Released on Mar 2, 2021

Announcing VideoGIE Associate Editors March 2021

Dr. Field F. Willingham, Editor-in-Chief, VideoGIE and Dr. Klaus Mergener, President of the ASGE, are pleased to announce VideoGIE’s Associate Editor Team.  As the official video journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, this team will continue to build upon the global impact of the journal in demonstrating the use of endoscopic systems, devices, and techniques to advance patient care, report novel outcomes, and educate physicians and patients about gastrointestinal endoscopy.

“I am so honored to welcome Dr. Despott and Dr. Patel into the Associate Editor roles and Dr. Cassani and Dr. Thirumurthi in the Quiz Editor roles.  They have a great wealth of experience in therapeutic endoscopy and are astute and insightful arbiters of the groundbreaking work we receive.  I am so fortunate to have their leadership on the journal.  My grateful thanks for their hard work on behalf of the journal and the ASGE,” said Dr. Willingham.    

“I am excited to welcome Dr. Willingham’s esteem members of his associate editor team as they support Dr. Willingham in his vision forward of VideoGIE.  Each bring tremendous value and synergy to our video publication,” said ASGE President, Klaus, Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE. 

“The ASGE and VideoGIE journal family are tremendously excited to welcome Drs Despott and Patel into the Associate Editor roles and Drs. Cassani and Thirumurthi as quiz editors, joining Dr Field Willingham, Editor in Chief. Together this team will continue and expand the quality and reach of VideoGIE throughout the world.” said Michael Wallace, MD, MPH, FASGE, Editor-in-Chief of GIE. 

On behalf of ASGE and our Journal Publication Family, please welcome our VideoGIE Associate Editors!

Meet VideoGIE Associate Editors:

VideoGIE, Senior Associate Editor

Edward J. Despott, MD, FRCP, FEBGH, FASGE
Consultant GI & Advanced GI Endoscopist
Clinical Lead of Endoscopy Services
Royal Free Hospital
London, United Kingdom

VideoGIE, Associate Editor

Vaishali Patel, MD
Assistant Professor
Director of Bariatric Endoscopy
Assistant Director, Advanced Endoscopy
Emory University
Atlanta, GA, USA

VideoGIE, Image Quiz Editor

Lisa S. Cassani, MD
Assistant Professor
Emory University
Atlanta, GA, USA

VideoGIE, Image Quiz Editor

Selvi Thirumurthi, MD, MS, FASGE
Associate Professor
University of Texas, MD Anderson
Houston, TX, USA

About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 15,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.


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