VA Health Administration
Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Anil Rustgi, MD, AGAF, received his medical degree from Duke University Medical School. He completed his medical internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard University and also served as chief medical resident. He then completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Rustgi has been chief of gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania since 1998. He is a recognized expert in gastrointestinal cancers and uses model systems to improve the diagnosis and therapy of these cancers. As T. Grier Miller Professor of Medicine and Genetics, he is also director of the Tumor Biology Program within the Pennsylvania Cancer Center, director of the NIH/NIDDK Penn Digestive Diseases Research Center, directs two NIH T32 training grants and has been recognized by the American Cancer Society (ACS) as an ACS Professor.
Dr. Rustgi served as president of AGA from 2013 to 2014. He is the former editor-in-chief of Gastroenterology and was recently awarded the AGA Julius Friedenwald Medal in 2017. He currently serves as member of the Leadership Cabinet, Government Affairs Committee and Research Policy Committee.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine GI Division
Gary D. Wu, MD, studied chemistry at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, before earning his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. Dr. Wu completed his internship and residency at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis and his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Dr. Wu is the Ferdinand G. Weisbrod professor in gastroenterology at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the associate chief for research in the division of gastroenterology, co-director of the Penn CHOP Microbiome Program and the associate director of the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease. He is an elected member of both the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. The research programs in Dr. Wu’s laboratory focus on the mutualistic interactions between the gut microbiota and the host, with a particular focus on metabolism. He received the 2017 AGA-Dannon Gut Microbiome in Health Award for his project “Equol Production as a Model for the Impact of Diet on the Metabolome of the Gut Microbiota in Humans.”
An active member of AGA for the past 25 years, Dr. Wu served as an AGA Institute Council member from 2007 to 2012 and recently as the chair of the scientific advisory board for the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education. He has also been a member of various committees and is on the subcommittee for AGA-Chinese Society of Gastroenterology Strategic Initiative. In May 2017, Dr. Wu joined the governing board as the basic research councilor.