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James Scheiman is Associate Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is a native of the Detroit area and received his undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training at the University of Michigan. He has been a member of the faculty since 1987.
Dr Scheiman's interest and research is focused on the pathogenesis and management of both Helicobacter pylori and NSAID-associated peptic ulcer disease.
Dr Scheiman is also Director of the Endoscopic Ultrasound program at the University of Michigan Health System. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology. He is additionally on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and the Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine, and is on the editorial review board of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Dr Scheiman has authored over 80 publications and numerous book chapters. He is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings, discussing his recent work on the pharmacoeconomics of peptic ulcer disease, dyspepsia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and NSAID therapy.
He is married to Lisa, a nurse/midwife at the University of Michigan, and they have one daughter and one son.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- I like to work with my hands and was tempted to either be a surgeon or a cardiologist. Since I'm not a morning person, surgery definitely went by the wayside. Both Keith Henley and Tachi Yamada were key mentors who moved my decision forward toward gastroenterology during my interactions with them as a resident. I certainly have not been disappointed in my career selection.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Richard Boland most certainly. He is an outstanding speaker, investigator, and clinician. He is one of the last true triple threats that I know in clinical gastroenterology. He has a warm and caring personality. I had the honor of working with him in his laboratory and as the Director of Endoscopy in the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. I still miss our interactions on a daily basis. I regret I have never developed an appreciation for his passion, the opera.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- Len Lichtenberger's 1983 paper in Science (Science 1983; 219: 1327-9), that showed the importance of surface-active phospholipids in gastric cytoprotection. I read this paper while I was working in Rick Boland's lab studying mucin production by isolated gastric epithelial cells. It was clear that prostaglandin inhibition could do a variety of physiologically relevant things, and this paper spurred my interest to pursue the role of prostaglandins and prostaglandin inhibitors on upper GI tract physiology.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- Grace Elta and I were among the first to observe that potent acid inhibition could dramatically reduce the damage in the upper GI tract caused by aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Our observations were published (Scheiman J M, et al. Digestive Diseases and Sciences 1994: 39; 97-103).
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- Boy that is a tough one. Having spent my whole career in Ann Arbor, I may have said that I need to get out more. However, Ann Arbor's a great place to live and raise a family and I have had the pleasure of working with a wonderful collection of colleagues, collaborators, mentors, and friends.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To shoot my age as my score for 18 holes in golf, preferably in a beautiful location on a world famous course
- What is your greatest regret?
- I never left Ann Arbor to learn a specific advanced endoscopic technique.
- How do you relax?
- Playing golf, skiing, and traveling.
- What is your favorite sport?
- Golf without question, preferably in a beautiful setting. My favorite spectator sport is University of Michigan football, which is clearly a passion after all these years in Ann Arbor.
- What is your best place in the world?
- There is little doubt that the Monterey Peninsula and the Pebble Beach Golf Links are pretty close to paradise.
- What is your favorite film?
- "Casablanca", it is a classic that touches everyone's romantic side.
- What car do you drive?
- Chrysler 300M.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- I don't really have one.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- Unfortunately, given all the reading I do for work, I hardly ever read novels.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- It is a great venue to share common interests and the opportunity to work with a great group of individuals.