Jacques Van Dam

Professor of Medicine Director of the USC Digestive Health Center

Areas of treatment:

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS)

Fine needle aspiration

Endoscopic cystgastrostomy

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)


Laser lithotripsy CBD stones

Photodynamic therapy

Barrett’s esophagus

Bile duct stones and strictures

Bile duct cancer


Colon cancer, polyps

Esophageal cancer

Gastric/stomach cancer

Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatitis, chronic

Pancreatic cysts


  • Gastroenterology


  • Department of Medicine


  • English
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Jacques Van Dam, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Director of the USC Digestive Health Center

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2

About this doctor:

Dr. Van Dam is an internationally recognized expert in therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy. He specializes in treating patients with gastrointestinal cancer but also manages patients with benign conditions such as common bile duct stones, large colon polyps, Barrett’s esophagus, and acute/chronic pancreatitis. Professor Van Dam has been invited to give lectures and/or live demonstrations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. An expert in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) he was one of the first to perform endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS). He teaches these and other advanced procedures as part of USC’s ACGME-approved fellowship training program.

Collaborating with American industry partners and the Chinese Ministry of Health, Dr. Van Dam is currently leading an international effort to train Chinese physicians in these very same life-saving procedures. Professor Van Dam is an active clinical researcher who has published more than 300 peer reviewed scientific papers, reviews and editorials, books, book chapters and abstracts. He holds more than 20 patents and has won numerous awards including the AMA’s Inspirational Physician Award (2014) and the ASGE’s Distinguished Service Award (2015). Dr. Van Dam is Past President of both the Bockus International Society of Gastroenterology and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He has been named TOP DOCTOR by Pasadena and Los Angeles Magazine. Dr. Van Dam was recently honored by USC by being named a “Clinical Scholar” in the Department of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine.


M.D. Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1984
Ph.D. Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1988
Stanford Physician Leadership Development Program, 2005-2006


Harvard Medical School, New England Deaconess Hospital, 1984-1985


Harvard Medical School, New England Deaconess Hospital, 1985-1987


Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Hospital, Clinical Gastroenterology, 1987-1988
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Research Fellow, 1988-1989
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Interventional/Therapeutic Endoscopy, 1990-1991


1992 Internal Medicine
1993 Gastroenterology

Professional society memberships:

Past President, Bockus International Society of Gastroenterology, 2005-2007
Past President, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, (2009-2010)
Secretary, Southern California Society of Gastroenterology, 2016-Present
American College of Physicians, Fellow (FACP)
American College of Gastroenterology, Fellow (FACG)


2013 Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Award for Translational Research
2014 Inspirational Physician Award, American Medical Association (AMA)
2015 Distinguished Service Award, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy