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GI Rising is an international team of faculty, students, 

physicians, nurses, and technicians, who are all ages and from all walks of life. We are working together to reduce the burden of gastrointestinal and liver disease in Rwanda through local sustainable initiatives. Our board members are listed below, but this represents only a small number of our dedicated volunteers in GI Rising

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Steve Bensen, MD

Professor of Medicine

Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Section of Gastroenterology

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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Frederick Makrauer, MD

Harvard Medical School

Section of Gastroenterology

Brigham & Women's Hospital

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Dirk Van Leeuwen, MD

Adjunct Professor

Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Section of Gastroenterology

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center


Lisa Rubenberg, CRNA

I joined the Rwanda Endoscopy Week in 2018 where I was an educator for the Conscious Sedation Course.  My experience was incredible, and I returned in 2019 and was fortunate to be able to bring my Husband and 2 boys with me.

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Rebecca E Laird, MD MPH

My husband and I joined Rwanda Endoscopy Week in 2019. We witnessed firsthand the comradery and collaboration in GI Rising that sets it apart. I am proud to be a part of such a dedicated, intelligent, and intentional group.

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Matt Smith MD


I am a private practice that has been assisting with fundraising as well as gastroenterology and endoscopy education efforts in Rwanda since 2018.

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Eric S. Teitel MD FACG

Assistant Professor
Mount Sinai Doctors

With 40 years of practice, Dr. Teitel feels privileged to be able to share his experience training the next generation of gastroenterologists in Rwanda.

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