Professor of Medicine
David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
Dennis M. Jensen, M.D., earned his medical degree at the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle. He completed a medical internship and first-year medical residency at University of Oregon and Affiliated Hospitals. He served in the US Army Medical Corps as a Preventive Medicine Staff Officer. Then he completed a second-year medical residency at Wadsworth Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Los Angeles, and a fellowship in gastroenterology through a joint program of UCLA and Wadsworth VA Hospitals. He has been on the faculty at these institutions and a member of CURE DDRC since completion of his GI fellowship training.
Dr. Jensen is currently Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also Associate Director of the Center for Ulcer Research and Education (CURE) Digestive Diseases Research Center and Key Investigator.e is a full-time staff physician in the Division of Digestive Diseases at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, where he is also Director of the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Section. He is also a part-time staff physician in the GI Section of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Center. He directs the CURE Hemostasis Research Group which performs research, teaching, and patient care at UCLA and the West LA VA Hospitals.
Dr. Jensen's research includes multicenter, prospective and randomized controlled trials in endoscopic hemostasis and secondary prevention of gastrointestinal hemorrhage; GI outcomes and health services studies; and endoscopic technology assessment research. He has been the principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator on multiple studies jointly funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Also, he currently receives VA funding (Merit Review grant) and has received other research funding from the VA, Department of Defense, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Foundation, and industry. He has been a member of the VA Merit Review Board and the NIH Reviewers Reserve for special study sections, review of K awards, and site visits of proposals concerning gastrointestinal endoscopy, randomized controlled trials, GI technology, and clinical and outcomes research studies.
Dr. Jensen has published more than 250 peer reviewed papers, case reports, chapters, books, and reviews. Dr Jensen sits on several editorial boards and is a regular reviewer for such peer-reviewed journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA, Gastroenterology, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and Endoscopy.
Dr. Jensen has successfully mentored many young clinical, outcomes, and endoscopy investigators for research and career development for over 30 years. Many of his trainees are full-time faculty or clinical faculty of academic medical centers. He is the PI and director of an NIH Training grant for gastroenterology and has funding for clinical research. He has received both local and national awards as a distinguished lecturer, educator, and clinical researcher. He previously receivied the Rudolf V.Schindler award from the ASGE for his conttributions to research and education in endoscopy.. Dr. Jensen has served on numerous committees of the ASGE, is a past councillor of the ASGE, & a former member of the ACG Research Committee.