Research & Awards

Meet Our Awardees

The AGA Research Awards Program supports talented investigators who are pursuing careers in digestive disease research.

The AGA Research Foundation is pleased to award 61 investigators with more than $2.5 million in research funding in the 2022 award year.

2022 Research Scholar Award Recipients

  • Kathleen Curtius, PhD, MS

    Kathleen Curtius, PhD, MS

  • Trisha Satya Pasricha, MD, MPH

    Trisha Satya Pasricha, MD, MPH

  • Bomi Lee, PhD, MS

    Bomi Lee, PhD, MS

  • Christine E. Eyler, MD, PhD

    Christine E. Eyler, MD, PhD

  • Joel Gabre, MD

    Joel Gabre, MD

  • Srinivas Gaddam, MD, MPH

    Srinivas Gaddam, MD, MPH

  • Claire L. Jansson-Knodell, MD

    Claire L. Jansson-Knodell, MD

Kathleen Curtius, PhD, MS

University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Trisha Satya Pasricha, MD, MPH

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Bomi Lee, PhD, MS

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Christine E. Eyler, MD, PhD

Duke University, Durham, NC

Joel Gabre, MD

Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY

Srinivas Gaddam, MD, MPH

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Claire L. Jansson-Knodell, MD

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

AGA-R. ROBERT & SALLY FUNDERBURG RESEARCH AWARD IN GASTRIC CANCER

Eunyoung Choi, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

AGA-CAROLINE CRAIG AUGUSTYN & DAMIAN AUGUSTYN AWARD IN DIGESTIVE CANCER

Sarah Palmer Short, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

AGA-MEDTRONIC PILOT RESEARCH AWARD IN ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE

Dennis Shung, MD, MHS, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

AGA-MERCK PILOT RESEARCH AWARD IN COLORECTAL CANCER HEALTH DISPARITIES

Sonia Kupfer, MD, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

AGA-BRISTOL MYERS SQUIBB PILOT RESEARCH AWARD IN INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE HEALTH DISPARITIES

Chung Sang Tse, MD, University of California, San Diego, CA

AGA PILOT RESEARCH AWARD IN HEALTH DISPARITIES (Funded by Janssen Biotech, Inc.)

Jennifer Flemming, MD, MAS, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

AGA PILOT RESEARCH AWARD IN DIGESTIVE DISEASE HEALTH DISPARITIES

Young-Rock Hong, PhD, MPH, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

AGA-AMGEN PILOT RESEARCH AWARD IN DIGESTIVE DISEASE HEALTH DISPARITIES

Zachary Reichenbach, MD, PhD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

AGA-PFIZER PILOT RESEARCH AWARD IN INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE

Melinda Engevik, PhD, MS, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Andre Paes Batista da Silva, PhD, MSC, DDS, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Karen Edelblum, PhD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

AGA-AMAN ARMAAN AHMED FAMILY SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD

Gabriela Ortiz, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Daniella Montalvo, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Subear Hussein, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Hussein Herz, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Kaleb Tesfai, University of California, San Diego

Varun Ponnusamy, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

AGA FELLOW ABSTRACT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Masaru Sasaki, MD, PhD, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA

AGA STUDENT ABSTRACT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Anitha Vijay, MS, Penn State University, State College, PA

Maafi Rizwana Islam, PhD, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

FELLOW ABSTRACT AWARDS

Nicolette Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Hyunseok Kim, MD, PhD, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Margaret Zhou, MD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Steven Steinway, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Su-Hyung Lee, PhD, DVM, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Ian Greenberg, MD, Dallas Methodist Hospital, Dallas, TX

Jonathan Xia, MD, PhD, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Donevan Westerveld, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY

Haley Zylberberg, MD, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY

Maria Jesus Villanueva Millan, PhD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Duke Geem, MD, PhD. Children s Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Fauzi Feris Jassir, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Melissa Musser, MD, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

STUDENT ABSTRACT AWARDS

Kushal Saha, MS, BS, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

Winston Liu, BS. Duke University, Durham, NC

Yoojin Sohn, BS, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Jamie Yang, BS, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Rachel Hopton, BS, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Alina Li, BS, Columbia University, New York, NY

Eleazar Montalvan Sanchez, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Christina Lin, MD, BA, BS, Kaiser Permanente Northern California -Santa Clara, CA

Conrad Fernandes, MD, BA, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Hajar Hazime, MS, BS, University of Miami, FL

Blaine Prichard, BS, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

A. Georgetta Skinner, MS, BS, A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO

AGA ABSTRACT AWARD FOR HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH

Kai Wang, PhD (Fellow), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Alan De La Rosa, MD (Fellow), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Timothy Andrew Zaki, MD, BS (Student), UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Megan McLeod, MD, MS, BA, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (student)

AGA-APFED ABSTRACT AWARD IN EOSINOPHILIC GI DISEASES

Takeo Hara, MD, PhD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA

Michael Wang, BS, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham. NC

Melissa Nelson, MD, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX

AGA-MOTI L. & KAMLA RUSTGI INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AWARD

Joost Algera, MD, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Ashkan Rezazadeh Ardabili, MD, MS, BS, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Maastricht, Netherlands

See the projects funded by AGA Giving Day: Supporting health disparities research

AGA Fellow Abstract Prize
Kibrom Alula, PhD, MS, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Rahul Dalal, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Phillip Gu, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas
Wenjie Ma, MBBS, MS, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Anita Rao, MD, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Nicolette Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Saeed Soleymanjahi, MD, MPH, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Kartikeya Tripathi, MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School – Baystate Campus, Springfield, Massachusetts

AGA Student Abstract Prize
Rishi Bansal, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
Natasha Golovchenko, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, New Jersey
Adam Hamilton, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Luo Jia, MS, Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey
Rachel Levantovsky, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
James Luo, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Kushal Saha, MS, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Jiho Sohn, State University of New York, Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
Matthew Townsend, MS, MPP, Harvard University Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Parth Trivedi, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
Grace Wang, MD, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Vanessa Yu, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Joyce Zhou, Harvard University Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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