Meet the Endoscopy Suite Staff
Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD
Medical Director of Endoscopy
Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD, completed her internal medicine training at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, New York, and her gastroenterology fellowship at The Mount Sinai Hospital. After spending several years in Houston at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, she returned to Mount Sinai's Division of Gastroenterology as Chief of Endoscopy in October 2008. Dr. Anandasabapathy's clinical interests are in gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancers. She is also interested in endoscopic imaging, including endoscopic ultrasound and confocal microendoscopy. Her research interests focus on the early diagnosis and treatment of Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer, including endoscopic mucosal resection and ablative technologies. She has several active research protocols looking at the early detection of gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Anandasabapathy graduated from Yale University and is a former literature major. When she is not scoping, she enjoys reading, travelling, and running in Central Park with her family and Shih-Tzu, Max.
Jerome D. Waye, MD
Director of Endoscopic Education,
Associate Medical Director of Endoscopy
Jerome (Jerry) Waye, MD, served as Chief of Endoscopy at Mount Sinai for more than 20 years. An internationally renowned endoscopist and expert in the removal of large polyps, Dr. Waye has written 7 textbooks, 200 papers and editorials, and is past president of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is currently president-elect of the World Organization of Digestive Endoscopy. Dr. Waye has given lectures and live demonstrations on every major continent (except Antarctica). He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his crew team won the Royal Henley Regatta. Dr. Waye is also an accomplished magician.
Christopher J. DiMaio, MD
Director of Therapeutic Endoscopy
Dr. DiMaio received his medical degree from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He then completed fellowship training in gastroenterology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in Advanced Endoscopy in the combined Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School program. Dr. DiMaio’s clinical interests are in pancreatic disease, biliary disease, and gastrointestinal cancers. He specializes in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures, including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), fine needle aspiration (FNA), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), luminal stent placement, endoscopic mucosal resection and ablation, and complex polypectomy. His research focuses on patients with pancreatic cysts and pancreatic cancers, with a particular interest in using novel endoscopic techniques to diagnose and treat these lesions.
Michelle Kang Kim, MD
Director or Endoscopic Ultrasound
Michelle Kang Kim, MD, MSc, received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard College and Stanford University School of Medicine. She pursued postgraduate training at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell). Dr. Kim has expertise in gastrointestinal cancers and particularly pancreatic cysts and tumors. She also has research projects in neuroendocrine and carcinoid tumors. Dr. Kim's endoscopic research interests include new applications of endoscopic ultrasound, such as delivery of therapeutic agents for pancreatic cancer, as well as the use of EUS in staging of lung cancers. An accomplished pianist, she enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her family.
Peter H. Rubin, MD
Director of Endoscopic Teaching
Peter Rubin is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and former co-Director of the Mount Sinai Endoscopy Suite. He has served as President of Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Staff and the Association of Attending Staff. Dr. Rubin practices general gastroenterology with a focus on inflammatory bowel disease and dysplastic colon polyps. When he is not practicing gastroenterology, Dr. Rubin can often be found jogging in Central Park. (He has run in ten NYC Marathons!) He also continues to study and play classical piano.
Aurora Barriga, RN Coordinator, Direct Access Endoscopy
Aurora Barriga has more than a decade of experience working with patients in gastroenterology. After doing clinical research in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, she returned to school to get her nursing degree so that she could work more closely with patients. She is thrilled to work with GI patients, combining her academic interest and her love of patient care. Aurora is a life-long New Yorker who loves spending time with her family and two daughters.
Senior Research Coordinator, Endoscopic Trials
Rachna Khare received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked in clinical research at the American Cancer Society and the University of Texas. More recently, Rachna worked at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she coordinated protocols focusing on the detection of Barrett's Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma through biomarker discovery and imaging techniques. A native Texan, Rachna moved to New York City in the winter of 2008 to join the Mount Sinai team. She enjoys live music, books, and college basketball.
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