Denis McCarthy, MD, PhD

Member, Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Denis McCarthy attended medical school in Ireland, following which he completed graduate studies in physiology and biochemical pharmacology.

He completed medical residency in London. There he also obtained training in gastroenterology at the Royal Post Graduate Medical School under Professor Sir Christopher Booth, and at the Royal Free Hospital in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, under Dame Sheila Sherlock and Prof. Ian Bouchier. During this time, he obtained a higher doctorate, developing nuclear isotopic scanning of the liver and pancreas, and establishing their clinical diagnostic utility in humans.

From 1970 to 1973 he was a post-doctoral fellow in Biochemistry and Gastroenterology at the University of California San Francisco, directed by Profs. Rudi Schmidt and Marvin Sleisenger, in the research laboratory of Dr. Y.S. Kim. He was later an Assistant Professor at UCSF from 1973 to 1974.

From 1974 to 1980 he was in charge of Clinical Research in Digestive Diseases at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, working primarily on gastric acid secretion, gastrin metabolism, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. He became a Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico in 1980.

From 1980 to 2002, he served as Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center, and from 1988 to 2000, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, and Director of the GI Fellowship Training Program at the UNM School of Medicine. He now runs the outpatient Gastroenterology and Hepatology clinics at the VA Medical Center. He remains a Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where he continues to teach undergraduate students, house staff, and GI fellows.

His major interests have been in peptic ulcer disease; mucosal injury due to acid-peptic disease, aspirin and nonsteroidal and other drugs; and in the healing of ulcers and esophagitis by pharmacologic therapies. He has served as a consultant to the FDA and major pharmaceutical companies, and has published 250 papers and abstracts, in both clinical and scientific journals. From 1985 to 1992 he was Editor of and a contributor to the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition of the MKSAP VIII & IX Programs of the American College of Physicians, of which he is a Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Ireland, a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, a Member of the American College of Gastroenterology, and a reviewer for numerous medical journals & publications.