About AGA

The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, AGA has grown to include 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, a 501(c)(6) organization, administers all membership and public policy activities, while the AGA Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization, runs the organization’s practice, research and educational programs.

On a monthly basis, the AGA Institute publishes three highly respected journals, Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

The organization's annual meeting is Digestive Disease Week®, which is held each May and is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

The AGA Research Foundation provides digestive disease research grants on behalf of the AGA Institute.

AGA's Strategic Plan

The strategic plan preserves AGA’s strengths and builds upon new opportunities while meeting the needs of a diverse membership. The plan supports both researchers and clinicians in meaningful ways, strengthens AGA’s commitment to advocacy and significantly enhances education, one of AGA’s core strengths.

The needs of all the AGA member constituencies are addressed by the plan, the essence of which is summed up by our mission statement: To Advance the Science and Practice of Gastroenterology.

Under this plan, AGA can address the breadth of issues facing the field, identify trends likely to impact the field, and act swiftly to capitalize on new forces.

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AGA Research Foundation's Strategic Plan

Download a PDF of the AGA Research Foundation's strategic plan.