Future Leaders Program

AGA relies heavily on the engagement and expertise of volunteer leaders to develop strategic initiatives and execute programs. As such, there is a need to ensure a healthy pipeline of future leaders who can effectively meet the obligations of key leadership positions within the organization and help advance the strategic objectives of AGA and, ultimately, the field.

Future Leaders Program call for applications

The Future Leaders Program, an AGA leadership pathway, positions early career GIs on a track to impact the organization and the field. The program curriculum empowers participants with purposeful opportunities to network, connect with mentors, develop leadership skills, and learn about AGA’s governance and operations while advancing their careers and supporting the profession. 

Applications for the Class of 2022-2023 are now closed.


  • Build leadership skills through mentoring, coaching, training and networking.

  • Collaborate with high-level mentors on programs to drive AGA’s mission and improve the collective future of GIs.

  • Gain the core competencies needed for a future leadership position within AGA.

  • Physician, surgeon, or scientists with a MD, PhD, DVM or equivalent who is within 11 years of graduation from their GI fellowship or post-doctoral training. 
  • Have the endorsement of at least two current AGA members (endorsement form will be provided in application materials). 
  • Commit to attend four face-to-face events, and two virtual leadership roundtables, participate in two one-on-one mentor meetings (virtual or in-person), and complete a group project under the direction of a senior project-based mentor.
  • Current AGA member in North America.

Hear from our Future Leaders


  • Foster growth among AGA’s future leaders by giving back and preparing the next cohort through mentoring, leadership training and networking.

  • Continue the strong legacy of AGA leadership and our historied impact in the field, facilitating various valuable, experience-building opportunities and connections.

  • Currently serving as an AGA volunteer leader on the Governing Board, AGA committees, or has served on either body within recent years. 
  • Has either been a past AGA president, Future Leader Mentor, Mentor Award Recipient, or served in another similar leadership roles within recent years. 
  • Must commit to be a project-based mentor using face-to-face and virtual interactions. 
  • Must commit to attend four face-to-face and two virtual leadership roundtable events, guide a project and provide career-development coaching to four mentees(s) as outlined in a mentoring plan.
  • Current AGA member in North America.

Hear from our Mentors

Important dates

Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

Online applications open

Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

Completed applications deadline

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

Mentee notification date

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Future Leader's Program virtual orientation

March 8 – 31, 2022

Mentor-mentees virtual meeting

April 1 – 3, 2022

Kick-off meeting, location TBD

Applications close Monday, Oct. 18.

Dr. Garman shares leadership development experience

AGA member, Katie Garman, MD, shares her experience with the AGA Future Leaders Program and the profound results that followed.

Graduating class of 2020


  • Darrell S. Pardi, MD, MSc, AGAF
  • Kim E. Barrett, PhD, AGAF
  • Robert Brown Jr., MD, MPH, AGAF
  • Michael Camilleri, MD, AGAF
  • Sushovan Guha, MD, PhD, AGAF
  • C. Prakash Gyawali, MD, MRCP, AGAF
  • John Y. Kao, MD, AGAF
  • Miguel D. Regueiro, MD, AGAF
  • James M. Scheiman, MD, AGAF

Future Leaders

  • Christen Klochan Dilly, MD, MEHP
  • Daniel Freedberg, MD, MS
  • Wendy A. Henderson, PhD
  • Ruben Hernaez, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Animesh Jain, MD
  • Avinash Ketwaroo, MD
  • Bharati Kochar, MD, MSCR
  • David Leiman, MD, MSHP
  • James Lin, MD
  • Michelle Long, MD
  • Aimee Lucas, MD, MS
  • Miguel Malespin, MD
  • Simon C. Mathews, MD
  • Karthik Ravi, MD
  • Florian Rieder, MD
  • Kyle Staller, MD, MPH
  • Christina Twyman-Saint Victor, MD
  • Ryan Ungaro, MD, MS

AGA Future Leaders Program Receives National Recognition

Program recognized for building the GI workforce and encouraging innovation in the field.

Governing Board Update: Future Leaders Program

AGA unveiled the program and its 18-member inaugural class this March.

Future Leaders Share their Visions for AGA

Over the past several months, future leaders worked in teams of two along with their mentors to develop proposals that support AGA’s strategic goals.

Tips for Carving Out a Leadership Role in GI

AGA experts offer advice on what it takes to become a leader in GI.

Program leadership

Sheryl Pfeil MD, AGAF

Professor of Clinical Medicine The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Wexner Medical Center

C. Prakash Gyawali, MD, MRCP, AGAF 

Professor of Medicine  Director, Neurogastroenterology and Motility  Washington University in St. Louis

Sonia S. Kupfer, MD, AGAF

Associate Professor of Medicine Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition The University of Chicago