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See our list of top GI mentors

Hereā€™s a round of applause for GIs who dedicate their time to support the next generation of GI.

Mentors play an important role in the GI community, whether assigned in the professional arena during fellowship, adopted as a personal role model or invited to be a combination of both along the way.

January is National Mentoring Month and Jan. 27 is Thank Your Mentor Day. Weā€™re recognizing mentors who volunteer time and resources to develop the future of GI through AGA career development and leadership programs. Check out our list of top AGA mentors below.

AGA Future Leaders Program

Through the AGA Future Leaders Program, participants develop an understanding of what it takes to hold key leadership positions within AGA and ultimately how to make a positive impact on the field. Mentors foster growth and offer experience-building opportunities and connections for their mentees.

Here are the mentors participating in the 2022-2023 program:

  • Xavier Llor, MD, PhD
  • Rohit Kohli, MD
  • Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, AGAF
  • Christen Dilly, MD, MEHP, AGAF*
  • Michael Kochman, MD, AGAF
  • Sonia Kupfer, MD, AGAF
  • Robert (Bob) Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF*
  • Ezra Burstein, MD, PhD, AGAF
  • Kimberly M. Persley, MD, AGAF


The Fostering Opportunities Resulting in Workforce and Research Diversity (FORWARD) Program connects senior and peer mentors with physician-scientists from underrepresented populations who are shaping the future of academic medicine.

Here are the mentors participating in the 2022-2023 FORWARD program:

  • Maria Abreu, MD, AGAF*
  • Richard (Rick) Boland, MD, AGAF*
  • John Carethers, MD, AGAF
  • Rotonya M. Carr, MD
  • Darwin Conwell, MD, MS
  • Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS
  • Guadalupe (Lupe) Garcia-Tsao
  • Gail Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF
  • John Inadomi, MD, AGAF
  • David Lieberman, MD, AGAF
  • Anna Lok, MD, DSc (Hon), AGAF
  • Jorge Marrero, MD, MS, AGAF
  • Anil Rustgi, MD, AGAF
  • Robert (Bob) Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF*
  • Richard Sterling, MD, MSc, FACP, AGAF
  • Elliot Tapper, MD
  • Gary Wu, MD

2021-2023 FORWARD Near-Peer Mentors

  • Yelina Alvarez, MD, PhD
  • Dominique Bailey, MD
  • Veroushka Ballester, MD, MSc
  • Nneka Ufere, MD
  • Eric Vargas Valls, MD

AGA Career Compass App

Our new app AGA Career Compass includes mentoring and networking through Connection Corner, a program matching senior and peer mentors with GI fellowship trainees and early career members.

Trainee and early career members can download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Here are the AGA members who serve as mentors in the app:

  • Cynthia Ko, MD, MS
  • Avinash Ketwaroo, MD
  • Peter Liang, MD, MPH
  • Jatin Roper, MD
  • Christen Dilly, MD, MEHP, AGAF*
  • Peter Holt, MD, AGAF
  • Nuzhat Ahmad, MD
  • Douglas Simonetto, MD
  • Maria Abreu, MD, AGAF*
  • Deborah Proctor, MD, AGAF
  • Ome Perez Gutierrez, MD
  • Huiping Zhou, PhD, AGAF
  • Dale Bachwich, MD
  • David Katzka, MD, AGAF
  • Monina Pascua, MD, PharmD, MSCE
  • Lawrence Kim, MD, AGAF
  • Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MD, MPH
  • Lea Ann Chen, MD, AGAF
  • Satish Rao, MD, PhD, FRCP, AGAF
*Indicates mentorship in more than one program.

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