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National Institutes of Health Names New Members of the National Commission on Digestive Diseases

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Elias A. Zerhouni, MD, recently announced the names of the newest members of the National Commission on Digestive Diseases. The Commission is composed of 16 members appointed by the NIH director for the duration of the Commission and is responsible for helping to chart the directions that NIH-funded research in the area of digestive diseases will take in the next decade. Members of the Commission bring expertise from a broad range of perspectives, such as members of academic or medical research and practice communities involved in digestive disease research, patient-oriented organizations, or individuals with close personal or family experience with digestive diseases. The insights and expertise of the Commission members are critical to the ongoing assessment of the state of NIH research on digestive diseases. The newly appointed members are as follows:

Bruce R. Bacon, MD, director, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

Barbara L. Bass, MD, Carolyn and John Bookout Chair, Department of Surgery, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas

Richard S. Blumberg, MD, chief, Gastroenterology Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

John M. Carethers, MD, Gastroenterology Section chief, Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California

Maurice A. Cerulli, MD, chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, New York

Eugene B. Chang, MD, Martin Boyer Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Mitchell B. Cohen, MD, director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Margaret M. Heitkemper, RN, PhD, chair, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Jane M. Holt, co-president, National Pancreas Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts

David A. Lieberman, MD, professor and chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon

Nancy J. Norton, …

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