Gastroenterology & Hepatology

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Venelin Kounev, MD
Assistant Professor
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
1996: Medical University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
07/2007-06/2004: Internal Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
07/2004-06/2007: Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Medical College of Wisconsin

Clinical Interests & Patient Appointments


PUBLICATIONS (To view complete Curriculum Vitae, click here)



  1. V Kounev, MB Levy, T Attila, K Saeian, S Kugathasan, JF Knox, J Emmons, WJ Hogan, R Shaker, DG Binion. Increased Rates of Drug Allergy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients Compared to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients and Normal Controls. Gastroenterology, 124(4); S 1419, 2003.
  2. Kounev V, Knuff DA, Lawal A, Hogan WJ, Shaker R, Massey BT. Radiographic swallow studies are insensitive in the detection of upper esophageal sphincter dysfunction. Dysphagia 2007; 22:399.
  3. Berger WL, Kounev V, Otterson MF. Novel method for recolonoscopy after percutaneous cecostomy. GIE 2008; 67:1005.


  1. Attila T, Saeian K, Kounev V, Levy MB, Knox JF, Emmons JE, Prajapati DN, Kugathasan S, Binion DG. Episodic Infusion Schedule and Azathioprine Intolerance Correlate with The Development of Severe Adverse Reaction During Infliximab Retreatment for Crohn’s Disease. Gastroenterology 2002; 122(4) Supplement A526.
  2. Kounev VJ, Hyde JS, Kern M, Segupta J, Pawela CP, Prah DE, Paulson E, Shaker R, Feasibility and reproducibility of functional magnetic resonance imaging in medetomidine sedated rodents. Digestive Disease Week, American Gastroenterology Association Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, May 2006.
  3. Kounev V, Pawela CP, Shaker R, Hyde JS. Graded fMRI response in rat rectal distention model. Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reason. Med. 14:3273 (2006).
  4. Chai K, Kern M, Kounev V, Shaker R. Subliminal esophageal acid stimulation sensitizes the Cortical swallowing network in healthy individuals but not GERD patients. Neurogastroenterol Motil 18:680, 2006.
  5. Knuff DA, Kounev VJ, Lawal A, Hogan WJ, Shaker R, Massey BT, Abnormal UES deglutitive Function is improved with water swallows compared to the seen with dry swallows. Dysphagia. 2006; 21:297. Oral presentation.
  6. V Kounev, R Makar, R Li, J Hyde, R Shaker. Visceral stimulation enhances cortical Registration of somatic afferent signals in rats, Gastro 2009: 136 (5): A2.
  7. V Kounev, R Makar, CP Pawela, J Hyde, J Sengupta, R Shaker.  Inhibition of cortical response to non-painful somatic stimulus with simultaneous application of noxious visceral stimulus: a fMRI study in rat. Digestive Disease Week, San Diego, CA, May 2012.
  8. V Kounev, P Sanvanson, Ward, Medda, JS Hyde, R Shaker. Characterization of a rodent model for functional MRI studies of esophageal acid related sensory physiology. Digestive Disease Week, San Diego, CA, May 2012.
  9. Patrick Sanvanson, Venelin Kounev, Ling Mei, Rupeng Li, James Hyde, Bidyut Medda, Reza Shaker.  Esophageal acid induced brain functional connectivity changes are vagally mediated. Gastroenterology 144(5) Suppl 1:S-562-S-563. Digestive Disease Week, May 2013.
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