS – An often neglected benefit? A preliminary report
  4. Correlation of MELD Scoring to Portal Hypertension Changes among Patients awaiting orthotropic liver transplantation
  5. Novel approach to identify prognostic biomarkers in serum from patients with chronic HCV infections
  6. Novel approaches to identify distinct immunopathogenic biomarkers in patients with Hepatitis C Virus infection
  7. Liver Transplantation of hepatitis B infection in the United States
  8. Outcome after ERCP in patients with suspected sphincter of Oddi dysfunction: a prospective study
  9. Assessment of Alzheimer’s disease and Depression medications using phase II/III drug trials
  10. Titanium dioxide’s effect on microorganisms
  11. Microbiology and Virology Studies

Awards and Accolades:

  • MCP/Hahnemann University Golden Stethoscope Nomination
  • Epsom General Hospital Excellence in Radiologic Techniques Award


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Hello! Thank you for your interest. My goal is for you to makes choices specifically suited to your own health preferences. This means you feel I have understood and addressed your concerns. I hope you leave your appointment with a feeling that I have clearly explained your plan of care, you understand it, and it matches your own personal health goals. This goes just beyond our personal interaction and extends to our full team: nurses, medical assistants, receptionists, schedulers, etc.

Education:

  • Medical School - University of Florida
  • Residency - University of Florida
  • Fellowship - University of Florida

Publications: Click on a publication to see the full article

  1. Algorithm for the management of endoscopic perforations: a quality improvement project
  2. Complications during natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery: endoscopic management of splenic laceration and hemorrhage
  3. Prospective randomized blinded comparison of a short-wire endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography system with traditional long-wire devices
  4. Prospective trial comparing solid-state catheter and water-perfusion triple-lumen catheter for sphincter of Oddi manometry done at the time of ERCP
  5. Endoscopic therapy for chronic pancreatitis: technical success, clinical outcomes, and complications

Awards and Accolades:

  • “Top Doc” Colorado Springs Style Magazine, September 2016
  • Medical Informatics Certification from Oregon Health State University
  • “Top Doc” Colorado Springs Style Magazine, (2013-2014)
  • Outstanding Resident Teacher
  • Society of Teaching Scholars
  • Resident as Teachers Award

 


Joseph Moore

 

Dr. Moore is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and has received numerous professional accolades and recognitions throughout his long and distinguished career. He is a highly respected endoscopist with high polyp detection rates and patient satisfaction. He welcomes the opportunity to care for you and your loved ones.

Education:

  • Medical School - University of Minnesota
  • Residency - University of Oklahoma and Hennepin County General Hospital
  • Fellowship - University of Minnesota

Publications: Click on a publication to see the full article

  1. Technical Failures and Complications of Therapeutic (TX) ERCP: Impact on resource utilization
  2. Endoscopic Balloon Dilation compared to Sphincterotomy (EDES) for extraction of bile duct stones: Preliminary results
  3. Complications of Endoscopic Biliary Sphincterotomy
  4. Complications of Endoscopic Sphincterotomy in Cirrhotics: A prospective multi center study
  5. Pancreatitis from Endoscopic Sphincterotomy (ES), A prospective multi center 30-day study
  6. Hemorrhage from Endoscopic Sphincterotomy (ES) A prospective multi center 30 day study
  7. Complications of Endoscopic Sphincterotomy (ES) A prospective multi center 30-day study
  8. Results of a multicenter trial using a mechanical lithotripter for treatment of common bile duct stones
  9. Evaluation of Bipolar Electrocoagulation in Canine Stomach

Awards and Accolades:

  • Clinical Associate Professor, University of North Dakota School of Medicine
  • Clinical Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth School of Medicine
  • Best Doctors in America: Central Region - 1996
  • Best Doctors in America: Southern Colorado - 1998
  • Medical Director, St Luke’s Home Care (Duluth, MN)


Paul Pinto

 

Dr. Pinto's practice is office-based, and he sees patients two days per week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. He is board-certified in Gastroenterology, and completed fellowships in both Gastroenterology as well as Hepatology (Liver Disease). He has a special interest in all aspects of liver disease.

Education:

  • Medical School - Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez and University of Southern California
  • Residency - University of Southern California Medical Center and University of Arizona
  • Hepatology Fellowship - University of Southern California
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship - University of Colorado

Publications: Click on a publication to see the full article

  1. Large volume paracentesis in nonedematous patients with tense ascites: Its effect on intravascular volume
  2. Acute hepatic injury following the withdrawal of immunosuppressive cancer chemotherapy in patients with hepatitis B
  3. Failure of colchicine to improve short-term survival in patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis
  4. Cyclosporine in the management of corticosteroid-resistant type 1 autoimmune hepatitis
  5. Colchicine treatment of alcoholic cirrhosis: A randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial of patient survival
  6. Hydrocholorthiazide as a third diuretic in cirrhosis with refractory ascites
  7. Rapid re-accumulation of ascites after large volume ascites: Its relationship to intravascular volume
  8. Does reduction in hepatic metabolic capacity signal sodium retention in alcoholic cirrhosis?
  9. Cyclosporine treatment of type 1 autoimmune chronic active hepatitis

Awards and Accolades:

  • Social Work Values in Allied Health Award
  • Advanced Research Training Award of the American Gastroenterological Association
  • Cardiorespiratory Scholarship
  • McCollum-Jamentez Scholarship
  • Graduation with Honors
  • California State Scholar
  • Member, Blue Key National Honor Fraternity
  • Dean’s List for Academic Achievement


Brodie Gerrard-Gough

 

Dr. Gerrard-Gough brings more than 35 years of general surgery and endoscopy to the practice. He is widely respected in the community and maintains longstanding relationships with providers and patients alike. His surgical background adds depth and an extra dimension to the practice.

Education:

  • Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine
  • Residency - U.S. Navy Surgical Residency

Publications: Click on a publication to see the full article

  1. How to drain a rectal abscess - 1976

Awards and Accolades:

  • Early naval promotion


Vanessa Lee

 

Dr. Lee comes to Peak Gastroenterology Associates from her practice in central Virginia. She trained at the University of Virginia in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Lee is a general gastroenterologist who specializes in colon and rectal cancer screening, the evaluation and management of gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, liver diseases, and irritable bowel syndrome. As a female physician, Dr. Lee appreciates the concerns and specific needs of the female patient. Dr. Lee is excited to be a part of Peak Gastroenterology Associates and to bring a woman's perspective to the practice.

Education:

  • Medical School - Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia
  • Residency - University of Virginia Health System
  • Fellowship - University of Virginia Health System
  • Master of Science in Health Evaluation Sciences - University of Virginia

Publications: Click on a publication to see the full article

  1. NASH and cryptogenic cirrhosis: A histological analysis
  2. Addition of adult-to-adult living donation to liver transplant programs improves survival but at an increased cost
  3. Liver dysfunction associated with parenteral nutrition: What are the options?
  4. AGA Guidebook to ABIM maintenance of certification: 2007 Annual Update in Gastroenterology Supplement
  5. Resolution of decompensated cirrhosis from Wilson’s disease with zinc monotherapy: A therapeutic option?
  6. Contributor to Model for End Stage Liver Disease (MELD) predicts non-transplant surgical mortality in patients with cirrhosis

Awards and Accolades:

  • Participant in the Achieving Competence Today (ACT II) Program at the University of Virginia
  • Recipient of the Resident Scholar Travel Award for American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) 55th Annual Meeting
  • Recipient of a Travel Award for the Microbes and Mucosal Immunity Gastroenterology Symposium
  • Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research Board of Directors Scholarship
  • Thomas Jefferson University Student Cancer Research Program
  • House Staff President University of Virginia


R Christopher Harmon

 

Dr. Harmon is a board certified Gastroenterologist who specializes in Advanced Endoscopy. He comes to Peak Gastroenterology Associates from his practice in central Virginia. After completing Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Virginia, Dr. Harmon also completed an additional fellowship training in Advanced Endoscopy at Virginia Tech/Carilion Clinic.

Advanced endoscopy techniques include ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound. These techniques are used in the evaluation and management of pancreas and biliary diseases and often assist in the staging/diagnosis of cancers of the rectum, esophagus, stomach, pancreas and within the chest. Dr. Harmon is well-versed in management of complex esophagus and other GI luminal strictures with stent and dilation interventions.

Dr. Harmon prides himself in providing excellent and compassionate clinical care. He is excited to be a part of Peak Gastroenterology Associates.

Education:

  • Medical School - Marshall University School of Medicine
  • Residency - University of Virginia
  • Fellowship - University of Virginia
  • Advanced Fellowship - Virginia Tech/Carillon Clinic
  • Ph.D. in Toxicology - Marshall University School of Medicine

Publications: Click on a publication to see the full article

  1. A Mechanistic Study in the Nephrotoxicity of P-aminophenol (renal toxic metabolite of acetaminophen)
  2. In vitro toxicity of 2- and 4-chloroanaline: comparisons with 4-amino-3-chlorophenol, 2-amino-5-chlorophenol, and amino phenol
  3. Cephaloridine in vitro toxicity and accumulation in renal slices from normoglycemic and diabetic rats
  4. 2-Amino-5-chlorophenol toxicity in renal cortical slices from Fischer 344 rats: effect of antioxidants and sulfhydryl agents
  5. Risk factors for early hospital readmission after cardiac operations
  6. S-adenosylmethioine attenuates acetaminophen hepatotoxicity in C57BL/6 mice
  7. Time-dependent effect of paminophenol (PAP) toxicity in renal slices and development of oxidative stress
  8. Pyruvate reduces 4-aminophenol in vitro toxicity
  9. Management of patient with nocturnal GERD
  10. Herpes simplex virus hepatitis after renal transplantation
  11. Characterization of a novel model for investigation of radiocontrast nephrotoxiciity
  12. Mechanical pleurodesis aided by peritoneal drainage: a novel procedure for refractory hepatic hydrothorax
  13. Ethnic variation in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis]
  14. Combination of corticosteroids and anidulafungin associated with acute liver injury and hepatic encephalopathy – synergistic toxicity
  15. Treatment approaches in dyspepsia
  16. Inflammation in NASH

Awards and Accolades:

  • McPherson Award for Excellence in Research
  • Expert Reviewer – American Journal of Gastroenterology
  • Academic Skills Workshop Travel Award
  • Young Scientist Award
  • National Institutes of Health LRP Award
  • Expert Reviewer – Liver International
  • National Institutes of Health T32 Fellowship Training Grant
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Disease Travel Award
  • Polan Award – Highest academic standing (first in class ranking)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Toxicology Travel Award
  • Academic Achievement Award (perfect academic record)
  • Suma cum laude
  • Medical Student Academic Achievement Award
  • Joan C. Edwards Scholar
  • John Marshall Scholar
  • Sigma Xi Research Award


Anju Sidhu

Hi! I am originally from the east coast and have enjoyed living in beautiful Colorado since 2013. I am so excited to join Peak Gastro because I have found a team of like-minded, intelligent, and caring physicians. Each member brings a unique aspect to the group to ensure we can serve your medical needs.After completing fellowship, I became board-certified in gastroenterology and hepatology. Much of my time with patients is spent performing upper endoscopies and colonoscopies or in clinic for office visits. I am able to help patients with a variety of disease processes such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, colitis, as well as liver and pancreas disorders. Additionally, I am trained to perform advanced procedures such as ERCPs.

Whether our encounter is limited (for a screening colonoscopy) or sustained (for chronic illness), my goal is to understand your unique health situation and to ensure you are cared for and respected.

Education:

  • Medical School - Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Residency - University of Louisville
  • Fellowship - University of Louisville

Publications: Click on a publication to see the full article

  1. Lactobacillus rahmnosus GG Culture Supernatant Ameliorates Acute Alcohol-induced Intestinal Permeability and Liver Injury
  2. Ergonomic Analysis for Safer Medical Instrument Trays


Mary Ann Huang

Dr. Huang is a Chicago native who has spent the last 16 years in the state of Michigan. She completed gastroenterology and transplant hepatology fellowships at the University of Michigan, and has worked6 primarily as a transplant hepatologist for the last 12 years at the University of Michigan, Henry Ford Hospital, and Beaumont Hospital.

Dr. Huang’s practice will encompass all of gastroenterology and hepatology, including a continued focus in patients with cirrhosis and liver transplant. She also has a long standing interest in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatitis C, and autoimmune liver disease along with
medical education.

Her philosophy as a physician is to serve as an empathetic guide for patients as they navigate through their GI and liver problems, and provide them with as much information as possible to make educated decisions about their care.

Outside of work, Dr. Huang enjoys spending time with her family. She tends to gravitate towards adventurous pursuits, including downhill skiing and mountain biking, and is a retired member of the Detroit Derby Girls.

Education:

  • Medical School - Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
  • Residency – University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Fellowship – University of Michigan
  • Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis – University of Michigan

Publications:

  1. Huang MA, Greenson JD, Chao C, Anderson L, Peterman D, Jacobson J, Emick D, Lok ASF, Conjeevaram HS. 1-year intense nutritional counseling results in histological improvement in patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis: A pilot study. Am J Gastroenterol 2005; 100:1072-1081.
  2. Volk ML, Biggins SW, Huang MA, Argo CK, Fontana RJ, Anspach RR. Decision making in liver transplant selection committees: a multicenter study. Ann Intern Med 2011; 155(8):503-8.
  3. De Simone P, Nevens F, De Carlis L, Metselaar HJ, Beckebaum S, Saliba F, Jonas S, Sudan D, Fung J, Fischer L, Duvoux C, Chavin KD, Koneru B, Huang MA, Chapaman WC, Foltys D, Witte S, Jiang H, Hexham JM, Junge G, H2304 Study Group. Everolimus with reduced tacrolimus improves renal function in de novo liver transplant recipients: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Transplant 2012: 12(11): 3008-20.
  4. Stueck, A, Qu, Z, Huang, MA, Camprecios, G, Ferrell, L, Thung, S. Hepatocellular carcinoma arising in an HNF-1a-mutated adenoma in a 23 year old woman with maturityonset diabetes of the young: A case report. Semin Liver Dis 2015; 35:444-449.

Awards and Accolades:

  • AASLD/Schering Advanced Hepatology Fellowship 2003-04
  • University of Michigan/Pfizer K30 Graduate BridgeFunding Award 2003-04
  • AASLD Jan Albrecht Award 2004-05
  • AGA abstract reviewer (research in education and training) 2009-11
  • Top Docs Hour Detroit Magazine (Liver specialist) 2010-11, 2013-15
  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor 2015


Kristen Zhelnin

Dr. Zhelnin is the gastrointestinal pathologist and Medical Director for Peak Gastroenterology Associates. She was raised in Georgia, but has found her true home in Colorado. After earning her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, she received her medical degree from Medical College of Georgia. She then completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at University of Colorado. She returned to Georgia once more for a gastrointestinal and liver pathology fellowship at Emory University.

Dr. Zhelnin is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology with subspecialty training in gastrointestinal and liver pathology. Her areas of interest include luminal gastrointestinal pathology, liver transplant pathology, and general surgical pathology.

In her free time, Dr. Zhelnin enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, traveling, running, hiking, and snowshoeing with her husband and Great Dane Louie. She is also a food enthusiast and enjoys cooking and wine tasting.

Education:

  • Medical School – Medical College of Georgia
  • Residency – University of Colorado
  • Fellowship – Emory University

Publications:

  1. Voss K, Bollag R, Fussell N, By C, Sheehan D, Bollag W. Aquaporin 3 and Phospholipase D2 Expression in Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinoma [abstract]. J Invest Dermatol. 2009 Apr;129(1 Suppl):S32 abstract 187.
  2. Voss KE, Bollag RJ, Fussell N, By C, Sheehan DJ, Bollag WB. Abnormal aquaporin-3 protein expression in hyperproliferative skin disorders. Arch Dermatol Res. 2011 Oct;303(8):591-600.
  3. Mattei J, Kim FJ, Phillips JM, Zhelnin KE, Said S, Sehrt D, Molina WR. Male Primary Retroperitoneal Mucinous Cystadenoma. Urology. 2013 Jul;82(1):e1-e2.
  4. Halenda KM, Kudchadkar RR, Lawson DH, Kies DD, Zhelnin KE, Krasinskas AM, Gossniklaus HE. Reduction of nodular growth pattern of metastatic uveal melanoma after radioembolization of hepatic metastases. Ocul Oncol Pathol 2016;2:160–165.
  5. Zhelnin K, Gebhard B, Mirsky D, Oliver S, Lovell MA, Galambos C, Crombleholme T, McCourt E. Pediatric intraocular immature teratoma associated with sacrococcygeal teratoma: case report and review of the literature. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2016 Jul 6. [Epub ahead of print].

Awards and Accolades:

  • Resident Teaching Award, University of Colorado
  • Alpha Upsilon Phi, Medical College of Georgia
  • Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship, Medical College of Georgia


Jamie Thompson

 

Jamie is a graduate of the University of Colorado-Beth El College of Nursing. She has served as a Certified Nurse Practitioner in pulmonary medicine, hospitalist medicine, gastroenterology, and internal medicine. Jamie is board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She specializes in liver diseases and has focused on the long term treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in the outpatient setting.

“Treating my patients is an opportunity to help them more thoroughly understand their health issues and treatment options.”

Education:

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - University of Colorado-Beth El College of Nursing
  • Masters of Science in Nursing - University of Colorado-Beth El College of Nursing
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner - American Academy of Nurse Practitioners


Zahra Harrison

 

I am a certified advanced practice nurse and qualified health care provider and clinician with experience caring for patients in both gastroenterology and internal medicine. I am bilingual, fluent in English and Persian.

I am patient oriented, a critical thinker with a client service attitude, and high degree of integrity with well developed communication and teaching skills. I adapt to change. I look forward to participating in your health care.

Education:

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - University of Colorado Health Science Center
  • Masters of Science in Nursing - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Awards and Accolades:

  • Recipient of the Colorado Nursing scholarship at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Magna Cum Laude from University of Colorado Health Science Center
  • Recipient of the Colorado Nursing Scholarship at the University of Colorado Health Science Center
  • Recipient of the 2005 and 2007 Hall of Excellence in Caring Award VA Medical Center
  • Preceptor at the VA for new employees


Smita Patel

 

I am the Practice Administrator for Peak Gastroenterology Associates. I have worked with this group from 1996-2000 and resumed again from 2012 to present. My background includes over 15 years of hotel management experience. I received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Business Administration, Management and Healthcare Administration from Colorado Technical University.

I am an active member and volunteer of various community and diversity events. I am very passionate about personal growth. I believe by cultivating the habit of reading books, it not only opens the world of wisdom in front of us, it helps us in understanding the people and the surroundings around us. The deepest desire of the human spirit is to be acknowledged. What air is to the body, to feel understood is to the heart. At Peak Gastroenterology Associates, we will go to great lengths to ensure every patient is acknowledged and understood.

Education:

  • Master of Science in Management and Healthcare Administration - Colorado Technical University
  • Master of Business Administration - Colorado Technical University
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology - University of Illinois

Awards and Accolades:

  1. American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  2. American Medical Group Association (AMGA)
  3. Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
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