Council & Sections

2014 AGA Highlights at DDW®

Information on the 2014 AGA programming at DDW® 2014 is now available. View the information using the new 2014 AGA Highlights at DDW booklet and online tool. With the new interactive tool, you can view and sort the full AGA program at DDW by sponsor and date. As of April 2, 2014, please refer to MyDDW for the most up to date session information.

What is the AGA Institute Council?

The AGA Institute maintains a council to address the diverse needs and specialties of its members. The AGA Institute Council is made up of elected representatives from the 12 special interest groups, or sections, within the AGA membership. The council is responsible for the AGA Institute’s education program at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW), developing educational resources and holding events in targeted areas of practice throughout the year.

Meet the Council Chair: Richard M. Peek, Jr., MD, AGAF

“Over the past six years, I have had the privilege to serve with a group of dedicated council members who share a passion in establishing and promoting priorities to achieve AGA's goals. My experience as council chair has given me a greater appreciation for the impact that this body can have on the direction of the AGA as a whole.”

Council Section Research Mentor Awards

Each year, the AGA Institute recognizes individuals for their achievements as an outstanding mentor in a specific area of research. This year, six sections accepted nominations. The 2014 Section Research Mentor Award winners are:

  • Clinical Practice: Dawn Provenzale, MD, MS, AGAF
  • Imaging & Advanced Technology: Gary W. Falk, MD, MS, AGAF
  • Immunology, Microbiology & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: Lloyd F. Mayer, MD
  • Liver & Biliary: M. Bishr Omary, MD, PhD
  • Pancreatic Disorders: Eugene P. DiMagno, MD
  • Regulatory Peptides, Cell Signaling & Molecular Biology: Juanita L. Merchant, MD, PhD

How to Join a Section

The council is divided into 12 sections that represent special interest groups among AGA members. AGA invites all members to join up to four sections. By joining a section, AGA members will benefit from networking opportunities, professional recognition and growth, and involvement in the council’s educational programming at DDW and throughout the year. To join or manage your section affiliations, email or visit My AGA. Review your section’s page for ideas on how you can get involved.

AGA Section Education and Networking Exchange

Please join us for the AGA Section Education and Networking Exchange on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Concourse Lobby of McCormick Place. Attendees will be given the opportunity to interact with section members, learn about section events and plans, and view the top posters from each section and discuss with the authors.

Recommend changes in abstract descriptor categories, or suggest topics and speakers.

Volunteer to review submitted abstracts or present your work at the next DDW.


Latest Council News

2014 AGA Institute Council Election Results:

Clinical Practice

Vice Chair: Joel H. Rubenstein, MD

Nominating Committee:
Alex C. Ford, MBChB, MD, FRCP

Prasad G. Iyer, MD

Paul Moayyedi, MD, PhD

Baharak Moshiree, MD

Gastrointestinal Oncology

Vice Chair: Rhonda F. Souza, MD, AGAF

Nominating Committee:
Stefania Asciutti, MD, PhD

Lisa Allyn Boardman, MD

Robert (Rocky) Schoen, MD

Christopher S. Williams, MD

Imaging & Advanced Technology

Vice Chair: John M. DeWitt, MD, FASGE

Nominating Committee:
David H. Bruining, MD

Neil Gupta, MD, MPH

V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, FASGE

Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD

Immunology, Microbiology & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Vice Chair: Mark. S. Silverberg, MD, PhD

Nominating Committee:
Steven R. Brant, MD

Lee A. Denson, MD

Hans H. Herfarth, MD, PhD

Fernando S. Velayos, MD

Intestinal Disorders

Vice Chair: Wayne I. Lencer, MD, AGAF

Nominating Committee:
Elke Cario, MD, AGAF

Pradeep K. Dudeja, PhD

Nitin Gupta, MD

Detlef Schuppan, MD, PhD

Liver & Biliary (vice chair only)

Vice Chair: Kenneth E. Sherman, MD, PhD

Pancreatic Disorders

Vice Chair: Santhi Swaroop Vege, MD, AGAF, FACG, FACP

Nominating Committee:
Minoti V. Apte, MD

Edward L. Bradley III, MD

Sunil G. Sheth, MD, AGAF, FASGE

Dhiraj Yadav, MD