Dr Mistry appointed Chief of Pediatric Hepatology and Gastroenterology at Yale University

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Dr Pram Mistry was appointed Chief of Pediatric Hepatology and Gastroenterology at Yale University on 1 October 2005. He will continue to see patients with Gauchers disease at his dedicated Gaucher Centre in New Haven and visit his outreach clinic in Arizona amongst his many other duties.

Dr Mistry joined the Yale-New Haven Hospital in October 2001 as Associate Professor of Internal Medicine after spending three years at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Dr Mistry's interest in Gaucher disease began when he cared for affected patients as a registrar at the Royal Free Hospital and Addenbrooke's Hospital. He developed his clinical research interest under Professor Cox's mentorship during his fellowship in Cambridge, England.

Speaking to Jeremy Manuel and Susan Lewis during a brief working holiday at King's College Hospital in London where he studied cutting edge developments in inherited diseases affecting the liver, he said: 'It is inspirational to think how lives of people with Type 1 Gaucher disease have been transformed in just over a decade with enzyme replacement therapy developed though the pioneering work of Dr Roscoe Brady and his associates.

'The first patient to receive enzyme replacement therapy in the UK had life-threatening bone marrow failure which was reversed by the treatment and the patient is doing well nearly 15 years later. 'It has been an enormous privilege to be involved in this endeavour in the UK where unique collaboration between the Gauchers Association and the treating physicians has led to development of national centers of excellence as well as funding of innovative research in the UK and Europe. 'I want to acknowledge Susan Lewis, a dear friend, for her dedicated efforts together with her colleagues in the Gauchers Association in achieving this remarkable vision.'

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Source: Gauchers News December 2005.
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