Distinguished Educator Awards

Sheila E. Crowe, MD, AGAF, FRCPC, FACP, FACG

University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA

The AGA presents the first of two Distinguished Educator Awards to Sheila E. Crowe, MD, AGAF, FRCPC, FACP, FACG, for her achievements as an outstanding educator over a lifelong career.

Dr. Crowe’s innumerable contributions as an educator can be seen at a national and international level, across a wide-range of forums, and through her work with the AGA. Over the past decade alone, Dr. Crowe has been an invited speaker at 50 meetings, served as course director or organizer for seven meetings, and has been the moderator or chair at an additional 30 meetings. She has served as a visiting professor and scientist more than 25 times in the past decade during which she has lectured in settings as diverse as fellows meetings, obstetrics and gynecology lectures, and GI and medicine grand rounds. In these settings, she has been praised for her message clarity, knowledge depth and the effective manner in which she tailors her teaching to the audience present. Based on her wide-spread accomplishments, Dr. Crowe has been invited to serve as chair of the NIH Digestive Disease and Nutrition Fellowship selection panel and recently joined the GI board of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Crowe is an active AGA member, currently serving as councillor-at-large. While serving on the AGA Council from 2001 until 2009, Dr. Crowe played a key role in shaping the educational and scientific content for DDW®. Among numerous other contributions, Dr. Crowe has been involved in the AGA Spring Postgraduate Course (SPGC) as a frequent invited lecturer and in 2010 as the AGA SPGC director, and has served as editor of AGA Perspectives since 2009.

Dr. Crowe uses her highly effective communication style to educate patients and the public alike regarding IBD, celiac disease and nutrition topics. She recently published a seminal review article on celiac disease in the Annals of Internal Medicine and authored a book entitled "Celiac Disease for Dummies." She is a sought-after speaker on this topic, with her work appearing across television, websites, and national and consumer press.

It is often difficult to separate teaching from mentoring, and Dr. Crowe excels in both of these areas as evidenced by her continued involvement with internal medicine residents, GI fellows, junior faculty and others who benefit from her wisdom and advice.

Dr. Crowe completed her full medical training at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Following completion of her fellowship, Dr. Crowe held several leadership positions with McMaster University, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, where she was elected as a member of the Academy of Distinguished Educators. Dr. Crowe currently serves as professor, department of medicine, and director of research, division of gastroenterology, at the University of California, San Diego.

Douglas K. Rex, MD, AGAF, FACG, FASGE

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Honoring another outstanding educator in the practice of gastroenterology, the AGA recognizes Douglas K. Rex, MD, AGAF, FACG, FASGE, with its second Distinguished Educator Award.

Dr. Rex is known as an educator’s educator and mentor who has carried out his entire academic career at Indiana University (IU), Indianapolis. He has made critically important educational contributions through a combination of his formal and clinical teaching; his substantial, practical and important clinical research; his numerous authoritative clinical reviews; his widely viewed educational videos; and his major contributions to clinical guidelines and policy in gastroenterology.

Dr. Rex’s educational contributions have been widely recognized for their quality. He has received more than 50 awards and honors including four Outstanding Teacher Awards for his IU “Introduction to Medicine” course, the IU Distinguished Teacher Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Trustee Teaching Award. His selection as IU School of Medicine Chancellor’s Professor and Distinguished Professor attests to his institutional value as an educator. He has also received the American College of Gastroenterology Board of Governors Excellence in Clinical Research Award twice, as well as the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Distinguished Lecturer Award.

Dr. Rex has a remarkable presence in regional and local continuing medical education courses and lectures, making more than 1,000 such presentations. He has also authored more than 170 original research papers, 50 book chapters, 180 invited papers, 40 editorials and 35 guideline papers. His papers are among the most widely cited in the field. He is an associate editor of GI & Hepatology News and Journal Watch Gastroenterology, and a member of the editorial boards of Gastroenterology, the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics, among others.

Nationally, Dr. Rex has served on more than 40 panels and task forces that have developed major guidelines related to colon cancer screening and surveillance, colonoscopy preparation, sedation, and management of complications, among others. From 2000 to 2006, he was the chairman of the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. He has also provided his expertise as a presenter and director for the industry’s most prestigious meetings, including the AGA Postgraduate Course and DDW®.

Dr. Rex graduated from Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, summa cum laude in 1976 and with highest distinction from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1980. He served as chief medical resident at Indiana University Hospital prior to joining the faculty at Indiana University in 1985. Dr. Rex’s major research interests have been in colorectal disease and, in particular, colorectal cancer screening and the technical performance of colonoscopy.