Barbara H. Jung, MD, AGAF, has been inducted as the 118th president of the AGA Institute. She currently serves as the first woman Robert G. Petersdorf professor and chair of internal medicine at the University of Washington and is the fourth woman president to lead AGA.
Dr. Jung is an international expert in the field of TGF-beta superfamily signaling in colon cancer and has made significant contributions at AGA prior to becoming president, most recently as a member of the finance and operations committee, chair-elect of the audit committee and vice chair of the AGA Research Foundation.
Born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Munich, Germany, Dr. Jung’s parents provided unconditional support for her career choice in medicine and nurtured her leadership skills throughout her childhood.
Her academic career began at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich followed by post-doctoral studies in colon cancer at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in San Diego and eventually culminating in an internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Jung joined the AGA Governing Board in June 2021 as vice president and served as president-elect prior to assuming the top leadership role. Over her time as an AGA member (which started during fellowship), Dr. Jung has also served on the AGA Audit Committee, AGA Registry Research and Publications Committee, AGA Research Policy Committee and AGA Innovation and Technology Task Force. In 2017, she co-organized the AGA Academic Skills Workshop to train the next generation of gastroenterologists.