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Dr Alan Barkun is currently director of the Division of Gastroenterology in McGill University and at the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Québec, Canada.
Dr Barkun attended McGill University where he completed his MD, CM degree, as well as his Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology residency training. He pursued additional Fellowships in Therapeutic Endoscopy in Lyon, France (with Drs René Lambert and Thierry Ponchon), and Duke University (with Dr Peter Cotton). He subsequently obtained his Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University.
He has been on staff in McGill University since 1990 and is currently associate professor in the Department of Medicine with cross-appointments in General Surgery, and Epidemiology.
He has held uninterrupted research career awards from the Fonds de la Recherche en santé du Québec since 1990. He also holds extensive peer-reviewed and Industry-partnered funding.
His research interests include Technology Assessment in Digestive Endoscopy, specifically looking at competing diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as they apply to bilio-pancreatic diseases and upper GI non variceal bleeding. He also has developed cost-effectiveness models, including in the area of choledocholithiasis detection, and dyspepsia and Helicobacter pylori.
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, of the American College of Physicians, and of the American College of Gastroenterology. He is also a member of numerous professional North American and International organizations in Gastroenterology and Pharmacoeconomics.
Dr Barkun is on the International Editorial Board for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and is an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology. He has authored or co-authored over 100 original publications, has contributed numerous textbook chapters, and has co-edited a textbook in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.