David M. Underwood Chair of Medicine in Digestive Disorders, Department of Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Academic Institute; Director, Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders, Houston Methodist, Houston, TX

Eamonn M. Quigley, MD, FRCP, FACP, MACG, FRCPI, MWGO, is David M Underwood Chair of Medicine in Digestive Disorders, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical Director of the Lynda K and David M Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders, Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College at Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Texas A and M University. A native of West Cork in the most southerly corner of Ireland Dr. Quigley attended Hamilton High School and Glenstal Abbey School and went on to graduate MB, BCh, BAO, from the medical school at University College Cork, Ireland, where he also completed internship. He trained in internal medicine in Glasgow, Scotland where he also began his training in gastroenterology under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Watkinson. Following a two-year research fellowship on gastrointestinal motility at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota under the direction of Dr. Sidney Phillips (which led to the award of MD by thesis) he completed training in internal medicine and gastroenterology in Manchester, UK where he served as a Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Manchester under Professor (now Lord) Leslie Turnberg. In 1986 he joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where he rose to become a Professor of Medicine and ultimately served as Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Returning to Cork in 1998 he served as Dean of the Medical School at UCC for 7 years and was a principal investigator at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Center (now Institute) from its inception. He took up his current position in January 2013 as the foundation chief of the division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Over the years, Dr. Quigley has served as ACG Governor for the Sate of Nebraska, Director of the ACG Post-Graduate Course and on several ACG committees. He is a past editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology and served as president of the College in 2008-9. He also served as president of the World Gastroenterology Organization. He has authored over 1000 publications which include editing or co-editing 22 books or monographs. He has received numerous awards and honorary titles world-wide. Dr. Quigley has been married for over 40 years to Dr. Una O’Sullivan and they have 4 children: Joanna, Killian, Finola and Aisling and five grandchildren; they have been a constant source of pride, support and happiness. Interests outside of medicine include literature, music and sport and rugby, in particular. Despite his many overseas moves Dr. Quigley remains a passionate supporter of Munster and Irish rugby.