Gut Instincts: A Clinician's Handbook of Digestive and Liver Diseases

Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH
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Book Description

Gut Instincts: A Clinician’s Handbook of Digestive and Liver Diseases is a practical handbook that focuses on the diagnosis and management of the most commonly encountered digestive diseases.
Gut Instincts: A Clinician’s Handbook of Digestive and Liver Diseases is portable enough to keep in a lab coat or briefcase, yet informative enough for day-to-day patient care. Written and edited by Dr. Esrailian and over 50 contributing experts, the language throughout is clear and concise enough for application at the office, or at the bedside. Gut Instincts combines knowledge, experience, and evidence, helping providers of all levels to deliver the highest quality patient care. However, the chapters are concise and designed to be used as quick reference even during patient visits.
Unique Benefits and Features Include:
  • A “Gut Instincts” sidebar in each chapter with important clinical pearls for patient care
  • Addresses the most frequently encountered clinical problems in digestive diseases
  • Focuses primarily on diagnosis and management
  • More than 50 algorithms, tables, and figures throughout the book
  • Uses a coherent format while distributing high-yield information
Some Chapter Topics Include:
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Pancreatic diseases
  • Colon polyps
  • Non alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Complications of portal hypertension
Gut Instincts combines knowledge, experience, and evidence and is the ideal resource for practicing gastroenterologists and fellows, residents and medical students, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and all primary care providers and trainees on the “front line” of patient care.

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About the Editor                                                                                                         

Contributing Authors                                                                                                 


Foreword by Gary Gitnick, MD, FACG                                                                   


Section I   Upper Gastrointestinal Tract                                                             


Chapter 1   Nausea and Vomiting                                                                                   

                        Terri Getzug, MD


Chapter 2   Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease                                                     

                        Daniel D. Cho, MD


Chapter 3   Dysphagia                                                                                         

                        Mark Ovsiowitz, MD


Chapter 4  Motility Disorders of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract                     

                        Jeffrey L. Conklin, MD, FACG


Chapter 5  Barrett’s Esophagus                                                                           

                        Bennett E. Roth, MD


Chapter 6  Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Malignancies                            

                        Zev A. Wainberg, MD, MSc


Chapter 7  Nutrition                                                                                 

                        Leo Treyzon, MD, MS


Chapter 8   Feeding Tubes: Placement and Management for

the Clinician                                                                                       

                        Stanley Dea, MD


Chapter 9  Nonvariceal Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding                                               

                        Kevin A. Ghassemi, MD and Dennis M. Jensen, MD


Chapter 10  Acid-Peptic Disorders                                                            

                        Thomas O. G. Kovacs, MD


Chapter 11  Functional Dyspepsia                                                             

                        Richard J. Saad, MD, MS and

                        William D. Chey, MD, AGAF, FACG, FACP


Chapter 12  Pancreatic Diseases                                                                            

                        James Farrell, MD


Chapter 13  Biliary Diseases                                                                                  

                        Yasser M. Bhat, MD and Inder M. Singh, MD


Chapter 14  Celiac Disease                                                                        

                        Wilfred M. Weinstein, MD


Chapter 15  Bariatric Surgery Patients                                                      

                        Erik P. Dutson, MD, FACS and David Da Zheng, BS



Section II  ?????Lower Gastrointestinal Tract                                                            


Chapter 16  Ulcerative Colitis                                                                               

                        Gil Y. Melmed, MD, MS


Chapter 17  Crohn’s Disease                                                                                 

                        Marla Dubinsky, MD


Chapter 18  Pouchitis                                                                                             

                        Udayakumar Navaneethan, MD and

                        Bo Shen, MD, FACG


Chapter 19  Diarrhea                                                                                              

                        Lynn Shapiro Connolly, MD and

                        Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH


Chapter 20  Constipation                                                                                       

                        Lin Chang, MD


Chapter 21  Irritable Bowel Syndrome                                                                  

                        Emeran A. Mayer, MD


Chapter 22  Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth                                               

                        Mark Pimentel, MD, FRCP(C) and

                        Gillian M. Barlow, PhD


Chapter 23  Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding                                                       

                        Kunut Kijsirichareanchai, MD and Rome Jutabha, MD


Chapter 24  Colorectal Cancer and Screening                                           

                        Saeed Sadeghi, MD



Chapter 25  Colon Polyps                                                                                      

                        Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH


Chapter 26  Clostridium difficile                                                                

                        Theodoros Kelesidis, MD and Charalabos Pothoulakis, MD


Chapter 27  Other Common Gastrointestinal Infections                                       

                        David A. Pegues, MD


Chapter 28  Ileus and Bowel Obstruction                                                             

                        Lilah F. Morris, MD and O. Joe Hines, MD


Chapter 29  Hemorrhoids                                                                          

                        Jonathan Sack, MD


Chapter 30  Fissures, Fistulae, and Condyloma                                                    

                        Jonathan Sack, MD


Chapter 31  Diverticular Disease                                                               

                        Amy Lightner, MD and

                        James Yoo, MD, FACS, FASCRS


Section III  ??????Hepatology                                                                                       


Chapter 32  Abnormal Liver Function Tests                                                         

                        Simon W. Beaven, MD, PhD


Chapter 33  Hepatitis B                                                                                         

                        Vandana Khungar, MD, MSc and

                        Steven-Huy Han, MD, AGAF


Chapter 34  Hepatitis C                                                                             

                        Ke-Qin Hu, MD


Chapter 35  Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease                                          

                        Michel H. Mendler, MD, MS


Chapter 36  Alcoholic Liver Disease                                             

                        Saro Khemichian, MD and John A. Donovan, MD


Chapter 37  Hereditary Liver Diseases                                          

                        Fasiha Kanwal, MS, MSHS


Chapter 38  Cholestatic Liver Diseases                                                     

                        Francisco Antonio Durazo, MD, FACP


Chapter 39  Autoimmune Hepatitis                                                           

                        Vivian Ng, MD and Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, AGAF


Chapter 40  Complications of Portal Hypertension                                   

                        Bruce A. Runyon, MD


Chapter 41  Abnormal Liver Tests in Pregnancy                                       

                        Vandana Khungar, MD, MSc and Tram T. Tran, MD


Chapter 42  Fulminant Liver Failure and Transplantation             

                        John P. Duffy, MD



Section IV  Endoscopy                                                                            


Chapter 43  Sedation                                                                                 

                        Jeremy M. Wong, MD and Samuel H. Wald, MD


Chapter 44  Anticoagulation and Antibiotics in Endoscopy         

                        Kevin A. Ghassemi, MD


Chapter 45  Bowel Preparations for Colonoscopy            

                        Wendy Ho, MD, MPH



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 “Gut Instincts is a concise handbook for clinicians at all stages of training, from student to experienced clinicians, who need a quick concise read on any major gastroenterology or hepatology topic. It is an exceptional handbook of digestive and liver disease.”   

-Renee Young, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Gastroenterology 

About the Editors

Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH is the Vice-Chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). The UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases is among the largest and most historic of such divisions in the world.   

Attending the University of California at Berkeley and graduating with a major in Integrative Biology and a minor in English, he subsequently graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Southern California.     

Dr. Esrailian was named intern, junior resident, and senior resident of the year during all 3 years of his residency training. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at UCLA where he also obtained a Masters of Public Health degree with the assistance of a NIH-sponsored training grant. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program in Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has authored or co-authored manuscripts, book chapters, and abstracts on various topics within digestive and liver diseases, and his primary clinical interests include gastrointestinal endoscopy, inflammatory bowel diseases, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and functional gastrointestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome.       

In 2010, Dr. Esrailian was appointed to the Medical Board of California by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.