Posted Thursday, February 09, 2012
Silvia Degli Esposti, M.D., director of the Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, was recently honored by the Rhode Island Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) at its first Epiphany celebration in Providence.
Degli Esposti was named one of “Four Wise Women,” joining the Honorable Jeanne E. LaFazia, chief judge of the Rhode Island District Court, and Lois Scialo Ellis and Carol Scialo Gaeta, co-owners of Scialo Bakery.
As a pioneer in the field of women’s health in gastroenterology and expert in gastrointestinal and liver disease in pregnancy, Degli Esposti works at a national level to develop programs addressing the needs of women. She founded one of the first centers in the nation to address the gastrointestinal needs of women by providing an all-women environment of care, including a colonoscopy and endoscopy setting designed with the female patient in mind.
She currently serves as director of the Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Medicine (www.womensGIRI.org) in Providence. The Center, part of the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to women’s gastrointestinal issues. Led by Degli Esposti, the highly trained, all-female staff cares for women with major diseases and conditions of the intestine and liver at every stage of life, including pregnancy.
Degli Esposti is also a state advocate for women’s health, leading the Rhode Island Perinatal Hepatitis Prevention Program, an award-winning, collaborative program with the Rhode Island Department of Health focused on caring for pregnant women with viral hepatitis and their children.
Board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology, Degli Esposti is an associate professor of medicine (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she is also director of the fellowship pathway in women’s gastrointestinal diseases. Her clinical and research interests include liver disease and gastrointestinal diseases in women. She is currently leading several studies in inflammatory bowel disease and hepatitis in pregnancy.
Fluent in both English and Italian, Degli Esposti graduated summa cum laude from the University of Bologna Medical School in Bologna, Italy.
The NOIAW is the premier organization for women of Italian heritage that is committed to preserving Italian heritage, language and culture by promoting and supporting the advancement of women of Italian ancestry. NOIAW serves its members through cultural programs and networking opportunities, and supports young women through nationally acclaimed scholarship, mentoring and cultural exchange programs.
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