“As a gastroenterologist in practice for many years, I have seen first-hand how patients with Short Bowel Syndrome suffer from debilitating symptoms. New treatments are urgently needed to treat this rare disease as current approaches do not fully address the needs of patients. Naia’s management team has shown both passion and urgency to help the medical community advance and clinically evaluate a potentially life-changing new treatment for this incurable disease.”
Dr Mark Pimentel MD
Board of Scientific and Clinical Advisors
Mark Pimentel MD FRCPC serves on Naia’s Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board.
He is Professor of medicine and Director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Active in research, Dr Pimentel has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator for numerous basic science, translational and clinical studies in such areas as irritable bowel syndrome and the relationship between gut flora composition and human disease.
His work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Physiology, American Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases and Sciences, among others.
Dr Pimentel has been invited to present his work at meetings, grand rounds and advisory boards in the United States and internationally. He has been awarded various investigator-driven grants related to gastrointestinal motility. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (gastroenterology) and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr Pimentel is a member of several medical associations including the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society.
Dr Pimentel received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Center. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at UCLA.