GIE Peer Review Mentorship Program

Each year, a handful of new reviewers are picked to be a part of the GIE Peer Review Mentorship Program. These reviewers are given the opportunity to learn from our expert mentor reviewers. We would like to acknowledge our mentors who tirelessly guided our new reviewers in 2017 and 2018. Our program continues to grow every year, and this would not have been possible without the support of our mentors. Thank you!

  • Abdul Aziz Aadam, MD, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Everson Artifon, MD, University of São Paulo Medical School, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Jeong-Sik Byeon, MD, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  • Cesare Hassan, MD, Poliambulatorio Nuovo Regina Margherita, Rome, Italy
  • Truptesh Kothari, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York
  • Ryan Law, DO, University Of Michigan Hospitals & Health Center, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Georgios Mavrogenis, MD, Mediterraneo Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • Joshua Melson, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Shyam Menon, MD, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, UK
  • Saowanee Ngamruengphong, MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Surinder Rana, MD, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
  • Tony Tham, MD, The Ulster Hospital, Belfast, Ireland
  • Benjamin Tharian, MD, University of Arkansas of Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
  • Jeanin van Hooft, MD, Amsterdam Medical Centre (AMC), Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Patrick Yachminski, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Lanjing Zhang, MD, University Medical Center of Princeton, Plainsboro, NJ


Comments from 2017-2018 Mentees:

“…I want to thank you for including me in your GIE mentee reviewer program over the last year. It was a very nice experience, and I learned a lot! I think it is a great initiative, and I hope you will continue this program so others can enjoy it as well.”

“…it has helped me improve the process I apply, as well as given me confidence with my reviews and improved my efficiency in undertaking reviews. All of this has improved my own writing and my confidence in contributing to collaborative projects.”

“[My mentor] has been sportive and given me great insights and has also been a great sounding board for a couple of things that have come up along the way.”

Q: Do you believe that GIE reviewers have an impact on the Journal? 

“Yes, because the GIE reviewers help the Associate Editors to choose high-quality articles, and this improves the quality of the journal and its impact on the field of gastroenterology.”

“Yes, I do feel that my reviews were taken seriously and that reviewers impact what is published in the journal and in what form.”

Q: Do you feel you were invited to review too often? Not often enough?

“Appropriate frequency.”

“…I expected to get about nine per year, and in the end, that indeed turned out to be the case.”

What could GIE have provided you to make your experience more fulfilling and/or useful?

I think the experience was excellent and cannot think of anything else to improve because it is all related to the dedication of the mentor and mentee to the learning experience and thorough critiquing of articles.”


If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for GIE, please contact the editorial office at








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