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Welcome AGA’s new president: David A. Lieberman, MD, AGAF

Dr. Lieberman to serve as 2018-2019 AGA Institute president.

Washington, D.C. (June 5, 2018) — David A. Lieberman, MD, AGAF, will begin his term as the 113th president of the AGA Institute immediately following Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018. 

Dr. Lieberman, who is a highly regarded colorectal cancer screening expert, has served as chief of the division of gastroenterology at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland, for the last 20 years.

“Leading a division of 22 gastroenterologists and hepatologists has been one of the biggest joys and learning opportunities of my career,” said Dr. Lieberman, who also serves as professor of medicine at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center. “I’ve seen first-hand the greatest challenges and opportunities facing today’s gastroenterologists. During my presidency, I will work tirelessly for the AGA members across the globe who are working to advance the practice, care and science of gastroenterology.”

Dr. Lieberman’s colorectal cancer screening research has had a profound and lasting impact on the field of gastroenterology. Dr. Lieberman led several seminal Veterans Affairs research studies — the results of this work had a major impact on Medicare’s decision to cover screening colonoscopy. This work also led to the inclusion of colonoscopy as an average-risk screening option in the guidelines of the American Cancer Society and all the GI societies and, last, by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in 2008. 

Dr. Lieberman has been an active member of the American Gastroenterological Assoication since joining the organization as a GI fellow in 1982, serving in at least 30 different roles during this time. Dr. Lieberman previously served on the AGA Institute Governing Board as clinical research councillor from 2012 to 2015. He rejoined the board in 2016 as vice president in succession for AGA presidency in 2018.

To learn more about Dr. Lieberman, read this Gastroenterology article detailing his upbringing, work, awards and contributions to the GI field throughout the years.


Media contact: Rachel Shubert, [email protected], 301-272-1603

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About Digestive Disease Week®

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), DDW takes place June 2-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. More information can be found at

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