In this post, we meet Associate Editor, John R. Saltzman, MD, FASGE, Director of Endoscopy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Saltzman just completed his first 5-year term as an Associate Editor and is serving a second 5-year term with the new Editorial Team.
Endoscopedia: What are your GI areas of focus?
JS: GI bleeding and advanced endoscopy.
Endoscopedia: What is your favorite part about working on the Journal?
JS: Working with the other Associate Editors.
Endoscopedia: If you hadn’t gone into gastroenterology, what else would you have done?
JS: I would have been a musician. My mother is a professional harpist and I initially was considering a career as an oboist. I then discovered guitar and my alternative career would be playing guitar in a rock band.
Endoscopedia: What is one thing you would like Endoscopedia readers to know about you?
JS: I am passionate about endoscopy. I love diagnosing and treating patients using endoscopic techniques. I truly am passionate about teaching general GI fellows and advanced endoscopy fellows how to perform endoscopy. I enjoy doing research to improve our endoscopic techniques and to better patient care. I feel privileged to be an Associate Editor for GIE.
Endoscopedia: What accomplishment makes you most proud?
JS: My three children who are all amazing: Ilanna, Rachel and Jeffrey.
Endoscopedia: What is your favorite vacation spot?
JS: Hawaii as it combines both mountains and oceans at the same time.
Endoscopedia: If you could only listen to one kind of music for the rest of your life, what would it be?
JS: I would listen to the Beatles and Bob Marley.
Endoscopedia: If you were stranded on an island, what one book would you bring?
JS: I wouldn’t bring a book (do not tell my wife who is an English teacher), I would bring a guitar (and extra strings).
Endoscopedia: If you could travel in time to a different time period, where would you go?
JS: I would travel 50 years in the future and see what happens to my children as well as to learn the future of endoscopy.
Endoscopedia: What is the most unusual thing about you?
JS: I trained as a transplant hepatologist and had to leave my GI fellowship after two years as I decided to pursue clinical research and not basic science. I learned advanced endoscopy after becoming an attending physician.
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