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Jacques Van Dam, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine (Clinical Scholar)
HCC 322R Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 8107


Dr. Van Dam specializes in treating patients with pancreatic, esophageal, gastric or colorectal cancer. He also specializes in treating patients with precancerous conditions, including pancreatic cystic neoplasms, Barrett’s esophagus, and colonic polyps. Dr. Van Dam’s clinical expertise is in diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy, advanced interventional endoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), endoscopic laser surgery, and advanced endoscopic imaging, including confocal microendoscopy and optical biopsy.

Dr. Van Dam will oversee the expansion of clinical gastroenterological services at USC and will direct the design and construction of two new endoscopy facilities. The new hospital-based facility will be the heart of USC’s state-of-the-art center for advanced/therapeutic endoscopy. The second, a large ambulatory facility, will evaluate and treat patients with a variety of digestive disorders in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. Dr. Van Dam is coordinating the recruitment of specialists to lead several new centers of excellence in areas of tertiary care.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Van Dam has been internationally recognized for his numerous advances in the field of interventional endoscopy, his significant contributions to scientific literature, and his leadership in developing training programs for young physician scientists.


University of Nebraska Medical Center: Frederick F. Paustian Visiting Professor, 2006

American College of Gastroenterology: Annual Research Award in Clinical Gastroenterology, 1994

American College of Gastroenterology: Annual Research Award in Clinical Gastroenterology, 1991

American Federation for Clinical Research: Trainee Investigator Award, 1984

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Distinguished Service Award, 2015

Georgetown University Medical Center: Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance in Emergency Medicine, 1984

National Institutes of Health: Summer Research Scholarship, 1981

Sociedad Dominicana de Gastroenterologia: Honorary Member, 1997

Sociedad Medica del Hospital de Clinicas Caracas: Honorary Member, 1999

American College of Gastroenterology: Annual Research Award in Clinical Gastroenterology, 1996

National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Training Grant Program: Postdoctoral Training Fellowship, 1978-1980

Department of Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center: Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008

The Viterbi School of Engineering and The Keck School of Medicine of USC: Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Award for Translational Research, 2013

American College of Gastroenterology: Annual Research Award in Clinical Gastroenterology, 1997

Georgetown University School of Medicine: Upjohn Achievement Award, 1984

Mayo Clinic: Keynote Speaker- "The Future of Endoscopy", 2009

American Medical Association: Inspirational Physician Award, 2014

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Thirteenth Annual Audio Visual Award, 1993


Radosevich AJ, Mutyal NN, Eshein A, Nguyen TQ, Gould B, Rogers JD, Goldberg MJ, Bianchi LK, Yen EF, Konda V, Rex DK, Van Dam J, Backman V, Roy HK. Rectal Optical Markers for In Vivo Risk Stratification of Premalignant Colorectal Lesions. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Oct 1; 21(19):4347-55. View in: PubMed

Ng TS, Rochefort H, Czaplicki C, Teixeira P, Zheng L, Matsuoka L, Van Dam J, Alexopoulos SP. Massive pancreatic pseudocyst with portal vein fistula: Case report and proposed treatment algorithm. Pancreatology. 2015 Jan-Feb; 15(1):88-93. View in: PubMed

Sahakian AB, Buxbaum JL, Van Dam J. Prevention and Management of Post-ERCP Pancreatitis. JOP. 2014; 15(6):544-51. View in: PubMed

Zavaleta CL, Garai E, Liu JT, Sensarn S, Mandella MJ, Van de Sompel D, Friedland S, Van Dam J, Contag CH, Gambhir SS. A Raman-based endoscopic strategy for multiplexed molecular imaging. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jun 18; 110(25):E2288-97. View in: PubMed

Van Dam J. Endoscopic advances in biliary disease. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2013 Apr; 23(2):xv-xvi. View in: PubMed

Hou LA, Van Dam J. Pre-ERCP imaging of the bile duct and gallbladder. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2013 Apr; 23(2):185-97. View in: PubMed

Van Dam J. Modern management of pancreatic disease. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2012 Mar; 41(1):xiii-xiv. View in: PubMed

Tun MT, Pai RK, Kwok S, Dong A, Gupta A, Visser BC, Norton JA, Poultsides GA, Banerjee S, Van Dam J, Chen AM, Friedland S, Scott BA, Verma R, Lowe AW, Park WG. Diagnostic accuracy of cyst fluid amphiregulin in pancreatic cysts. BMC Gastroenterol. 2012; 12:15. View in: PubMed

Chen Y, Kingham K, Ford JM, Rosing J, Van Dam J, Jeffrey RB, Longacre TA, Chun N, Kurian A, Norton JA. A prospective study of total gastrectomy for CDH1-positive hereditary diffuse gastric cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2011 Sep; 18(9):2594-8. View in: PubMed

Schellenberg D, Kim J, Christman-Skieller C, Chun CL, Columbo LA, Ford JM, Fisher GA, Kunz PL, Van Dam J, Quon A, Desser TS, Norton J, Hsu A, Maxim PG, Xing L, Goodman KA, Chang DT, Koong AC. Single-fraction stereotactic body radiation therapy and sequential gemcitabine for the treatment of locally advanced pancreatic cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Sep 1; 81(1):181-8. View in: PubMed

Larsen MC, Yan BM, Morton J, Van Dam J. Determination of the relationship between gastric wall thickness and body mass index with endoscopic ultrasound. Obes Surg. 2011 Mar; 21(3):300-4. View in: PubMed

Striegel J, Jakobs R, Van Dam J, Weickert U, Riemann JF, Eickhoff A. Determining scope position during colonoscopy without use of ionizing radiation or magnetic imaging: the enhanced mapping ability of the NeoGuide Endoscopy System. Surg Endosc. 2011 Feb; 25(2):636-40. View in: PubMed

Munroe C, Padilla-Thornton AE, Triadafilopoulos G, Van Dam J, Lutchman G. Endoscopic management of a spontaneous gallbladder perforation and bile leak. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Oct; 55(10):2767-9. View in: PubMed

Banerjee S, Van Dam J. CT colonography. Preface. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2010 Apr; 20(2):xv-xvi. View in: PubMed

Park WG, Yan BM, Schellenberg D, Kim J, Chang DT, Koong A, Patalano C, Van Dam J. EUS-guided gold fiducial insertion for image-guided radiation therapy of pancreatic cancer: 50 successful cases without fluoroscopy. Gastrointest Endosc. 2010 Mar; 71(3):513-8. View in: PubMed

Jayachandran P, Minn AY, Van Dam J, Norton JA, Koong AC, Chang DT. Interfractional uncertainty in the treatment of pancreatic cancer with radiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Feb 1; 76(2):603-7. View in: PubMed

Park WG, Van Dam J. Election year fever? Voting on EUS criteria for chronic pancreatitis. Gastrointest Endosc. 2009 Jun; 69(7):1262-3. View in: PubMed

Lee JK, Van Dam J, Morton JM, Curet M, Banerjee S. Endoscopy is accurate, safe, and effective in the assessment and management of complications following gastric bypass surgery. Am J Gastroenterol. 2009 Mar; 104(3):575-82; quiz 583. View in: PubMed

Van Dam J. EUS: state of the art in the USA. Gastrointest Endosc. 2009 Feb; 69(2 Suppl):S217-9. View in: PubMed

Van Dam J, Varadarajulu S, Jin Z. EUS 2008 Working Group document: evaluation of EUS-guided implantation therapy (with video). Gastrointest Endosc. 2009 Feb; 69(2 Suppl):S49-53. View in: PubMed

Hawes RH, Van Dam J, Varadarajulu S. EUS 2008 Working Group document: interventional EUS--a road map for the future. Gastrointest Endosc. 2009 Feb; 69(2 Suppl):S1-2. View in: PubMed

Mong C, Van Dam J, Morton J, Gerson L, Curet M, Banerjee S. Preoperative endoscopic screening for laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has a low yield for anatomic findings. Obes Surg. 2008 Sep; 18(9):1067-73. View in: PubMed

Rogers WM, Dobo E, Norton JA, Van Dam J, Jeffrey RB, Huntsman DG, Kingham K, Chun N, Ford JM, Longacre TA. Risk-reducing total gastrectomy for germline mutations in E-cadherin (CDH1): pathologic findings with clinical implications. Am J Surg Pathol. 2008 Jun; 32(6):799-809. View in: PubMed

Yan BM, Van Dam J. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided intratumoural therapy for pancreatic cancer. Can J Gastroenterol. 2008 Apr; 22(4):405-10. View in: PubMed

Patel C, Van Dam J, Curet M, Morton JM, Banerjee S. Use of flexible endoscopic scissors to cut obstructing suture material in gastric bypass patients. Obes Surg. 2008 Mar; 18(3):336-9. View in: PubMed

Yan BM, Pai RK, Van Dam J. Diagnosis of pancreatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor by EUS guided FNA. JOP. 2008; 9(2):192-6. View in: PubMed

Antonio Quiros J, Van Dam J, Longacre T, Banerjee S. Gastric pyogenic granuloma. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2007 Nov; 3(11):850-4. View in: PubMed

Norton JA, Ham CM, Van Dam J, Jeffrey RB, Longacre TA, Huntsman DG, Chun N, Kurian AW, Ford JM. CDH1 truncating mutations in the E-cadherin gene: an indication for total gastrectomy to treat hereditary diffuse gastric cancer. Ann Surg. 2007 Jun; 245(6):873-9. View in: PubMed

Eickhoff A, van Dam J, Jakobs R, Kudis V, Hartmann D, Damian U, Weickert U, Schilling D, Riemann JF. Computer-assisted colonoscopy (the NeoGuide Endoscopy System): results of the first human clinical trial ("PACE study"). Am J Gastroenterol. 2007 Feb; 102(2):261-6. View in: PubMed

Triadafilopoulos G, Watts HD, Higgins J, Van Dam J. A novel retrograde-viewing auxiliary imaging device (Third Eye Retroscope) improves the detection of simulated polyps in anatomic models of the colon. Gastrointest Endosc. 2007 Jan; 65(1):139-44. View in: PubMed

Banerjee S, Van Dam J. Colonoscopy or CT colonography for colorectal cancer screening in 2006? Nat Clin Pract Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2006 Jun; 3(6):296-7. View in: PubMed

Banerjee S, Van Dam J. CT colonography for colon cancer screening. Gastrointest Endosc. 2006 Jan; 63(1):121-33. View in: PubMed

Long EE, Van Dam J, Weinstein S, Jeffrey B, Desser T, Norton JA. Computed tomography, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and intra-operative sonography for assessing resectability of pancreatic cancer. Surg Oncol. 2005 Aug; 14(2):105-13. View in: PubMed

Gerson LB, Van Dam J. Technology review: the use of simulators for training in GI endoscopy. Gastrointest Endosc. 2004 Dec; 60(6):992-1001. View in: PubMed

Eloubeidi MA, Gress FG, Savides TJ, Wiersema MJ, Kochman ML, Ahmad NA, Ginsberg GG, Erickson RA, Dewitt J, Van Dam J, Nickl NJ, Levy MJ, Clain JE, Chak A, Sivak MV, Wong R, Isenberg G, Scheiman JM, Bounds B, Kimmey MB, Saunders MD, Chang KJ, Sharma A, Nguyen P, Lee JG, Edmundowicz SA, Early D, Azar R, Etemad B, Chen YK, Waxman I, Shami V, Catalano MF, Wilcox CM. Acute pancreatitis after EUS-guided FNA of solid pancreatic masses: a pooled analysis from EUS centers in the United States. Gastrointest Endosc. 2004 Sep; 60(3):385-9. View in: PubMed

Wang TD, Van Dam J. Optical biopsy: a new frontier in endoscopic detection and diagnosis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2004 Sep; 2(9):744-53. View in: PubMed

Gerson LB, Van Dam J. Wireless capsule endoscopy and double-balloon enteroscopy for the diagnosis of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding. Tech Vasc Interv Radiol. 2004 Sep; 7(3):130-5. View in: PubMed

van Dam J, Cotton P, Johnson CD, McFarland BG, Pineau BC, Provenzale D, Ransohoff D, Rex D, Rockey D, Wootton FT. AGA future trends report: CT colonography. Gastroenterology. 2004 Sep; 127(3):970-84. View in: PubMed

Georgakoudi I, Van Dam J. Characterization of dysplastic tissue morphology and biochemistry in Barrett's esophagus using diffuse reflectance and light scattering spectroscopy. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2003 Apr; 13(2):297-308. View in: PubMed

Vandervoort J, Soetikno RM, Tham TC, Wong RC, Ferrari AP, Montes H, Roston AD, Slivka A, Lichtenstein DR, Ruymann FW, Van Dam J, Hughes M, Carr-Locke DL. Risk factors for complications after performance of ERCP. Gastrointest Endosc. 2002 Nov; 56(5):652-6. View in: PubMed

Van Dam J. EUS in cystic lesions of the pancreas. Gastrointest Endosc. 2002 Oct; 56(4 Suppl):S91-3. View in: PubMed

Jacobson BC, Van Dam J. Gastrointestinal epithelial dysplasia: detection with new endoscopic techniques. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2002 Sep; 18(5):581-6. View in: PubMed

Jacobson BC, Van Dam J. Enhanced endoscopy in inflammatory bowel disease. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2002 Jul; 12(3):573-87. View in: PubMed

Gerson LB, Van Dam J. The future of simulators in GI endoscopy: an unlikely possibility or a virtual reality? Gastrointest Endosc. 2002 Apr; 55(4):608-11. View in: PubMed

Shields SJ, Van Dam J. Endoscopic evaluation of the small intestine. Can J Gastroenterol. 2002 Mar; 16(3):178-85. View in: PubMed

Georgakoudi I, Jacobson BC, Müller MG, Sheets EE, Badizadegan K, Carr-Locke DL, Crum CP, Boone CW, Dasari RR, Van Dam J, Feld MS. NAD(P)H and collagen as in vivo quantitative fluorescent biomarkers of epithelial precancerous changes. Cancer Res. 2002 Feb 1; 62(3):682-7. View in: PubMed

Jacobson BC, Waxman I, Parmar K, Kauffman JM, Clarke GA, Van Dam J. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided gallbladder bile aspiration in idiopathic pancreatitis carries a significant risk of bile peritonitis. Pancreatology. 2002; 2(1):26-9. View in: PubMed

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