Council & Sections

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 13 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.


The  AGA Highlights at DDW 2018 booklet is an excellent resource for for previewing AGA programming at DDW.  Find out about sessions for basic scientists and clinical practitioners, thematic discussions with poster presenters and networking opportunities. 

We hope to see you in Washington, D.C.!


Section Elections

Vote for the AGA Council Section Elections

The election site for the AGA Institute Council is now open and collecting votes until April 30.




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How to Join a Section

The council is divided into 13 sections that represent special interest groups among AGA members. AGA invites all members to join up to six 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.



Meet the council
Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF
Council Chair: Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF

“I am honored and excited to have been chosen as the next AGA council chair. My goal will be to make the time spent by our AGA members at DDW the most impactful for their professions as clinicians and researchers. We will work as a group to reduce redundancy and make the program the most important single meeting members attend every year.”


Ronda Souza, MD, AGAF

Chair Elect: Rhonda Souza, MD, AGAF

“ I LOVE DDW, and I am honored and excited to have been chosen as the next AGA Institute Council chair.  My goal is to create a DDW meeting that will invigorate and energize the minds of clinicians and scientists, both young and seasoned, reassuring them that their choice of a career in gastroenterology was the right one!  I will work with the AGA Institute Council members to create unique and non-redundant programming that will challenge unsubstantiated dogma, showcase cutting edge concepts and technologies, and highlight developments that impact clinical practice, making DDW the “must go to” professional meeting each year!



Interested in hearing more? Click here to watch a short video of Dr. Maria T. Abreu, chair of the AGA Institute Council, explaining what the council is, what it does, and how you can get involved!