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Translational Science – You are the Next Generation of Translational Scientists

Reza Shaker, Associate Dean, Director, Biomedical and Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Friday, May 6th
2:00 – 2:30 pm
Room 7970

Speaker Profile

Reza Shaker, Ph.D.

Dr. Reza Shaker

Dr. Reza Shaker is the Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).The CTSI is one of 62 awardees of the highly competitive Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and represents a consortium of eight Milwaukee institutions dedicated to transforming the biomedical research enterprise in Southeast Wisconsin to advance patient care and education. The members include: 4 independent degree granting institutions (Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and Medical College of Wisconsin), 3 health systems (Froedtert Health, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Veteran’s Administration in Milwaukee) and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin. The CTSI’s multi-institutional network gives consortium members the opportunity to share each other’s research resources, technology, knowledge and multidisciplinary expertise to work toward common goals in health care.

Dr. Shaker is the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and Director of the Digestive Disease Center at MCW. His research career includes T1- T3 clinical and translational research, NIH and industry sponsored clinical trials, and development of medical devices and techniques. He has had continuous NIH funding for the past 22 years that has led to seminal discoveries in the area of airway protection against aspiration which has opened new avenues of investigation and treatment including development of the “UES Assist Device” for prevention of aspiration, rehabilitative exercises for treatment of upper esophageal sphincter dysphagia: the “Shaker Exercises” commonly used in clinical practice, and the technique of T-EGD for concurrent endoscopic evaluation of the aerodigestive and upper GI tracts. He developed the field of functional interaction between the upper gut and aerodigestive tract that has resulted in the discovery of several related reflexes. He has established community and philanthropic associations. He is also a member of the MCW Cancer Center Executive Committee.