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Michael D. Saunders, MD
Clinical Professor & Director, Digestive Health Center

Dr. Michael Saunders is board certified in internal medicine and adult gastroenterology. He is a clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and serves as medical director of the Digestive Health Center at UW Medical Center. His clinical focus is on advanced therapeutic endoscopy including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), pancreaticobiliary endoscopy (ERCP), endoscopic mucosal resection and ablation of early gastrointestinal cancers, balloon enteroscopy of the small intestine, and endoscopic stenting.

Recent Publications
Displaying 20 Most Recent Publications from PubMed

June 2018. Endoscopic resection of gastric adenocarcinoma by use of a full-thickness resection device. Roberts JR, Koro K, Yeh MM, Saunders MD, Templeton AW. VideoGIE. 2018 Jun 12;3(8):244-246. doi: 10.1016/j.vgie.2018.05.002. eCollection 2018 Aug.

April 2018. Multicenter evaluation of the clinical utility of laparoscopy-assisted ERCP in patients with Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Abbas AM, Strong AT, Diehl DL, Brauer BC, Lee IH, Burbridge R, Zivny J, Higa JT, Falcão M, El Hajj II, Tarnasky P, Enestvedt BK, Ende AR, Thaker AM, Pawa R, Jamidar P, Sampath K, Hourneaux de Moura EG, Kwon RS, Suarez AL, Aburajab M, Wang AY, Shakhatreh MH, Kaul V, Kang L, Kowalski TE, Pannala R, Tokar J, Aadam AA, Tzimas D, Wagh MS, Draganov PV, The LA-Ercp Research Group Jeffrey Ponsky MD, Greenwald BD, Uradomo LT, McGhan AA, Hakimian S, Ross A, Sherman S, Bick BL, Forsmark CE, Yang D, Gupte A, Chauhan S, Hughes SJ, Saks K, Bakis G, Templeton AW, Saunders M, Sedarat A, Evans JA, Muniraj T, Gardner TB, Ramos AC, Santo MA, Nett A, Coté GA, Elmunzer BJ, Dua KS, Nosler MJ, Strand DS, Yeaton P, Kothari S, Ullah A, Taunk P, Brady P, Pinkas H, Faulx AL, Shahid H, Holmes J, Pannu D, Komanduri S, Bucobo JC, Dhaliwal H, Rostom A, Acker BW. <br> Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 Apr;87(4):1031-1039. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2017.10.044. Epub 2017 Nov 10.

September 2017. Achalasia Treatment, Outcomes, Utilization, and Costs: A Population-Based Study from the United States. Ehlers AP, Oelschlager BK, Pellegrini CA, Wright AS, Saunders MD, Flum DR, He H, Farjah F. J Am Coll Surg. 2017 Sep;225(3):380-386. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2017.05.014. Epub 2017 Jun 7.

July 2017. A Nationwide Rise in the Use of Stents for Benign Esophageal Perforation. Thornblade LW, Cheng AM, Wood DE, Mulligan MS, Saunders MD, He H, Oelschlager BK, Flum DR, Farjah F. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jul;104(1):227-233. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.03.069. Epub 2017 Jun 1.

May 2016. Randomized Noninferiority Trial Comparing Diagnostic Yield of Cytopathologist-guided versus 7 passes for EUS-FNA of Pancreatic Masses. Lee LS, Nieto J, Watson RR, Hwang AL, Muthusamy VR, Walter L, Jajoo K, Ryou MK, Saltzman JR, Saunders MD, Suleiman S, Kadiyala V. Dig Endosc. 13 May 2016. doi: 10.1111/den.12594.

June 2015. Impact of Radiofrequency Ablation on Malignant Biliary Strictures: Results of a Collaborative Registry. Sharaiha RZ, Sethi A, Weaver KR, Gonda TA, Shah RJ, Fukami N, Kedia P, Kumta NA, Clavo CM, Saunders MD, Cerecedo-Rodriguez J, Barojas PF, Widmer JL, Gaidhane M, Brugge WR, Kahaleh M. Dig Dis Sci. 2015 Jul;60(7):2164-9. doi: 10.1007/s10620-015-3558-3. Epub 2015 Feb 21.

August 2014. Moving beyond Morphology: New Insights into the Characterization and Management of Cystic Pancreatic Lesions. Freeny PC, Saunders MD. Radiology. 2014 Aug;272(2):345-63. doi: 10.1148/radiol.14131126.

June 2014. Scanning fiber endoscopy: a novel platform for cholangioscopy. Templeton AW, Webb K, Hwang JH, Seibel EJ, Saunders M. Gastrointest Endosc. 2014 Jun;79(6):1000-1. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2013.12.005. Epub 2014 Jan 23.

December 2013. A pilot study of in vivo identification of pancreatic cystic neoplasms with needle-based confocal laser endomicroscopy under endosonographic guidance. Konda VJ, Meining A, Jamil LH, Giovannini M, Hwang JH, Wallace MB, Chang KJ, Siddiqui UD, Hart J, Lo SK, Saunders MD, Aslanian HR, Wroblewski K, Waxman I. Endoscopy. 2013 Dec;45(12):1006-13. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1344714. Epub 2013 Oct 25.

April 2013. Endoscopic management of malignant bile duct strictures. Webb K, Saunders M. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2013 Apr;23(2):313-31. doi: 10.1016/j.giec.2012.12.009.

December 2012. Prospective study of the progression of low-grade dysplasia in ulcerative colitis using current cancer surveillance guidelines. Zisman TL, Bronner MP, Rulyak S, Kowdley KV, Saunders M, Lee SD, Ko C, Kimmey MB, Stevens A, Maurer J, Brentnall TA. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2012 Dec;18(12):2240-6. doi: 10.1002/ibd.22912. Epub 2012 Apr 16.

September 2012. Multicenter, randomized, controlled trial of confocal laser endomicroscopy assessment of residual metaplasia after mucosal ablation or resection of GI neoplasia in Barrett's esophagus. Wallace MB, Crook JE, Saunders M, Lovat L, Coron E, Waxman I, Sharma P, Hwang JH, Banks M, DePreville M, Galmiche JP, Konda V, Diehl NN, Wolfsen HC. Gastrointest Endosc. 2012 Sep;76(3):539-47.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2012.05.004. Epub 2012 Jun 28.

January 2012. Evaluation of a novel, ultrathin, tip-bending endoscope in a synthetic force-sensing pancreas with comparison to medical guide wires. Chandler JE, Lee CM, Babchanik AP, Melville CD, Saunders MD, Seibel EJ. Med Devices (Auckl). 2012;5:1-12. doi: 10.2147/MDER.S27439. Epub 2011 Dec 23.

October 2011. The yellow bird of jaundice: recognizing biliary obstruction. Habib HA, Saunders M. Nursing. 2011 Oct;41(10):28-35; quiz 35-6. No abstract available.

September 2011. Barrett's esophagus: endoscopic treatments I. Saunders MD, Nieponice A, Dvorak K, Goldman A, Diaz-Cervantes E, De-la-Torre-Bravo A, Sobrino-Cossio S, Torres-Durazo E, Martínez-Carrillo O, Gamboa-Robles J, Upton M, Appelman HD, Bonavina L, Rothstein RI, Velanovich V. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2011 Sep;1232:140-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2011.06049.x.

June 2010. Endoscopic ultrasonography in diseases of the gallbladder. O&#39;Neill DE, Saunders MD. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2010 Jun;39(2):289-305, ix.

April 2008. Complications after ERCP in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis. Etzel JP, Eng SC, Ko CW, Lee SD, Saunders MD, Tung BY, Kimmey MB, Kowdley KV Gastrointest Endosc. 2008 Apr;67(4):643-648. Epub 2007 Dec 3

July 2007. Successful endoscopic treatment of Bouveret's syndrome with intracorporeal electrohydraulic lithotripsy. Huebner ES, DuBois S, Lee SD, Saunders MD Gastrointest Endosc. 2007 Jul;66(1):183-4; discussion 184. Epub 2007 May 23

April 2007. Acute colonic pseudo-obstruction. Saunders MD. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2007 Apr;17(2):341-60, vi-vii.

April 2007. Incidence of minor complications and time lost from normal activities after screening or surveillance colonoscopy. Ko CW, Riffle S, Shapiro JA, Saunders MD, Lee SD, Tung BY, Kuver R, Larson AM, Kowdley KV, <br>Kimmey MB Gastrointest Endosc. 2007 Apr;65(4):648-656. Epub 2006 Dec 14

January 2007. Acute colonic pseudo-obstruction. Saunders MD. Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2007;21(4):671-87. Review.

November 2005. Systematic review: acute colonic pseudo-obstruction. Saunders MD, Kimmey MB. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2005 Nov 15;22(10):917-25.

August 2005. A prospective study comparing endoscopy and EUS in the evaluation of GI subepithelial masses. Hwang JH, Saunders MD, Rulyak SJ, Shaw S, Nietsch H, Kimmey MB. Gastrointest Endosc. 2005 Aug;62(2):202-8.

August 2005. Endoscopic management of acute colonic pseudo-obstruction. Saunders MD, Cappell MS Endoscopy. 2005 Aug;37(8):760-3.

October 2004. Acute colonic pseudoobstruction. Saunders MD. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2004 Oct;6(5):410-6.

September 2004. Acute pancreatitis after EUS-guided FNA of solid pancreatic masses: a pooled analysis from EUS centers in the United States. Eloubeidi MA, Gress FG, Savides TJ, Wiersema MJ, Kochman ML, Ahmad NA, Ginsberg GG, Erickson RA, Dewitt J, Van Dam J, Nickl NJ, Levy MJ, Clain JE, Chak A, Sivak MV Jr, Wong R, Isenberg G, Scheiman JM, Bounds B, Kimmey MB, Saunders MD, Chang KJ, Sharma A, Gastrointest Endosc. 2004 Sep;60(3):385-9.

March 2003. Hepatotoxicity associated with 6-thioguanine therapy for Crohn's disease. Rulyak SJ, Saunders MD, Lee SD. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2003 Mar;36(3):234-7.

January 2003. Colonic pseudo-obstruction: the dilated colon in the ICU. Saunders MD, Kimmey MB. Semin Gastrointest Dis. 2003 Jan;14(1):20-7.

February 2001. Severe gastrointestinal bleeding after hematopoietic cell transplantation, 1987 – 1997: Incidence, causes, and outcome. Schwartz JM, Wolford JL, Thornquist MD, Hockenbery DM, Murakami CS, Drennan F, Hinds M, Strasser SI, Otero Lopez-Cubero S, Brar HS, Ko CW, Saunders MD, Okolo CN, McDonald GB American Journal of Gastroenterology 96: 385 – 393, 2001.

February 2001. Severe gastrointestinal bleeding after hematopoietic cell transplantation, 1987-1997: incidence, causes, and outcome. Schwartz JM, Wolford JL, Thornquist MD, Hockenbery DM, Murakami CS, Drennan F, Hinds M, Strasser SI, Lopez-Cubero SO, Brar HS, Ko CW, Saunders MD, Okolo CN, McDonald GB. Am J Gastroenterol. 2001 Feb;96(2):385-93.

Contact Info

M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Fellowship in Gastroenterology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Residency in Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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