Distinguished Educator Award

Established in 1987, this recognition prize will honor an individual for achievements as an outstanding educator over a lifelong career. To read about all 2021  AGA recognition prize winners, please read the press release


AGA will announce the 2023 Recognition Award Recipients in early 2023.

Recognition Award nominations are open through Aug. 23, 2022.


Created in 1988, the Distinguished Educator Award recognizes one individual for his or her achievements as an outstanding educator.


Nominees must be current AGA members and demonstrate exemplary service to AGA, such as committee service and/or AGA fellowship. Nominees must have a long record of major contributions to education in the field of gastroenterology and/or hepatology on both local and national levels. Contributions may include long-term dedication to training fellows, publishing educational documents and/or teaching seminars and classes.

Selection process

The recipient is selected by the AGA Education and Training Committee according to the criteria below, and ratified by the AGA Governing Board.

Essential criteria (all candidates must have this to be considered)
  1. A distinguished record of educating one or more of the following groups:
    • Medical students and residents.
    • Fellows and other trainees.
    • Other specialists.

Additional criteria 

  1. The formulation of and/or writings on broad educational policy in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology.
  2. The establishment of innovative educational programs that have served as models elsewhere.
  3. Contributions to the literature through:
    • Extensively quoted review articles and editorials.
    • Textbooks or textbook chapters relevant to the field of gastroenterology and hepatology.
    • Other forms of enduring material (slides, etc.).


The recipient will be recognized at the AGA Awards Ceremony during Digestive Disease Week®.

Nomination and selection process

All nominations must be 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.

The following supporting materials must be uploaded with the nomination form 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 two pages, signed by the primary nominator and additional AGA members who support the nomination. If the letter has multiple signatures, additional signature pages beyond the two-page limit are allowed.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae.
Please forward all questions about this and other AGA recognition prizes to 301-941-2619 or via email at awards@gastro.org.

Recipients (1987–2022)

2022 Duvur Reddy, MD
2021 Lin Chang, MD, AGAF
2020 Robert Fontana, MD
2019 Deborah D. Proctor, MD, AGAF
2018 James D. Lewis, MD, MSCE, AGAF
2017 Hari Conjeevaram, MD, MS
2016 David A. Johnson, MD; Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd, AGAF
2015 Patrick S. Kamath, MD; C. Melbern Wilcox, MD, MSPH
2014 Joseph C. Kolars, MD, AGAF; Nicholas J. Talley, MD, PhD, AGAF
2013 Sheila E. Crowe, MD, AGAF; Douglas K. Rex, MD, AGAF
2012 John Del Valle, MD, AGAF
2011 Helen M. Shields, MD, AGAF
2010 Lawrence S. Friedman, MD, AGAF
2009 William F. Balistreri, MD
2008 Francis M. Giardiello, MD
2007 Satish S. C. Rao, MD, PhD, FRCP
2006 Ray E. Clouse, MD
2005 John P. Cello, MD
2004 Douglas A. Drossman, MD
2003 Sanjiv Chopra, MD
2002 David A. Peura, MD
2001 Donald O. Castell, MD
2000 Peter A. Banks, MD
1999 Joseph B. Kirsner, MD, PhD
1998 Willis C. Maddrey, MD
1997 Edward W. Moore, MD
1996 David B. Sachar, MD
1995 Norton J. Greenberger, MD
1994 Marvin H. Sleisenger, MD
1991 John S. Fordtran, MD
1990 Hyman J. Zimmerman, MD
1989 Howard Spiro, MD
1987 Theodore M. Bayless, MD