Shatz Lecture


Visiting Professor Lecture

Dr. Burton A. Shatz was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended both undergraduate and medical school at Washington University before completing his postgraduate education in internal medicine at Jewish Hospital in 1947 and subsequently a Gastroenterology fellowship at Barnes Hospital. Dr. Shatz joined the attending staff of Jewish Hospital in 1949 and remained an active consultant and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Shatz directed the administration of the Jewish Hospital Endoscopy Laboratory and invested considerable time and effort in support of the Gastroenterology training program and its outpatient clinic.

During his career he introduced many new endoscopic techniques to his practice in St. Louis and contributed to the endoscopic training of over 200 Gastroenterology and Colorectal fellows. In addition, Dr. Shatz authored 25 original publications, most dealing with gastrointestinal endoscopy. Throughout the course of his career he received a number of awards including the Washington University Medical School Faculty Alumni Award, The American Cancer Society Leadership Award and the Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Gastroenterologic Association and the Missouri Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America honored him with the 1999 “Physician of the Year” Award. Dr. Shatz remained active in clinical medicine and endoscopic practice at Barnes-Jewish Hospital until his death in 2005. He is survived by his wife Audrey, his daughter, who teaches art at the Art Institute of Boston and his two sons and a grandson, each of whom have become physicians.

23th Annual Burton A. Shatz Visiting Professor (2022)


2021 Darwin Conwell, MD, MS
Director, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

The Ohio State University
Chronic Pancreatitis: How to Diagnose and Manage Complications
2020 Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE
Emeritus Professor
University of Michigan
Diagnosis and Management of Pancreatic Cysts
2019 James D. Lewis, MD, MSCE
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology,
Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Clinical Research Program
Associate Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Dietary Recommendations for Patients with IBD: Where’s the Beef
2018 Stuart Jon Spechler, MD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
Co-Director, Center for Esophageal Diseases
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
Co-Director, Center for Esophageal Research
Baylor Scott & White Research Institute
“New Concepts in GERD and Eosinophilic Esophagitis”
2017 Carmelo Scarpignato, M.D., F.R.C.P
Professor of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Associate Professor of Gastroenterology
Consultant Clinical Pharmacologist & Gastroenterologist
Head, Clinical Pharmacology & Digestive Pathophysiology Unit
School of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Parma, Italy
“NSAID-associated Upper and Lower GI Injury: Mechanisms and Prevention”
2016 Herbert DuPont, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
University of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine
“Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Clostridium difficile Infection”
2015 Helen Shields, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;
Associate Chief, Division of Medical Communications; Senior Physician, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Endoscopy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
“Disparities in the Evaluation of Patients with Rectal Bleeding 40 years and older”
2014 John Allen, MD
Professor of Medicine, Clinical Chief of Digestive Disease
Yale School of Medicine
“Academic Medical Centers: The King is Dead, Long Live the King”
2013 Lawrence Brandt, MD
Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
“Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Gastrointestinal Diseases”
2012 Bruce E. Sands, MD, MS
Chief, Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology, Burrill B. Crohn Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
“Changing Paradigms in the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease”
2011 Charles N. Bernstein, MD
Bingham Chair in Gastroenterology Research
Head, Section of Gastroenterology, Professor of Medicine
University of Manitoba-Canada
“The Environment and IBD: Lessons from Global Variations”
2010 David Lieberman, MD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology; Professor of Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University
“Colorectal Cancer: Controversies in Screening, Surveillance and Prevention”
2009 Peter H.R. Green, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of Celiac Disease Center
Columbia University, New York
“Celiac disease: what is the big deal?”
2008 Marc E. Rothenberg, MD, PhD
Director, Division of Allergy and Immunology; Professor of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
“Pathogenesis and treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis”
2007 Eamonn M.M. Quigley, MD
Professor of Medicine and Human Physiology
National University of Ireland, Cork
“Irritable Bowel Syndrome: An inflammatory hypothesis!”
2006 Philip S. Schoenfeld, MD, MEd, MSc
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Michigan School of Medicine
“An evidence based approach to the management of irritable bowel syndrome: Does bacterial overgrowth lead to IBS symptoms?”
2005 David A. Ahlquist, MD
Professor of Medicine, Consultant in Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
“Innovative approaches to colorectal cancer screening: Royal flush or drop in the bucket?”
2004 Paul B. Watkins, MD
Verne S. Caviness Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Director, General Clinical Research Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Drug Induced Liver Injury (DILI): Genomics to Patients”
2003 Wilfred M. Weinstein, MD
Professor of Medicine, The David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
“New Gut Diseases and Old Ones Rediscovered”
2002 Theodore M. Bayless, MD
Director, Meyerhoff Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center; Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
“Crohn’s Disease: a Phenotype-Genotype Journey”
2001 Michael Camilleri, MD
Professor of Medicine and Physiology; Consultant in Gastroenterology, Physiology and Biophysics
Mayo Clinic
“Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Current Concepts and New Pharmacological Treatments”
2000 Paul Swain, MD
Head of the Department of Clinical Gastroenterology and Director of Endoscopy
The Royal London Hospital
“Innovations in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy”