Released on Oct 19, 2021

Remembering Frank W. Jackson, MD

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ASGE is saddened to announce that Frank W. Jackson, MD passed away September 29 at the age 88, at his home in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Jackson, a dedicated ASGE member since 2001, founded Jackson Gastroenterology, where he ran a successful solo practice until joined by his son, F. Wilson Jackson, who took over the practice in 2015. He built the first free-standing ambulatory surgical center in Pennsylvania and held numerous leadership positions including the role of President of the Pennsylvania State GI Society.

Dr. Jackson had interests that extended beyond clinical practice and was a natural entrepreneur. In the 1980s he founded Chek Med Systems, which became GISupply, a medical device manufacturer specializing in endoscopy devices and equipment. He launched several other businesses including Jackson GI Medical to improve gut microbiome health, and Meducate, a company that developed medical brochures for patients. He held numerous patents and collaborated with colleagues throughout the world.

Away from work, Dr. Jackson was a positive and inspiring colleague. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joaquine, and is survived by his second wife, Ellen; five children Toquaiah, Wilson, Monique, Quenby and Bisque; and 8 grandchildren.

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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.

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