Distinguished Mentor Award

John Thomas Lamont, MD, AGAF

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA 

The AGA honors John Thomas Lamont, MD, AGAF, with its Distinguished Mentor Award, which recognizes an individual for his or her achievements as an outstanding mentor over a lifelong career.

Throughout his 40 year career in academic gastroenterology, Dr. Lamont has shown excellence and leadership in clinical care, teaching and research. He has an international reputation as a clinical scientist and is widely regarded for his integrity, fairness, and humanistic and personal approach to nurturing his students’ careers.

During his tenures at Boston University Medical Center, MA, and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA, Dr. Lamont is credited with mentoring today’s leaders in hepatology, esophageal disease, colon cancer, GI infectious diseases and GI endoscopy. He is widely known for the selfless support he provides to medical students, interns, residents and fellowship trainees. Dr. Lamont is described as a mentor for the ages, as his guidance and advice is provided with the same care and candor to medical students and full professors alike.

As chief of gastroenterology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Dr. Lamont created an outstanding clinical and educational program and a research team enormously successful in publications and grant support. Under his leadership, the GI division ran one of the best GI fellowship programs in the country. Equally impressive, during his tenure at BIDMC, Dr. Lamont initiated the promotion of 10 GI faculty to the rank of full professor at Harvard Medical School. In recognition of his superlative mentoring, he received the Center for Faculty Development Mentorship Award for Excellence in Mentoring at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2009.

Dr. Lamont’s outstanding credentials as an editor, writer and researcher contribute enormously to his success and credibility as a mentor. Dr. Lamont has to his credit more than 200 publications on MedLine, with studies focusing on bacterial toxins, C. difficile, inflammation and colitis. From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Lamont served as senior associate editor of Gastroenterology, and since 2001, he has been the associate editor for GI and liver diseases for New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Lamont is also editor-in-chief for gastroenterology for UpToDate.

At a national level, Dr. Lamont has received considerable recognition from the FDA, which has been crucial in the development of several targeted therapies in gastrointestinal diseases. He has received substantial levels of funding from the NIH, with an NIH Merit Award from 1996 to 2006. Dr. Lamont has been an active member of the AGA since 1974, serving as councillor-at-large on the AGA Governing Board from 1992 to 1994, and as a member of numerous committees, including the Finance and Audit Committees and on the AGA PAC Board of Advisors.

Dr. Lamont received his medical degree from the University of Rochester, NY, in 1965 and completed his internship and residency at University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. After GI fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, he joined the staff at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1975 until 1980 when he was recruited to Boston University School of Medicine as chief of GI. From 1996 to 2012, Dr. Lamont served as the Charlotte and Irving Rabb professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of gastroenterology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.