Dr. Lin Awarded NASPGHAN Endoscopy Prize

May 30, 2008

Tom Lin, M.D., a gastroenterologist in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Childrens 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.  Lins 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.

Lins 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.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.