Honorary Doctorate bestowed on Internal Medicine Professor

Jerzy Sarosiek, M.D., Ph.D., AGAF, FACG, professor of medicine and vice chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine was recently bestowed with an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from his alma mater, the Medical University of Bialystok in Bialystok, Poland.

Traveling to Poland for the award, Dr. Sarosiek was honored for his innovative contributions to research in gastroenterology. For more than 30 years Dr. Sarosiek has collaborated with research teams from medical universities in Poland; mentoring and overseeing in his gastroenterology research laboratory many research fellows and physicians who subsequently received their philosophy degrees in Poland and advanced in their academic careers and still collaborate with Dr. Sarosiek on various projects.

Dr. Sarosiek graduated from the Medical University of Bialystok and while getting medical training at the University Hospital he also earned his doctorate in philosophy in 1975, and in 1986 earned a postdoctoral habilitation degree in medicine.

Dr. J. Sarosiek 2He continued postdoctoral training at New York Medical College, Gastroenterology Research Laboratory at Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla, New York; at Research Center of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; held positions at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, and at Kansas University School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas; and was appointed to TTUHSC El Paso in 2009.

He is the author or co-author of more than 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 18 book chapters; as well as patents related to research addressing the role of the balance between aggressive factors and protective mechanisms in health and disease of the alimentary tract, including colonization with Helicobacter pylori in collaboration with Barry Marshall, M.D., 2005 winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Dr. Sarosiek is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF) and the American College of Gastroenterology (FACG).

Since 1996, Dr. Sarosiek has been a permanent member of the Scientific Committee of the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus (OESO). Headquartered in Paris, France, this international assembly brings world leading specialists from across 19 disciplines to focus studying of the esophagus.