Congrats graduating fellows!

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Welcome to our virtual #AGAGraduationParty!

Congratulations 2021 GI fellowship graduates — you did it! The entire GI community is proud to welcome you into the next stage of your career. Don’t just take our word for it, check out all the congratulatory remarks shared below. We look forward to a long relationship with you and hope to meet you in person soon. In the meantime, say hello on social media. You can find us across channels at @AmerGastroAssn.

Congrats from the AGA Community

View our card for the class of 2021 signed by colleagues and friends in the member-only forum.

More well wishes for the GI fellowship class of 2020!

"Your graduation represents the beginning of a new and exciting journey. In this era, where we are learning how to live a new life and practice in different ways; remember to nurture your health, be strong, be grateful and above all be hopeful. My warmest congratulations to all!" Doris H. Toro, MD, program director, VA Caribbean Healthcare System GI Program

"Congratulations, Drs. Hilgenfeldt and Spence, on this significant milestone which is a testament to your dedication and hard work. The journey of mastering endoscopy and knowledge has only begun, so may you always be curious, always think critically, and never stop learning." Steven Zacks, MD, MPH, program director, Atrium Health Gastroenterology Fellows

"To our graduating GI/Hepatology Fellows, Thank you for your years of dedication, service, and leadership during your time with us at the U. You have made all of the faculty proud to have worked with you and we look forward to seeing all of your accomplishments in the future." David Kerman, program director, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital

"We are so proud of the 2020 graduating class! You have lived out the Mayo Clinic values improving the lives of so many patients while advancing the field through many academic endeavors.You are amazing colleagues who understand a team is always stronger than any one individual." Dr. Laura Raffals and Dr. Douglas Simonetto, program directors, Mayo Clinic's Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship Program

"I know our graduating fellows will go out into the world to be fantastic gastroenterologists who will take excellent care of their patients. All of the staff are honored to have taken part in the completion of their medical education!" Arnab Ray, program director, Ochsner Medical Center

"Temple GI Fellowship Class of 2020, I know that each of you will be extremely successful in your career as a gastroenterologist. I hope that you look back fondly at your training at Temple, and I look forward to catching up at future GI meetings. Wishing you all the best," Adam Ehrlich, MD, MPH, program director, Temple University Hospital, Gastroenterology Fellowship

"Congratulations to our graduating fellows who finished their fellowship during a uniquely challenging and historic time that will forever be remembered and chronicled in the medical literature." Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD, program director, Westchester Medical Center Gastroenterology Fellowship

"Best wishes for a lifetime of success in serving the needs of your patients!" Lawrence R. Schiller, MD, program director, Baylor University Medical Center, Gastroenterology

"On behalf of Dr. Rick Peek & myself, we are proud to present our graduating class of 2020! They supported each other and courageously provided the most superior patient care in the most challenging of circumstances this final year of their fellowship. We wish them the very best!" Keith L. Obstein, program director, MD, MPH, FASGE, FACG, AGAF, Vanderbilt Medical Center

"Go out in the GI world and do well!! All the very best!" Sangeeta Agrawal, MD, program director, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

"To our 2020 Graduating Fellows - Ling Guo, Mustafa Haroon, Abhi Vemula - We are so proud of our 2020 GI Fellowship class. They are stellar individuals who will be greatly missed! Wishing them all the best as they advance to the next stages of their careers!" Sharmeel K. Wasan, program director, Boston Medical Center Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

"Thank you and congratulations to you all! This group worked tirelessly for their patients, their division, and each other. The positive attitude and willingness of this group changed us all for the better. We are so very excited to see them grow over the coming years." John Levenick, MD, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship Program

"There is an adventure waiting for you after graduation and you all are more than ready for it!" Julia Massaad, program director, Emory University

"Congratulations on doing such a great job during fellowship! I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!" Nicholas Ferrentino, MD, program director, The University of Vermont Medical Center

"Congratulations and best wishes! You have a bright future and a successful career ahead. Though we were not able to celebrate you, I hope you know how proud I am of you for your achievements. Always remember that your UConn family is here whenever you need us." Haleh Vaziri, MD, program director, UConn School of Medicine Gastroenterology/Hepatology Fellowship Program

"Bubu- Congratulations on completing your year of Transplant Hepatology. Your positive attitude and smile, academic accomplishments, and contributions to our program will be missed. We have no doubt of your long-term success and you will always be a part of our VCU family." Richard Sterling, MD, MSc, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD, program director, Virginia Commonwealth University

"'Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.'- Henry David Thoreau" Humberto Sifuentes, MD, program director, Augusta University/Medical College of GA

"'Graduation is a time for reflection on the labors of the past, the accomplishments of the present, and the possibilities of the future.'- unknown Congratulations, Class of 2020! I wish you all a very fruitful career in medicine." Wadih Chacra, MD, program director, University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago

"Wishing you all the best on your future academic endeavors!" Renee Williams, MD, program director, NYU Gastroenterology Fellowship

"Congratulations on your successful completion of the GI Fellowship Program! I am very proud of all you have accomplished, and have enjoyed being your teacher and program director. Take what you have learned from us, and continue to develop your skills." Marc J. Zuckerman, MD, program director, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

"Congratulations to all of you for an incredible accomplishment! We wish you well in your new careers!" Robert Coben, MD, program director, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

"Michael and Qasim, So proud of both of you. Despite your different paths your success will be solely dependent on how you manage your personal relationships. Don’t ever forget that. I love you guys. I am always here for you. This is your forever family. Make us proud." Eugene F. Yen, MD, MBA, program director, University of Chicago (Northshore) Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

"It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know Kyle the last three years. He has the best sense of humor and has been an amazing fellow. We will miss him but know he will enjoy Northern Michigan so much. My best to him, Giffin, and the boys!" Cassandra Cornwell, program coordinator, McLaren Greater Lansing Gastroenterology Fellowship

"Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes in your next adventure. Keep growing and developing those unique talents that make you who you are. Wishing you great success in life and professional career. With love and pride today and always." Erica Rodriguez-Calderon, program coordinator, VA Caribbean Healthcare System GI Program

"Warmest congratulations, Drs. Hilgenfeldt and Spence. It has truly been a pleasure working with you, and I know the future holds great things for you both. Thank you for your tenacity and commitment to our program." Madeleine Michalik, program coordinator, Atrium Health Gastroenterology Fellows

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to working with you! I wish you all the best in your next endeavors!" Nidia Shanley, program coordinator, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital

"We are very proud of the 2020 fellows class! Their ability to care for many Mayo patients was commendable especially during COVID-19. Their publication and organizational skills was appreciated by faculty staff. We know this next step of their practice will be rewarding. Cheers!" Kathleen Johnson, Erin Storm, Rebecca Williams, program coordinators, Mayo Clinic's Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship Program

"'Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like ACCOMPLISHMENT'– Thomas Carlyle Congratulations on your fellowship completion! Good luck and much success in the next chapter of your career. I know you will be great wherever you go. Ochsner will miss you!" Jessica Smith, program coordinator, Ochsner Medical Center

"Congratulations! I'm sure today will be only the first of many successful moments for you. Even though graduation is going to look different for you, your achievement is still the same. You have put in the same hard work and have learned and grown so much. I'm so proud of you! " Amy Pallotti, BS, program coordinator, UConn School of Medicine Gastroenterology/Hepatology Fellowship Program

"'Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.'-Pele I'm so glad you both decided to remain in El Paso. I wish you continued success in everything you do! Congratulations!" Joanne D'Amico, program coordinator, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

"Happy Graduation Day! Congratulations on completing the fellowship program. Best wishes in your new journey!" Cesley Watkins, program coordinator, VCU Health Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

"Dear Youssef and Fady, Congratulations and best wishes as you move on to the next step in life. It has been a pleasure to know both of you and we will miss you very much. Please keep in touch- this is always home #2 for you. We wish you all the best" Jackie, Lisa and Laura, program coordinators, Zucker SOM at Hofstra/Northwell at Staten Island Univ. Hospital

"GI Fellowship Class of 2020 - Congrats on this great achievement & milestone in your academic endeavors! You have all forged your own unique paths in Gastroenterology and for this we commend you all!" Danielle Seabron, MPA, PMP, program coordinator, NYU Gastroenterology Fellowship

"I am so excited for you to finally see all your hard work pay off." Amanda Gural, program coordinator, Temple University Hospital, Gastroenterology Fellowship Class of 2020

"'She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future' -Proverbs 3:25" Anita Rainwater, program coordinator, Augusta University/Medical College of GA

"'To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.'- Henri Bergson Congratulations Class of 2020!" Teresa Olivas & Trisha Navarro, program coordinators, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA GI Fellowship Training Program

"Woohoo! Congratulations Tiffany, Diana and Maria! Best wishes with all your plans! :)" Rosabel Macaspac, program coordinator, Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Arizona

"Congratulations! It has been a pleasure working with you over these last three years, We are proud of you and wish you all the best!" Phyllis Ruscitti, education program coordinator, Mayo Clinic, Arizona

"'The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others'- Ghandi Congratulations and best wishes to you in your future endeavors. Your stunning persistence and commitment has paid off, and I know you will truly be successful in all that you do." Lisa Sumner, program coordinator, University of Utah Division of Gastroenterology

"Screaming Congratulations to my graduating GI fellows - Dr. Alansari and Dr. Patel. I want to wish you the best of luck. Go out there and show the world your greatness and remember you can always count on your GI family." Mirta M. Palacios, program coordinator, NYMC-GI Fellowship (Metropolitan)

"Tons of best wishes to you both on your bright future! You were so easy to work with!" Stella Richter, program coordinator, Baylor University Medical Center, Gastroenterology

"It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to your new adventure. Congratulation to our graduating fellows!" Joyce Contreras, program coordinator, Westchester Medical Center Gastroenterology Fellowship

"I am proud and honored I had the opportunity to work with our 5 graduating fellows of 2020! The last 3 years they have made me laugh & astounded me with how much pizza they are capable of eating! They are brilliant and brave. They are caring and strong. They are just the best!" Lisa Dunlop, C-TAGME, program coordinator, Vanderbilt Medical Center

"I wish you all the best as you move on to the next phase of your career. You are amazing, caring and skilled physicians. Your patients will be lucky folks!" Melissa Bittinger, program coordinator, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship Program

"Although I was not with you from the beginning, I enjoyed the time we had together. Job well done! Good luck in your future careers!" Kenny McNeil, program coordinator, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia - Gastroenterology Fellowship

"I hope your career brings you not only success but also satisfaction and a love for what you do each day. I hope you continue your quest for knowledge in the field of gastroenterology. I will miss each one of you. With love and pride," Leah Straub, program coordinator, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

"Your graduating is bitter-sweet. You have both been a pleasure to work with and have set the bar for both present and future fellows. I am excited to follow the next chapter of your journeys. You both with be an attribute where ever you go! Best of luck always, Your GI Mom" Jennifer Wertheimer, program coordinator, University of Chicago (Northshore) Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

"Dear Fellows, You did it! You have achieved another milestone. You are moving on to a new and exciting chapter in your life. I wish you all the best for the future that lies ahead. Congratulations on your graduation!" Bao Moua, program coordinator, Gastroenterology Fellowship - University of Minnesota

"I will miss the banter back & forth in the fellow's room! Annu, never lose your smile & overall positive mood! Mohamad, keep sharing your ability to compassionately bring people together. Much love & success in your future endeavors." Wendy O'Rourke, program coordinator, Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Gastroenterology Fellowship

"Congratulations, Class of 2020! You have survived three years of gastroenterology training, three years of call, and three winter seasons in Chicago. Much success and happiness in your new roles as attendings and faculty at your respective institutions." Phanethia Joe, program coordinator, University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago

"Congratulation graduates! I have had a wonderful time working with all of you and I certainly hope that this isn't the last time that I hear from you all. I wish you all of the healthy, happiness, and success in the world. Keep in touch!" Anna Papazian, program coordinator, Indiana University School of Medicine: Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology Fellowship


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