Ami D. Sperber

University of Ben Gurion, Israel

Ami D. Sperber serves as a Professor of medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He was born and raised in New York City and immigrated to Israel at the age of 23. In 1981, he received his M.D. degree from the medical school of Ben-Gurion University. In 1992, he obtained the M.S.P.H. degree (Master of Science in Public Health) from the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his training in gastroenterology in the Soroka Medical Center, Beer Sheva, Israel, and he worked there as a Senior Gastroenterologist, specializing in functional disorders of the GI tract. In addition to patient care, he has conducted extensive research on IBS including epidemiology studies and studies on comorbidity including fibromyalgia and sleep disturbances. He authored a book on IBS for the general public in Israel, which emphasizes the biopsychosocial approach to diagnosis and treatment and presents an empathetic description of the disorder, its diagnosis, and its treatment. His current focus is on fostering cross-cultural, multinational studies on IBS and other functional GI disorders. He has published papers on the translation and validation of study instruments for cross-cultural research and a review on the subject of cross-cultural research in the journal titled Neurogastroenterology and Motility. He is currently in the early stages of planning and organizing a conference on health and culture in the functional GI disorders.

Biography Updated on 20 March 2011

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