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 17 investigators with more than $2 million in research funding in the 2020 award year.

2020 Research Scholar Award Recipients

  • Andrea Geisz, PhD
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    Andrea Geisz, PhD

  • Haifa Mtaweh, MD
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    Haifa Mtaweh, MD

  • Long H. Nguyen, MD, MS
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    Long H. Nguyen, MD, MS

  • Shuang Wang, PhD
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    Shuang Wang, PhD

  • Samuel J. Klempner, MD
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    Samuel J. Klempner, MD

  • José Ordovas-Montañes, PhD
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    José Ordovas-Montañes, PhD

Andrea Geisz, PhD

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Massachusetts

Haifa Mtaweh, MD

The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

Long H. Nguyen, MD, MS

Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston

Shuang Wang, PhD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City

Samuel J. Klempner, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, AGA-Gastric Cancer Foundation Ben Feinstein Memorial RSA in Gastric Cancer

José Ordovas-Montañes, PhD

Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts, AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals RSA in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

AGA-Allergan Foundation Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Chun-Jun Guo, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City

AGA-Allergan Foundation Pilot Research Award in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Jun Wu, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award
Hien Dang, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tirthadipa Pradhan-Sundd, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

AGA-Pfizer Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Mallory Chavannes, MD, MHSc, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, California
Trevor M. Darby, PhD, MS, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Michael Howitt, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine, California 

AGA-Rome Foundation Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Pilot Research Award
Nitin Kumar Ahuja, MD, MS, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Bindu Chandrasekharan, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 

AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn & Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer 
Peter S. Liang, MD, MPH, New York University Langone Health, New York City 

AGA-R. Robert & Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer
Ajay Goel, PhD, Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Monrovia, California 

AGA-Moti L. & Kamla Rustgi International Travel Awards
Vera Peters, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
Clement Wu, MBBS, MRCP, M.Med, Singapore General Hospital

AGA Fellow Abstract of the Year 
Muyiwa Awoniyi, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

AGA Fellow Abstract Prize
Jennifer Cai, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Amanda Cartee, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Nour Eissa, PhD, BVetMed, PGDip, MVSc, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Amy Engevik, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Lasha Gogokhia, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
Houssam Halawi, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Monika Laszkowska, MD, New York Presbyterian – Columbia University Medical Center
Rishi Naik, MD, MSCI, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Michael Schumacher, PhD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, California
Sarah Short, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Marianne Spalinger, PhD, University of California, Riverside
Priya Vijayvargiya, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Lan Ye, MD, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, Georgia

AGA Student Abstract of the Year
Amanda Ricciuto, MD, University of Toronto – Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Ontario, Canada

AGA Student Abstract Prize
Rachel Brown, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Sihan Ji, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Rishad Khan, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
David Kruchko, DO, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois
Raaj Mehta, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Anne Meyer, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Alberto Perez-Medina, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Stephanie Rock, MD, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Samantha Savitch, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Erik Snider, MD, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
Yoojin Sohn, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Omar Viramontes, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Yiling Zhang, MBBS, Johns Hopkins University Bayview Campus, Baltimore, Maryland

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AGA Research Foundation

Even the most qualified of young investigators can no longer depend on government funding and they are leaving the field because they are unable to sustain a research career. With your help, AGA can help bridge that gap.