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    Jacques Van Dam, MD, PhD

    TitleProfessor of Medicine (Clinical Scholar)
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentMedicine
    AddressHCC 322R
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-9198
    Phone+1 323 442 8107
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      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.


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      National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Training Grant Program1978  - 1980Postdoctoral Training Fellowship
      Georgetown University Medical Center1984Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance in Emergency Medicine
      National Institutes of Health1981Summer Research Scholarship
      American Federation for Clinical Research1984Trainee Investigator Award
      Georgetown University School of Medicine1984Upjohn Achievement Award
      American College of Gastroenterology1991Annual Research Award in Clinical Gastroenterology
      American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy1993Thirteenth Annual Audio Visual Award
      American College of Gastroenterology1994Annual Research Award in Clinical Gastroenterology
      American College of Gastroenterology1996Annual Research Award in Clinical Gastroenterology
      American College of Gastroenterology1997Annual Research Award in Clinical Gastroenterology
      Sociedad Dominicana de Gastroenterologia1997Honorary Member
      Sociedad Medica del Hospital de Clinicas Caracas1999Honorary Member
      University of Nebraska Medical Center2006Frederick F. Paustian Visiting Professor
      Department of Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center2008Excellence in Teaching Award
      Mayo Clinic2009Keynote Speaker- "The Future of Endoscopy"
      The Viterbi School of Engineering and The Keck School of Medicine of USC2013Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Award for Translational Research
      American Medical Association2014Inspirational Physician Award
      American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy2015Distinguished Service Award

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      1. 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 01; 21(19):4347-4355. PMID: 25991816; PMCID: PMC4592390 [Available on 10/01/16].
      2. Sahakian AB, Buxbaum JL, Van Dam J. Prevention and management of post-ERCP pancreatitis. JOP. 2014 Nov 28; 15(6):544-51. PMID: 25435569.
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      3. 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. PMID: 25500342.
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      4. 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. PMID: 23703909; PMCID: PMC3690865.
      5. Van Dam J. Endoscopic advances in biliary disease. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2013 Apr; 23(2):xv-xvi. PMID: 23540975.
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      6. 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. PMID: 23540956.
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      7. Van Dam J. Modern management of pancreatic disease. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2012 Mar; 41(1):xiii-xiv. PMID: 22341262.
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      8. 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 Feb 14; 12:15. PMID: 22333441; PMCID: PMC3305641.
      9. 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 01; 81(1):181-8. PMID: 21549517.
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      10. 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. PMID: 21424370.
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      11. 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. PMID: 20730449.
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      12. 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. PMID: 20632104.
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      13. Banerjee S, Van Dam J. CT colonography. Preface. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2010 Apr; 20(2):xv-xvi. PMID: 20451808.
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      14. 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. PMID: 20189509.
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      15. 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 01; 76(2):603-7. PMID: 19879062.
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      16. Park WG, Van Dam J. Election year fever? Voting on EUS criteria for chronic pancreatitis. Gastrointest Endosc. 2009 Jun; 69(7):1262-3. PMID: 19481648.
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      17. 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. PMID: 19381738.
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      18. 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. PMID: 19262516.
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      19. 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. PMID: 19179170.
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      20. Van Dam J. EUS: state of the art in the USA. Gastrointest Endosc. 2009 Feb; 69(2 Suppl):S217-9. PMID: 19179161.
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      21. 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. PMID: 19179130.
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      22. 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. PMID: 18574642.
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      23. 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. PMID: 18391748.
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      24. Yan BM, Van Dam J. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided intratumoural therapy for pancreatic cancer. Can J Gastroenterol. 2008 Apr; 22(4):405-10. PMID: 18414717; PMCID: PMC2662900.
      25. Yan BM, Pai RK, Van Dam J. Diagnosis of pancreatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor by EUS guided FNA. JOP. 2008 Mar 08; 9(2):192-6. PMID: 18326928.
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      26. 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. PMID: 18197458.
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      27. Antonio Quiros J, Van Dam J, Longacre T, Banerjee S. Gastric pyogenic granuloma. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2007 Nov; 3(11):850-4. PMID: 21960796; PMCID: PMC3104146.
      28. 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. PMID: 17522512; PMCID: PMC1876967.
      29. 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. PMID: 17185094.
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      30. 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. PMID: 17156149.
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      31. 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. PMID: 16741530.
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      32. Banerjee S, Van Dam J. CT colonography for colon cancer screening. Gastrointest Endosc. 2006 Jan; 63(1):121-33. PMID: 16377329.
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      33. 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. PMID: 16125619.
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      34. Gerson LB, Van Dam J. Technology review: the use of simulators for training in GI endoscopy. Gastrointest Endosc. 2004 Dec; 60(6):992-1001. PMID: 15605024.
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      35. 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. PMID: 15362051.
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      36. Wang TD, Van Dam J. Optical biopsy: a new frontier in endoscopic detection and diagnosis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2004 Sep; 2(9):744-53. PMID: 15354274; PMCID: PMC2169359.
      37. 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. PMID: 15332028.
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      38. 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. PMID: 16015557.
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      39. 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. PMID: 12916661.
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      40. 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. PMID: 12397271.
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      41. Van Dam J. EUS in cystic lesions of the pancreas. Gastrointest Endosc. 2002 Oct; 56(4 Suppl):S91-3. PMID: 12297757.
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      42. Jacobson BC, Van Dam J. Gastrointestinal epithelial dysplasia: detection with new endoscopic techniques. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2002 Sep; 18(5):581-6. PMID: 17033337.
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      43. Jacobson BC, Van Dam J. Enhanced endoscopy in inflammatory bowel disease. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2002 Jul; 12(3):573-87. PMID: 12486945.
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      44. 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. PMID: 11923789.
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      45. Shields SJ, Van Dam J. Endoscopic evaluation of the small intestine. Can J Gastroenterol. 2002 Mar; 16(3):178-85. PMID: 11930197.
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      46. 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 01; 62(3):682-7. PMID: 11830520.
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      47. 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. PMID: 12120002.
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