At the 12th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery held in National Harbor, MD, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
faculty member Blair Jobe, MD (pictured), the Sampson Family Endowed Professor of Surgery, the Director, Esophageal Research, and the Director, Esophageal Diagnostics and Therapeutic Endoscopy, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, received a 2010 Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) research grant. The 1 year, $30,000 award supports the project entitled “Prevention of Stricture Formation Following Subtotal Endoscopic Mucosal Sleeve Resection in the Swine Model.”
Along with colleagues, Dr. Jobe has helped move esophageal tissue engineering to clinical use. Using an FDA-approved, extracellular matrix device, and based on a protocol that was experimentally devised and evaluated by McGowan Institute deputy director Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, select cases of esophageal distress including esophageal cancer have been successfully treated by Dr. Jobe. In lieu of the traditional gastric pull-up procedure to reconnect the remaining esophagus to the stomach after the removal of a section of diseased or damaged esophagus, Dr. Jobe uses an alternative procedure. The procedure makes use of the extracellular matrix device to regenerate the esophageal lining.
SAGES represents a worldwide community of surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy, and emerging techniques to patients in every country. SAGES represents over 5,000 surgeons and allied health professionals. The mission of the Society is to provide leadership in surgery, particularly gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery, to optimize patient care through education, research, and innovation.
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Bio: Dr. Blair Jobe
Bio: Dr. Stephen Badylak