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This weekend is for women in GI

We’re thrilled to host exceptional female physicians and scientists for AGA’s Women’s Leadership Conference.

After a competitive application process, AGA is thrilled to announce the physicians and scientists invited to take part in the 2019 AGA Women’s Leadership Conference, which will take place March 8-9.

The Women’s Leadership Conference addresses the unique challenges and opportunities for women in our field. This program is geared towards both early career and experienced GI professionals and covers topics such as resilient leadership, effective communication, work/life integration and resolving conflict.

AGA thanks the 2019 program chairs for developing this year’s event: Latha Alaparthi, MD, AGAF, from Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut, and Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD, AGAF, from Baylor College of Medicine.


Early career participants 

    • Ghadah Al Ismail, MD, Washington University School of Medicine
    • Shazia Ali, MD, University of California, Irvine
    • Elizabeth Blaney, MD, Washington University School of Medicine
    • Blaire Burman, MD, Virginia Mason Medical Center
    • Alexis Calloway, MD, Digestive Healthcare of Georgia, P.C.
    • Alejandra Castillo-Roth, MD, Northern New Mexico Gastroenterology
    • Joan Chen, MD, Michigan Medicine/University of Michigan
    • Suma Chennubhotla, MD, University of Texas, Houston
    • Reezwana Chowdhury, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • Nayantara Coelho-Prabhu, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
    • Kathleen Corey, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Robin Dalal, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    • Amy Engevik, PhD, Vanderbilt University
    • Melinda Engevik, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine
    • Julia Ganz, PhD, Michigan State University
    • Aparna Goel, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    • Alison Goldin, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    • Edith Ho, MD, Case Western Reserve University/Louis Stokes VA Medical Center
    • Jennifer Horsley-Silva, MD, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale
    • Jennifer Maratt, MD, Michigan Medicine/University of Michigan
    • Fazia Mir, MD, University of New Mexico/Presbyterian Health Services
    • Michelle Nazareth, MD, Kaiser Permanente
    • Camilla Richmond, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital
    • Shailja Shah, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    • Richa Shukla, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
    • Kelly Whelan, MD, Fels Institute at Temple University
    • Victoria Yung, MD, Department of Veteran Affairs


Experienced participants 

    • Sarah Canavan, MD, Middlesex Gastroenterology
    • Aline Charabaty Pishvaian, MD, Georgetown University Hospital
    • Cuckoo Choudhary, MD, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    • Lucinda Harris, MD, AGAF, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale
    • Dominique Howard, MD, Capitol Digestive Care
    • Mary Ann Huang, MD, Centura Health
    • Michelle Kim, MD, PhD, AGAF, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    • Iona Monteiro, MD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
    • Swati Pawa, MD, FASGE, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
    • Lesley Smith, MBA, MD, University of Miami
    • Laura Targownik, MD, University of Manitoba


The 2019 Women’s Leadership Conference will be part of the inaugural AGA Leadership Development Conference, which includes participants from the AGA Future Leaders Program and the new AGA FORWARD Program.

Follow AGA on Twitter and #WomeninGI to see live photos and updates from the conference.

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