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November 9, 2009

Dr. Russell David Yang, Ph.D., Dr. Russell Yang, Ph.D. has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as a professor and chief of the gastroenterology and hepatology division.  His practice interests include treatment and diagnosis of digestive problems including heartburn/GERD, ulcers, and liver and pancreas disorders as well as early diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal cancers.  He uses advanced technologies to treat common diseases such as fundoplication for GERD and is introducing new procedures such as endoscopic ultrasonography to the community.

Previously, he was on the faculty in medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles (1990–2008) and served as director of its Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases (1994–2008).

Yang completed a one-year fellowship in gastroenterology at USC (1990) and a two-year fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas (1989).  He completed his internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. (1987).  He earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (1984) and his doctoral degree in biochemistry and metabolism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (1982).

Yang is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.  He is a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastrointestinal Association and serves on several scientific committees for these organizations.  He has published more than 50 journal articles, book chapters and scientific abstracts.