Contact: Rachel Shubert
Bethesda, MD (Feb. 12, 2018) — American Gastroenterological Association is pleased to announce that Bishr Omary, MD, PhD, AGAF, will join the AGA Institute board as vice president in June 2018. He will serve as president in 2020-2021.
Former editor-in-chief of the field’s leading journal, Gastroenterology, published by AGA, Dr. Omary is the executive vice dean for research in the University of Michigan Medical School and chief scientific officer for Michigan Medicine.
“Bishr is an extraordinarily strategic thinker who is highly committed to the clinical, research and education missions of the AGA,” said Timothy C. Wang, MD, AGAF, chair of the AGA nominating committee, former AGA president and chief of digestive and liver diseases at Columbia University.
Dr. Omary is among a handful of international leaders in the fields of GI biology and physiology. His scientific research contributions span a wide range of topics, particularly liver and pancreas biology and disease perspectives, and include basic, translational and clinical studies.
“I am humbled and honored, beyond words, to be selected for this role. I look forward to working steadfastly and collaboratively to serve our community at large,” Dr. Omary stated when informed of his selection.
Throughout his academic career, Dr. Omary has come to be known as an outstanding mentor, a very gifted and dedicated physician-scientist, and someone who works extraordinarily hard on behalf of his trainees, mentees and faculty.
An AGA member since his days as a GI fellowship trainee, Dr. Omary has been an influential figure in the organization. He has served on the Education and Training, Nominating, Research Policy and Publications Committees, and is a regular faculty at the AGA Academic Skills Workshop. He served as editor-in-chief of Gastroenterology, and as an advisory board member of the new AGA journal, Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
After receiving his undergraduate degree in chemistry from George Mason University in 1976, Dr. Omary went on to earn his PhD in 1980 in chemistry from the University of California (UC), San Diego. In 1984, Dr. Omary received his medical degree from the University of Miami, Florida, followed by residency in internal medicine at UC Irvine and fellowship in gastroenterology at UC San Diego. Prior to moving to the University of Michigan in 2008 to oversee its department of molecular and integrative physiology, Dr. Omary began his independent academic career at Stanford University where he spent 19 years that included serving as chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology. He gave up his role as chair of physiology last year after being selected for his current position at Michigan as executive vice dean for research.
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