A member of the Medical School Faculty since 1992, Dr. Rich received his MD at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, performed his Internal Medicine Residency at Boston City Hospital, and his Fellowship Training at Brown Medical School. He has served as Chief of the Gastroenterology Section at the Providence VAMC and Director of Endoscopy and Director of the GI Clinic at Rhode Island Hospital. He is section leader of the second year GI Pathophysiology course, teaches third and fourth year students in the Medical and Longitudinal Clerkships, is a former Chair of the Medical School Curriculum Committee, and is actively involved in training GI Fellows. Research interests include smooth muscle dysfunction in esophagitis, visceral hypersensitivity, and image enhanced endoscopic evaluation of colonic polyps. Clinical interests include Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD), Barrett's Esophagus, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Colon Cancer and Colon Cancer Screening, H. Pylori Infection, Acute and Chronic Liver Disease.