William Beaumont Prize in Gastroenterology

Established in 1976, this recognition prize honors a senior investigator who has made a major contribution (a single accomplishment or series of accomplishments) that has significantly advanced care of patients with digestive diseases through clinical or translational research. For the purpose of this award, the term gastroenterology encompasses any gastrointestinal discipline, including hepatology. 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 1976, the William Beaumont Prize recognizes an individual who has made a major contribution that has significantly advanced the care of patients with digestive diseases through clinical or translational research. Since 2015, the prize has been awarded annually.


Nominees must be current AGA members and have demonstrated exemplary service to AGA, such as committee service and/or AGA fellowship. Candidates need not be gastroenterologists and consideration will be given to scientists and medical professionals from all fields; however, the nominee’s contributions must have significantly impacted the understanding and/or practice of gastroenterology as it relates to patient care. The recipient will be an individual who has made a unique and outstanding contribution of major importance to the field of gastroenterology, which will lead or has led to important new insights or advances in prevention, diagnosis, management or treatment of digestive disease.

Selection process

The recipient is selected by the AGA Governing Board. Nominees will be reviewed using the eligibility criteria listed above.


The recipient will receive a $5,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the AGA Awards Ceremony during Digestive Disease Week®. AGA will reimburse the recipient’s travel expenses and provide hotel accomodations for up to two nights. Travel expenses for one guest will also be reimbursed.

Nomination 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.

Members of the AGA Governing Board may not nominate or support another AGA member’s nomination.


Please forward all questions about this and other AGA recognition prizes to 301-941-2619 or via email at awards@gastro.org.

Recipients (1976-2023)

2023Anil K. Rustgi, MD, AGAF
2022Chung Owyang, MD
2021David Y Graham, MD
2020Dennis Ahnen, MD, AGAF; Peter Kahrilas, MD, AGAF
2019Timothy C. Wang, MD, AGAF
2018Mary K. Estes, PhD, AGAF
2017David Ahlquist, MD
2016Anna S. Lok, MD, AGAF
2015C. Richard Boland, MD, AGAF
2012Richard S. Blumberg, MD, AGAF; Hans Clevers, MD
2009Warren Strober, MD
2006Barry J. Marshall, MD
2000Martin C. Carey; Donald M. Small
1997Bert Vogelstein
1994Daniel W. Bradley; Michael Houghton; Qui-Lim Choo; George C. Kuo
1991Thomas E. Starzl
1988Saul Krugman; Mario Rizzetto; Jesse Summers
1985John G. Forte; George Sachs
1982Morton I. Grossman; Sir James W. Black
1979Bengt Borgstrom; Alan F. Hofmann
1976R.A. Gregory; Viktor Mutt