Mark Pochapin, MD, named to lead GI Division

Mark B. Pochapin, MD
Mark B. Pochapin, MD

New York City, March 1, 2012 — Mark B. Pochapin, MD, has been appointed the new director of the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Pochapin is an outstanding physician and educator who will provide great leadership in gastroenterology.  Renowned in the field of gastroenterology, Dr. Pochapin is highly respected for his dedication to the advancement of excellence and compassion in patient care.

Dr. Pochapin's clinical focus is in gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures, and the prevention, early detection, and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, such as colorectal , pancreatic, and stomach cancers.  In addition, he is actively engaged in gastrointestinal research and his present projects include the study of the prevention of colorectal polyps; early identification and staging of pancreatic cancer, and the use of probiotics. He is board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology.

"Dr. Mark Pochapin has established leading programs in gastroenterology cancer prevention, diagnosis and care. He will be an outstanding director of Gastroenterology for us at NYU Langone Medical Center," said Martin J. Blaser, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine. 

Dr. Pochapin will lead the expansion of the Faculty Group Practice in Gastroenterology, with the development of Programs of Excellence. The first will continue his work with gastrointestinal cancer screening, prevention, and early diagnosis. Dr. Pochapin also will develop programs in research and education in Gastroenterology.

Dr. Pochapin is a former member of the faculty at the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) and attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Weill Cornell). A graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College, he completed his residency in internal medicine at NY Presbyterian Medical Center - Weill Cornell and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Einstein College of Medicine.  In 1993, he joined the faculty of New York Presbyterian and was chief of Endoscopy at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, founding the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, for the prevention and integrated care of gastrointestinal cancers in 2003.

A member of several  medical and gastroenterology professional organizations, and the author of numerous manuscripts, two book chapters, and his latest book, "What  Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Colorectal Cancer," Dr. Pochapin continues to provide and promote excellence and compassion in the prevention, early detection, and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers.

About NYU Langone Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated, academic medical center is one on the nation's premier centers for excellence in clinical  care,  biomedical research and medical  education. Located  in the heart of Manhattan, NYU  Langone  is composed of three hospitals- Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility;  the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the world 's first  university-affiliated facility devoted entirely to rehabilitation medicine: and the Hospital for Joint Diseases. one of only five hospitals in the nation dedicated to orthopedics and rheumatology - plus the NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained  thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course  of medical history. The medical center's tri-fold mission to serve, teach and discover is achieved 365 days a year through  the seamless integration of a culture  devoted  to excellence in patient care, education and research.  For more information, go to