Meet the master| Volume 3, ISSUE 11, P325-328, November 2018

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Jerome H. Siegel, MD

    Open AccessPublished:October 12, 2018DOI:
        Jerry Siegel (Author photo 1, Author photo 2, Author photo 3, Author photo 4, Author photo 5, Author photo 6, Author photo 7, Author photo 8, Author photo 9, Author photo 10, Author photo 11, Author photo 12, Author photo 13, Author photo 14, Author photo 15; Video 1, available online at, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, graduated as a pharmacist and then received a degree in chemistry from the University of Georgia. Jerry graduated as Alpha Omega Alpha from the Medical College of Georgia in 1960. He completed his internship in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and followed that experience by serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. After completing his military service, Jerry began his residency in medicine and gastroenterology at the VA Hospital in the Bronx and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, New York. He was mentored by Henry Colcher and Charles Flood, both past presidents of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and Rudolph V. Schindler awardees. After residency, Jerry entered private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.
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        Author photo 1Jerry using an optical ERCP scope.
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        Author photo 2Jerry using an optical ERCP endoscope with teaching head attached.
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        Author photo 3Patent application for double-lumen sphincterotome in 1981.
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        Author photo 4First International Video ERCP Conference in Tokyo, Japan, 1987.
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        Author photo 5Beverly, Jerry, and the first Vietnam team.
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        Author photo 7Jerry teaching ERCP in Vietnam.
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        Author photo 8Jerry teaching ERCP as a Vietnamese doctor performs the procedure.
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        Author photo 925th anniversary of sphincterotomy in Kohler, Wisconsin. (From left: Meinhard Classen, Beverly, Jerry Siegel, Charles Lightdale.)
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        Author photo 10Beverly and Jerry in an operating room in Cai Lai, Vietnam.
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        Author photo 11Golf with Partners. (From left: Seth Cohen, Evin McCabe, Franklin Kasmin, Jerry Siegel.)
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        Author photo 13Siegel family at the 2014 ASGE Crystal Awards.
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        Author photo 14Beverly and Jerry at the 2014 ASGE Crystal Awards.
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        Author photo 15Jerry accepting the 2014 Rudolph V. Schindler Award.
        Jerry left private practice in 1973 and was accepted by Professor Sheila Sherlock as a research fellow in gastroenterology and hepatology at the Royal Free Hospital, University of London. He became involved in ERCP and introduced colonoscopy to that institution. In 1975, Jerry accepted an appointment at the New York Medical College as training director of the fellowship program. Jerry honed his endoscopic and ERCP skills and became one of a few gastroenterologists in the United States performing ERCPs (Author photo 1, Author photo 2, Author photo 3). Jerry garnered his experience with sphincterotomies when he worked with Laszlo Safrany in Muenster, Germany.
        Jerry accepted fellows from other programs for advanced training; then, in 1989, he began one of the first advanced fellowship programs in therapeutic endoscopy in North America. Jerry is a clinical professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has published 123 peer-reviewed articles, 130 abstracts, 14 requested peer-reviewed articles, and 27 chapters in textbooks. In 1991, he published a single-author textbook on ERCP, which remains a standard today.
        Jerry has participated in symposia and live demonstrations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, China, Japan, and India (Author photo 4). He taught and trained gastroenterologists in Vietnam (Author photo 5, Author photo 6, Author photo 7, Author photo 8, Author photo 9, Author photo 10). That program was recognized by the ASGE's Ambassadors program and is continued today by his partner, Franklin Kasmin. Jerry is an ASGE Master Endoscopist. He has been on the editorial boards of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and others.
        In 2014, Jerry received the prestigious Rudolph V. Schindler Award, the highest honor bestowed by the ASGE (Author photo 15). Jerry is a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology, a Fellow and past board member of the ASGE Foundation, and a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association. He is a Fellow and Past President of the New York Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences at the New York Academy of Science, and a member of other international organizations.
        Jerry was recognized, with 14 other endoscopists (5 from the United States and 10 from abroad), in a 2015 publication of the Cook Channel’s “40 Years of Interventional ERCP, Stories from the Pioneers.”
        Jerry and his wife of 62 years, Beverly, reside in Manhattan. They have a daughter, Dori; a son, Brian; and 4 grandchildren with strong family ties to Atlanta.


        The author disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this publication.

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