Researcher’s Profile


Frank (Francis) G. Gress, MD

Chief, Division of Digestive Diseases

Dr. Gress is one of the prominent endoscopists in the country, known for his expertise in ERCP and EUS as well as thermal ablation for Barrett's esophagus. He has made important advances in endoscopy training, pioneered new endoscopic techniques, and is widely regarded for his broad clinical expertise in the management of the most challenging and complex digestive and endoscopic conditions.

As chief of our internationally recognized Therapeutic Endoscopy Program, Dr. Gress has built upon our great tradition of innovation in digestive care with our state of the art endoscopy program, now the largest and most distinguished in the New York region, performing over 12,000 procedures annually. He has spearheaded improvements to streamline the referral process, offer same-day appointments for office visits and procedures and provide prompt response to our referring physicians. The endoscopy program offers the latest advancements and highest quality GI treatment, and applies a multidisciplinary team approach toward patient care. In addition, access to clinical trials are offered - some of which are available only at the nation's leading medical centers.

Dr. Gress previously served as Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn. He also served as Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University and was Director of Endoscopic Research. While at Duke, Dr. Gress was a clinical faculty member on the Pancreatobiliary Service and The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Duke University Medical Center. He also served as Clinical Chief for the Gastroenterology Section at the Durham VA Medical Center. Dr. Gress completed his residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, and a gastroenterology fellowship at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and State University of New York, Health Sciences Center, Brooklyn, NY.

He was subsequently awarded the prestigious American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Advanced Endoscopy Scholarship, which supported further training in therapeutic endoscopy at Indiana University Medical Center, where he joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Endoscopic Ultrasound. Dr. Gress has also served as Director of Endoscopy and Chief of Endoscopy Services at Winthrop University Hospital, a major teaching affiliate of the State University of New York and Stony Brook University Hospital.

Dr. Gress has published more than 70 articles on original research, review articles and contributed to textbooks on clinical gastroenterology, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, advanced endoscopy, training simulators for endoscopy, and the clinical applications of EUS. He is also the co-author of several textbooks: Endoscopic Ultrasonography, a popular teaching text for EUS, The Atlas of Endoscopic Ultrasonography, and Curbside Consultation of the Pancreas.

Research Statement: 
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Acute and chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer
  • Endoscopy training simulators
  • New endoscopic technology for treating pancreatic cancer
  • Developmental endoscopy
  • Ablation therapy for Barrett’s and early esophageal cancer
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) of ampullary lesions

Koezka CP, Hindy P, Goodman A, Gress F F. Strongyloidiasis: A diagnosis more common than we think. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012 Jul; 24(7):860-2.

Hindy P, Parvin R, Hanna K, Andrawes S, Gress F F, Goodman A. An isolated neurofibromal polyp of the colon. Case Rep Gastoenterol. 2012 Jan; 6(1):58-62.

Hindy P, Parvin R, Hanna K, Gress F F. Strongyloidiasis presenting as duodenal obstruction in a patient infected with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1. Gastrointest Edosc. 2011 Aug; 74(2):439-41.

Nguyen KD, Blain SW, Gress F F, Treem WR. Inflammatory Mediators of Esophagitis Alter p27 Kip1 Expression in Esophageal Epithelial Cells. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Nov; 51(5):556-62.

Nayar DS, Guthrie WG, Goodman A, Lee Y, Feuerman M, Scheinberg L, Gress F F. Comparison of propofol deep sedation versus moderate sedation during endosonography. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Sep; 55(9):2537-44.

Reviews, Chapters and Editorials

Azarm A, Lukolic I, Shukla M, Concha-Parra R, Gress F F. Endoscopic Management of Barrett’s Esophagus: advances in Endoscopic Techniques. Dig Dis Sci. 2012 Sep; (4).

Goodman A, Gress F F. Invited Review: The endoscopic management of pain in chronic pancreatitis. Gastroenterol Res Pract., 2012. Mar; 5.

Goodman A, Gress F F. Invited Editorial: Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Enthanol Therapy for Pancreatic Cyst Ablation – Not ready for Prime Time? Gastrointest Endosc, 2010. Oct; 72(4): 867-869.

Gress F F. Endoscopic Management of Barrett’s Esophagus. Clinical Update, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2009; Vol. 16, No. 3.

Gress F F. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided celiac plexus neurolysis. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2007 Apr; 3(4):279-81