Dr Walter Chan
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director, Center for Gastrointestinal Motility
Director, Clinical Research Education
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Walter Chan is the Director of the Center for Gastrointestinal Motility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Director of Clinical Research Education at the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He completed medical school and residency training in internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, followed by gastroenterology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He also received an MPH in clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Chan is a gastroenterologist specializing in esophageal, gastrointestinal motility, and gut-brain disorders. In addition to clinical care of neurogastroenterology/motility patients, he also directs the Gastrointestinal Motility and Physiology Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research centers on understanding the pathophysiology and optimizing the management of esophageal and gastrointestinal motility disorders, with a particular focus in gastroesophageal reflux disease and its extraesophageal manifestations, such as pulmonary complications, lung transplantation outcomes, and laryngopharyngeal reflux. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 20 book chapters, and 200 presentations at major scientific meetings. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the leading journal Gastroenterology, and as Associate/Section Editor for the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Digestive Diseases and Science, and the ASGE journal iGIE. He is actively involved in leadership roles for national and international professional societies, including as committee member/chair of various standing or ad hoc committees. Dr. Chan has mentored over 40 fellows, residents, and students in conducting clinical research, including many who are current faculty members and directors of neurogastroenterology/motility programs at academic institutions. For his efforts, he has been recognized as recipient of multiple awards for outstanding teaching and mentorship.