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HUNTINGTON, WV – Dr. Uma Sundaram, a physician researcher with experience in translational medicine, has been named director of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital and vice dean for clinical and translational sciences at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Sundaram is a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist and a translational investigator who has received grant funding over the years for research related to gastroenterology and cancers specific to gastroenterology.

In his research role at the medical school and the cancer center, Sundaram will continue his work on intestinal absorption of nutrients in inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer, which is funded with grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health, according to a statement issued by Cabell Huntington. Most recently, Sundaram served as director of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute and assistant vice president of the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center.  At the WVCTSI, he was the principal investigator and program director for the $19.6 million NIH grant, the largest NIH grant to West Virginia to date.  He also was a professor of medicine, microbiology, immunology and cell biology at West Virginia University School of Medicine.

For more than 20 years, Sundaram's research has been funded with grants from the NIH and other agencies. He has authored or co-authored more than 160 papers, book chapters and abstracts and presented at more than 70 national medical conferences. Additionally, during his career he has mentored more than 50 junior faculty, gastroenterology and postdoctoral fellows, medical and graduate students.

As a physician, Sundaram will specialize in caring for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, hepatobilliary diseases and in therapeutic billiary and interventional endoscopy and other diseases related to the digestive system. He will see patients at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center.