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.
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
Program recognized for building the GI workforce and encouraging innovation in the field.
AGA unveiled the program and its 18-member inaugural class this March.
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.
AGA experts offer advice on what it takes to become a leader in GI.
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