Willis Parsons, M.D.
Course Director, Medical Director
Dr. Parsons attended Amherst College then Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, followed by an advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Currently he is the Director of the Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy as well as the Medical Director of the Gastroenterology Center at NCH. He has hosted over 150 live endoscopy courses and performed more than 35,000 advanced endoscopic procedures.

Malcolm Bilimoria, M.D.
NCH Faculty
Dr. Bilimoria is the Director of the Illinois Center for Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Diseases at NCH and Chief of Pancreas and Hepatobiliary Surgery. He earned his medical degree at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Bilimoria completed a surgical residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Christopher Chapman, M.D.
Guest Speaker
Dr. Chapman is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of Bariatric and Metabolic Endoscopy and member of the Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics at The University of Chicago Medicine Center for Care and Discovery. He earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at The University of Chicago. Dr. Chapman has been investigating and evaluating interventional endoscopic techniques and tools used to treat gastrointestinal disorders and obesity. His extensive research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Clinical Endoscopy.

Chad Castro, J.D.
Guest Speaker
Chad is a founding member of Barker, Castro, Kuban & Steinback LLC. Chad was admitted to the Illinois Bar and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois in 1984. For over 35 years he has represented and defended hospitals, physicians and long term care facilities. Chad concentrates his practice of law in the areas of medical malpractice defense litigation, nursing home defense litigation, pharmaceutical/medical device liability and catastrophic loss litigation. Chad attended Loyola University where he earned both his B.S. and J.D. degrees. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. Chad has also been named one of Illinois’ Super Lawyers, and is yearly recognized as one of Chicago’s Leading Lawyers. Chad has consistently earned the highest Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV given to those attorneys recognized as preeminent in their field.

Martina Santiago, DNP, FNP-C, BSN
NCH Faculty
Martina is a GI nurse practitioner and the NCH acid reflux specialist. She has an extensive background in various GI conditions including esophageal disorders and GERD. She received her doctorate degree in nursing practice from Rush University, with a specialty in family.

Jason Samarasena, M.D., FACG
Guest Speaker
Dr. Samarasena received his medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He completed both general gastroenterology and interventional endoscopy fellowships at University of California, Irvine. He is currently the Program Director of the UC Irvine Endoscopic Ultrasound/Interventional Endoscopy Fellowship and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Natalie Cosgrove, M.D.
Guest Speaker
Natalie Cosgrove graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia and her gastroenterology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University. She completed her interventional endoscopy fellowship at Washington University in St Louis, where is currently assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology.

Andy Tau, M.D.
Guest Speaker
Dr. J. Andy Tau graduated from Harvard and completed all his medical and GI training at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center (Houston, Texas). He received the prized Henry D. McIntosh Award, which is awarded to the single best resident in his class as voted on by faculty and peers. Dr. Tau is published in recognized medical journals including Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is currently a partner at Austin Gastroenterology, a GI Hospitalist, and the Ascension Seton Network Chief of Gastroenterology in Austin, Texas. His special interests include hemostasis, endoscopic vacuum therapy of perforations, and social media-based learning via #GITwitter (@DrBloodandGuts).

Raj Shah, M.D., FASGE, AGAF
Guest Speaker
Dr. Shah completed a 6-year combined BS/MD program at the Northeastern Ohio Universities’ College of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Pittsburgh, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, and an Advanced Interventional Endoscopy Fellowship at Maine Medical Center. He is an Editorial Board Member of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He also represents the American Gastroenterological Association on the FDA’s Gastroenterologic and Urologic Medical Devices Panel. His clinical interests are in the advanced therapeutic treatment of benign and malignant pancreaticobiliary and GI luminal diseases. His primary research interests are investigating novel methods for the diagnosis and endoscopic treatment of pancreatic and biliary cancer utilizing ERCP and interventional EUS techniques, endoscopic treatment for benign pancreatic and biliary diseases, and cholangiopancreatoscopy. He has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed original articles, scientific reviews, book chapters, and abstracts.

Isaac Raijman, M.D., FACP, AGAF, FASGE
Guest Speaker
Dr. Raijman is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas in Houston. He is also partner with Texas Digestive Disease Consultants. He earned his medical degree from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and completed an internship and residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, Milwaukee Clinical Campus, University of Wisconsin. Dr. Raijman completed a fellowship at the University of Texas at Houston and an advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship at the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto. He has published extensively and is well known in national and international arenas, where he frequently lectures and participates in live-case transmissions.

Kenneth Binmoeller, M.D.
Guest Speaker
Dr. Binmoeller attended medical school at the University of Freiburg in Germany and the University of Bern in Switzerland, followed by internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and gastroenterology fellowship training at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He is the Director of Interventional Endoscopy Services (IES) at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Binmoeller is the inventor of the AXIOS lumen-apposing stent and founder of Xlumena Inc. (acquired by Boston Scientific). Dr. Binmoeller holds over 50 patents for innovative endoscopic technologies. He has authored more than 200 publications and several books. He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). Dr. Binmoeller received the Master Endoscopist of the Year Award in 2013. He has trained and mentored endoscopists from all corners of the world.

Andrew Ross, M.D.
Guest Speaker
Dr. Ross is Section Head of the Gastroenterology Department and Medical Director of the Therapeutic Endoscopy Center of Excellence at Virginia Mason Medical Center. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He was deeply involved in designing and developing a state-of-the-art therapeutic endoscopy unit for Virginia Mason. Dr. Ross earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University. He completed his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Additionally he completed an advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

About the Course

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH), Arlington Heights, IL with Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy, Arlington Heights, IL
Willis G. Parsons, M.D.
Willis G. Parsons, M.D.
Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy
Medical Director of Gastroenterology Center
NCH, Arlington Heights, IL
Accreditation: NCH Professional Development Department has been approved for 13.5 hours of continuing education and nursing contact hours.

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