Education & Training

Medical School

University of Missouri School of Medicine

Residency

Internal Medicine

  • University of Missouri School of Medicine - GME
  • University of Missouri at Columbia School of Medicine

Fellowship

Gastroenterology

  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Memphis

Boards

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology

Insurances

MU Health Care participates with most major managed care organizations. To find out whether MU Health Care is a participating provider in your insurance plan or network, or for information on co-payments and deductibles, please contact your insurance carrier directly.

Academic Information

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director of Inpatient Gastroenterology Services
Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

Research Interests

  • Esophageal motility disorders
  • Women-related issues in gastroenterology

Areas of Expertise

  • Acute Care Gastroenterology Services
  • Esophageal motility disorders
  • Upper GI tract disorders

Awards & Honors

  • 2020: Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
  • 2019-2020: ASGE GI Organizational Leadership Development Program (GOLD) Program
  • 2019: Parkinson’s Disease Patient and Caregiver Conference Speaker
  • 2018-2019: ASGE Leadership Development and Education (LEAD) Program
  • 2018: Cure Duchenne Cares Foundation Regional Conference Speaker
  • 2015: Director of Inpatient Gastroenterology Consulting Service
  • 2015: Assistant Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

Professional Memberships:

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • Missouri State Medical Association
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Committees:

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

  • Member: GMEC Committee
  • Member: Internal Medicine QI Committee
  • Chair, GI Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee
  • Advisor: Latino Medical Student Association
  • Member: Woman in Medicine and Medical Sciences
  • Member: GI Clinical Competency Committee
  • Member: GI Research Committee
  • Member: GI Mentoring Committee 
  • Advisor: Health Professions for Quality Care

Editorial Board:

  • Clinical Gastroenterology – Remedy Open Access

Publications

  • Kuwajima V, Bechtold ML.
    Should I Start With A Postpyloric Enteral Nutrition Modality?
    Nutr Clin Pract. 2021 Feb;36(1):76-79.
  • Grisham E, Abu Khalaf S, Kuwajima V.
    Acute Esophageal Necrosis in a Patient With Prostate Cancer Postchemotherapy.
    ACG Case Rep J. 2020 Apr 7;7(4):e00366.
  • Mankoo R, Smith Z, Kuwajima V, Ibdah J, Tahan V, Malik L, Habib M.
    Neuroendocrine Tumor of Unknown Primary Presenting as Gastrointestinal Bleed with Hemorrhagic Shock.
    American College of Gastroenterology 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. October 25-30, 2019, San Antonio, TX USA.
  • Abu Khalaf S, Yousef M, Albarak A, Kuwajima V, Ibdah J.
    Acute Liver Failure Caused by Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis Secondary to Aggressive Natural Killer Cell Leukemia and Epstein-Barr Virus Reactivation.
    American College of Gastroenterology 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. October 25-30, 2019, San Antonio, TX USA.
  • Dailey FE, Turse EP, Rossow B, Kuwajima VK, Tahan V.
    Probiotics for gastrointestinal and liver diseases: an updated review of the published literature.
    Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets. 2018;18:1.
  • Albarrak A, Kuwajima V, Yousef, M. 
    Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for Esophageal Varices Evaluation During Transesophageal Echocardiogram in Cirrhotic Patients, a Case Series.
    Americal College of Gastroenterology 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting. October 5-10, 2018, Philadelphia, PA USA.
  • Romana B, Rao Sirish, Hundal Jasmine, Kuwajima V.
    Primary Esophageal Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma with Barrett’s Esophagus: A Case report and Literature review.
    Am J Gastroenerol 2018; 113:S993 (1739).
  • Romana B, Hundal Jasmine, Yousef M, Kuwajima V, Bechtold M, Tahan V.
    Esophageal Parakeratosis: Not all white plaques are candida.
    Am J Gastroenerol 2018; 113:S993 (1740).
  • Kuwajima V, Romana B, Matteson-Kome M, Nguyen D, Puli S, Bechtold M.
    Enhancing Communication between Gastroenterology fellows and Medicine residents. A quality initiative.
    Am J Gastroenerol 2018; 113:S633 (1092).
  • Romana B, Kuwajima-Smith V, Matteson-Kome ML, Nguyen DL, Puli SR, Bechtold ML.
    Erythromycin and upper gastrointestinal bleeding: A meta-analysis for 2018. 
    Am J Gastroenterol 2018;113:S307 (536).
  • Tran K, Romana B, Kuwajima V, Matteson-Kome M, Nguyen D, Puli S, Bechtold M. Mallory-Weiss
    Tear Following Banding of Esophageal Varices: A rare complication.
    Am J Gastroenerol 2018; 113:S1643 (2985).
  • Tran K, Kuwajima VK, Tahan V.
    Impact of Obesity on Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C in Interferon-Free Direct-Acting Antiviral Era.
    AASLD Annual Meeting. November 9-13, 2018. San Francisco, CA USA.
  • Hudhud D, Kuwajima V.
    Incarcerated Cecum within Inguinal Hernia – An Unusual Finding on Colonoscopy.
    Americal College of Gastroenterology 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting. October 5-10, 2018, Philadelphia, PA USA.
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