Honors & Awards

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Stony Brook Medicine won the 2022 American College of Gastroenterology's 2022 SCOPY Award for “Best Spanish Langauge Patient Education Video." ACG's SCOPY recognizes the achievements of ACG members in their community engagement, education, and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention.

Stony Brook University Hospital Recognized by NPF as Clinical Center of Excellence in Pancreatitis

Stony Brook, NY - March 23, 2021 - Stony Brook University Hospital has been nationally recognized as an approved NPF Center by the National Pancreas Foundation. NPF Centers are awarded after a rigorous audit review to determine that an institution's focus is on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatitis, treating the “whole patient”, with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life. 

“We are thrilled to expand our NPF Centers of Excellence Program to better serve the needs of patients suffering from pancreas disease,” said David Bakelman, CEO of the National Pancreas Foundation. “The NPF Centers of Excellence Program is one of the pillars of NPF, and we are looking forward to working with our current and new Centers.”

An approved NPF Center has to meet the criteria that were developed by a task force made up of invited subject matter experts and patient advocates. The criteria includes having the required expert physician specialties such as gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons, and interventional radiologists, along with more patient-focused programs such as a pain management service, psychosocial support and more. 

"This new recognition is the result of our institution's quality collaborative care for patients with benign pancreatic diseases among our practitioners in the Departments/Divisions of HPB Surgery, Interventional Radiology, Nutrition, Psychology, Pain Management, Pathology, and Gastroenterology. I am proud of our 'Pancreatitis Group' for achieving this distinction, and it provides further fuel to the ongoing efforts of Dr. Sasson and I as we further develop our multi-specialty ambulatory clinic in benign pancreatic disease."  

 - Jonathan M. Buscaglia, M.D., FASGE, AGAF, Division Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Professor, Department of Medicine and Director, Advanced Endoscopy Program, Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Medicine

Founded in 1997, the National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting-edge research, advocating for new and better therapies and providing support and education for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. The NPF is the only foundation dedicated to patients suffering from all forms of pancreas disease. 

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Save Our Masks Campaign

We're proud that two of our physicians, Dr. Alexandra Guillaume and fellow Dr. Rashmi Advani, participated in Stony Brook Medicine's Save Our Masks campaign in May 2020.

This movement recognized how frontline staff throughout the organization have come together in support of keeping Stony Brook University Hospital's N95 masks clean. 

See videos below.

Alexandra Guillaume

Dr. Alexandra Guillaume

Dr. Rashmi Advani

Dr. Rashmi Advani

Pilot Project Grant Awards

The 2020 Department of Medicine Pilot Project Grant awards were announced in January 2020. These five funded projects were selected from a slate of many meritorious applications, and supports the important research represented at Stony Brook. We're proud to announce that two GI projects were awarded:

Project title: Targeted molecular approach to therapy of pancreatic neoplasia; PI: Agnieszka Bialkowska, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Mentor: Vincent Yang.

Agnieszka Bialkowska

Project title: Targeting NADPH oxidase in pancreatic tumorigenesis; PI: Weiqin Lu, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Mentor: Vincent Yang

Weiqin Lu


Dr. Henry Jen Wins ACG Fellows-In-Training Award 

Dr. Henry Jen, current third year gastroenterology fellow received the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Fellows-in-Training Award for the best scientific poster in the GI bleeding category at the 2019 ACG conference.
His poster was titled "Point-of-Care Ultrasound Improves Aspiration Risk Assessment for Anesthesia in Upper GI Bleeding: A Prospective Study".

He is pictured here with ACG outgoing President Dr. Sunanda Kane, MD and incoming ACG President Dr. Mark Pochapin, MD.


Dr. Jonathan Buscaglia Featured on 96.1 FM 

Dr. Jonathan Buscaglia was featured on a segment on Long Island country music station 96.1 FM.

In the audio clip, DJ Phathead talks to his colleague Candee Roth about the Division of Gastroenterology's amazing staff and his relationship with Division Chief Jonathan Buscaglia, MD. Phathead is an advocate for early cancer screenings and urges those whose doctor prescribes a screening colonoscopy to schedule one right away.

Listen to the segment here!

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Castle Connolly's Top Gastroenterologists/Top Doctors on Long Island 

The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Jonathan Buscaglia, MD, FASGE, AGAF, Division Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Director, Advanced Endoscopy Program and Dr. Juan Carlos Bucobo, MD, FASGE, Assistant Dean for Clinical Outreach, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Chief of Endoscopy, were both selected as two of Castle Connolly's Top Gastroenterologists/Top Doctors on Long Island from Newsday!

The doctors whose listings are included in Castle Connolly's Top Doctors were selected after peer nomination, extensive research and careful review and screening by a doctor-directed research team.

"Since 1991 Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. has been dedicated to helping consumers find the best healthcare in America." - castleconnolly.com

Congratulations Dr. Buscaglia and Dr. Bucobo!

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Quality Recognition Awarded by ASGE

Stony Brook Medicine’s Endoscopy Unit has been awarded continued recognition by the American Society of Gastroenterology Quality Endoscopy (ASGE) as a unit committed to delivering quality and safety in endoscopy since 2008. The ASGE’s Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors units that have demonstrated dedication to quality improvement and places our organization and staff at the forefront of integrating quality, safety and efficiency into clinical practice.
Under the leadership of Karen Wiederkher, RN, Nurse Manager for Endoscopy, and Juan Carlos Bucobo, MD, Director of Endoscopy, and Jonathan Buscaglia, MD, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the endoscopy unit has maintained policies, credentialing, staff training, competency assessment and quality improvement activities in order to be eligible for this award.
This recognition allows us to use the ASGE “Quality Star” logo. The nationally recognized star is granted to programs that meet the ASGE rigorous criteria. The quality star informs our patients, referring physicians, surveyors and others that we are committed to the highest standards of quality care related to endoscopy. This award distinguishes the entire interdisciplinary team and all the services that support that team together as providing the highest standards of endoscopy care.

To learn more about ASGE and its Recognition Program: ASGE FAQs.

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