Jose B. Saenz, MD, PhD

Instructor in Medicine, School of Medicine
cancer, chronic disease, gastrointestinal disease, global health

Helicobacter pylori (Hp) is the most common human pathogen, affecting nearly half of the world’s population. It has also been recognized as human carcinogen, a chronic infection which can lead to gastric cancer. Dr. Saenz’s research focuses on conducting analysis of the prevalence of Hp as well as of gastric pre-neoplastic lesions in patients in sub-Saharan Africa (i.e., rural Uganda). His goal is to assess the prevelence of Hp in this poorly-studied region of the world and to educate the regional population (including physicians, patients, and community health workers) on the importance of properly diagnosing and treating Hp.