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Distinguished Clinician Awards

Established in 1996, this recognition prize honors members of the practice community who, by example, combine the art of medicine with the skills demanded by the scientific body of knowledge in service to patients. Two individuals are recognized each year: one in private practice and one in clinical academic practice. To read about all 2021  AGA recognition prize winners, please read the press release.

Recognition Award nominations are under review. AGA will announce the 2024 recipients by press release in Spring 2024.

Recognition Award nominations are open through Sept. 28, 2023.


Established in 1996, the Distinguished Clinician Awards recognize two members of the practicing community who combine the art of medicine with the skills demanded by the scientific body of knowledge in service to their patients. One prize is awarded to an individual in private practice and the other to an individual in an academic setting.


  • Nominees spend the majority (i.e., greater than 50 percent) of their effort in the delivery of patient care in private practice or an academic setting.
  • Nominees must have a current AGA membership.

Selection process

  • The recipients are selected by the AGA Recognition Prizes Panel constituting members of the AGA Diversity Committee, AGA Institute Clinical Guidelines Committee, AGA Institute Education and Training Committee, AGA Institute Practice Management and Economics Committee, and AGA Institute Research Policy Committee.
  • The AGA Governing Board ratifies the recipients.

Nominations are reviewed according to the eligibility criteria listed above and the following review and selection criteria. Nominees:

  • Exemplify leadership and excellence in the practice of gastroenterology.
  • Have an exemplary record with AGA through service or leadership on AGA committees and/or the governing board. Recognition as an AGA Fellow is also considered.
  • Demonstrate outstanding medical proficiency through their:
    • Patient advocacy efforts.
    • Degree of direct impact on, and enhancement of, patient care.
    • Innovation in patient care, including for example, development of novel technologies that directly impact care, novel value-based payment models, or remote monitoring strategies.
    • Degree of demonstrated leadership in national, regional or local organizations.
    • Development of patient-centered educational programs.
    • Development of clinical programs, for example, the creation of multi-disciplinary clinics, niche population clinics, and/or clinics in underserved communities.
    • Volunteer efforts related to clinical care.
    • National or regional reputation for excellence in clinical care.
    • Impact on the mentorship and development of other clinicians.


The recipients are recognized at the AGA Awards Ceremony during Digestive Disease Week®.

Nomination process

All nominations are submitted online by a primary nominator who is an AGA member. The names of additional AGA members who support the nomination should be listed on the nomination form and included as signatories in the nomination letter.

Complete nomination packages include the following supporting materials, uploaded in PDF format. Please title the files using the nominee’s last name, first initial and the type of file (i.e., DoeJ_Letter.pdf, DoeJ_CV.pdf).

  • A nomination letter, not to exceed three pages, signed by the primary nominator and additional AGA members who support the nomination. Additional signature pages beyond the three-page limit are allowed when the letter has multiple signatures.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae, or a list of career accomplishments demonstrating the qualities described by the review and selection listed above.

Current members of the AGA Recognition Prizes Panel and AGA Governing Board are prohibited from submitting or supporting nominations.


Please direct all questions about this and other AGA recognition prizes to 301-941-2619 or via email at [email protected].

Recipients (1996-2024)

2024 Scott Ketover, MD, AGAF, FASGE; Shiv Kumar Sarin, MD
2023 Bo Shen, MD, AGAF; Kadirawel Iswara, MD
2022 Peter Higgins, MD; George Triadafilopoulos, MD, AGAF, FASGE, FACG, FACP, DSc
2021 Peter H. R. Green, MD; Nimish B. Vakil, MD, AGAF, FASGE
2020 Kimberly Persley, MD, AGAF; Gary Lichtenstein, MD, AGAF
2019 Naresh T. Gunaratnam, MD, AGAF; Edward V. Loftus Jr., MD, AGAF
2018 Bertha (Nice’) E. Toriz, MD; Michael L. Kochman, MD, AGAF
2017 Steven Burdick, MD; David Metz, MD, AGAF
2016 Robert S. Bartolomeo, MD, AGAF; Kim L. Isaacs, MD, PhD, AGAF
2015 William D. Chey, MD, AGAF; Louis Y. Korman, MD
2014 Howard L. Taubin, MD; Gary W. Falk, MD, MS, AGAF
2013 Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF; Lawrence R. Schiller, MD
2012 John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF; Timothy T. Nostrant, MD, AGAF
2011 Ioannis C. Danielides, MD; William J. Tremaine, MD, AGAF
2010 David A. Katzka, MD; James F. Martin, MD, AGAF
2009 Damian H. Augustyn, MD, AGAF; Lin Chang, MD, AGAF; Robert M. Craig, MD; Stephen Goldfinger, MD
2008 Charles J. Lightdale, MD, AGAF; Ronald J. Vender, MD, AGAF
2007 Carla H. Ginsburg, MD; Albert J. Czaja, MD
2006 Alroy A. Chow, MD; Kenneth R. McQuaid, MD
2005 Simmy Bank, MD; George F. Longstreth, MD
2004 James E. Allison, MD; Theodore M. Bayless, MD; John H. Bond, Jr., MD; Cecil H. Chally, MD; William Y. Chey, MD; Julius J. Deren, MD; Thomas D. McCaffery, Jr., MD; Richard E. Sampliner, MD
2003 Atila Ertan, MD; Joseph F. Fitzgerald, MD; John C. Fletcher, MD; Michael R. Fogel, MD; Stanley B. Goldberg, MD; Paul A. Kantrowitz, MD; Mark A. Peppercorn, MD; Satish S. C. Rao, MD; Caroline A. Riely, MD; Charles S. Winans, MD.
2002 Marshall S. Bedine, MD, LLC; Ira S. Goldman, MD; Martin L. Greene, MD; John C. McKechnie, MD
2001 Richard R. Babb, MD; Charles M. Bliss, MD; Stuart H. Danovitch, MD
2000 Eugene M. Bozymski, MD; Douglas McGill, MD; Bergein Overholt, MD; John Singleton, MD; Frank Troncale, MD, MS
1999 James J. Cerda, MD; Joseph E. Geenen, MD; Stanley S. Shimoda, MD; Walter R. Thayer, Jr., MD; Alvin M. Zfass, MD
1998 Edgar Achkar, MD; James L. Borland, Jr., MD; Horacio H. Jinich, MD; Burton I. Korelitz, MD; Robert H. Schapiro, MD
1997 Alan J. Cameron, MD; Harvey J. Dworken, MD; L. Frederick Fenster, MD; David E. Langdon, MD; Joseph G. Sweeting, MD
1996 Arnold P. Kaplan, MD; C. Michael Knauer, MD; Daniel E. Polter, MD; Daniel H. Present, MD; Burton A. Shatz, MD