With the start of 2015, we have a new group of Associate Editors at the helm of GIE! Get to know the new editorial team in our Meet the Editor series.
First, we welcome Editor-in-Chief, Michael B. Wallace, MD, MPH the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.
Endoscopedia: What are your GI areas of focus?
MW: Advanced mucosal imaging and resection, EUS, and quality improvement in endoscopy.
Endoscopedia: What is your favorite part about working on the Journal?
MW: Learning from so many other smart people, especially our fantastic Associate Editors and staff from ASGE and Elsevier.
Endoscopedia: If you hadn’t gone into gastroenterology, what else would you have done?
MW: Given what we do now as interventional endoscopists, I would likely have been a surgeon. In fact, I think I would have benefited from more surgical training as part of an interventional endoscopy career path.
Endoscopedia: What is one thing you would like Endoscopedia readers to know about you?
MW: I came to medicine through a sideways path. I was originally an art history major in college before I decided to go into medicine, and still love modern art.
Endoscopedia: What accomplishment makes you most proud?
MW: First is my family. I have a wonderful wife and three children. Professionally, I am most proud of how we and many colleagues expanded the role of EUS and EBUS of the mediastinum to replace the need for surgical mediastinoscopy in many patients with lung cancer and other diseases affecting the mediastinum. More recently, I am very happy to see that we are pushing the quality of colonoscopy to a much higher and consistent standard, which should significantly reduce interval colorectal cancer.
Endoscopedia: What is your favorite vacation spot?
MW: Kona, Hawaii. I went there with my whole family several years ago as part of an ASGE meeting. We all fell in love with it. We are going back in 2015.
Endoscopedia: If you could only listen to one kind of music for the rest of your life, what would it be?
MW: I grew up on 1960’s and 70’s rock and still love it. (Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix among others.)
Endoscopedia: If you were stranded on an island, what one book would you bring?
MW: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Now a popular new movie but the book is always better.
Endoscopedia: If you could travel in time to a different time period, where would you go?
MW: 2020 so I can look back on five wonderful years with the journal and our editorial team.
Endoscopedia: What is the most unusual thing about you?
MW: I lived and worked in rural Kenya after college as a high school chemistry and physics teacher. It was the most enlightening and broadening experience of my life. My students would spend the very little money they had to buy candles to study after our generator turned off every evening. I used to speak Swahili well, but it’s pretty rusty now.
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