Division of Hepatology

Dr. David Greenwald Delivers Colonoscopy Briefing on Capitol Hill

Dr. David Greenwald holds entry sign for 2014 Capitol Hill colonoscopy debriefing
Dr. David Greenwald (center), with Drs. Gregory Ginsberg (left) and Mark Pochapin (right). (photo courtesy of valueofcolonoscopy.org)

Dr. David Greenwald, Professor of Clinical Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases), recently joined a group of distinguished gastroenterologists for a Capitol Hill briefing to to highlight the potential of colonoscopy to save lives.

The briefing, "Progress and Challenges in Reducing Colorectal Cancer", was held February 26, 2014 as part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Members of the nation's prominent gastroenterology societies joined together, utilizing scientific data to showcase the potential life-saving value of colonoscopy and the unique skills and qualifications of gastroenterologists. The briefing was presented by Dr. Howard K. Koh, assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who highlighted the public health impact of colorectal cancer. Dr. Koh's accompanying group of prominent gastroenterologists included:

  • David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG, FASGE, AGAF, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • Gregory G. Ginsberg, MD, FACG, FASGE, AGAF, Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Executive Director of Endoscopic Services, Penn Medicine, Gastroenterology Division, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG, FASGE, Sholtz-Leeds Professor of Gastroenterology, Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Division of Gastroenterology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

Dr. David Greenwald, award-winning gastroenterologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
David Greenwald, MD

"Early detection of cancer by highly trained gastroenterologists who can identify and remove precancerous polyps is one of the great American public health success stories," said Dr. Greenwald, who is Director of the Montefiore Einstein Gastroenterology Fellowship Program. He is interested in capsule endoscopy for various disease states including obscure and occult GI bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease and abdominal pain. He also studies the risks of infection and issues of safety concerning GI endoscopy.

Dr. David Greenwald presenting 2014 Capitol Hill colonoscopy debriefing
Dr. Greenwald presenting. (photo courtesy of ACG)

Dr. Greenwald is a past president of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (NYSGE), and currently serves as that organization’s Education Director. He was Governor of the Southern New York region for the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) from 2006 to 2010, and in 2010, he became Chairman of the ACG Board of Governors. He is currently a Trustee for the American College of Gastroenterology. He has been active in many committees of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), including Technology Assessment, Training, Infection Control, Public Relations, Membership and Quality. In 2010, he became Chairman of the ASGE Public and Member Outreach Committee. He has had a similarly active role in ACG Committees, including Patient Care, Membership and Nominations. He served for many years as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on GI Endoscopy for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). He was recognized by the ASGE with a Master Endoscopist Award in 2006, and by the ACG with the Governor’s Award in 2008. Dr. Greenwald graduated with a BA degree from Wesleyan University, attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed a residency in internal medicine, followed by a gastroenterology fellowship, at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Dr. Greenwald is a recent recipient of the William Carey Award.

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