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Peter A. Banks, MD

Dr. Banks received his medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, his medical residency at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, research training at the National Institutes of Health, and fellowship in gastroenterology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. He was Chief of Gastroenterology at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston for 18 years where he co-directed a training program in Gastroenterology, and was recruited to the Brigham and Women”s Hospital in 1992 as Director of Clinical Gastroenterology and Director of the Center for Pancreatic Disease. He established the Academic Clinical Tract in the Division of Gastroenterology with a major focus on clinical research. During their Fellowship, all clinical fellows complete a curriculum of study at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health entitled Program of Clinical Effectiveness and those who are committed to a career of clinical research obtain a Masters of Public Health degree funded by philanthropy. Many are now national leaders in gastroenterology including several in the field of pancreatology. In all, Dr. Banks has mentored more than 70 Fellows who have completed training in the Academic Clinical Tract. The multidisciplinary Center for Pancreatic Disease has been engaged in significant clinical research, education, and patient care. In collaboration with other members of the Center, Dr. Banks has initiated several randomized prospective trials on the treatment of acute and chronic pancreatitis. Brigham and Women’s Hospital has been designated as a Center for Pancreatic Disease by the National Pancreas Foundation.

Dr. Banks is an international authority in the field of pancreatitis. His main research interests include the identification of early markers of severity in acute pancreatitis and strategy to improve the treatment of severe pancreatitis. He has also written practice guidelines in acute pancreatitis and co-authored the recently revised international Classification of Acute Pancreatitis. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 publications, including original articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in major medical textbooks, and editorials. He has authored one book on acute and chronic pancreatitis and co-authored a second with a colleague from Germany.

Dr. Banks is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is Past President of both the American Pancreatic Association and the International Association of Pancreatology and Past Chair of the Pancreatic Disorders Section of the American Gastroenterological Association. He has taught regularly in national and international symposia and postgraduate courses. He has received the Distinguished Clinician Award from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Distinguished Educator Award from the AGA, the Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award from the American College of Gastroenterology, the Vay Liang and Frisca Go Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Pancreatic Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Pancreatology, and research Mentor Award from the Pancreatic Disorders Section of the AGA.