Distinguished Mentor Award

Established in 2004, this recognition prize honors an individual for achievements as an outstanding mentor over a lifelong career. To read about all 2020  AGA recognition prize winners, please read the press release.

Nominations are closed for the year. We will announce the 2021 recipients in January.


Created in 2004, the Distinguished Mentor Award recognizes one individual for his or her achievements as an outstanding mentor.


Nominees must be current AGA members and have demonstrated exemplary service to AGA, such as committee service and/or AGA fellowship. The recipient will be an individual who has dedicated long-term efforts to the mentoring of trainees in the field of gastroenterology.

Selection process

The recipient is selected by an independent panel of AGA members. Nominees will be reviewed using the eligibility criteria listed above.


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

Nomination deadline and submission 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 awards to 301-941-2619 or via email at awards@gastro.org.


Recipients (2005–2020)

2020Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD
2019Fred S. Gorelick, MD
2018Mary K. Estes, PhD, AGAF
2017John Carethers, MD, AGAF; Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD
2016Pauline K. Lund, PhD; Anil K. Rustgi, MD, AGAF
2015Susan J. Henning, PhD; M. Bishr Omary, MD, PhD
2014Gregory J. Gores, MD, AGAF; Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF
2013John T. LaMont, MD, AGAF
2012Michael Camilleri, MD, AGAF
2011Chung Owyang, MD
2010Tadataka Yamada, MD, AGAF
2009Jerry S. Trier, MD, AGAF
2008Michael Field, MD
2007Henry J. Binder, MD
2006Young S. Kim, MD
2005Nicholas F. La Russo, MD, AGAF