Outstanding Service Award

Joel V. Brill, MD, AGAF

Predictive Health, LLC
Phoenix, AZ

In recognition of his contributions to the AGA and its members for nearly 15 years, the AGA presents Joel V. Brill, MD, AGAF, with the first of two Outstanding Service Awards. Dr. Brill receives this award for his significant contributions to the field of digestive diseases through public education, literature, philanthropy and personal service.

Dr. Brill’s dedication to gastroenterology can be felt daily. His service includes development of guidelines and quality measures, and working to ensure fair coding and reimbursement opportunities for GIs through his work at the CPT® Editorial Panel, the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® and the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC), for which he served as the vice chair of the practice expense subcommittee through 2012. Dr. Brill has served as chair of the AGA Practice Management and Economics Committee, and co-created and provides ongoing leadership to the AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry®, the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology, the AGA Digestive Health Recognition Program, the AGA Payor Policy Workgroup and the AGA Colonoscopy Bundle Workgroup. In addition, Dr. Brill currently serves as associate editor for GI & Hepatology News and previously served as the section editor for the “Practice Management: Opportunities and Challenges” section in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Brill has represented the AGA at meetings with the AMA, numerous specialty societies and payors, Congress, HHS, NIH, FDA, CMS, the Government Accountability Office, the Congressional Budget Office, the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies.

Dr. Brill is the medical director of FAIR Health, Inc., an independent not-for-profit corporation that offers unbiased data products and services to consumers, the health-care community, employers, unions, government agencies, policymakers and researchers. He is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, and an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ. Dr. Brill is the chief medical officer of Predictive Health, LLC, where his areas of focus include health-care business strategy, quality improvement, and proactive solutions for collaborative medical and care management.

Dr. Brill received his undergraduate AB in biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and graduated from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science – Chicago Medical School, IL, then completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at UCLA, San Fernando Valley Program, and fellowship in gastroenterology at Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center. Dr. Brill completed the Management Program for Health Care Organizations at the UCLA School of Public Health.

Dr. Brill has been married to Laurie for 33 years; they share their house with three dogs, seven cats, one bird, bunnies and roadrunners in the front yard and a snake in the back. They have two sons: Jacob, a student at Arizona State University, and Zach, a student at the University of Washington.

Congressman Bill Cassidy, MD, R-LA

Louisiana Sixth District
U.S. House of Representatives

The AGA honors the second Outstanding Service Award to Congressman Bill Cassidy, MD, R-LA, to honor his contributions to society’s health and welfare in the form of legislation, philanthropy and other endeavor ideally related to digestive disease.

Congressman Bill Cassidy is a lifelong public servant, who is a physician, teacher, community leader, father and husband. Since being elected to Congress in 2008, Rep. Cassidy has worked tirelessly on behalf of gastroenterologists and physicians across the country and to ensure patients have access to timely specialty care. He is a dedicated champion of an array of public policy issues critical to the research and practice of gastroenterology, including providing education and treatment on hepatitis C, insuring that ambulatory surgery centers remain viable for physicians and patients, and working to modernize the Medicare physician payment formula, among other important issues. Rep. Cassidy always brings the perspective of the clinician in seeking the best outcome for patients. Rep. Cassidy and his staff are extremely accessible and willing to tackle the myriad of issues facing the medical community.

As an associate professor of medicine with Louisiana State University, Rep. Cassidy has provided care for uninsured patients and taught doctors in training at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge for over twenty years. He co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic which provides free dental and health care to the working uninsured, and created a private-public partnership to vaccinate 36,000 children in the Greater Baton Rouge area against hepatitis B at no cost to schools or parents. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Rep. led a group of health-care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health care to hurricane evacuees.

Rep. Cassidy attended Tara High School, Baton Rouge, LA, the Louisiana State University and the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans. Before his election to serve Louisiana's Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Cassidy served in the Louisiana State Senate.

In the U.S. House, Rep. Cassidy serves on the Energy & Commerce Committee, as well as on the following subcommittees: 1) Health, 2) Energy and Power and 3) Environment and the Economy. He serves as an Assistant Whip for the House Republican Conference. His legislative focus is health care, energy and coastal restoration.