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  February 17, 2021

AGA welcomes new governing board members

We’re thrilled to announce our newest leaders, each of whom brings unique skills, perspective and experience to lead AGA into the future.
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Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, AGAF, chair of the AGA Nominating Committee, is pleased to announce that Barbara Jung, MD, AGAF, joins the presidential line up for AGA.

Vice President

Barbara Jung, MD, AGAF

Barbara Jung, MD, AGAF

Chair, Department of Medicine
University of Washington

Dr. Jung is an international expert in the field of TGF-beta superfamily signaling in colon cancer and has worn many hats at AGA, most recently as a member of the finance and operations committee, chair-elect of audit committee and vice chair of the AGA Research Foundation.

Dr. Jung will serve as vice president, then president elect and will become AGA president after Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2023.

Read her bio from the University of Washington where she is the chair for the Department of Medicine overseeing 13 divisions with over 3,500 faculty and staff in total.

Secretary/Treasurer-Elect

John Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF

John Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF

Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Michigan

John Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF, is a former AGA president (2014) and Julius Friedenwald Medal (2019) recipient. He is currently editor-in-chief for GI & Hepatology News. His research is focused on health system efficiency, alternative payment models for gastroenterology, quality improvement in colonoscopy and colon cancer prevention.

 Read his bio from the University of Michigan.

Foundation Chair-Elect

Michael Camilleri, MD, AGAF

Michael Camilleri, MD, AGAF

Consultant, Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Mayo Clinic

Michael Camilleri, MD, AGAF, is a former AGA president (2015), AGA Julius Friedenwald Medal (2021) recipient, AGA Distinguished Mentor Award (2012) recipient and has been involved in many AGA committees and publications, most recently having been vice chair of the AGA Research Foundation. His areas of focus are gastroparesis, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, bile acid diarrhea, GI disorders in neurological diseases, and pharmacogenetics and novel pharmacotherapeutics.

Read his bio from the Mayo Clinic.

The nominating committee also appointed the following slate of councillors which is subject to membership vote.

Practice Councillor

Naresh Gunaratnam, MD, AGAF

Naresh Gunaratnam, MD, AGAF

President and CEO
Huron Gastro Center for Digestive Care

Naresh Gunaratnam, MD, AGAF, is an AGA Distinguished Clinician Award (2019) recipient, served on the AGA Institute Practice Management and Economics Committee and currently serves as liaison to the AGA PAC Board of Advisors. He is president and CEO of Huron Gastro Center for Digestive Care.

Read his bio from Huron Gastro.

Clinical Research Councillor

Andrew T. Chan, MD, MPH, AGAF

Andrew T. Chan, MD, MPH, AGAF

Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Andrew T. Chan, MD, MPH, AGAF, is a former chair of the AGA Institute Research Policy Committee and currently a section editor for Gastroenterology. He is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Clinical and Transplant Epidemiology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and a physician-investigator. His research is focused on prevention and treatment of chronic digestive diseases, including colorectal cancer, with clinical expertise in gastrointestinal cancer genetics.

Read his bio from the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Pending approval by the voting membership, all board members begin their terms after DDW 2021. The voting membership will be sent a ballot to approve the slate of councillors on or before March 22, 2021, with a response date of no later than April 23, 2021. Results will be announced at the AGA Annual Business Meeting on May 26, 2021.

Thank you to our nominating committee members:

  • Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, AGAF (chair)
  • M. Bishr Omary MD, PhD, AGAF (chair-elect)
  • Naga P. Chalasani, MD, AGAF
  • Daniel Freedberg, MD, MS
  • Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, AGAF
  • Theodore R. Levin, MD
  • Rosa Maria Munoz Xicola, MD
  • Ibironke Oduyebo, MD
  • Susan N. Ramdhaney, MD, AGAF
  • Vinod K. Rustgi, MD, AGAF
  • Shanthi Srinivasan, MD, AGAF
  • Isabella T. Tai, MD, PhD
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