Meet the master| Volume 5, ISSUE 2, P43-47, February 2020

Gregory G. Ginsberg, MD

    Open AccessPublished:January 13, 2020DOI:
        Gregory G. Ginsberg, MD, (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; Videos 1-3, available online at is Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, where he is a member of the Gastroenterology Division and its Abramson Cancer Center. Dr Ginsberg received his medical degree from the Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency training at Georgetown University Medical Center. He completed his Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Georgetown University/Washington DC VAMC/NIH program and formal training in Advanced Endoscopy at Georgetown University Medical Center.
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        Author photo 1My father, David K. Ginsberg, MD, was my mentor and first endoscopic teacher.
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        Author photo 2The 1993 GI Fellow graduation class and faculty of the Georgetown University, Washington VAMC, NIH training program. Dr Ginsberg is 7th from the right in the back row. Among those present include mentors David E. Fleischer, MD, Stanley B. Benjamin, MD, Firas Al-Kawas, MD, Leonard B. Seeff, MD, and Louis Korman, MD.
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        Author photo 3I am pictured here, just off the golf course, between 2 of my ASGE mentors, Dr Rob Hawes and Dr Brian Fennerty, in 2008.
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        Author photo 4With Professors Norio Fukami, MD, and Haru Inoue, MD, performing endoscopic surgery in Japan.
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        Author photo 5Rocking “Louie, Louie” with ASGE luminary Chris Gostout, MD, sharing the vocals at my 2012 ASGE President’s reception.
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        Author photo 6Official groundbreaking for the ASGE ITT Center: (left to right) Drs John Baillie, Steve Edmundowicz, Mike Kochman, Doug Faigel, John Petrini, Ken McQuaide, C. J. Gostout, and me.
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        Author photo 7Feeling the love with former endoscopy trainees who have assumed leadership positions throughout the United States: (left to right) Drs Doug Faigel, Andy Wang, Janak Shah, Nuzhat Ahmad, Yasser Bhatt, Danny Oh, Abbas Femi, AnnMarie Joyce, Pari Shah, and Brintha Enestvedt.
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        Author photo 8Thanksgiving 2017 at the Ginsberg’s home with my beautiful family: (left to right) wife, Jane, and daughters Kathleen, Jenny, Meg, and Lizzy.
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        Author photo 9With Michael L. Kochman, MD, my endoscopy partner at Penn for 27 years, and ASGE Past President David Lieberman, MD, at the ASGE Crystal Awards.
        Dr Ginsberg was recruited in 1993 to the University of Pennsylvania, where his clinical practice and research focuses on the development, evaluation, and implementation of new techniques and technologies as they apply to endoluminal diagnosis and the management of digestive tract and related disorders. This work was recognized with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s 2004 Luigi Mastroianni, Jr, Clinical Innovator Award of Excellence and its 2018 Louis Duhring Outstanding Clinical Specialist Award. He has been Director of Endoscopic Services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania since 1995 and is the Executive Director of Endoscopic Services for Penn Medicine.
        Ongoing clinical expertise and research includes that related to Barrett's esophagus endoscopic eradication therapy, GI neoplasia (in particular EMR), ERCP, EUS, and peroral endoscopic myotomy. A large animal developmental endoscopic research capability has supplemented patient-oriented research. Much of this work has been geared toward the successful application of minimally invasive approaches to disorders of the digestive tract and related disorders as alternatives to operative interventions. He has over 200 publications, including several authoritative texts pertaining to GI endoscopy. He is a perennial Top-Docs and Best Doctors in America selection. He has lectured and performed endoscopic demonstrations around the globe. He was invited faculty for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Annual Postgraduate course for 13 consecutive years (1999-2012), has lectured in many, many other ASGE and other professional society-sponsored learning activities, and has served as course director for many of these activities.
        Dr Ginsberg has trained a multitude of general GI and advanced endoscopy fellows, scattered around the United States and beyond. He is the recipient of the 1998 Sidney Cohen Teaching Award for Faculty in recognition of teaching in gastroenterology, the ASGE 2008 Distinguished Educator Award, and the ASGE 2016 Distinguished Endoscopic Research Mentoring Award.
        He has served on the American Gastroenterological Association Council while being Chairman of the American Gastroenterological Association Institute Imaging and Advanced Technology Section, 2006 to 2008. He has served on more than 20 ASGE committees, councils, task forces, retreats, and editorial assignments. He was President of the ASGE from 2011 to 2012. As ASGE President he oversaw a Strategic Planning Retreat that charted the Society’s course for the next decade and launched the Capital Campaign that led to the development of the ASGE headquarters and the ITT Center, among other initiatives. He was the recipient of the 2019 Rudolph V. Schindler Award, ASGE’s highest honor granted to a member whose accomplishments in endoscopic research, teaching, and/or service to ASGE exemplify the standards and traditions of Rudolf V. Schindler, MD, founder of the American Gastroscopic Club, the forerunner of ASGE.


        Supported by a U54 award from the NCI (Barrett's Esophagus Translational Research Network (BETRNet), U54 CA163004).


        The author disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this publication.

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