AGA Institute Council Section Research Mentor Award

The AGA Institute Council Section Research Mentor Award (RMA) acknowledges AGA members for their achievements as outstanding mentors in a specific area of research. Awards are given to AGA Institute Council section members who have research interests in the section research topics and have demonstrated a track record of outstanding mentorship in research. Recipients will be awarded during high-level sessions at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW).

The AGA Council will not be holding nominations for the 2021 Research Mentor Award. Please check back for announcements about the 2022 nomination cycle.


The nominee:

  • Must be a current AGA member at the time of nomination.
  • Must be a member of the council section in which they are nominated in.
  • Supports DDW through attendance and participation.

Nominations are open to all current AGA members affiliated with the particular section.

When nominating, please consider diversity of mentors (e.g. gender, nationality, career level, etc.). 

The current council chair, section leaders and previous RMA recipients are ineligible for nomination.

Research Mentor Award (OMN David Alpers)

2017 Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition (OMN) RMA recipient David H. Alpers, MD, AGAF, with the OMN section chair Dennis D. Black, MD, AGAF.

Nomination submission

To nominate an AGA member for the Section Research Mentor Award, the following documents are required:

  • REQUIRED: Letter of nomination outlining the nominee’s mentoring activities. A list of the nominee’s mentees, their topics of research and their current status included in this letter is strongly encouraged.
  • REQUIRED: Nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  • OPTIONAL: Up to three additional supporting letters.

All are welcome to submit a nomination of an AGA member affiliated with the particular section. Please contact AGA Institute Council staff should you have any questions or issues completing the form. For best results, please use Chrome or Firefox. You may need to adjust your pop-up settings to ensure they are not blocked.

Research Mentor Award recipients (2011-2019)

We are pleased to announce the 2019 RMA recipients, who will be recognized during Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2019. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding AGA members for their exemplary mentorship and dedication.

Brief biographical information about each of the 2017 Research Mentor Award recipients is featured in the September 2017 issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CMGH).

2020 Award Recipients

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  • Basic & Clinical Intestinal Disorders (BCID)

    Basic & Clinical Intestinal Disorders (BCID)

  • Cellular & Molecular Gastroenterology (CMG)

    Cellular & Molecular Gastroenterology (CMG)

  • Clinical Practice (CP)

    Clinical Practice (CP)

  • Endoscopy, Technology & Imaging (ETI)

    Endoscopy, Technology & Imaging (ETI)

  • Esophageal, Gastric & Duodenal Disorders (EGD)

    Esophageal, Gastric & Duodenal Disorders (EGD)

  • Gastrointestinal Oncology (GIONC)

    Gastrointestinal Oncology (GIONC)

  • Immunology, Microbiology & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IMIBD)

    Immunology, Microbiology & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IMIBD)

  • Liver & Biliary (LB)

    Liver & Biliary (LB)

  • Microbiome & Microbial Therapy (MMT)

    Microbiome & Microbial Therapy (MMT)

  • Neurogastroenterology & Motility (NGM)

    Neurogastroenterology & Motility (NGM)

  • Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition (OMN)

    Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition (OMN)

  • Pancreatic Disorders (PAN)

    Pancreatic Disorders (PAN)

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology & Developmental Biology (PGDB)

    Pediatric Gastroenterology & Developmental Biology (PGDB)

Basic & Clinical Intestinal Disorders (BCID)

Peter H. R. Green, MD

Cellular & Molecular Gastroenterology (CMG)

Linda C. Samuelson, PhD

Clinical Practice (CP)

John M. Inadomi, MD, AGAF

Endoscopy, Technology & Imaging (ETI)

Subhas Banerjee, MD, AGAF

Esophageal, Gastric & Duodenal Disorders (EGD)

Joel E. Richter, MD, FASGE

Gastrointestinal Oncology (GIONC)

Dennis J. Ahnen, MD, AGAF

Immunology, Microbiology & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IMIBD)

Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF

Liver & Biliary (LB)

Anna Mae Diehl, MD

Microbiome & Microbial Therapy (MMT)

Fergus Shanahan, MD

Neurogastroenterology & Motility (NGM)

Henry P. Parkman, MD

Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition (OMN)

Dennis D. Black, MD, AGAF

Pancreatic Disorders (PAN)

Vay Liang W. Go, MD, AGAF

Pediatric Gastroenterology & Developmental Biology (PGDB)

D. Brent Polk, MD, AGAF

2020 – Peter H. R. Green, MD 

2019 – Wayne I. Lencer, MD, AGAF 

2018 – Gary D. Wu, MD

2017 – Nicholas O. Davidson, MD, DSc, AGAF

2016 – Kim E. Barrett, PhD, AGAF

2015 – Jerrold R. Turner, MD, PhD, AGAF

2013 – Joseph H. Sellin, MD, AGAF

2011 – James Lee Madara, MD, AGAF

2020 – Linda C. Samuelson, PhD

2019 – Mark Donowitz, MD, AGAF

2018 – Charalabos Pothoulakis, MD

2017 – Nigel W. Bunnett, PhD

2016 – James R. Goldenring, MD, PhD, AGAF

2014 – Juanita L. Merchant, MD, PhD

2012 – Pauline Kay Lund, PhD

2020 – John M. Inadomi, MD, AGAF

2019 – Linda Rabeneck, MD, MPH  

2018 – Amnon Sonnenberg, MD, MSc

2017 – Ernst Johan Kuipers, MD, PhD, AGAF

2016 – Not Awarded

2014 – Dawn Provenzale, MD, MS, AGAF

2012 – Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF

2020 – Subhas Banerjee, MD, AGAF

2019 – Irving Waxman, MD

2018 – Michael B. Wallace, MD, MPH, AGAF

2017 – Kenneth K. Wang, MD, AGAF

2016 – William R. Brugge, MD, AGAF, FASGE

2014 – Gary W. Falk, MD, MS, AGAF

2012 – Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE

2020 – Joel E. Richter, MD, FASGE

2019 – Stuart Jon Spechler, MD, AGAF

2018 – Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, AGAF

2017 – Prateek Sharma, MD

2016 – John E. Pandolfino, MD, AGAF

2015 – David Y. Graham, MD

2013 – Michael Fredrick Vaezi, MD, PhD, MSc

2011 – James M. Scheiman, MD, AGAF

2020 – Dennis J. Ahnen, MD, AGAF

2019 – Richard M. Peek, Jr., MD, AGAF

2018 – Randall W. Burt, MD, AGAF

2017 – Jun Yu, MD, PhD, AGAF

2016 – John M. Carethers, MD, AGAF

2015 – Stephen J. Meltzer, MD

2013 – Anil K. Rustgi, MD, AGAF

2011 – C. Richard Boland, MD, AGAF

2020 – Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF

2019 – Edward V. Loftus, Jr., MD, AGAF

2018 – Claudio Fiocchi, MD

2017 – Gordon R. Greenberg, MD (posthumously)

2016 – William J. Sandborn, MD, AGAF

2014 – Lloyd Mayer, MD

2012 – Paul L. Beck, MD, PhD

2020 – Anna Mae Diehl, MD

2019 – David A. Brenner, MD

2018 – Scott L. Friedman, MD

2017 – Arun J. Sanyal, MD

2016 – Not Awarded

2014 – M. Bishr Omary, MD, PhD

2012 – Nicholas F. LaRusso, MD, AGAF

2020 – Fergus Shanahan, MD

2018 – R. Balfour Sartor, MD

2018 – Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD

2017 – John F. Cryan, PhD (inaugural)

2020 – Henry P. Parkman, MD

2019 – Gianrico Farrugia, MD, AGAF 

2018 – Richard W. McCallum, MD, AGAF

2017 – Raj Goyal, MD

2016 – Jackie D. Wood, PhD, AGAF, RFF

2015 – Michael Camilleri, MD, AGAF

2013 – Yvette Taché, PhD

2011 – Joseph H. Szurszewski, PhD, AGAF

2020 – Dennis D. Black, MD, AGAF

2019 – Kelly A. Tappenden, PhD, RD

2018 – Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD, AGAF

2017 – David H. Alpers, MD, AGAF

2016 – Patrick Tso, PhD

2015 – Samuel Klein, MD

2013 – Eugene B. Chang, MD, AGAF

2011 – Khursheed N. Jeejeebhoy, PhD, MBBS, AGAF

2020 – Vay Liang W. Go, MD, AGAF

2019 – Fred S. Gorelick, MD

2018 – Suresh T. Chari, MD

2017 – Peter A. Banks, MD

2016 – David C. Whitcomb, MD, PhD, AGAF

2014 – Eugene P. DiMagno, MD

2012 – John A. Williams, MD, PhD

2020 – D. Brent Polk, MD, AGAF

2019 – Anne Marie Griffiths, MD

2018 – Deborah L. Gumucio, PhD

2017 – Paul Erick Hyman, MD

2016 – Samuel Nurko, MD, MPH

2015 – Richard J. Grand, MD

2013 – W. Allan Walker, MD, AGAF

2011 – Susan J. Henning, PhD, AGAF