Outstanding Service Award

To read about all 2021 AGA recognition prize winners, please read the press release.


Created in 1972, the Outstanding Service Award honors an individual who has contributed significantly to society’s health and welfare.


Only members of the AGA Governing Board may nominate individuals for consideration. The contribution may be in the form of public education, literature, legislation, philanthropy, personal service or another endeavor, ideally though not necessarily, related to digestive diseases. The prize is only presented when an exceptional candidate is identified. AGA membership is not required of nominees.

Selection process

The recipient is selected by the AGA Governing Board. Nominees will be reviewed using the eligibility criteria listed above. Recipient selection requires the unanimous consent of the AGA Governing Board.


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

Nomination deadline and selection process

Nominations for this recognition prize are restricted to current members of the AGA Governing Board.

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 Governing Board 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 301-222-4012 or via email at awards@gastro.org.


2021 Shahnaz Sultan, MD, MHSc, AGAF; Osama Altayar, MD; Perica Davitkov, MD; Joseph D. Feurstein, MD; Shazia M. Siddique, MD, MSHP; Yngve T. Falck-Ytter, MD, AGAF; Joseph K. Lim, MD, AGAF
2020 Rob and Cathy Funderburg; Alex and Patty Funderburg; Hugh and Gail Funderburg
2013 Congressman William “Bill” Cassidy, MD
2011 Carla H. Ginsburg, MD, MPH, AGAF
2007 Eli Broad
2006 Ian Taylor, MD, PhD, AGAF
2006 Peter Traber, MD
1980 Tim Lee Carter, MD
1972 Paul G. Rogers