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Meet the Board

Advisory Board Members: The National Heartburn Alliance advisory board is a prominent group of recognized health care professionals, including experts in digestive disease, pharmacy, nutrition and exercise.

David A. Peura,
M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G.

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David A. Peura is professor of medicine and associate chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition, he is the chairman of the National Heartburn Alliance.

Dr. Peura has been on the faculty at UVA since 1990. He previously held various posts at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, including gastroenterology consultant to the U.S. Army surgeon general and chief of Walter Reed's gastroenterology service.

Active in professional organizations, Dr. Peura currently serves as vice president of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Founded in 1897, the AGA is the oldest non-profit specialty medical society in the country. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), and a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He has represented the AGA on the National Digestive Health Initiative Steering Committee, has chaired the AGA Education Committee and has served on the ACG's Board of Governors and Trustees. He received the AGA's 2002 Distinguished Educator Award.

Throughout his career Dr. Peura has been actively involved in clinical investigation of acid-related disorders. He has served as a reviewer for a number of medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, and has published more than 100 articles in medical journals such as the American Journal of Gastroenterology and Gastroenterology. In addition, he has contributed chapters to more than 25 medical books.

Dr. Peura received a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Vermont and a medical degree from University of Vermont Medical School. He completed an internship and residency at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.