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AGA’s New President is Equipped to Guide GIs through Rapidly Changing Practice and Research Landscape

Orlando, FL (May 21, 2013) — The highly renowned physician, scientist and mentor, Anil K. Rustgi, MD, AGAF, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, will continue his service to the domestic and international members of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the broad GI community throughout the coming year in his new role as president of the AGA Institute. Dr. Rustgi’s term begins at the conclusion of Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2013.

“Anil is a highly accomplished gastroenterologist whose remarkable talents are very much evident through his clinical and research work. He embodies those valuable personal qualities that one hopes to find in a distinguished leader and, thus, the AGA Institute is indeed most fortunate to have a person of such caliber as its next president,” said Kurt Isselbacher, MD, AGAF, past chief of gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital; past founding director, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center; and past president, AGA.

Deeply involved in the work of the AGA for more than two decades, Dr. Rustgi understands the careful and diligent approach he must take to maintain the appropriate balance between the practice and science of gastroenterology, as well as its collaborative relationships with the many other digestive disease-related societies both at home and abroad. Former editor-in-chief of Gastroenterology (2006-2011), he has been a member and chair of numerous AGA committees, including the Gastrointestinal Oncology Council Section, the Abstract Committee for GI Oncology, and the Education and Nominating Committees.

When asked, Daniel Podolsky, MD, AGAF, past AGA president, past chief of gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and current president of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said of Dr. Rustgi: “Anil has consistently brought both expertise and outstanding judgment to all of his responsibilities. Given the breadth of his experiences and his many talents, the AGA is fortunate to have him serve as our next president.”

Additional to his major commitments to the AGA, Dr. Rustgi has been an active member and leader at the American Association for Cancer Research and currently serves on the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health, a highly regarded position appointed by the secretary of Health and Human Services. He has received a number of awards and honors, including election into the American Society for Clinical Investigators and the Association of American Physicians, and is a recipient of American Cancer Society Research Professorship.

As a leader in the field of GI cancer research, Dr. Rustgi has made seminal contributions to understanding the mechanisms underlying the development of several major GI cancers, notably esophageal, pancreatic and colorectal cancers. His prominence in this field led to his being elected to the advisory boards of several international foundations on pancreatic cancer research, including the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and National Pancreas Foundation. Dr. Rustgi is an active clinician in the care of patients, especially with GI cancers and genetic disorders. He is also engaged in teaching, mentorship and outreach programs.

Dr. Rustgi graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 1980 and from Duke University Medical School, Durham, NC, in 1984 where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and won the Trent Prize in the History of Medicine. Following his internal medicine residency and chief residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA, he completed his GI fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Dr. Rustgi then completed an instructorship of medicine and obtained his first faculty position at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Rustgi was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1998 to head the division of gastroenterology, where he is currently the T. Grier Miller professor of medicine and genetics.

Dr. Rustgi is excited to lead the AGA and take it into new and exciting directions in a manner that advances the mission of the membership.

Read the Gastroenterology article profiling Dr. Rustgi's education, career and accomplishments.

About the AGA Institute

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About DDW

DDW is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), DDW takes place May 18 – 21, 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. For more information, visit www.ddw.org.

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