Songul Atay, M.D.


1998 – 2001

Fellowship in Gastroenterology

University of California, Irvine, CA


1995 – 1998

Residency in Internal Medicine

Brown University, Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, RI


1990 – 1993

M.S. in Physiology and Molecular & Cell Biology

MIU, Fairfield, IA


1984 – 1990

M.D., Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education

Ege University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey


Work Experience:

2001 – Present

Private practice in Gastroeneterology, Los Alamitos, CA.


1994  – 1995

Director and Research Coordinator, Human Performance Laboratory, MIU, Iowa. Responsible for coordinating research in physiology, administering cardiopulmonary stress testing, EKG, treadmill testing, assessment of body composition and fitness evaluation.


1991 – 1993

Graduate Research Assistant, Molecular Biology Laboratory, MIU, Iowa.

Participated in research on the mechanism of P-450 gene regulation and its expression in cancer pathology, funded by the National Institute of Health.  Studied HIV transcription regulation and performed preliminary research on its similarity to P-450 regulation.


1990 – 1991

Graduate Research Assistant, Laboratory for Health and Aging Studies, MIU, Iowa.

Initiated a research project on the physiology of aging and co-directed a pilot study that enabled the department to receive a grant to complete the study.



Elective Internship, National Children’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.

Selected for a Pediatrics Internship based on outstanding medical credentials and a strong reference from the Dean of the medical school.


1989 – 1990

Rotating Internship:

Ege University Hospitals & Clinics, Izmir, Turkey ¬– Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Critical Care, Radiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Tepecik Social Security Hospital, Izmir, Turkey – General Surgery. Buca Social Security Hospital, Izmir, Turkey – Internal Medicine. Konak Hospital for Obstetrics & Gynecology, Izmir, Turkey – Obstetrics & Gynecology. Bornova Health Management Centers, Izmir, Turkey – Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health.


1985 – 1986

Research Assistant, Department of Sports Medicine, Ege University School of Medicine, Turkey. Volunteered for the administration of a citywide research project on the cardiopulmonary effects of controlled exercise.


Board Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1998.

American Subspecialty Board of Gastroenterology, 2002.


Presentations & Publications:

Cao S, Atay S: Role of Power Doppler Study in post-transplant patients. Transplant Odyssey 2001 Oral Presentation, Istanbul, Turkey.

Pai R, Atay S: Prostaglandins activate VEGF expression in RGMEC via cross activation of ERK2/JNK Kinase.   Implication for gastric angiogenesis. AGA 2001 Poster Presentation: Gastroenterology 2001; 2563.

Atay S, Katz K: Screening for colon neoplasia. UCI Department of Medicine 2001 Research Conference Oral Presentation.

Atay S, Tarnawski A: Eicosanoids and the stomach.  Role of prostaglandins in gastric mucosa. Prostaglandins and other Lipid Mediators 61 (2000) 105-124.

Atay S, Pai R, Szabo I, Tarnawski A: Prostaglandin E2 and prostacyclin activate VEGF gene in gastric endothelial cells.  Mediation via extracellular signal regulated kinase.     AGA 2000 Poster Presentation: Gastroenterology 2000; 118.

Katz K, Atay S, Kidao J: Distal colonic polyps and proximal neoplasia. AGA 2000 Poster Presentation: Gastroenterology 2000; 118.

Katz K, Atay S, Kidao J: The effect of age on quality of bowel preparation for screening flexible sigmoidoscopy. AGA 2000 Poster Presentation: Gastroenterology 2000; 118.

Katz K, Atay S, Kidao J: Distal colonic polyps as a predictor of proximal neoplasia.    AGA 1999 Poster Presentation: Gastroenterology 116; A434: G1906, 1999.

Atay S, Rich H: Esophageal adenocarcinoma. ACG 1996 Poster  Presentation.

Atay S, Rich H: Surveillance of Barrett’s esophagus. ACP 1996 RI Meeting Oral Presentation (highest score in the state).

Atay S, Epstein A: Portal vein thrombosis and hypercoagulability. ACP 1996 RI  Meeting Poster Presentation.

Rich H, Atay S: Surveillance of Barrett’s esophagus. Brown University Research Week 1996 Poster Presentation with honorable mention.

Rich H, Atay S: Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Providence VA Research Week 1996 Poster Presentation.

Atay S, Calderon R: Yucatan Youth Fitness Project; an attempt to make a difference. IAHPERD, Spring 1994, 27:2, 11-14.


Awards & Achievements:

Scholarship for Tropical Medicine training in Manila, Philippines in 1997.

Full scholarship for graduate study in Physiology and Molecular Biology at MIU, Iowa.

Top scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (800/800).

President’s Honor on graduation from medical school.

Top 1% of class and the Dean’s List throughout medical school.

Full scholarship for medical school.

First place in the national medical school entrance examinations.

Scholarship from the Turkish National Institute for Science and Technological Research.

Class Valedictorian throughout secondary education, highest GPA in the country.



AGA, ASGE, ACG, LACMA, AMWA, OCGS (President), UCI Alumni