Tom Lin, M.D., a gastroenterologist in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, has been awarded The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Endoscopy Prize. Lin’s award was presented during Digestive Diseases Week in San Diego during the Pediatric Endoscopy Abstract session.
The award was developed by the NASPGHAN Endoscopy and Procedures Committee to promote the pursuit of research related to endoscopy and other procedures in children.
Endoscopy typically refers to looking inside the body for medical reasons using an instrument called an endoscope. NASPGHAN members whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation may be considered for the prize. Selection of the prize winner is made by a five- member judging committee named by the NASPGHAN Endoscopy and Procedures Committee and abstracts are judged in a blinded fashion.
Lin’s award-winning work focused on double balloon enteroscopy (DBE), a procedure that offers diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic access to the entire small intestine for evaluation and treatment of small bowel disorders and disease. While more than 4,000 of these procedures have been performed worldwide on adults, experience has been very limited in the pediatric age group. As a less-invasive alternative to surgery, DBE holds promise in the evaluation and treatment of children with small bowel disease.