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

Overview

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.

Awards

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Distinguished Service Award, 2015

American Medical Association: Inspirational Physician Award, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sociedad Dominicana de Gastroenterologia: Honorary Member, 1997

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Federation for Clinical Research: Trainee Investigator Award, 1984

Georgetown University School of Medicine: Upjohn Achievement Award, 1984

National Institutes of Health: Summer Research Scholarship, 1981

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

Publications

Rectal Optical Markers for In Vivo Risk Stratification of Premalignant Colorectal Lesions. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Oct 01; 21(19):4347-4355. View in: PubMed

Massive pancreatic pseudocyst with portal vein fistula: case report and proposed treatment algorithm. Pancreatology. 2015 Jan-Feb; 15(1):88-93. View in: PubMed

Prevention and management of post-ERCP pancreatitis. JOP. 2014 Nov 28; 15(6):544-51. View in: PubMed

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

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

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

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

Diagnostic accuracy of cyst fluid amphiregulin in pancreatic cysts. BMC Gastroenterol. 2012 Feb 14; 12:15. View in: PubMed

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

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 01; 81(1):181-8. View in: PubMed

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

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

Endoscopic management of a spontaneous gallbladder perforation and bile leak. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Oct; 55(10):2767-9. View in: PubMed

CT colonography. Preface. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2010 Apr; 20(2):xv-xvi. View in: PubMed

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

Interfractional uncertainty in the treatment of pancreatic cancer with radiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Feb 01; 76(2):603-7. View in: PubMed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diagnosis of pancreatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor by EUS guided FNA. JOP. 2008 Mar 08; 9(2):192-6. View in: PubMed

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

Gastric pyogenic granuloma. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2007 Nov; 3(11):850-4. View in: PubMed

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

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

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

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

CT colonography for colon cancer screening. Gastrointest Endosc. 2006 Jan; 63(1):121-33. View in: PubMed

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

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

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

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

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

AGA future trends report: CT colonography. Gastroenterology. 2004 Sep; 127(3):970-84. View in: PubMed

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

Risk factors for complications after performance of ERCP. Gastrointest Endosc. 2002 Nov; 56(5):652-6. View in: PubMed

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

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

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

The future of simulators in GI endoscopy: an unlikely possibility or a virtual reality? Gastrointest Endosc. 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

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

NAD(P)H and collagen as in vivo quantitative fluorescent biomarkers of epithelial precancerous changes. Cancer Res. 2002 Feb 01; 62(3):682-7. View in: PubMed

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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