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Making Sense of IBS: A Physician Answers Your Questions about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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IBS, which affects almost one in six Americans, is characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation. Today more than ever before, physicians are able to diagnose this complex disorder, understand and explain its origins, and develop a treatment plan that effectively meets the individual needs of a patient.

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About the Author

Brian E. Lacy, Ph.D., M.D., FACG is currently a Consultant and Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. He previously worked at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where he was Section Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Dr. Lacy’s clinical and basic science research interests focus on disorders of gastrointestinal motility, with an emphasis on irritable bowel syndrome, achalasia, dyspepsia, gastroparesis, acid reflux disease, constipation, intestinal pseudo-obstruction and visceral pain. He is the author of 195 peer-reviewed articles on gastrointestinal motility disorders and functional bowel disorders, in addition to multiple text book chapters. Dr. Lacy is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals, and is a member of a number of different scientific organizations, including the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society. Dr. Lacy is the current co-Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. He is the former Editor in Chief of Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology. Dr. Lacy was the co-Chairman for the Rome IV Committee on Functional Bowel Disorders. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Rome Committee and the American College of Gastroenterology.

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