Friends and Colleagues,

In today’s newsletter, we focus on Dr. Annabelle Barber and one of her patients, Joan Anderson. Dr. Barber is a professor of surgery and chief, division of endocrine and gastrointestinal surgery for the UNLV School of Medicine. Dr. Barber’s research interests include therapies for gastroparesis, an uncommon disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. Gastroparesis can be due to several causes with diabetes being the most commonly known. For three decades, Ms. Anderson suffered with the symptoms of gastroparesis that include nausea, vomiting, feeling full after just a few bites, bloating, abdominal pain, lack of appetite and change in blood sugar. Complications of gastroparesis include severe dehydration, malnutrition and blood sugar fluctuations. Less than two years ago, Dr. Barber performed a surgical intervention that allows Ms. Anderson to enjoy life once again.