Hughes selected as a LEAD woman in gastroenterology

Michelle Hughes, MDAssistant Professor (Digestive Diseases) in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) has been selected as a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Leadership Education and Development (ASGE) Class of 2022 for Women at the beginning of a career in gastroenterology.

LEAD is a 12-month program offering female gastroenterologists the opportunity to enhance their leadership and career development skills through education, coaching and professional networking. The goal of the LEAD program is to provide gastroenterologists with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop the pathway to leadership within academic or private medicine.

Hughes is a gastroenterologist who specializes in the practice of gastroenterology in a hospital setting, a role also known as a gastrointestinal hospitalist. She is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for acute conditions involving the gastrointestinal system to patients admitted to hospital. She has an interest in quality improvement and clinical research on general and hospital-based gastrointestinal issues which she incorporates into her role as medical quality and safety lead for the line of digestive health services. She works closely with trainees and is heavily involved in medical education at the student, resident and fellow level.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate in this year’s ASGE LEAD program,” said Hughes. “This is a wonderful opportunity to advance my leadership skills, grow professionally, and connect with amazing women in gastroenterology across the country.”

In December 2021, Hughes served as course director and speaker at the first international conference on the development of an inpatient gastroenterology program. “The GI Hospitalist Model: Meeting the Needs of Hospital Care” was organized at YSM under three themes: the state of GI inpatient care and the role of GI hospitalists; the benefits of gastrointestinal hospitals in clinical and non-clinical (education and research) areas; and the development of a gastrointestinal hospitalization program. Discussions were led by Hughes and his colleagues and collaborators at YSM and other academic institutions and private practices.

Hughes was also honored as one of 33 “Rising Stars” in Connecticut Magazine 2022 “Top Doctors” issue. According to the magazine, the Rising Stars are Connecticut doctors who are too early in their careers to earn a Top Doctors designation, but who have been selected for recognition based on peer nominations and recognition of their outstanding achievements and dedication to the field of medicine.

“Michelle is not only an exceptional clinician, but a national leader in the new sub-sub-specialty of gastrointestinal hospitalist.”, said Loren Laine, MD, leader of digestive diseases. “We’re very lucky to have her in our Digestive Diseases Section at Yale.”

Hughes received her medical degree with honors from Albany Medical College in 2013. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center, then completed her fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, in 2019.

She treats a variety of conditions, including gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, evaluation and management of nutritional disorders, removal of foreign bodies, and diagnostic workup of malignant tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. intestinal. She performs the following procedures: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (a diagnostic endoscopic procedure for the upper digestive tract, also known as EGD), colonoscopy, placement and removal of the feeding tube, and video capsule endoscopy.

Since forming one of the nation’s first hepatology and then gastroenterology sections more than 50 years ago, Yale’s Digestive Diseases Section has had a lasting impact on research and clinical care in the disorders gastrointestinal and hepatic. To learn more about their work, visit Digestive diseases.


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