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At-Large Councillor for Development and Growth

Michael L. Kochman, MD, AGAF


Michael L. Kochman, MD, AGAF, is the Wilmott Family Professor of Medicine and professor of medicine in surgery in the gastroenterology division at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kochman is a graduate of Northwestern University (BA, Economics, 1982) and the University of Illinois Medical School at Chicago (MD, 1986). He served his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was Chief Resident at West Side VA under Dr. Clifford Pilz from 1989-90. Subsequently Dr. Kochman completed his fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Clinics in Ann Arbor in 1993 under the direction of Drs. Chung Owyang and Tadataka Yamada. During that time Dr. Kochman also underwent training in interventional endoscopy and had specialized training in endoscopic ultrasound at Indiana University under the auspices of Drs. Robert Hawes and Maurits Wiersema. Subsequently he was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania by Dr. Peter Traber, were he rose through the ranks from assistant professor.

While at the University of Pennsylvania he served in various capacities including as vice-chair for Clinical Services and as development officer for the Department of Medicine, on the School of Medicine Committee of Appointments and Promotions (COAP), the Physicians Billing Oversight Committee and numerous departmental review and search committees. Within the GI division he has served as fellowship chairman and runs the regular endoscopy and advanced endoscopy training programs and directs the Wilmott Center for Endoscopic Innovation, Research, and Training. He has received a number of awards including the Luigi Mastroianni Clinical Innovator and Special Recognition Patient Advocacy Awards from the Health System as well as the Sid Cohen, MD, and Donald Martin, MD, awards for the education of fellows and residents.

Dr. Kochman has served many local and national societies in a variety of positions. He was honored and inducted as a fellow into the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The ASGE recognized him as the ‘Master Endoscopist’ in 2015 and AGA recognized him as the ‘Distinguished Academic Clinician’ in 2018. His current major national commitments are to AGA as a Governing Board Councillor, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and to the Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research (NOSCAR). He has served AGA on the Education Committee, the Public Affairs Committee, was chair of the Regulatory Workgroup and is past chair of the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology. Dr. Kochman served as chair of the GIE Editorial Board, treasurer of the ASGE Foundation, and was a councilor of the ASGE Governing Board. Also, for the ASGE Dr. Kochman has served on the Post-Graduate Education Committee, the EUS SIG, the Research Committee, the Program Committees and has directed numerous post-graduate courses. He is a past president of the Delaware Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and was the program chairman for the Pennsylvania State Gastroenterology Society.

Dr. Kochman regularly speaks for various local GI societies and at SGNA meetings. He is frequently at national and international meetings as a lecturer, moderator and at Meet the Professor sessions on various topics including management of neoplasia, maintenance of luminal patency, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). He also serves as faculty for hands-on training courses held both nationally and internationally for EUS, ERCP, endoprosthetics and hemostasis.

Dr. Kochman is editor for Techniques in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Kochman has published over 250 articles, chapters and videos. He has edited 19 published books, among them: the Clinicians Guide to Gastrointestinal Oncology (ed Kochman), Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (eds Ginsberg, Gostout, Kochman and Norton) and Endoscopic Oncology: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Cancer Management (eds Faigel and Kochman).