2015-10-20 20:42:12 UTC

In Memoriam: Dr. Bob Summers

Oct. 21, 2015

Robert W. Summers, MD, served on a number of AGA committees and won two awards throughout his tenure.

AGA member Robert W. Summers, MD, who served as the president of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society and was the Professor Emeritus Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa, passed away on Oct. 14, 2015, after a brief illness with bladder cancer.

Dr. Summers, who was 77, completed his internal medicine training at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospital Center, followed by a NIH Gastroenterology Research Fellowship and a life-long faculty position at the University of Iowa. His main clinical interests were GI motility, particularly small bowel motility and pseudoobstruction syndromes, and inflammatory bowel disease.One of his most important discoveries was the genetic basis of GI cancers in familial juvenile polyposis

Within AGA, Dr. Summers served on a number of committees and as an abstract reviewer. He also received the AGA Mentors Research Scholar Award and the AGA Masters Award in Gastroenterology in 2007.

"Bob Summers was a supremely talented physician and leader, a compassionate and outstanding friend, inquisitive researcher, and dedicated teacher. He worked to improve the life of every person he touched and the institutions to which he had dedicated his life. He will be profoundly missed," said Satish Rao, MD, PhD, FRCP.

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