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William Erber, MDGastroenterology
William Erber
Board CertificationGastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Languages spokenEnglishSpanishRussianHebrew
UndergraduateMuhlenberg College
Medical SchoolUniversity of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
ResidencyMaimonides Medical Center
FellowshipMontefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Why did you choose to specialize in gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology has the special appeal of having to deal with and understand the complex issues involving our patients. Many challenging areas to understand include the gut-brain interaction, the long journey through the GI tract, with its multiple stations along the way (E.g., liver, pancreas), and how this impacts the digestive process. Mastering the skills required to be an accomplished endoscopic adds an exciting dimension to practicing gastroenterology.

What are your areas of special interest and expertise within gastroenterology?

My special interest in GI has been in managing individuals with IBD, an area that has evolved over the past half-century since I first became involved with treating individuals with this illness. Understanding the complex disease process and its many new treatment options remains challenging.

Do you have any special honors, recognition, or achievements in your medical career that you would like to share?

I was always interested in teaching medical students, residents, and GI fellows. For this, I was awarded Teacher of the Year at Maimonides Hospital and also given the Distinguished Preceptor award at Downstate Medical School.

What do you and your family enjoy doing during your spare time?

Enjoying family vacations with my large family, which include annual ski trips, traveling to many exciting destinations or just hanging out at our home and on the beach in the Rockaway.