Meet the masters| Volume 6, ISSUE 5, P199-202, May 2021

Meet the Master: Kulwinder S. Dua


        After finishing his medical training and postgraduate education (internal medicine) at the Government Medical College, Nagpur, India, in 1981, Kulwinder S. Dua (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) moved to the United Kingdom and completed his fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He was later inducted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of both the London and the Edinburgh colleges. In 1992, he joined the faculty at the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and is currently a professor of medicine and pediatrics and a professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Medical College. He is also the section chief of gastroenterology at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center, where he works part-time.
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        Author photo 11986: Dr Dua (in turban) in the days of fiberoptic endoscopes with teaching attachments.
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        Author photo 21995: Dr Dua had recently arrived at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
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        Author photo 3Dr Dua with Dr Konrad Soergel (left), first chief, and Dr Reza Shaker (right), current chief of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Medical College of Wisconsin.
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        Author photo 4Dr Dua with Walter Hogan, past chief of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Medical College of Wisconsin, and the past president of ASGE and past president of the American Gastroenterological Association.
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        Author photo 51998: Inducted as Fellow of the Royal College of Physician of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Subsequently (2000), Dr Dua was also inducted as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London.
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        Author photo 62000: Dr Dua with Margaret Thatcher, prime minister of Britain, at the HEALTHCARE dinner.
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        Author photo 72004: ASGE Master of Endoscopy award being presented to Dr Dua by ASGE President Dr Christopher Gostout.
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        Author photo 82012: Certificate of Appreciation presented to Dr Dua by ASGE President Dr Gregory Ginsberg for his work in Ecuador as ASGE Ambassador.
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        Author photo 92016: Dr Dua was awarded the Health Care Heroes award for his pioneering work in regrowing the human esophagus in vivo using principles of regenerative medicine. This work was published in The Lancet and received substantial media attention.
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        Author photo 10Over the past several years, Dr Dua has been providing teaching and hands-on training to students and faculty at several centers in Africa. Some of these places have now become centers of excellence and are training others in the region.
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        Author photo 11Dr Dua’s hobby is flying planes, and he holds a private pilot license.
        Dr Dua’s primary interest has been in advanced interventional endoscopy, and he is the director of this program at the Medical College. He is an inventor and has several patents and Food and Drug Administration–cleared devices. His other area of interest is studying the interaction between the aero and digestive tracts, including studying airway defense mechanisms against aspiration, for which he received federal funding. Observing patients with retrograde reflux of gastric contents leading to aspiration when esophageal stents were placed across the gastroesophageal junction led him to develop an antireflux valve.
        Dr Dua has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has authored several book chapters. He is on the editorial board of several journals. Dr Dua has traveled across the world as invited faculty to lecture and perform live cases at GI conferences. He is actively involved with the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE Training Committee, vice-chair of the ASGE International Committee, ASGE ambassador to Ecuador, and ASGE consultant expert) and has participated as faculty and/or director of several ASGE courses, including first-year fellow courses, ASGE stent courses, ASGE hands-on courses, and ASGE combined symposia with other international GI societies at Digestive Disease Week (DDW).
        Some of Dr Dua’s awards include the prestigious ASGE Master of Endoscopy award, the B.J. Vakil Memorial gold medal, the Poona Oration Gold Medal, and the 2016 USA Health Care Hero award. He has continuously been on America’s Best Doctor’s list since 2002. He was president of the Dysphagia Research Society (2014-2015) and the Milwaukee GI Society and currently is the co-president of the Midwest Endoscopy Society.
        Dr Dua is actively involved with several philanthropic works in countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan, Nigeria, India, and Ecuador in training local doctors in clinical gastroenterology and endoscopy, including ERCP and EUS. Some of these units have now become local centers of excellence and are training others in the region.
        Recently, Dr Dua was recognized in the scientific community for having regrown the first human esophagus in vivo in a 24-year-old patient using the principles of regenerative medicine (Dua et al, The Lancet, 2016). This achievement was heavily covered by several media outlets. He was given the 2016 Health Care Hero award for this accomplishment. For his services and longitudinal contributions to the field of GI endoscopy, Dr Dua was recently honored by being inducted into the first batch of endoscopists from around the world as the master of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
        Dr Dua married his classmate Arnavaz (an endocrinologist) in 1978, and they have 3 children, all of whom are MDs: Anahita (a vascular surgeon), Ayesha (a pediatric psychiatrist), and Arshish (a gastroenterologist). His hobbies include flying, and he holds a private pilot’s license (Video 1, available online at

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