Vice President

Barbara Jung, MD, AGAF

Dr. Jung is a professor and chair of medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. As a practicing gastroenterologist and physician-scientist, her expertise in gastrointestinal disease is extensive, and her research interests range from basic to clinical science. She completed her medical degree with thesis at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. She then moved to the U. S. and completed post-doctoral studies in colon cancer at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in San Diego, California under the mentorship of Dr. Michael McClelland. She completed both her internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of California in San Diego in 2004 under the mentorship of Dr. John Carethers.

Dr. Jung’s research interests are far ranging and include both clinical and basic research. Her clinical focus is in hereditary GI diseases, and she leads a multidisciplinary, personalized high-risk GI cancer clinic with an associated registry. Her NIH-funded laboratory centers on TGF family member signaling in GI disease, including colorectal cancer and pancreatitis. Her research centers on the mechanisms of GI epithelial cell growth and motility and specifically the modulation of growth suppressive and pro-migratory signaling by TGF family members, primarily activin. Her work in pancreatitis focuses on the relationship between activin signaling and inflammation. Dr. Jung has a strong record of fostering research collaboration between basic, translational and clinical research. Her passion for training the next generation of clinicians is evidenced by her participation in mentoring events including acting as an Invited Mentor for the AGA Task Force on Mentoring; she was the co-chair/chair of the AGA Academic Skills Workshops in 2016 and 2018.

Dr. Jung has a diverse history of service within AGA. She has volunteered for terms on multiple committees including finance and operations, nominating and research policy, among others. She has chaired the ethics committee and the audit committee, and has been an associate editor or on the editorial board of multiple AGA publications.