Meet our Donors

Thank you to our donors for their commitment to research through the AGA Research Foundation.


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"To understand the fundamental mechanism of disease process, particularly chronic diseases is always a challenge, but it is critical to be able to interfere with the disease process, halt progression and hopefully achieve a cure. Research has to be continued and we have to train young investigators. On behalf of my wife and myself, we want to thank the AGA Research Foundation for its commitment to promote discovery. It is critical that we support and give to the AGA Research Foundation." — Kiron M. Das, MD, PhD, AGAF



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Michael Camilleri, MD, AGAF

“I was at a crossroads in my career when I received funding from the AGA. Having been personally a recipient of awards from the AGA Research Foundation, I believe it is now important to give back. This is one of the ways I will impact not only the careers of young colleagues, but ultimately patient care.” — Michael Camilleri, MD, AGAF

David A. Peura, MD, AGAF

"We're in an unprecedented time in medicine where we have such powerful tools to look for the underlying causes of disease. The AGA Research Foundation hopes to be able to provide funding to young researchers pursuing the most promising lines of investigation. It's critical to enable them to develop new ideas and generate initial data, which will allow them to compete for subsequent additional funding and continue their research." —David A. Peura, MD, AGAF

Anil K. Rustgi, MD, AGAF

“I give back to the AGA Research Foundation because I look forward to new discoveries in the science of gastroenterology and translating those discoveries into benefitting patient care.” —Anil K. Rustgi, MD, AGAF

Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd, AGAF

“It’s so important for our clinicians who take care of our patients to support our researchers. The promises of futures that are going to be discovered in the future will help all of our future patients and the communities that we all live in. And so it is critical that we support and give to the AGA Research Foundation.” — Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd, AGAF

Rob Funderburg

"My brothers Alex and Hugh and I are very proud of the caliber of researchers the Funderburg Award has supported to date. We hope that increasing the amount of the award will speed research that will ultimately lead to a cure for gastric cancer." —Rob Funderburg

James W. Freston, MD, PhD, AGAF

"The disease burden in digestive disease is staggering. The AGA has stated repeatedly that one of its priorities is to support research, and I trust the AGA to use our endowment wisely [to support] research and for the development of young investigators. Research has to be continued, and we have to train young investigators. The AGA is committed to this, and through the foundation, we hope to raise a lot more money." —James W. Freston, MD, PhD, AGAF

Nicholas F. LaRusso, MD, AGAF

“Donating to the AGA Research Foundation is an investment in the future of our specialty; even more directly, it’s an investment in the quality of care that we will provide patients in the future.” —Nicholas F. LaRusso, MD, AGAF

Yvonne Romero, MD

"Far before it was fashionable and politically correct to do so, the AGA gave me, and others like me, support to improve our skills in study design and to conduct research. The AGA has shown a genuine interest in improving diversity in its membership via committees for women and underrepresented minorities and through the Investing in the Future Program, which encourages underrepresented minority medical students to consider careers in GI. Thus, when the opportunity was presented to support the AGA as part of the Legacy Society in 2010, I jumped at the chance. I am more than honored to lend support to a society that helps all trainees and members interested in research improve their methodology and advance science for the benefit of our patients, without regard to sex, age or ethnicity. I am a proud member of the AGA Legacy Society." —Yvonne Romero, MD