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Steven Alphonse Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE

        Dr Steven Edmundowicz (Author photo 1, Author photo 2, Author photo 3, Author photo 4, Author photo 5, Author photo 6, Author photo 7, Author photo 8) is a Professor of Medicine and Interim Division Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He is also the Medical Director of the Digestive Health Center at the University of Colorado Hospital. He grew up in central Pennsylvania in a suburb of Harrisburg, raised by Alphonse (a cardiologist in practice) and Josephine (who did not work outside of the home). Both he and his brother Daniel pursued medical careers, and both are clinical scientists in academic practice. His brother is currently the Division Director of Cardiology at Temple University in Philadelphia. They both matriculated from the University of Notre Dame. Steven received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and completed residency training in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he also completed his fellowship in gastroenterology.
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        Author photo 1Announcement placed in the 2019 Crystal Awards brochure by prior advanced fellows.
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        Author photo 2Washington University School of Medicine Interventional Endoscopy Section in 2011 (from left: Dr Daniel Mullady; Dr Riad Azar; Dr Steven A. Edmundowicz, Director; Dr Sreeni Jonnalagadda; Dr Dayna Early; Dr Faris Murad).
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        Author photo 3Washington University Advanced Fellowship Program graduation in 2011 (from left: Dr Daniel Mullady; Dr Dayna Early; Dr Steven A. Edmundowicz, Director; Anuja Wani; Sachin Wani, Advanced Fellow; Christine Hovis, Research Associate; Dr Riad Azar; Dr Faris Murad; Dr Sreeni Jonnalagadda).
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        Author photo 4University of Colorado Interventional Endoscopy Section in 2017 (from left: Steven A. Edmundowicz, Director; Mihir Wagh; Sachin Wani; Brian Brauer (deceased); Gus Attwell; Hazem Hammad; Raj Shah).
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        Author photo 5The Edmundowicz family celebrating Cara’s marriage to Phillip Aftuck (not pictured) on September 23, 2017 (from left: Robert, Ryan, Annemarie, Cara, Steven, and Brent).
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        Author photo 6Steven and Annemarie Edmundowicz fly fishing in British Columbia in 2018.
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        Author photo 7The current household: Aoife and Riley, with Annemarie in the background.
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        Author photo 8Dr Edmundowicz’s parents, grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Foreground: Alphonse and Josephine Edmundowicz, who both celebrated their 90th birthdays this year. Row 2: Ryan, Katie, Karissa, Robert holding Robby, Christopher, Brent, Cara, and Kevin (Katie, Karissa, Christopher, and Kevin are Dr Edmundowicz’s brother’s children).
        Dr Edmundowicz has had prior leadership positions in gastroenterology at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Jefferson Medical College, and the Allegheny Health System in Philadelphia before moving to Colorado in 2015. The majority of his academic career (23 years) was spent at Barnes Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, where, with the help of his colleagues, he developed an outstanding section of Interventional Endoscopy. The section grew to include Sreeni Jonnalagadda and Riad Azar; with their help, it eventually expanded to include an advanced endoscopy fellowship that became very well known throughout the United States.
        From 1999 to 2015, Dr Edmundowicz rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine and was involved in the training of outstanding advanced endoscopy fellows, many of whom have risen through the academic ranks and are academic leaders in interventional endoscopy today (Author photo 1). Clinically, he is a recognized expert in interventional endoscopy, including ERCP, EUS, and other advanced procedures. He continues to have an active clinical practice while being committed to administration, education, and clinical research in new endoscopic technologies. Dr Edmundowicz is also actively involved in endoscopic device and procedure development with industry. He was previously a Senior Associate Editor for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
        Dr Edmundowicz is an active member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), and American Gastroenterologic Association (AGA). His career with the ASGE began as a member in 1988. He became an ASGE committee member in 1992. He served on 10 separate ASGE committees before he was appointed Chair of the Web Education Committee in 2007. In 2010, he was selected to be a member of the ASGE Governing Board. This was followed by a term as Treasurer, then President-Elect, then ASGE President for the 2018 to 2019 year (Video 1, available online at www.VideoGIE.org).
        Over the course of his career, Dr Edmundowicz has been a co-author of over 100 publications, 10 book chapters, and numerous abstracts. Although he is grateful for the outstanding colleagues he has met through the ASGE, he is most proud of the fellows and faculty whom he has mentored over the years. He met his best friend and life partner, Annemarie, during his senior year at Notre Dame; they have been married for 37 years and have 4 wonderful children (Robert, Cara, Ryan, and Brent) and 2 grandchildren (Robby and Carter). They are fortunate that both their youngest and oldest sons live close to them. They enjoy their roles as grandparents and feel especially close to their oldest son, Robert, his wife, Annie, and their grandchildren, who live nearby in Denver.

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