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Dr Richard E Sampliner graduated from Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, in 1967. He trained in internal medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, New England Medical Center and Boston City Hospital. He trained in gastroenterology at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston, MA.
He is Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona and Chief of Gastroenterology at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. He is the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Director, serves on the Training and Education Committee of the ACG and MKSAP 11 and 12 Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Dr Sampliner is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians.
He enjoys teaching, research and taking care of patients and is excited by ideas, discovery and connecting.
He has published over 200 scientific articles, including 75 relating to Barrett's esophagus.
He has been married for 34 years to the love of his life, and enjoys sharing home and life with friends and family and two almost grown sons.
He feels privileged to travel the world meeting other gastroenterologist and their families, being exposed to their traditions, lifestyles, cuisine, attitudes and perspectives.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- At the time I decided to go into gastroenterology there were only estimated to be 500 gastroenterologists in the US. Additionally, it was just prior to the introduction of the pan-endoscope in clinical practice - the upper endoscope that could reach the duodenum. The combination of cognitive and procedural skills was most attractive. Also, the GI system covered a wide range of organs resulting in many systemic manifestations. I correctly assumed that this would keep me challenged intellectually.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- This was Frank Iber, MD. He had an incredible fund of clinical and methodologic information and has a unique ability to express his ideas clearly, concisely, and in a most understandable manner. I am different as a result of knowing Dr Iber.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- That Barrett's esophagus can be reversed. This 'fact' may still be controversial, but it is clear that in applying certain principals of esophageal injury and refluxate reduction, Barrett's esophagus can be mostly eliminated.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- Taking on too much administrative responsibility in the absence of institutional support.
- How do you relax?
- I relax by pleasure-reading and traveling.
- What is your favorite sport?
- My favorite active sport is hiking. I am an avid fan of the U of A Wildcat basketball team.
- What is your best place in the world?
- That's my home - my sanctuary, the center of my family life.
- What car do you drive?
- I drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee, handed down to me from my wife.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- These are limited - my greatest source of pleasure is interacting with people. However, I do love my remote control and email.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- The book I have just finished reading is The Tennis Partner - an intimate exploration of a relationship between a mentor and a very troubled trainee in the medical environment.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- I got involved in GastroHep.com because, as a relative computer illiterate, it is an opportunity to learn.