Wonderful New Zealand

My recent ramble about friends “down under” reflected on my good fortune to have past trainees who have been kind enough to entertain us in Australia. A related medical connection took us also to New Zealand, where we were hosted by Linda Robert. We met “Bobbie” many years ago as the owner of OBEX, a …

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Medical staff burnout

As 2022 slides into history, we give thanks to many people for their contributions to our comfort, welfare and enjoyment, and not least to the health care workers who we older folks tend to see rather often. Personally, we are fortunate so far to have dodged serious bullets, and have excellent care when needed, but …

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Celebrating Kees Huibregtse

Marion and I were so sorry to hear that Kees Huibregtse passed recently. My GI/medical readers will be well aware of Kees’ illustrious career in Amsterdam. He was one of the pioneers in the early days of flexible endoscopy and a consumate generous teacher. Endoscopists, especially “ERCPists”, flocked to learn from him from all over …

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Two (different) Giants of Gastroenterology have fallen.

Sad to write that Walt Hogan and Jose Ramon Armengol Miro passed recently. They dominated their respective fields but were so different in character. Others will document their massive contributions at appropriate length and eloquence. Allow me some brief personal comments and reminiscences. WALT HOGAN was a sweet gentleman, reserved, always smiling and cheerful. He …

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Orlando Endoscopy Live WOW

Just back from attending a stunning conference at the Digestive Health Institute in Orlando organized by good friends Shyam Varadarajulu and Rob Hawes. Amazing what they have achieved in little more than a year since taking their team to the Orlando Health system. Their Center for Advanced endoscopy, Research and Education (CARE) is already impressive, …

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