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HSR&D Investigator Receives American College of Gastroenterology’s Outstanding Research Award

August 24, 2022

Thomas F. Imperiale, MD

Thomas F. Imperiale, MD

HSR&D is proud to announce that Thomas F. Imperiale, MD, a core investigator at HSR&D’s Center for Health Information and Communication (CHIC) in Indianapolis, IN, and his team are the 2022 recipients of the American College of Gastroenterology’s (ACG) Outstanding Research Award in the Colorectal Cancer Prevention category for his HSR&D-funded abstract “Risk Factors for 3-Year Post-Colonoscopy Colorectal Cancers (PCCRCs).” Also led by co-PI and gastroenterologist Dr. Charles J. Kahi, MD, MSc, Dr. Imperiale’s HSR&D-funded research seeks to quantify the prevalence, incidence, risk factors, and outcomes of PCCRC in Veterans. Thus far, the research team has identified the following risk factors for PCCRCs: patient comorbidity, high body mass index, less-than-good preparation quality for colonoscopy, a colonoscopy performed outside VA, and presence of advanced adenoma, among other factors. Other members of the research team include CHIC members Laura J. Myers, PhD, and Barry Barker, MA, and biostatisticians Tim Stump, MA, and Patrick Monahan, PhD.

As a physician scientist, Dr. Imperiale’s primary research interests include tailoring colorectal cancer screening based on individual patient risk. His other research interests include prognosis and management of acute upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and technology assessment of diagnostics and therapeutics for digestive and liver diseases. Dr. Imperiale received the Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award in 2004 and the Regenstrief Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award. He is a named Fellow in the American Gastroenterological Association and is a member of the Association of American Physicians.

Dr. Imperiale’s work will be presented as part of the 2022 ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.

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