Dr. Anderson attended Wayne State University School of Medicine (1989-1993) and completed a residency in Internal Medicine (1993-1996) and fellowship in Gastroenterology (1996-1999) at the University of Michigan. In 2005, she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research and Statistics from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Anderson joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2013. Her research and clinical career is focused on gastrointestinal disease with a specific concentration on pancreatic diseases including chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Using advanced endoscopy techniques including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography she cares for the full spectrum of benign and malignant pancreatic disorders. Dr. Anderson successfully completed an NIH-sponsored study centered on the discovery and validation of minimally invasive clinical biomarkers for the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Currently, she serves as the Physician Lead for the Interventional Endoscopy team at UM and the co-Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Multidiscipline Pancreatic Tumor Board.
On a national level, Dr. Anderson has served on the Standards of Practice Committee for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for five years and in 2016 completed a three year term as the Chair of the ASGE Institute for Training Technology Committee. Dr. Anderson also completed her term as Counselor on the ASGE Governing Board. She remains active with ASGE and is currently co-leading the Diagnostic EUS Training Program that was launched in 2019. She speaks regularly on topics of pancreatic diseases and teaches advanced endoscopic techniques nationally and internationally. In the arena of chronic pancreatitis, Dr. Anderson led the development of National Guidelines in the care of patients with painful chronic pancreatitis. Additional work in this field include the publication of three peer-reviewed papers focused on pain, chronic pancreatitis and EUS including two of which involved a multi-center prospective cohort study of patients with chronic pancreatitis.