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About AGA

About Us

The American Gastroenterological
Association (AGA) is the trusted voice of the
GI community. Founded in 1897, AGA has
grown to include more than 16,000
members from around the globe who are
involved in all aspects of the science,
practice and advancement of gastroenterology.

AGA Meeting Group Photo

Our vision is a world free from digestive diseases. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to empower clinicians and researchers to improve digestive health.

Our purpose:

AGA unites clinicians, researchers and digestive health stakeholders with the goal of ending the burden of digestive disease. 

How we advance our purpose:

AGA brings together great ideas, diverse perspectives and smart partners.

Priority values that guide our work:

We commit to a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where staff are comfortable as their authentic selves and know that success is based on their contributions.

Get involved

AGA members drive our organization and field forward. There are many ways to get involved, from serving on a committee to micro-volunteerism. 

AGA publications


The Foundation provides more than $3 million in research funding annually to support talented researchers who are working to advance our understanding of digestive disorders and identify new diagnostics and treatments.


The organization’s annual meeting is DDW, which is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

Bylaws and policies

The bylaws for AGA, a 501(c)(6) organization, that administers all membership and public policy activities, effective September 2005. View here.

The bylaws of AGA Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization, that runs the organization’s practice, research and educational programs, effective September 2005. View here.

Official statement on diversity, approved by the AGA Governing Board, February 2016. View here.

It is the responsibility of all directors, officers, volunteers and employees to comply with the Code of Ethics and Conduct and to report violations or suspected violations in accordance with this Whistleblower Policy. View here.

A set of principles for AGA volunteers that sets parameters and provides guidance and direction for conduct and decision-making. View here.

To help preserve AGA’s high reputation for integrity and excellence, the governing board has enacted a policy on disclosure of potential conflict of interest. View here.

AGA, a 501(c)(6) organization, administers all membership and public policy activities, while the AGA Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization, runs the organization’s practice, research and educational programs.