Council & Sections

The AGA Institute maintains a council to address the diverse needs and specialties of its members. The AGA Institute Council is made up of elected representatives from the 13 special interest groups, or sections, within the AGA membership. 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 throughout the year.



Programming at DDW

We hope to see you in Chicago for Digestive Disease Week ® (DDW)! This year’s AGA Institute Council Highlights at DDW 2017 booklet is a great resource for planning which sessions and activities you’d like to participate in while showing which of our 13 sections planned and/or sponsored it.

AGA Abstract Funding Report
View the AGA Abstract Funding Report - a list of sources of funding for AGA oral and poster presentations at DDW 2017. Information contained in this report is current as of March 9, 2017.



Recommend changes in abstract descriptor categories, or suggest topics and speakers.


Volunteer to review submitted abstracts or present your work at the next DDW.



How to Join a Section

The council is divided into 13 sections that represent special interest groups among AGA members. AGA invites all members to join up to six sections. By joining a section, AGA members will benefit from networking opportunities, professional recognition and growth, and involvement in the council’s educational programming at DDW and throughout the year. To join or manage your section affiliations, email or visit My AGA. Review your section’s page for ideas on how you can get involved.



Meet the council
Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF
Council Chair: Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF

“I am honored and excited to have been chosen as the next AGA council chair. My goal will be to make the time spent by our AGA members at DDW the most impactful for their professions as clinicians and researchers. We will work as a group to reduce redundancy and make the program the most important single meeting members attend every year.”

Interested in hearing more? Click here to watch a short video of Dr. Maria T. Abreu, chair of the AGA Institute Council, explaining what the council is, what it does, and how you can get involved!