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May 9, 2019

AGA Institute Recognizes Council Section Research Mentor Award Recipients

Recipients recognized by their peers for their achievements as outstanding mentors in a specific area of research
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Bethesda, MD (May 9, 2019) — The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has announced the 2019 AGA Institute Council Section Research Mentor Award Recipients, which acknowledge AGA members for their achievements as outstanding mentors in a specific area of research. 

“The AGA Institute Council Section Research Mentor Award recipients have been nominated by their peers due to their demonstrated track records of outstanding mentorship in their area of research,” said Rhonda F. Souza, MD, AGAF. “We congratulate the 2019 Section Research Mentor Award Recipients and thank them for all they do to advance the science and practice of gastroenterology.”  

The AGA Institute Council addresses the diverse needs and specialties of its members. The AGA Institute Council is made up of elected individuals from within the AGA membership who represent 13 areas of interest within gastroenterology, called Council Sections. The council is responsible for the AGA Institute’s education program at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW), developing educational resources and holding events in targeted areas of practice and research throughout the year.

The AGA Institute Council Section Research Mentor Awards will be presented during Digestive Disease Week® 2019, May 18-21, 2019, in San Diego, California. 

Basic & Clinical Intestinal Disorders    
Wayne I. Lencer, MD, AGAF    
Harvard Medical School Pediatrics, Boston, Massachusetts

Cellular & Molecular Gastroenterology
Mark Donowitz, MD, AGAF    
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Clinical Practice     
Linda Rabeneck, MD, MPH    
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

Esophageal, Gastric & Duodenal Disorders    
Stuart Jon Spechler, MD, AGAF    
Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

Gastrointestinal Oncology    
Richard M. Peek, Jr., MD, AGAF    
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee

Imaging, Endoscopy & Advanced Technology 
Irving Waxman, MD      
University of Chicago, Illinois

Immunology, Microbiology & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 
Edward V. Loftus, Jr., MD, AGAF    
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Liver & Biliary     
David A. Brenner, MD    
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Microbiome & Microbial Therapy    
R. Balfour Sartor, MD    
University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill

Neurogastroenterology & Motility    
Gianrico Farrugia, MD, AGAF     
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition 
Kelly A. Tappenden, PhD, RD    
University of Illinois, Chicago

Pancreatic Disorders    
Fred S. Gorelick, MD    
West Haven Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Connecticut 

Pediatric Gastroenterology & Developmental Biology    
Anne Marie Griffiths, MD    
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2019 AGA Institute Council-GRG Basic Science Trainee Award

The AGA Institute Council-GRG Basic Science Trainee Award is presented to an early career investigator who submitted the highest-scoring abstract in basic science. Congratulations to the inaugural 2019 recipient.

Lai Wei, PhD candidate
University of Nevada, Reno

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Media contact: Aimee Frank,, 301-941-2620


The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.

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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 May 18-21, 2019, at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures.

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