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overview Dr. Benjamin Tharian is an Associate Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Director of General and Advanced Endoscopy at UAMS. He is the Executive Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program at UAMS that was his dream project. He received his Medical Degree (MBBS) from Government Medical College Hospital, Trivandrum (Kerala University) in 2001 and was Gold Medalist for Medical Residency (MD) in 2004 at Medical College, Kottayam, India (Mahatma Gandhi University). He re-did Medical residency training in the United Kingdom (UK), in the Cambridge (Eastern) Deanery, under the National Health Service (NHS). Dr. Tharian completed five years of accredited fellowship training in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and General Medicine in the UK (Manchester and Northern Ireland Deanery) in 2012. He worked as an Attending Gastroenterologist in the UK and in Australia. He completed ASGE approved Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at the prestigious Center for Interventional Endoscopy (CIE), Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL in 2015. Prof Rob Hawes and Prof Shyam Varadarajulu, two pioneers in the field of Interventional Endoscopy, mentored him. In Sep 2015, he joined UAMS. In his first year, he was successful in raising UAMS to a high volume center for Advanced Endoscopy, having done over 350 ERCP’s and 600 EUS procedures in addition to several other procedures that only UAMS offers currently in the State of Arkansas. These include endoscopic eradication of Barrett’s disease, endoscopic management of large polyps and ampullary adenomas, Laser Lithotripsy, Endoscopic drainage of Pseudocysts, endoscopic necrosectomy, EDGE procedures, EUS Gastro jejunostomy and EUS guided biliary drainage to name a few. He was instrumental in modernizing the endoscopy lab (including universal use of CO2 for all endoscopic procedures). He established Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) program at UAMS for treatment of refractory C Difficile infection. The program expanded with the addition of an advanced nurse practitioner / Physician Assistant to the team and a partner. He established Third Space Endoscopy (POEM for Achalasia and Gastroparesis) for the first time in the State along with his partner in December 2019. The Division does over 1200 EUS and 750 ERCP every year now in addition to all other complex interventional endoscopic procedures referred from all over the State. Dr Tharian established interventional endoscopy support to the Arkansas Childrens Hospital, the only pediatric tertiary care center in the State. Dr. Tharian has a keen interest in Endoscopic Training. He has taught nursing and medical students, residents and fellows in UK, Australia and USA. He has a keen interest in quality improvement projects and has published in the field of interventional endoscopy, with over 70 peer reviewed publications. Dr Tharian received the Deans Award for the Best Consulting Physician of UAMS in 2021. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of UK and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (MRCP), in addition to being a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP), American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (FASGE) and the American College of Physicians (FACP). He is the Chair of the ACG Abstract Selection Committee and is involved in multiple Committees of the ACG and ASGE. He is Board Certified for Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology / Hepatology in the US, UK and Australia and for Medicine in India.

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