AGA International Subcommittee

This Organizational Statement was last revised by the Governing Board, (7) VOTED, April 2018.


To further the Strategic Plan by developing and implementing a global strategy that will (1) increase the prominence of AGA within the international gastroenterology community; and (2) meet the needs of international constituencies through education.

The AGA International Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the AGA Institute Education and Training Committee.

Subcommittee Functions

Educate AGA international members

The AGA International Subcommittee strives to ensure that the educational needs of our international members are consistently met, and understand that these needs are often distinct from those members living in the U.S. As a result, in the upcoming year the subcommittee will focus on strengthening partnerships with international constituents and increasing educational opportunities globally.

Translated materials

AGA is continuously expanding our body of translated material. Check this site often for links to translated material. If there is something you would specifically like to see translated, or would like to volunteer to translate articles or material please contact Jeff Springer.

Academic resourcesAvailable in …
Resources for international authorsEnglish
Gastroenterology JournalSpanish
Clinical Gastroenterology and HepatologyRussian
Clinical Gastroenterology and HepatologyJapanese
Translated videosAvailable in …
Gastroenterology Korean
Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian

International educational symposia

Collaborating organization Date and location of next event
Argentina (SAGE) Sept. 27-29, 2018, in Buenos Aires
AGA collaborates annually with the Argentine Society of Gastroenterology (SAGE) on the AGA-SAGE International Fall Course and at the Argentine Congress of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy.
Pan America (OPGE) Nov. 17-20, 2018, in São Paulo, Brazil
AGA speakers present highlights from DDW annually, along with an abbreviated AGA Board Review Course for early career GIs at the Brazilian Digestive Disease Week.
Mexico (AMG) Nov. 16-20, 2018, in Mérida, Yucatán
At the annual Mexican Gastroenterology Week, AGA and AMG hosts a joint symposium on select topics highlighting advances in gastroenterology.
China (CSG) Sept. 27-29, 2018, in Dalin
AGA hosts multiple programs with the Chinese Society of Gastroenterology, including the Asia America Assembly on IBD, Best of AGA at DDW in Chinese, and other symposia held in China.
Asia-Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) Nov. 15-18, 2018, in Seoul, Korea
AGA speakers attend the annual Asia-Pacific Digestive Disease Week, presenting on a variety of topics, providing the latest in gastroenterology and hepatology.
Korea (KSG) November 2019
Beginning in 2019, AGA will collaborate with the Korean Society of Gastroenterology on a scientific exchange at the Korean Digestive Disease Week.
Japan (JSGE) May 2019 in Kanazawa
AGA and JSGE host a joint symposium held annually, alternating between DDW and the Japanese Digestive Disease Week. The symposium highlights developments in clinical gastroenterology and basic science research.
United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Oct. 20-24, 2018, in Vienna, Austria
In this scientific exchange program, AGA experts present the Best of AGA at DDW at UEG Week each fall, and UEG experts present the Best of UEG Week at DDW each spring.

Facilitate Training Opportunities for International Members

The AGA International Subcommittee oversees the AGA Clinical Observation and Research Education (CORE) Program, which was developed as a response to our international gastroenterology and hepatology colleagues who have expressed interest in participating in clinical and research opportunities in the U.S. The program does not provide funding, but serves as a channel to facilitate connections between interested international members and U.S. institutions. Learn more about the AGA CORE Program


  • Linda Rabeneck, MD, MPH (chair)
  • Gilaad G. Kaplan, MD, MPH, AGAF (chair-elect)
  • Suraia B. Barclay, MD, AGAF
  • Walter W. Chan, MD, MPH
  • Roberto De Giorgio, MD, PhD, AGAF
  • John Y. Kao, MD, AGAF
  • Scharles Konadu, MD
  • Tercio L. Lopez, MD
  • Amir E. Masoud, MD
  • Edgardo Smecuol, MD
  • Hidekazu Suzuki, MD, PhD, AGAF
  • Maisa I. Abdalla, MD, MPH (trainee member)
  • Z. John J. Chen, MD, PhD, AGAF (invitee)

Join AGA with international membership

Physicians/scientists outside of North America now have several options for AGA membership. Depending on your country of residence, you may be eligible for international corresponding membership.

Residents of Mexico also have several options for AGA membership.