Meet another member of the GIE editorial team! Lauren Gerson MD, MSc FASGE, is a Senior Associate Editor from the California Pacific Medical Center, University of California San Francisco, in San Francisco, California, USA.
Endoscopedia: What are your GI areas of focus?
LG: Small bowel bleeding, gastroesophageal reflux, gastrointestinal motility disorders, cost-effectiveness analysis and meta-analysis.
Endoscopedia: What is your favorite part about working on the Journal?
LG: Learning about new clinical research in gastroenterology and being a part of an energetic and smart Editorial team.
Endoscopedia: If you hadn’t gone into gastroenterology, what else would you have done?
LG: I was destined to become a gastroenterologist, it was always my calling! But perhaps I may have become a biostatistician since I enjoy data analysis.
Endoscopedia: What is one thing you would like Endoscopedia readers to know about you?
LG: I was a French major in college before going to medical school in order to become a well-rounded physician and I still speak fluent French. I spent the summer between junior and senior year in college working in a French hospital where I cultivated my interest in gastroenterology.
Endoscopedia: What accomplishment makes you most proud?
LG: I am proud that I have been able to be a physician, wife, and a mother of three wonderful children. For the most part, I have been able to achieve a good balance between family life and a meaningful career. I have been the chair of the ACG Practice Parameters Committee for the past 3 years and have been proud of all of the high quality guidelines we have published under my leadership. I am also proud that I was able to start the podcast program for GIE this May with the assistance of the wonderful GIE staff.
Endoscopedia: What is your favorite vacation spot?
LG: France of course! Who can resist the culture and delicious food?
Endoscopedia: If you could only listen to one kind of music for the rest of your life, what would it be?
LG: I’m an R&B fan and still enjoy listening to Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston
Endoscopedia: If you were stranded on an island, what one book would you bring?
LG: Any biography by Walter Isaacson, but the Einstein biography was fantastic.
Endoscopedia: If you could travel in time to a different time period, where would you go?
LG: The Renaissance so that I could meet Leonardo Da Vinci and become his disciple.
Endoscopedia: What is the most unusual thing about you?
LG: I resumed figure skating 2 years ago after a 30-year hiatus. It is a challenging sport combining athleticism and artistry. I’m on the ice early every Saturday morning and skate in shows and competitions.
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