The Queen and the Monarchy

Knowing my British roots, which are still strong, if somewhat stretched after 36 years in USA, several people have kindly offered their condolences after the Queen’s recent passing and have asked for my comments about the monarchy. That has caused me to examine my mixed feelings about the institution. Maybe writing about it and them…
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Orlando Endoscopy Live WOW

Just back from attending a stunning conference at the Digestive Health Institute in Orlando organized by good friends Shyam Varadarajulu and Rob Hawes. Amazing what they have achieved in little more than a year since taking their team to the Orlando Health system. Their Center for Advanced endoscopy, Research and Education (CARE) is already impressive,…
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My interview with Healiogastro

A conversation with Bill Chey about the early days when endoscopy (and I) were young And a bit about how we both developed.

MUSC GI Update conference September 17 2022

Our annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology conference this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Division (a little late due to COVID). All of the speakers have trained an/d or worked at MUSC, and we are encouraging all Alumni to participate. It will be held at the Mills House hotel in Charleston on Saturday September 17th…
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My latest Fred snake book gets a 5 star review!

When Fred the Snake and Friends explore USA-East By Peter Cotton and Bonnie Lemaire Reviewed By Amy Louise Hill for Readers’ Favorite. June 2022. 5 STARS When Fred the Snake and Friends explore USA-East by Peter Cotton is a fun-filled and adventurous picture book for young children. Jungle Jim and his friends go sightseeing around…
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Golf: The marvellous mania

The Marvellous Mania is the title of a special book by Alistair Cooke, well known for his longstanding efforts to explain America to British listeners in his weekly radio addresses. Until seeing the book I did not know he was a fellow golf sufferer. It is a good read and his wonderful broadcasts are available…
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MUSC Update conference Sept 17

I am happy to share details and the registration package of our delayed Annual Update in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, to be held at the Mills House hotel in Charleston. It was designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GI Division. Thus all of the speakers trained or are/were on faculty at MUSC, and we…
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Christopher Williams. GRAND father of British Colonoscopy

My long-time hero, collaborator and friend will be giving MUSC GI Grand rounds next Wednesday May 4th at 7 am EST on “How colonoscopy began”. He should know! Anyone who wishes to get the link can email Dr Lee at You may also enjoy the terrific video that he and other pioneers made some…
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Paul Swain’s amazing recorded talk

My hero, Paul Swain (Imperial College, London), gave MUSC GI grand rounds this week. His topic was “My inventions”. He invented so many endoscopic tools, not least sewing machines and the capsule. Enjoy!

Fred snake book 7!

The 7th book about Fred the snake and friends will be out shortly. Jungle Jim takes them on a tour of USA-East. FUN!