Faculty 

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Yasmin Alishahi 
Yasmin Alishahi, MD, FACG

Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship
Staff Gastroenterologist, Phoenix VA Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Residency: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Chief Residency: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
GI Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center
Specialties: Diagnosis and disease activity assessment of inflammatory bowel disease, medical therapy of inflammatory bowel disease, health preventive measures in patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease, in particular in patients on immunosuppressive therapy

Stacie Vela, MD, FASGE
Stacie Vela, MD, FASGE

Chief, Gastroenterology Section, Phoenix VA Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, UArizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Medical School: The Ohio State University
Residency: University Hospitals/Case Western University
GI Fellowship: Medical University of South Carolina
Specialties: Endoscopic teaching, pancreatic diseases, gastrointestinal cancers and advanced endoscopic techniques, such as endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic mucosal resection  

Hugo Pinillos, MD, FACG
Hugo Pinillos, MD, FACG

Staff Gastroenterologist, Phoenix VA Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: Francisco Marroquin University, Guatemala 
Residency: Michael Reese Hospital /University of Illinois at Chicago 
GI Fellowship: St Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center/Columbia University
Clinical Hepatology Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center
Specialties: Functional GI disorders, infectious GI diseases and capsule endoscopy

Aaron Goldberg, MD
Aaron Goldberg, MD

Staff Gastroenterologist, Phoenix VA Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: UA College of Medicine – Tucson
Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
GI Fellowship: Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (Formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center)
Specialties: Endoscopic ultrasound, inflammatory bowel disease, Barrett’s esophagus and colorectal cancer prevention

Rakesh Nanda, MD, FACP, FACG
Rakesh Nanda, MD, FACP, FACG

Staff Gastroenterologist, Phoenix VA Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University, New Delhi
Residency: Pune University
GI Fellowship: Delhi University, followed by training at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England and Completed training at Kansas University Medical Center
Specialties: Endoscopic eradication of Barrett’s esophagus, nutrition

Natalee Sansone, MDNatalee Sansone, MD

Staff Gastroenterologist, Phoenix VA Health Care System

Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical School: MCP/Hahneman School of Medicine
Internal Medicine Residency: New York Hospital of Queens
Gastroenterology Fellowship: New York Hospital of Queens
Specialties: Screening colonoscopy, ERCP, capsule endoscopy

Derek Landan, MD
Derek Landan, MD

Staff Gastroenterologist, Phoenix VA Medical Center

Medical School: Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine 
Residency: Summa Health System/Northeastern Ohio University 
GI Fellowship: Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (Formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center)
Specialties: Endoscopic ultrasound and biliary endoscopy

Camron Kiafar, DO, AGAF, FACG
Camron Kiafar, DO, AGAF, FACG

Chief of Endoscopy, Phoenix VA Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Residency and GI Fellowship: Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (Formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center)
Specialties: Endoscopic eradication of Barrett’s esophagus, colorectal cancer prevention and GI malignancies