Emily Couric Memorial Lecture
Why the Esophageal Health of a Masai Tribesman in Kenya Matters to GI Docs in the U.S.
David E. Fleischer, MD, FACG

Tuesday, October 18 • 4:30–5:00 pm • Venetian Ballroom F

David E. Fleischer, MD, FACG
David E. Fleischer, MD, FACG

Dr. David Fleischer is currently a staff physician at Mayo Clinic Arizona and a Professor of Medicine at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He did his residency at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital/Case Western Reserve University and at Wellington
Hospital in New Zealand. He completed his GI Fellowship at Harbor General UCLA.

He served in the United Sates Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He was on the staff at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC; the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Georgetown University (where he was a Professor of Medicine); and Mayo Clinic Arizona (where he served as Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology until 2006).

Dr. Fleischer is a member of ASGE (where he served as President), AGA and ACG.
He is also an honorary member of the Swiss Gastroenterology Society and the Italian
Gastroenterology Society. Dr. Fleischer has been given the Schindler Award by the ASGE, its highest honor, and he was an invited lecturer for the Society. He is a Master in the American College of Physicians, and he served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the United States Senate.

He has published more than 250 original articles and edited several books. He has
lectured throughout the United States and internationally and has spoken on all seven continents, most recently in Antarctica. His main interests are innovations in endoscopy, esophageal cancer, and Barrett’s Esophagus. He has been involved in projects for screening, prevention, and treatment of esophageal cancer in China, Iran, South Africa, and Kenya.

About the Emily Couric Memorial Lecture: The Emily Couric Memorial Lecture was developed by the ACG, the Virginia Gastroenterogical Society (VGS) and the Old Dominion Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (ODSGNA) to honor Virginia State Senator Emily Couric, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in October of 2001. Senator Couric was a strong advocate for healthcare issues, particularly in her instrumental work to pass the nation’s first legislation mandating health insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening. The Emily Couric Lecturer is someone prominent in the field of GI cancer related topics. This individual is nominated by the President following consultation with the VGS and the appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.