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CTSI Director to receive MCW’s Distinguished Service Award

CTSI Director to receive MCW’s Distinguished Service Award

Reza Shaker, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research

Dr. Reza Shaker has been chosen as a 2012 Distinguished Service Award recipient. This award is the Medical College’s highest faculty honor. It is given to members of the MCW community who have achieved exceptional personal distinction and in turn, have brought prestige to the institution. The award will be presented at the 2012 MCW Commencement ceremony.

Reza Shaker, M.D., is Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research and the Joseph E. Geenen Professor and Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. A 24-year faculty member, he is a physician leader at the VA Medical Center and Froedtert Hospital.

Dr. Shaker was instrumental in the Medical College’s successful application for a National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award, placing the College among the nation’s elite research institutions. He directs the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin, an eight-member consortium powered by the award that facilitates collaboration advancing research, patient care and education.

An international authority on dysphagia (swallowing disorders) and esophageal function, Dr. Shaker has developed procedures and diagnostic tools used extensively in the field of gastroenterology, including both the “Shaker exercise” to treat dysphagia and the “Reza band” to treat gastroesophageal reflux during sleep. He has directed the College’s
interdisciplinary Digestive Disease Center since 1996. He has authored 236 scientific papers and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Dsyphagia.

Dr. Shaker has trained more than 60 practicing gastroenterologists and more than 20 academicians in leadership positions around the globe. He founded the Dysphagia Research Society in 1992 and has received the American Gastroenterology Association’s Masters Award in Gastroenterology for Basic or Clinical Research in Digestive Diseases.

We congratulate Dr. Shaker and his fellow 2012 Distinguished Service Award recipients, Jordan Fink, MD and Ann B. Nattinger, MD, MPH.



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