Division of Gastroenterology

Bruno Salena


Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine

Administrative Assistant: Sarah Gilbert
905.521.2100 X73837




Current Research Interests

Current research interests include discovery and development of new biomarkers for gastrointestinal diseases.

Academic Standing

Dr. Bruno Salena attended the University of Toronto graduating with a BA (1976) and MSW (1978). He completed his MD (1981) at McMaster University where he continued his postgraduatestudies in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and further postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He additionally completed an Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship (1988) at the Cleveland Clinic under the mentorship of Dr. Michael V. Sivak Returning to McMaster University in 1988 he was appointed to the full-time faculty of Division of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Health Sciences and consultant staff at Hamilton Health Sciences. He is a past president of the Hamilton Health Sciences Medical Staff Association and the founding and past President of the Ontario Association of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Salena has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He currently serves as an associate editor of the journals, Evidence Based Medicine and JAMA Journal Club. He is actively involved as a teacher in the undergraduate MD and postgraduate MD programmes at McMaster University. Dr. Salena is a clinical trials co-investigator in digestive diseases at McMaster University with clinical interests in interventional endoscopy, colorectal cancer screening, dyspepsia and inflammatory bowel disease.


A Sensitive DNA Enzyme-Based Fluorescent Assay for Bacterial Detection.  Aguirre SD, Ali MM, Salena BJ, Li Y. Biomolecules 2013;3:563-577.

Minimizing postcolonoscopy abdominal pain by using CO(2) insufflation: a prospective, randomized, double blind, controlled trial evaluating a new commercially available CO(2) delivery system. Sumanac K, Zealley I, Fox BM, Rawlinson J, Salena B, Marshall JK, Stevenson GW, Hunt RH. Gastrointest Endosc. 2002 Aug;56(2):190-4.