Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Sánchez-Luna serves as an Interventional & Metabolic Endoscopist and Assistant Professor Of Medicine at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine.

    He is one of the very few interventional endoscopists in the United States to have undergone formal training in bariatric and metabolic endoscopy via the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) endoscopic training award and to be triple-board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Obesity Medicine.

    Dr. Sánchez-Luna has a clinical interest in endoscopic surgery as applied to bariatric/metabolic endoscopy (including intragastric balloon placement, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, and revisional therapies for weight regain such as transoral outlet reduction -TORe-), natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery -including peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for the treatment of achalasia and Zenker's diverticulum-, postsurgical complications, pancreaticobiliary disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (via transoral incisionless fundoplication -TIF- and other antireflux endoscopic therapies), and use of a full-thickness resection device (FRTD) for tumors of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.

    Some of the unique procedures he performs include endoscopic-ultrasound (EUS)-guided gastric access for temporary endoscopy (GATE) via lumen-apposing metal stents to facilitate interventions such as an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), EUS-guided gallbladder & bile duct drainage, EUS-guided gastroenterostomy in patients with malignant gastric outlet obstruction or afferent limb syndrome, and EUS-guided portal pressure gradient (EUS-PPG) measurement.

    Finally, Dr. Sánchez-Luna has a personal and academic interest in how healthy qualities of the mind impact the well-being of people!

    You can follow him on Twitter @SanchezLunaMD!
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Modified endoscopic vacuum therapy: Are we ready for prime time?Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.  95:1281-1282. 2022
    2022 The emerging role of artificial intelligence in gastrointestinal endoscopy: A reviewGastroenterología y Hepatología.  45:492-497. 2022
    2022 Bigger is not always better for the endoscopic treatment of sleeve gastrectomy (SG) leaks using fully covered stentsObesity Surgery.  32:1764-1767. 2022
    2022 Does it matter which plastic stents we use for the treatment of post-surgical leaks? Or does one-size-fit-all?Revista Espanola de Enfermedades Digestivas.  114:181-182. 2022
    2022 Colonoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration Using a Curvilinear Array Transducer: A Single-Center Retrospective Cohort StudyDiseases of the Colon and Rectum.  65:e80-e84. 2022
    2021 Endoscopic transpapillary gallbladder drainage for acute cholecystitis using Two gallbladder stents (dual gallbladder stenting)Clinical Endoscopy.  54:899-902. 2021
    2021 Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Training: Global Perceptions of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellows in the USA.Digestive Diseases and Sciences.  66:3307-3311. 2021
    2021 Endoscopic band ligation versus argon plasma coagulation in the treatment of gastric antral vascular ectasia: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trialsClinical Endoscopy.  54:669-677. 2021
    2021 Endoscopic transpapillary gallbladder stenting to prevent acute cholecystitis in patients receiving FCEMS for benign biliary stricture.Endoscopy International Open.  9:E1386-E1390. 2021
    2021 Erratum: Endoscopic transpapillary gallbladder stenting to prevent acute cholecystitis in patients receiving fully covered self-expandable metal stents for benign biliary stricture.Endoscopy International Open.  9:C9. 2021
    2021 Pain relief in chronic pancreatitis: endoscopic or surgical treatment? a systematic review with meta-analysisSurgical Endoscopy: surgical and interventional techniques.  35:4085-4094. 2021
    2021 Endoscopic Mucosotomy and Lumen-Apposing Metal Stent Placement for the Management of a Closed Colorectal Anastomosis.ACG Case Reports Journal.  8:e00616. 2021
    2021 Adverse Events and Complications with Intragastric Balloons: a Narrative Review (with Video).Obesity Surgery.  31:2743-2752. 2021
    2021 COVID-19 and Canadian Gastroenterology Trainees. 2021
    2021 Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography Drainage for Palliation of Malignant Hilar Biliary Obstruction — Stent-in-Stent or Side-by-Side? A Systematic Review and Meta-AnalysisWorld Journal of Hepatology.  13:595-610. 2021
    2021 Effects of intragastric balloon placement in metabolic dysfunction-associated fatty liver disease: A systematic review and metaanalysisWorld Journal of Hepatology.  13:815-829. 2021
    2020 Endoscopic ultrasound-guided cystesophagostomy using a lumen-apposing metal stent for endoscopic drainage of a large mediastinal cyst.Digestive Endoscopy.  32:1117. 2020
    2020 Getting the GIST of a perigastric abscess.Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.  92:1127-1128. 2020
    2020 Impact of COVID-19 on endoscopy trainees: an international surveyGastrointestinal Endoscopy.  92:925-935. 2020
    2020 The Impact of COVID-19 on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Training in the United KingdomGastroenterology.  159:1582-1585.e3. 2020
    2020 Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Causing Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding: An Uncommon Way of Diagnosing An Uncommon Disease.Cureus.  12:e9558. 2020
    2020 Adenocarcinoma Arising From a Cervical Esophageal Inlet Patch: The Malignant Potential of a Small Lesion.Cureus.  12:e9284. 2020
    2020 Overview of guidance for endoscopy during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  35:749-759. 2020
    2020 Bleeding From Buried Cholecystogastrostomy Lumen-Apposing Metal Stent: The Double Pigtail Catheter Rescue Treatment.ACG Case Reports Journal.  7:e00368. 2020
    2020 High-grade small-bowel obstruction caused by a migrated lumen-apposing metal stent.Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.  91:717-718. 2020
    2019 Alternative Treatment of a Bleeding Rectal Varix Using an Over-the-Scope Clip.ACG Case Reports Journal.  6:e00169. 2019
    2017 Clinical burden of liver disease from hemochromatosis at an academic medical center.Hepatology Communications.  1:453-459. 2017

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    Applications of Cholangiopancreatoscopy in Pancreaticobiliary Diseases

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Sánchez-Luna serves as an Interventional & Metabolic Endoscopist and Assistant Professor Of Medicine at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine.

    He is one of the very few interventional endoscopists in the United States to have undergone formal training in bariatric and metabolic endoscopy via the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) endoscopic training award and to be triple-board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Obesity Medicine.

    Dr. Sánchez-Luna has a clinical interest in endoscopic surgery as applied to bariatric/metabolic endoscopy (including intragastric balloon placement, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, and revisional therapies for weight regain such as transoral outlet reduction -TORe-), natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery -including peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for the treatment of achalasia and Zenker's diverticulum-, postsurgical complications, pancreaticobiliary disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (via transoral incisionless fundoplication -TIF- and other antireflux endoscopic therapies), and use of a full-thickness resection device (FRTD) for tumors of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.

    Some of the unique procedures he performs include endoscopic-ultrasound (EUS)-guided gastric access for temporary endoscopy (GATE) via lumen-apposing metal stents to facilitate interventions such as an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), EUS-guided gallbladder & bile duct drainage, EUS-guided gastroenterostomy in patients with malignant gastric outlet obstruction or afferent limb syndrome, and EUS-guided portal pressure gradient (EUS-PPG) measurement.

    Finally, Dr. Sánchez-Luna has a personal and academic interest in how healthy qualities of the mind impact the well-being of people!

    You can follow him on Twitter @SanchezLunaMD!
  • Education And Training

  • Centro de Investigación Biomédica de Occidente (CIBO/IMSS), Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Mayo Clinic Department of Internal Medicine, Other
  • The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Other
  • The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, Internship
  • The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, Residency
  • Allegheny Health Network Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Bariatric & Metabolic Endoscopy Visiting Research Fellowship Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Endoscopy, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Center for Healthy Minds - Waisman Center. University of Wisconsin - Madison., Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Hospital das Clínicas - University of São Paulo School of Medicine Division of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Medicine, Autonomous University of Guadalajara 2012
  • Full Name

  • Sergio A. Sánchez-Luna
  • Fax

  • 205-975-6201