2015-05-13 18:38:42 UTC

New AGA Institute President Will Guide Organization in Implementing Strategic Plan

Dr. Michael Camilleri takes over as AGA's 110th president.

CONTACT: Rachel Steigerwald

Washington, DC (May 19, 2015) — Michael Camilleri, MD, MPhil, MRCP, FACP, AGAF, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, will begin his term as the 110th president of AGA Institute immediately following Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2015. 

Dr. Camilleri’s longtime commitment to mentoring and leadership will translate into his new role at AGA, where he will work to ensure that the organization is a home away from one’s own institution or practice — providing gastroenterologists with career support, research funding, a voice on Capitol Hill, practice resources and opportunities for educational advancement.

“I’m excited to embark on this leadership position and look forward to helping AGA members navigate the clinical landscape, from trainees to seasoned physicians,” said Dr. Camilleri.

As president, Dr. Camilleri will guide AGA in implementing the 2015-2020: AGA Strategic Plan, which is focused on advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology through three fundamental areas: practice and quality, research and innovation, and education and training, all supported by strong advocacy efforts, prestigious publications, and organizational support. These key initiatives will include a focus on advocating for fair reimbursement, working effectively with FDA and industry, and further developing AGA’s relations with patients.

“Together with the AGA Governing Board and leadership cabinet, I will work tirelessly to implement the new AGA Strategic Plan, with the goal of continuing the advancement of education, research and innovation in the GI community,” added Dr. Camilleri.

Dr. Camilleri has served AGA in many capacities throughout the past 25 years, particularly shining in the editorial realm where he has helped to establish and advance AGA’s publications. Among his many contributions, he was the creator and first editor of AGA’s flagship clinical journal, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the associate editor of Gastroenterology from 1996 to 2001 and the editor of AGA Perspectives from 2007 to 2010. He also served as chair of the AGA Institute Council Neurogastroenterology Section, after which he received AGA’s 2015 Neurogastroenterology Section Research Mentor award.

In 1977, after attending the University of Malta Medical School and completing two years of residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Malta, where he grew up, Dr. Camilleri attended the Hammersmith Hospital Royal Postgraduate School of Medicine in London, for both research and clinical training in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He also received a master’s degree in physiology and medicine at the University of London and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians. In 1983, following his work in London, Dr. Camilleri took a research fellow position in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Mayo Clinic, where he still works today. Although he briefly left Mayo to serve as deputy director in the Department of Medicine in Malta for two years, Dr. Camilleri returned to Mayo Clinic in 1985. Currently he is the Atherton and Winifred W. Bean professor of medicine, physiology and pharmacology, and the executive dean of development at Mayo Clinic, where he specializes in gastrointestinal motility.

Dr. Camilleri and his wife Josephine, who have been married for nearly 40 years, have four children: Michael, Christopher, Alex and Hannah.

To learn more about Dr. Camilleri, read the Gastroenterology article detailing his early life, academic background, practice history and awards at AGA and beyond. 

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Digestive Disease Week® (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 AGA Institute, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), DDW takes place May 16-19, 2015, at Walter. E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. More information can be found at www.ddw.org.

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