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Robert 'Rob' Hawes is Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, USA, and is an adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University.
He was born in 1954 in Berkley, California, and some attribute his 'radical' nature to his place of birth. His father was professor of theatre and drama at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he learned to love the game of basketball, hung out in the quarries made famous by the movie Breaking Away and, under the tutelage of his father, learned to project his voice to the far reaches of the universe.
His undergraduate education and medical training were completed at Indiana University. He went on to obtain his internal medicine training at Indiana University followed by a gastroenterology fellowship at the same institution. He joined the faculty at Indiana University in 1985 and was extremely fortunate to receive an immediate sabbatical to spend a year training with Peter Cotton at The Middlesex Hospital in London, UK, where he refined his skills in ERCP and laser therapies. He remained on faculty at Indiana University from 1985 until 1994, during which time he was promoted from assistant to associate and ultimately to full professor. In 1994, he joined Peter Cotton to help establish a comprehensive Digestive Disease Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Rob Hawes' fundamental interest is diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. Three areas of special interest include pancreaticobiliary endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound and experimental endoscopic procedures.
Dr Hawes has served on the Governing Board of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is vice-chairman of the Investigation Review Board at the Medical University of South Carolina.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- I chose gastroenterology largely due to the influence of Dr. Glen Lehman. Dr. Lehman's clinical acumen, energy and enthusiasm for research, and his superior skills in performing and teaching endoscopy were the most significant factors that lead me into the field of gastroenterology.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Dr Glen Lehman.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- Failing to obtain skills in laparoscopy.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To carry flexible endoscopy to the next level to include surgical techniques such as dissection, hemostasis, resection and creation of anastomosis.
- How do you relax?
- With active 10-year-old twins, there is no relaxation.
- What is your favorite sport?
- Growing up it was basketball, now it is golf.
- What is your best place in the world?
- The Hawes family cabin on Lake Wesserrunsett in Skowhegan, Maine.
- What car do you drive?
- 1987 Mercedes 300E.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- Palm Pilot.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- The Art of Scoring by Raymond Floyd.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- My involvement in GastroHep.com provides me an opportunity to interact with experts in gastroenterology and endoscopy from around the world and provides a dynamic and cutting edge forum for primary interests of mine-teaching and education.